Forbes' List of Hardest-To-Get Cars
July 2nd, 2008 10:25 AM Share
Forbes, that Number One purveyor of "Top 10" lists, has devised a list of the ten hardest-to-get cars. They've based their selections on dealer inventory levels and retail turn rates (how long a model sits on the lot before it's sold). While some of the selections are obvious (anyone try to buy a Prius lately?), who would expect the 14mpg Lexus LX to be in short supply? The other two anomalies (considering gas mileage and purchase price) are the Audi A5 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, both of which are selling faster than they can build them. Here's the entire list and supply level of each model:
Toyota Prius – 7-day supply
Lexus LX Series – 8-day supply
MINI Cooper – 8-day supply
Audi A5 – 8-day supply
Toyota Yaris – 13-day supply
Scion xD – 19-day supply
Honda Fit – 20-day supply
Honda Civic – 21-day supply
Toyota Corolla – 23-day supply
Mercedes-Benz C-Class – 29-day supply
Published July 2nd, 2008 10:25 AM
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The Lexus LX is newly redesigned. Lexus sales are very "streaky", in that new models sell like gangbusters and are impossible to find, but the sales of the older models fall like a rock. Sales were up 230.2% in June (not a typo). In any case, having five of the top ten hardest to find cars, as in Toyota's case, is the type of problem you want to have. That is, if your product is sold out, you screwed up by not building more, but that's a whole heck of a lot better than having it pile up like trash bags during a garbage collector's strike.
Why doesn't the Nissan Versa sell more?
Why doesn’t the Nissan Versa sell more? I find it aesthetically challenged compared to the competition, and Nissan just hasn't got the name that Honda and Toyota do anymore.