10 Vehicles That Moved at a Snail’s Pace in December
A month’s best-selling vehicle is usually the measure of consumer demand that many look to, but another important figure to gauge the popularity of a vehicle is how quickly it sells. Lower-volume vehicles will likely never manage to land on the best-sellers list, though they may sell out far faster than the F-150s, Camrys, or other high-volume cars and trucks.
“The Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars list reports the average number of days it takes to sell models from the day they arrive on the lot until the final paperwork is signed by a buyer,” Cars.com, which compiled the lists, explains. “This is not a days-of-inventory list like you may find on other websites. With lots mostly clear of 2013 models, we look exclusively at 2014s now. We call the fastest-sellers Movers and the slowest ones Losers.”
Here are the slowest-selling vehicles from December. All models are of the 2014 model year.
10. Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD
With an average of 79 days spent on the dealer lot, the Chevrolet (NYSE:GM) Silverado 3500HD – the brand’s most heavy-duty pickup — was the 10th slowest-selling vehicle for the month of December.
9. Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Beating out its bigger sibling, though just barely, the Chevy Silverado 2500HD spent an average of 80 days at the dealer.
8. GMC Sierra 2500HD
Though nearly identical in capability to the Chevrolet Silverado of the same distinction and even despite a marginal difference in price, the GMC Sierra 2500HD spends an average of 83 days on dealer lots, three days more than the Silverado.
7. Chevrolet Malibu Eco
With a turnaround time of 84 days, the Chevrolet Malibu Eco was the slowest-selling car for December. No further explanation was given as to whether it was the Eco model exclusively, but we’re willing to wager that it is.
6. Mitsubishi Outlander
Mitsubishis have never really been hot-selling cars here in the states — with a few historical exceptions — and the Outlander, which is meant to be one of the better sellers in Mitsubishi’s stable, is representative of that. The SUV spends about 87 days on dealer lots before moving on.
5. BMW M6
BMW’s flagship high-performance coupe spends an average of 89 days on the dealer lot, possibly due to its lofty $111,000 or so base price.
4. Kia Sedona
Kia’s decidedly dated Sedona minivan hasn’t seen any meaningful updates or redesigns in quite some time, and buyers appear to be finding better options elsewhere. The Sedona sits on the dealer lots for about 94 days before finding a new home.
3. Jaguar F-Type S
Rounding out the top three is the Jaguar (NYSE:TTM) F-Type S, the middle-of-the-range roadster that commands a $77,000 price tag in coupe form and $81,000 as a convertible. While it is not a very high-volume vehicle in the first place, the base versions and the hotter F-Type R versions are probably seeing the immense bulk of F-Type sales; the F-Type S will sit for an average of 111 days.
2. Jaguar XKR
While sitting on the dealer lot, the F-Type S will have company in the Jaguar XKR — a model especially susceptible to cannibalization from the F-Type — which will hang around dealers’ lots for an average of 130 days before a new owner picks it up.
1. Nissan GT-R
The slowest-selling vehicle for December was the Nissan (NSANY.PK) GT-R, a supercar capable of outperforming cars many times its price. However, the GT-R will hang out for an average of 165 days — nearly half a year — between delivery and official sale.