February's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars


Redesigned and all-new models made a big impact for automakers last month, selling quickly. Eleven of the 19 fastest-selling cars in February were significantly changed or completely new, which led to those select cars selling at an average of just 15 days while the average for all new cars was 47 days.

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As has been the trend, most of the models on the list — 15 — were SUVs or pickup trucks. Redesigned pickups from Chevrolet and Ford had two versions each on the list, the Colorado and F-150 respectively. One oddity in the group was Nissan's Rogue Select, which is the same vehicle as the 2013 Rogue before it was redesigned for 2014. Nissan sells it as a more-affordable option - its starting price is nearly $3,000 less than the Rogue — and is not just a vehicle for rental fleets.

By David Thomas | March 2, 2015 | Comments (3)

January's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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A blizzard hitting the Northeast didn't slow down car sales in January. In fact, the time it took to sell a new car was identical to January 2014's rate of 42 days. As we've noticed during winter months — with or without blizzards — SUVs and trucks are hot.

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Fifteen of the top 20 fastest-sellers were SUVs or trucks, and there was an equal mix of luxury and mainstream models. Subaru continues to be popular, with four spots in the top 20, and Land Rover ruled too as luxury buyers bought four of its models at a quick rate. Of course the entire country wasn't impacted by snow, and those places must be where folks were snapping up the redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang convertible.

By David Thomas | February 2, 2015 | Comments (1)

December's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars


Winter may have been a little late arriving this season in parts of the country, but that didn't stop folks from running out and buying SUVs and trucks in December. Thirteen of the 19 fastest-selling cars last month were SUVs or trucks. The other six? Well, four of those were all-wheel-drive-equipped Subaru models.

Related: Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: December 2014

The wagon that acts like an SUV — the Subaru Outback — was the fifth nameplate from the brand to make the fastest list. That's an impressive feat since the brand only has nine models.

By David Thomas | January 5, 2015 | Comments (1)

November's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars


Snow may have hit parts of the country early, but that didn't stop people from buying sporty cars and SUVs. The three cars that tied to top November's fastest-sellers list all have serious performance chops with the rear-wheel-drive Ford Mustang on top for the second consecutive month. The other two — the Porsche Macan and Subaru WRX — sport all-wheel drive, so weather is less of a worry for buyers.

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October also saw the all-season-friendly Honda CR-V tied for first place, but this week it took a whole 24 hours longer to sell the practical people mover versus the Mustang.

By David Thomas | December 1, 2014 | Comments (1)

October's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars


An all-new Ford Mustang is a rare thing indeed and that's why it's no surprise the redesigned pony car was the fastest-selling car in the country last month. New looks and a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine have made it a much-talked about commodity to be sure. But hold the phone.

Related: Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: October 2014

The 2015 Mustang shares the fastest-selling title with something a bit more sedate with a much more subtle redesign, the 2015 Honda CR-V. It took just seven days to sell both the sports coupe and the sports ute. Other popular small SUVs also sold quickly with the 2015 Nissan Rogue taking 15 days to sell and the 2015 Toyota RAV4 taking 16. But those two still weren't fast enough to make the top list.

By David Thomas | November 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

September's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars


Sales were up in September for most automakers as the 2015 model year starts to become more prevalent throughout the country's car dealerships. This is the time of year that many popular nameplates from BMW, Toyota and Honda, for example, switch to the new model year. This move definitely had an impact our list of the fastest-selling cars.

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As usual, the fastest-selling cars were made up of a lot of performance cars and luxury models. There also were a considerable number of new mainstream cars on the list, but almost all were Japanese models such as the Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4. Only seven of the top 25 fastest-selling cars were from domestic automakers and two of those seven were both Cadillac Escalades.

By David Thomas | October 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

August's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars


Summer came to a close, and car shoppers continued to snap up utility vehicles of every stripe in August. Fifteen of the top 19 fastest-selling cars last month were SUVs, wagons or minivans compared to 15 out of 22 in July.

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The 2015 BMW X5 (which is virtually unchanged from the revamped 2014 pictured above) unseated the smaller 2015 Porsche Macan from the top perch — tied with the 2015 Toyota Tacoma — but shoppers still covet the Macan; it made our list taking just nine days to sell from the time it arrives on a Porsche lot to the time it goes home with its new owner.

Overall the average time it took to sell any new 2014 or 2015 car was 69 days, up barely from 68 days in July but still a week longer than August 2013's average of 62 days.

By David Thomas | September 2, 2014 | Comments (1)

July's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

Want to buy a small luxury SUV? You're not alone. Two of the fastest-selling cars in the country last month were the all-new 2015 Porsche Macan and the pretty-much-unchanged 2015 Audi Q5.

Related: Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: July 2014

The Macan regains the top spot it held back in May, taking just eight days from the day it arrived at a dealer until the day the keys were handed over to a lucky buyer. Ten of the 22 fastest-selling cars were luxury SUVs, while SUVs overall made up 14 of the 22.

While our top cars sold on average in just 12 days, the overall average for all cars in July was 68 days. That's up from 64 days in June and 62 days in July 2013.

By David Thomas | August 1, 2014 | Comments (2)

June's Fastest-and-Slowest-Selling Cars


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.

By David Thomas | July 1, 2014 | Comments (8)

May's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars


SUVs and trucks remain popular as we head into summer. Seventeen of the 22 fastest-selling vehicles in May were utility vehicles or pickup trucks; the others were two performance cars, two large luxury sedans and a new Mini.

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These vehicles sold quickly, but the overall average days it took to sell a new 2014 or 2015 moved steadily upward to nearly 61 days. That's up from 56 days in April and the same number, 56, in May 2013 as well. There's no single reason for this increase, and overall car sales are robust through this point in 2014 with May's sales figures being reported today.

By David Thomas | June 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

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