By David Thomas on January 2, 2011
Final sales numbers for December and all of 2010 won’t be released until tomorrow, but we got our Movers and Losers figures in, and there are a lot of surprises.
Since most 2010 new cars on lots are slow-moving leftovers with 2011 versions available, we’re going to focus strictly on 2011 model year vehicles. That brings the average number of days it takes for a car to arrive at a dealer until leaving in the hands of a new owner down to 35. If you included 2010 models, that figure would balloon to 92 days.
That doesn’t mean everything flew off lots in December. While new models, like the Hyundai Elantra and Kia Optima, moved swiftly, the also-new VW Eos and Infiniti M56 didn’t.
The Chevy Volt didn’t sell in high-enough volume to be added to our Movers list, but it was the fastest-selling model overall, at just three days. The Nissan Leaf wasn’t included in our data at all.
We also picked a few models that should offer a lot of value if they’re being discounted along the lines of the dust on their tires.
Losers December 2010
About the Lists
The Movers and Losers list reports the average number of days it takes to sell models from the day they arrive on the lot until the final paperwork is signed by a buyer. This is not a days-of-inventory list like you may find on other sites. We're now focusing on only 2011 model years.
For Movers, we only list vehicles that pass a certain threshold of sales in order to weed out limited editions, ultra-high-performance cars and others that might skew the numbers or otherwise inaccurately portray popularity. For Losers, we have removed any threshold to reflect 2011 models that may have the greatest incentives.
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David