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.

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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.

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: April 2014

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 (0)

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)

December's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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December's heavy snowfall did little to blunt the rush of shoppers looking to put the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Corvette convertible under the Christmas tree and likely in the garage until better weather. The ragtop 'Vette averaged just four days on dealer lots in December, making it the month's fastest-selling car.

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The Land Rover Range Rover and Range Rover Sport followed — more logical choices for winter weather — and mark their fifth consecutive time on our list. The redesigned Toyota Highlander also moved fast, as did the automaker's Prius Plug-in Hybrid and RAV4 SUV.

By Kelsey Mays | January 3, 2014 | Comments (1)

November's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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Luxury brands often post stronger year-end sales, and six of the month's 15 fastest-selling cars come from luxury brands. That's down from seven of October's 15 fastest-selling cars, but luxury brands need not pile on the December incentives just yet. A year ago, five of the 15 fastest sellers were luxury cars.

Besides, shoppers swarmed the ones at the top. Land Rover's flagship Range Rover and redesigned Range Rover Sport led November's fastest sellers, extending the pair's showing in the group to four months. BMW's redesigned X5 spent its second month on the list, too. Between them, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray puts the "fast" in fastest seller. The 455-horsepower sports car hit dealerships in October and took all of four days to sell, on average. Come November, the Stingray averaged eight days.

By Kelsey Mays | December 3, 2013 | Comments (7)

October's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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Car shoppers shook off any government-shutdown doldrums to keep October auto sales in line with much of this year, save a summer sales boom. Driving the demand were plenty of big names — Detroit pickup trucks and Japanese compacts — but so did some of the month's fastest sellers.

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: October 2013

New models mixed with old. The Chevrolet Corvette just hit dealerships, and the car is selling as fast as a ... um, Corvette. The Vette heads up October's Movers, averaging just four days to sell. The redesigned BMW X5 also hit dealerships this fall, and it matches other fast-selling models — the Kia Soul and Toyota 4Runner, both sporting mild redesigns — at six days. Land Rover's Range Rover, a perennial mover since last year's redesign, also joins the group.

Below that, things get interesting.

By Kelsey Mays | November 4, 2013 | Comments (4)

September's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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Sex sells and Mercedes-Benz's curvaceous attempt at an entry-level car has people buying.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 took the top spot on our Movers list for September, selling on average in just three days, a remarkable number. Mercedes reported on Tuesday that in a single week of sales in September the company sold 2,310 units of the CLA-Class. If the company keeps up that pace of sales, the CLA would be its best-selling model in October. You can read our review of the new sedan here.

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: September 2013

Redesigned and all-new models are typical entries on the Movers list, and the redesigned Toyota Corolla and Mazda3 make appearances. But 2014 versions of tried-and-true nameplates such as the Honda Accord and Subaru Forester also appear on the list.

By David Thomas | October 4, 2013 | Comments (1)

August's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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Land Rover's Range Rover Sport and flagship Range Rover are hot; the SUVs took just three and six days apiece, respectively, to sell. The Honda CR-V, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and Jeep Wrangler spent little time at dealerships, too. In fact, 12 of August's 18 movers were SUVs or pickup trucks. That's a higher ratio than July, when nine of 17 movers were SUVs or pickups. It also smokes August 2012, when just five of the 16 movers were SUVs or pickups.

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: August 2013

What gives? In a word, gas. Despite concerns of military action in Syria, fuel prices in August rode a slow decline, and shoppers headed for SUVs. Compare that to August 2012, when oil refinery issues and Hurricane Isaac drove a gallon of regular unleaded to an average of $3.75 nationally heading into Labor Day — 21 cents more expensive than August 2013's average.

Cars a year or more into their current generation — not new or redesigned — also topped the charts; just three of August's 18 movers were new or redesigned. That's what happens when the first 2014s hit showrooms. In August 2012, four of 16 cars were new or redesigned.

Cars in August averaged 62 days to turn. That's the same as July, and it's a bit slower than August 2012's 57-day pace.

Here are August's fastest- and slowest-selling cars:

By Kelsey Mays | September 4, 2013 | Comments (1)

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