June sales soared to the highest rate since 2007 as Detroit automakers piled on the
deliveries, but foreign-based companies still had the balance of fastest-selling cars.
Detroit automakers built just five of the 17 fastest sellers in June — a list long on
SUVs and pickups, which accounted for more than two-thirds of its cars.
The redesigned Acura MDX, which hit dealerships June 20, rocketed to the top of the list.
It took just five days to turn. So did the 2014 Ford Explorer and Escape, despite few
changes for 2014 to the popular SUVs. Further down the list, perennial fast-sellers from
Audi (the Q5 and Q7) ranked alongside new regulars like the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and
Hyundai Santa Fe.
BMW's gambit on an entry-level 3 Series appears to have paid off: The new 320i averaged
just 14 days to sell. The sport sedan, which has similar equipment to last year's 328i but
60 fewer horsepower in exchange for a starting price that's $2,320 lower, including
destination, accounts for 11% of all new 2013 3 Series inventory on Cars.com. It went on
sale last spring — and each car stayed on dealer lots about as long as "Pacific Rim"
appears likely to stay in theaters.
That's well below the month's overall average of 59 days to sell, which tracks near May
2013's 56 days. It's a bit slower than June 2012's 53 days.
Some slow-moving redesigns fall below that average. Hyundai's full-size Azera sedan,
redesigned for 2013, averaged 82 days in June to sell. Ditto the redesigned Acura RDX and
all-new Cadillac ATS, which sat on dealer lots an average of 87 days and 90 days,
respectively. Sales results, however, were mixed: The ATS was Cadillac's second-best-selling
model for the month, and RDX sales rose 30.2%. Only the Azera fell, with sales at a trickle
— just 813 cars for the month, or one-eighth as many as the rival Toyota Avalon.
Here are June 2013's fastest- and slowest-selling cars: