10 Slowest-Selling Cars of April

According to Kicking Tires, the blog of Cars.com, the average time it took to sell a new car in April was 56 days. That’s more than in the same month last year, when it took 51 days to move a new car; it also took 51 days for the month of March. Despite the longer sales time, though, the cars that are bringing that average up — the slowest sellers across the industry — haven’t changed a whole lot from month to month, or year to year.

We covered the month’s fastest sellers here. That list was dominated by new and redesigned models like the Subaru WRX and Subaru Forester, as well as highly anticipated models like the Corvette Stingray and the Land Rover Range Rover Sport.

“For the fastest sellers, we only list vehicles that pass a certain threshold of sales in order to weed out limited editions, ultra-high-performance cars and others that might skew the numbers or otherwise inaccurately portray popularity,” Kicking Tires said. “To highlight all slow sellers, slowest sellers have no such threshold.”

Here are the 10 vehicles that took the longest to sell in the month of April. Between the fastest-selling and slowest-selling vehicles, there was a 198-day disparity.

10. Mini Paceman, 129 days

The Mini Paceman is a funky mashup of a Countryman and the Cooper Roadster, we guess, as Mini continues to blur its product ranges. It has the larger footprint of the Countryman but only two doors, and as a result, people looking for a coupe stick with the Roadster or the Cooper hardtop, and people needing utility opt for the Countryman or the Clubman. The segment in between is quite small, and the Paceman sells at a lumbering 129-day rate because of it.

9. BMW 650i xDrive Gran Coupe, 133 days

The BMW (BAMXY.PK) 6 Series Gran Coupe is sort of an odd duck in BMW’s lineup. The 6-Series line was meant for a coupe to situate between the 5- and 7-Series, so the Gran Coupe is a 6-Series sedan slotted twixt the 5- and 7-Series, uh, sedans. Buyers seem comfortable with the established odd-numbered lines, and the Gran Coupe has ended up being an expensive slow seller as a result. Will the 4-Series Gran Coupe see the same thing?

8. Acura RLX, 135 days

Acura’s (NYSE:HMC) RLX is the top-of-the-line model for the brand, and interestingly, one of the only cars in its class that doesn’t offer a V8 option. It does offer a sumptuous interior and a boatload of nifty features (as well as elegant but understated looks), but buyers don’t seem to be as excited for the RLX as they are for, say, a Mercedes S Class. Further, Acura has never commanded the same kind of niche that the big luxury players do, and consumers might still be warming up to the RLX and its $50,000 price tag.

7. Jaguar F-Type S convertible, 140 days

For the F-Type S, Jaguar (NYSE:TTM) summons 380 horsepower from a 3.0 liter supercharged V6, capable of catapulting the roadster to a top speed of 171 miles per hour. However, buyers seem to be flocking to the range-topping F-Type S V8 and its 186-mile-per-hour top speed, leaving the mid-range F-Type S on the lots — for about 140 days. For Jaguar, the hardtops seem to be the drivers for the new models, and the convertibles have suffered as a result.

6. Mitsubishi Outlander, 141 days

The Outlander was meant to be a bid for Mitsubishi to gain traction in the U.S. market and around the world, but domestically, things have fallen somewhat short. It’s rather efficient for its class and offers a pretty good value, but otherwise doesn’t bring much to the table that one can’t get in a competing vehicle for a better price or with more features. Despite a new face, the Outlander already looks dated next to its competitors, and it spends around 141 days on the lot before being taken home.

5. BMW M6 convertible

BMW’s 6-Series line didn’t fare particularly well as far as rate of sales goes, and the M6 convertible bumbled along at a 143-day clip. With a $117,000 starting price, it’s an expensive proposition, but next to its competition — think Aston Martin territory — it’s a downright bargain. Buyers of the car, however, seem content with spending more (or less) and the BMW M6 convertible, likely one of the more mass-produced models in its class, lands on the slowest-seller list for April.

4. Infiniti Q60 coupe, 157 days

The Infiniti (NSANY.PK) Q60 coupe is a gorgeous car but hasn’t undergone the cosmetic update that the Q50 sedan has. This could suggest that buyers are holding out for the updated model given the coupe’s 157-day average sell span; it’s also starting to look a bit dated against its competition. It’s likely that once the Q60 coupe adopts the new face of the Q50, that time period will plummet dramatically.

3. Jaguar F-Type convertible, 157 days

Jaguar’s F-Type is an incredible car, even when not in the S-spec trim. It has a V6 at base that sounds like none other on the road, and its 340 horsepower isn’t anything to sneeze at. Combined with Jaguar’s commitment to the inspiration from the earlier E-Types, the British marque has one fine automobile on its hands. However, it appears that the hard-topped coupe model is the favorite among Jaguar buyers, as the F-Type convertible is spending an average of 157 days on the lot prior to sale.

2. Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid, 179 days

With mediocre hybrid statistics (24 miles per gallon in the city and 30 on the highway) combined with a starting price tag north of $56,000, it’s not hard to see why the E400 Hybrid is a slow seller — especially with the E250 BlueTec diesel in the lineup, which achieves 28 miles per gallon in the city and 45 on the highway for under $52,000. The hybrid is more powerful than the diesel, but if you can afford a Mercedes and your priorities don’t include fuel consumption in your top three, than Mercedes has other options for you to look at.

1. BMW 640i xDrive coupe, 205 days

With its titillating engine and its knee-weakening good looks, the BMW 6 Series  might be among the most compelling Gran Touring cars on the road. However, it starts at a lofty and very BMW-like $75,000, so its pool of buyers is understandably small. The average sell-through for the 6-Series — the 640i with BMW’s xDrive, more specifically — is 205 days, 200 days more than the fastest-selling car on the market in April, showing that buyers do seem to enjoy the extra utility that the Gran Coupe model offers.

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