Plugging in seems to be popular for at least one automaker. Toyota's Prius Plug-In was the third-fastest-selling car in the U.S. in April. In March, it was the second-fastest. We reported last week that Prius Plug-In sales bested those of the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf, and if it keeps selling at this pace, we could see even larger sales numbers in the future.
The average time it took to sell a new 2012 or 2013 model — from the time it arrived on dealer lots until the paperwork was signed — increased to 45 days in April from 41 in March. But March was and is traditionally a busier sales month. The 45-day mark bested April 2011's 48-day average.
Luxury SUVs also were hot. BMW has turned over to the 2013 model year for the X3 and X5 and that propelled the newcomers to the top of the Movers list, selling in just four days. The all-new Infiniti JX and redesigned Acura RDX also moved quickly at a rate of six and seven days, respectively.