By David Thomas on December 3, 2012
Car sales continue to roll along as the industry continues to release redesigned new models with buyers eager to snap them up.
In November, two newly redesigned vehicles — the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Nissan Pathfinder — were the fastest-selling cars in the country. They stayed on dealer lots just six days versus a 28-day average for all 2013 models. Last November, 2012s moved even faster at 23 days.
The Fusion sedan went on sale as a standard model and a hybrid, but it seems the fuel-efficient version is the preferred one for now, or perhaps just harder to find, as the sedan moved in a still impressive 14 days and also made our monthly mover list.
The Pathfinder saw sales explode in November as shoppers seemed not to care that the once SUV is now a "soft" crossover.
Losing out this month were many of the same models we saw languish in October. Somehow, the super seductive 2013 Nissan GT-R wound up at the bottom of the pile. Perhaps enthusiasts caught wind of the updates coming for 2014.
It's also a good time to be shopping for a luxury car as some impressive models like the 2013 Lexus GS 350 are taking much more time to sell on average than we think they should.
November 2012 Movers
November 2012 Losers
November 2012 Cars.com Picks
About the Lists
We changed the headline of Movers and Losers earlier this year, but we'll continue to call the lists themselves Movers and Losers. 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 websites. With lots mostly clear of 2012 models, we look exclusively at 2013s now.
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. At this point in the year, we focus on 2013 for Losers.
Our Picks highlight cars that take a significant time before they're sold and might be overlooked by shoppers. Dealers could be more motivated to sell these cars.
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David