Edmunds has taken the time to sort through the March 2012 sales data to find which were the quickest selling models of the month. According to the site's research, the 2012 Toyota Prius C took the top nod by sitting on dealer lots just eight days before whirring off to a new home. Manufacturers routinely use "days to turn" to evaluate consumer demand, though pesky variables like production capacity can easily tweak the number north or south. That's likely why the Audi Q7 took just 11 days to turn and its smaller sibling, the Q5, took just 13. Audi is having a hard time keeping production in pace with consumer demand.

Other stars of last month's show include the Hyundai Veloster. With an average of 14 days on dealer lots, the model finds itself tied with hardware like the BMW X6 and Subaru Impreza for being quick to turn. You can check out the full list of quickest-sellers by heading over to Edmund's Inside Line.


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      Spies1
      • 2 Years Ago
      LOL at the "domestic" fanbois trying to justify the lack of their products on this list by claiming the vehicles on the list are "niche" vehicles. Elantra Pilot CR-V Jetta Imprezza Accent LOL at calling those niche vehicles.
      Bobby
      • 2 Years Ago
      LOL @ the people who said the Lexus GS wouldn't sell because it was too ugly, and how NO ONE would buy it. I guess Lexus gets the last laugh.
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          Synthono
          • 2 Years Ago
          They are selling every one they make, that's a success in the eyes of a car manufacturer.
          Spies1
          • 2 Years Ago
          Again, LOL at the desperation of yomama6500, yomama6501, yomama6502, yomama6503...) No only is the GS hard to find, sales are UP 486% last month.
          Julius
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ Synthono: "They are selling every one they make, that's a success in the eyes of a car manufacturer." That depends on where the break-even cost of developing said car would be. If you sell 499 cars out of 500 made, it can be considered a success if the break-even point was < 500 units. As the tsunami showed - you can sell every car you make and still lose money.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Spies1
        • 2 Years Ago
        The "American Domestic(now only Ford and GM)" also top in incentive spending to move those numbers. Last I heard, the Focus was at 45% fleet sales.
      andrewG
      • 2 Years Ago
      This has nothing to do with which cars are selling better than others, the Japanese have a more lean production system and that's why they have such a low lead time. They can make small quantities of cars in such a low time they don't need to flood the dealers with 90 day supply of cars.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am amazed by the lack of American-branded cars on that list. Not a one. I figured there would be at least a couple. Also, I am pleasantly surprised by the number of hatchbacks (or at least lack of traditional sedans) on that list. For a body style that we have been told time and again doesn't sell, the vast majority of vehicles on that list are hatches or wagons (SUV's are hatchbacks, and cars like the Impreza come in both sedan and hatch). Once again, this list proves those folks wrong. Also proven wrong is the notion that Americans don't buy small/economical cars, and yet most of the ones on that list are.
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          Hazdaz
          • 2 Years Ago
          The list isn't about TOTAL sales, true, but it does give people an idea of the "hottest" or "most desirable" cars out there today. It shows what cars people are anticipating. It is not reassuring that not a one domestic car made the list... not the Mustang, not the Camaro, not the Cruze or Focus, nor the Malibu or Fusion. Yes, many on the list are more "niche" products (like the Veloster), but typically those cars have higher profit margins to counter their usually lower volumes. Detroit really needs to up its game when it comes to making more desirable/niche vehicles.
          Spies1
          • 2 Years Ago
          Again, LOL at the desperation of yomama6500, yomama6501, yomama6502, yomama6503...) yomama claims Autoblog posted this in an attempt to make Ford and or GM look bad. Do you really believe that?
      mapoftazifosho
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not a single Big 3 vehicle on that list...
        Synthono
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
        The Big 3 seem to keep a larger supply on hand. The F-150 is the best selling vehicle in North America, but you're not going to drive by a dealer which doesn't have a huge number in stock. With that model, part of it is due to pickup buyers generally having a diverse set of demands, but it's still both in high demand and with a large amount of stock sitting around.
        mapoftazifosho
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
        Yeah, I was looking for the why...I knew it wasn't simply a hatred for the Big 3 as they still outsell all of their foreign competitors here.
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 2 Years Ago
      This really isn't any indication of what cars are popular or selling in large numbers. Probably a good way to tell which cars you won't get much negotiating room on though.
      sloturbo
      • 2 Years Ago
      To me, the BMW X6 is the odd on the list. Did not think any of those were selling.
        Pdexter
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sloturbo
        When autoblog commentators say BMW, Lambo, Porsche, Audi etc new crossover, SUV to be horrible flop, you can bet the car will be that brands main seller. Not that i don't agree with many of the autoblog commentators, but the money clearly isn't here.
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        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sloturbo
        Here in the South, I have seen very few X6s. I suspect the price has a lot to do with that, and folks interested in a $60k or $70k machine gravitate to the Toyota Landcruiser or that enormous Infinity or even the Escalade.
        WillieD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sloturbo
        I didn't, either. I've seen one so far.
        Richard
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sloturbo
        Lots of X6s here in Northeastern Queens. Asian people love 'em. Lots of Cayennes here too.
          BG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Richard
          "Asian people love 'em." Odd, why?
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      aramis_aramis
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 2013 Lexus GS 350 is one of the top-ten fastest selling cars in the USA, according to Edmunds. The ranking looks at the days-to-turn, or how many days between a vehicle’s arrival at the dealership and its purchase by a customer. In the month of March, the industry average was 53 days — in contrast, the GS 350 was only on the lot for an average of 15 days. Other Lexus vehicles that performed well: the GX 460 at 28th with an average of 25 days at the dealership, the CT 200h at the 37th position with 28 days, and RX 350 coming in at 44th with 31 days-to-turn. The 2013 Lexus GS 350 is one of the top-ten fastest selling cars in the USA, according to Edmunds.
      raughle1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sometimes these stats mean the opposite of what you'd think. Dealers tend to stock large numbers of popular vehicles, which increases the days on lot. They don't stock the niche vehicles because they don't want to get stuck with them. So suddenly an X6 looks like it's in more demand than an F150. Clearly not the case.
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