By David Thomas on May 10, 2011
High gas prices and a crop of newly redesigned models are moving cars at the exact same rate as in March. The average number of days it took to sell a new car in April was 48 days. That’s up only two days over the April 2010 average of 46 days.
The fastest time it took for a vehicle to come off a truck and into the hands of an owner was four days, the 2012 BMW X5. This isn’t the first time the X5 has been in the top spot; it also reigned in October 2009.
Luxury vehicles made up more than half our movers list, while three fuel-sippers took up the top five. And nearly all of the 18 movers (if we had moved to the next slate of 19-day sellers, we would have had well over 20) are significantly revised for their respective model years. Only the Audi Q7 and A5 seemed to buck that trend.
Check out the poor performers and the five models we picked as potential steals because they’ve withered too long on lots.
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 otherwebsites. We're now focusing on only 2011 and 2012 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