By David Thomas on June 30, 2014
Sales in June were robust, with many automakers pulling in record numbers, and new models continued to sell quickly. However, it often takes more to sell a new car than new sheet metal, and in June, incentives were also high.
Related: Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: June 2014
It took an average of 64 days for a new car to sell in June from the time it originally arrived at a dealer lot until the sales paperwork was signed. That's up from 62 days in May and 59 days in June 2013.
The 20 fastest-selling cars were an equal mix of luxury and nonluxury, but only one truly inexpensive car, the Honda Fit, was part of that group. Big luxury sedans, bigger SUVs and a few sports cars were what eager buyers had to have, now.
Not every luxury or sports car was in demand, as our list of the slowest-selling cars remains littered with top-end BMW and Jaguar two-doors. The only nonluxury model amongst June's poorest performers was Mitsubishi's redesigned Outlander SUV.
Shoppers truly looking for inexpensive transportation should look at the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic sedan. It made our list of picks of sluggish sellers that would be worth investigating to see if deals are to be had. Or if you're on the other end of the spectrum, you could take advantage of the fact that it takes much longer to sell a Porsche Cayman than we could imagine ... nearly four times as long as it takes to sell a Porsche Cayenne.
About the Lists
The Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars 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 2013 models, we look exclusively at 2014 and 2015 models.
For the fastest sellers, 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. To highlight all slow sellers, slowest sellers have no such threshold.
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.
Cars.com photo by Evan Sears
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David