Movers and Losers: September 2011

Practicality and value remain common threads for the fastest-selling cars over the past few months. September’s Movers' list is similar to August's Movers, with some newcomers like the 2012 Toyota Camry and 2012 Hyundai Veloster at the top. Those that fell off September's Movers’ list from last month like the GMC Terrain are still selling at a fast clip — 14 days for the Terrain.

September’s average time it took a model to sell ticked up from 60 to 61 days for a new 2011 or 2012. That's the same amount of time it took in September 2010.

Losers are spending much more time on lots than last month, though, with the worst sellers sticking around for a whopping 282 days. Last month, the worst-selling car was at 208 days.

Our picks for deals are 2011 models that have new 2012s on lots competing for sales. That means dealers should be motivated to unload these slow-selling cars. We made sure to select models that showed relatively healthy inventory levels on Check out the full list of Movers, Losers and our Picks as well as info about how we select the lists below.


  • 2012 Toyota Camry: 3 days
  • 2012 Hyundai Veloster: 3 days
  • 2012 Subaru Outback: 4 days
  • 2012 Honda Odyssey: 5 days
  • 2012 Lexus RX 350: 5 days
  • 2012 Mercedes Benz ML350: 5 days
  • 2012 Mini Cooper Countryman: 5 days
  • 2012 Toyota Sienna: 5 days
  • 2012 Honda Pilot: 6 days
  • 2012 Hyundai Elantra: 6 days
  • 2012 Kia Soul: 6 days
  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz C250 sedan: 6 days
  • 2012 Scion tC: 6 days
  • 2012 Nissan Versa sedan: 7 days
  • 2012 Honda Accord sedan: 8 days
  • 2012 Honda Fit: 8 days
  • 2012 Hyundai Accent hatchback: 8 days
  • 2012 Mini Cooper hatchback: 8 days
  • 2012 Volkswagen Passat: 8 days


  • 2011 Jaguar XKR: 282 days
  • 2011 Hyundai Azera: 243 days
  • 2011 Jaguar XKR convertible: 241 days
  • 2011 Saab 9-3 wagon: 238 days
  • 2011 Toyota Yaris sedan: 237 days
  • 2011 Lexus GS 450h: 208 days
  • 2011 Saab 9-5: 200 days
  • 2011 Saab 9-3 convertible: 194 days
  • 2011 Volvo S40: 172 days
  • 2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid: 162 days Picks

  • 2011 Mazda6: 147 days
  • 2011 Suzuki Equator extended cab: 140 days
  • 2011 Ram 1500: 139 days
  • 2011 BMW 550i xDrive Gran Turismo: 124 days
  • 2011 Cadillac CTS sedan: 121 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 to reflect 2011 models that may have the greatest incentives.

By David Thomas | October 11, 2011 | Comments (9)



How can the slowest selling car have been on the lot for 282 days 30 days after the slowest had been there for 208? It should be no more than 238 days.

Either you have warped time, or your data collection or analysis are broken.


If inventory stocking continues to outpace sales, the average car will remain on the lot for longer.


Looks like the '12 Camry is hot. Gonna leave Sonata in the dust?

Because the number is impacted by sales too. So if more of those that sold were older it rolls up into the higher number. It's not a single car sitting on a single car lot for a month, it's a weighting of all the units in the country. I too thought the same thing at first glance.


Nice Hitler stache on that Veloster. Hyundai is ruining their attractive car designs by putting those tag brackets on cars for states with no front tag. A minor quip I guess but all the Accents I've seen here in Florida have them.


No Carma do not read anything into the numbers. I assure you the Veloster will not sell anywhere the volume that the Camry will yet they have the same turnover rate.

Derrick G

Carma, I'd note that when the '11 Avalon first headed to dealers, it made this list. Yet year to date, its sales are down 1.8%. It's far too early to say anything either way about what, if anything, this portends for Camry sales.


Good point, only time will tell.
I think it's going to be a big seller. It has an improved interior from what i could see and the LE four cylinder gets 25 mpg city and 35 on the highway - a reliable, economical car for a reasonable price. WIth the Sonata, Fusion, and new versions of the Altima and Malibu on the way this should be an interesting sales race. But I think Toyota has a winner with the new Camry, even as its other sales have been sliding.

Derrick G

I think that some of the long-term Camry buyers who passed on the outgoing generation will come back. While some of its share is gone for good, I'd predict for calendar year 2012 that Camry retains nameplate title in the segment, but that Hyundai-Kia's total will lead it. I also think that Optima will hurt Accord enough that Altima, Fusion, Sonata or maybe even Malibu will manage to pass it for number two.

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