Movers and Losers: June 2011

Hyundai is on a roll lately. The company has seen success with new products starting with the Sonata, then the Elantra and now the Accent. The company holds two of the top three spots on this month’s Movers’ list with 2012 versions of the Elantra and all-new Accent subcompact. Even the 2011 Elantra is one of the fastest-selling cars in the country.

Overall, fuel efficiency is pushing cars out the doors of dealerships as 11 of the top 20 movers are miserly at the pump … or electrical outlet.

The Losers’ list looks awfully familiar with a few Jaguars and other luxury nameplates making the rounds.

Overall, the average time it took to sell a car ticked upward to 58 days from 54 in May, but it’s only slightly higher than the 55 days it took in June 2010.

You can see our full lists below as well as our picks for slow sellers that don’t deserve to sit on lots, but could have more negotiation room.


  • 2012 Hyundai Elantra: 5 days
  • 2011 Nissan Leaf: 5 days
  • 2012 Hyundai Accent sedan: 6 days
  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550: 6 days
  • 2012 Nissan Altima: 9 days
  • 2011 Hyundai Elantra: 9 days
  • 2012 Honda Civic coupe: 10 days
  • 2011 Audi Q5: 10 days
  • 2012 BMW X5: 11 days
  • 2012 Ford Focus hatchback: 11 days
  • 2011 Audi Q7: 12 days
  • 2011 BMW X3: 12 days
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: 13 days
  • 2012 Honda Civic sedan: 14 days
  • 2012 Ford Focus sedan: 15 days
  • 2012 Ford Mustang convertible: 15 days
  • 2012 Ford Fiesta sedan: 15 days
  • 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: 15 days
  • 2011 Porsche Cayenne: 15 days
  • 2011 Toyota Prius: 15 days


  • 2011 Jaguar XFR: 255 days
  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz SL63: 235 days
  • 2011 Jaguar XKR convertible: 222 days
  • 2011 Hyundai Azera: 216 days
  • 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder: 190 days
  • 2011 Jaguar XK coupe: 167 days
  • 2011 Cadillac STS: 143 days
  • 2011 Lexus GS 450h: 138 days
  • 2011 Volvo S80: 134 days
  • 2011 Nissan Versa sedan: 133 days Picks

  • 2011 Mazda2: 126 days
  • 2011 Lexus IS F: 126 days
  • 2011 Infiniti G25: 106 days
  • 2011 Mazda6: 103 days
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z: 98 days

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 websites. 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 of sales and exclude any models with a 2012 version on the market at the same time.

By David Thomas | July 6, 2011 | Comments (20)



Not one single GM car or truck on the movers list. Is that correct? I expected to see the Equinox and Regal.


As always this list is about average days on the lot.

It reflects inventory management more than anything else.

GM dealers are more likely to have more units on the lot so the average days to sell is higher.

Don't confuse this report with total number of units sold.

Derrick G

This list isn't meant to crown anyone king; it's a shopping tool to see what you might can score a good deal on and what you'll likely see a high mark-up on.

Quite a few appear to be '12 models that inventories haven't been built up on yet, so this tells you that if you're looking at say a '12 Altima, you might want to wait a bit if you can until there are more in stock if you want a better deal.

Ralph and Derrick,
You're going to make me cry I'm so proud that you get the M&L lists. Much appreciated.

And yes, the fastest selling GM vehicle for our criteria would be the 2011 Chevy Equinox at 20 days, still quite good. Camaro convertible, 21 days.


This list is a joke. It says very little about what I think of when the term 'movers' is used. Nissan Leaf!!! Come on. They are barely able to produce tiny numbers of cars, and that this point, all the long waiting customers who singed up for the car a long time ago are finally getting their car. So, yes, very short time on the lot, but a mover? Get Real!
I really can't believe leaves this list around without any effort to make it more meaningful.


I like the list as I find it interesting and I'm not aware of any other car site who does something similar to it. Then again I'm a level headed educated individual who does not make anything more out of the list than it is. I hope keeps providing them in the future.


I just read on Bloomberg that between January and June of this year Nissan sold 3875 Leaf cars vs 2745 Chevrolet Volts. With the Leaf being cheaper to buy and operate I can see the trend continuing. I wonder if GM will wise up and offer an all electric Volt at a cheaper price.

Derrick G


Maybe it's time to rename this list. It seems the name makes people think of it as some kind of award or contest rather than a shopping tool. Maybe you could have a contest even.

Amuro Ray

"I wonder if GM will wise up and offer an all electric Volt at a cheaper price."

GM had it chance. It was the front-runner of all EVs with EV1, yet it wiped and flushed everything of it (engineering, design, prototypes, etc.) for the sake of SUVs and trucks.

With no full hybrid experience like that from Toyota and Honda, it's gonnabe long road ahead for GM (it's testing "Cruze" EV in Korea currently). It took Nissan many years of testing b4 having its 1st retail sales ev - Hypermini - in 1999.


Cayenne for the win!


Excellent point as I forgot about GM abandoning their EV1 program. It's things like that would probably prevent me from spending $35K on a Volt. I would buy a Leaf or Prius before I'd pay more for a Volt.

Attractive model of the year.. i must say.


The Volt is attractive looking, at least, IMO. I think the Leaf couldn't be much uglier. And, I don't think the features list is quite as long. I don't think you can compare the two as though they would be in the same class, just because of their powertrain. It's not much different from comparing a Versa to a Cruze.


Spend $10,000 more for a Volt than a Leaf? Ha never! Spend $15,000 more for a Volt than a Prius? I see GM hasn't changed one bit!!


The number of mindless gm critics this site attracts is astounding. Why are people volt bashing in a thread that made no mention of volt? Leaf had major supply problems early on and lots of pre orders. Why wouldn't it be on this list?


The problem is the name.

In any industry if you ask them which of their products are the movers, they don't answer based on how many days the inventory sits.

They answer with the item that is selling the most in a given time period.

So it's no wonder people get confused with what is being presented here.


The list doesn't tell you much because many models make the movers list strictly due to model year changeover. It doesn't mean they are in hot demand in reality.


If you don't like people criticizing GM then go find another blog.


If you don't like reading the opinions of others don't read any blog. On the internet people tend to express opnions.

Loved the color and the model too.

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