Movers and Losers: July 2011

2012 Hyundai TucsonDespite some pessimistic reporting earlier last month, July turned out to be a good recovery month for the auto industry. More than 1 million new vehicles were sold, and sales were up 4.7% from a year ago. Despite the rosy sales figures, the average time it took a model to sell increased slightly in July to 58.8 days from June's 58 days.

This month’s Movers and Losers list shows that many of the fastest-selling vehicles once again come from Hyundai. The 2012 Hyundai Elantra remained one of the fastest-selling volume vehicles in July, taking just six days to sell. You could say everything at Hyundai is a fast-seller: The 2012 Sonata and Tucson also took six days to sell. The new 2012 Hyundai Accent sedan (10 days) and hatchback (seven days) also sold like hotcakes. Overall, the Tucson, Accent, Sonata and Elantra represent roughly 80% of Hyundai’s sales for the month.

This month’s Losers list includes the addition of two hybrids — the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid (159 days) and 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid (150 days). The Toyota Yaris sedan (165 days) also merged on to the slow lane, though that model is due to be replaced.

July Movers

  • 2012 Scion xB: 4 days
  • 2012 Hyundai Elantra: 6 days
  • 2012 Hyundai Sonata: 6 days
  • 2012 Hyundai Tucson: 6 days
  • 2012 Porsche Cayenne: 6 days
  • 2011 Lexus CT 200h: 6 days
  • 2012 Audi Q5: 7 days
  • 2012 Hyundai Accent hatchback: 7 days
  • 2011 Toyota Prius: 7 days
  • 2012 Kia Sportage: 9 days
  • 2012 Audi A4: 10 days
  • 2012 Hyundai Accent sedan: 10 days
  • 2011 Nissan Leaf: 10 days
  • 2012 Chevrolet Cruze: 11 days
  • 2012 Ford Fusion: 11 days
  • 2011 Ford Fiesta: 13 days
  • 2011 Lexus RX 450h: 13 days
  • 2011 Nissan Juke: 13 days

July Losers

  • 2011 Mazda Tribute: 143 days
  • 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid: 150 days
  • 2011 Nissan Versa: 150 days
  • 2011 Jaguar XKR: 154 days
  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid: 159 days
  • 2011 Toyota Yaris sedan: 165 days
  • 2011 Mazda RX-8: 169 days
  • 2011 Jaguar XK coupe: 188 days
  • 2011 Hyundai Azera: 228 days
  • 2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged: 228 days

July Picks

  • 2011 Ram 1500: 114 days
  • 2011 BMW 335i: 116 days
  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz R350: 120 days
  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG: 121 days
  • 2011 Hyundai Genesis: 126 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 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.



Funny how Hyundai has multiple models near the top of the movers list, yet the Azera is the slowest selling car in America.


I love the Azera but it just seems like Hyundai has forgotten all about it.

Derrick G

They haven't forgotten it. A new generation has already launched in most markets and we'll see it officially introduced at the LA Auto Show in November.


Go Hyundai. Can't wait for the new Azera. They are doing it right, they arent over producing to the point where they have to discount. Their profits should be right where they want them. Their resale values will be awesome. And not to mention, the owners have a GREAT new car!


The 2012 Azera should sell well. I'm sure most buyers interested with it are waiting for the new model. Glad they are still making it. I think they should have launched Genesis as a premium brand with Azera as the entry model.


Yeah the 10 people in all of North America who even know what an Azera is.


Try car leasing. It will give you more choices in cars.


Oh ok cool. I just haven't seen any news on the Azera is a very long time. Not a single commercial nor even on the lots at my local Hyundai dealer.

mike h

Forget the Azera, and hype the Genesis more!

Nate Wesley

Wouldn't a little advertising be in store for local Toyota dealers who have a few slow-moving Yaris sedans to sell? With the current year end clearance sale going on AND the new 2012s about to arrive, AND the obvious fuel economy angle--these should be much easier to sell than they are!

sales would have been better if ads were aired..nice car..

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