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.
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: