November's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

April's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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Spring may not have sprung successfully for everyone in April, but even the slight thaw we did experience didn't stop people from snatching up SUVs and trucks quickly.

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Sixteen of the 20 fastest-selling vehicles in April were SUVs or trucks. Luxury and sports cars rounded out the list, meaning not one mainstream or popular sedan, hatchback, station wagon or minivan was in extreme demand.

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

March's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

The long march of winter may show signs of ending but it didn't speed sales of new cars last month. It took an average of 51 days to sell a new car in March, up from 46 days in February and 48 days in March 2013. Not only did cars take longer to sell, but nearly all of the fastest-selling cars on our list were trucks or SUVs.

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Land Rovers continue to sell quickly with the Range Rover Sport topping this month's list after months near the top. The redesigned Chevrolet Corvette Stingray fell off the list this month but still sold at a pace above the average with the convertible version taking 20 days to sell on average and the coupe 22.

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

February's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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Was it that snide babysitter from the new Chevy Tahoe commercial that helped catapult the overhauled SUV to fastest-selling status or just pent up demand from loyal fans?

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We may never know, but the SUV sold on average in just seven days in February. Rebates of $1,500 might have also helped there. It's high for an all-new car, and it's the same discount that the previous model had at this time last year.

Winter weather could be another factor as once again SUVs made up a majority of the hottest cars on lots.

By David Thomas | March 3, 2014 | Comments (2)

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