One of the most interesting element about writing and discussing the automotive industry is seeing which cars are STUDs and which are DUDs.
What makes a good product a great one?
We could have a philosophical debate that would likely last days; however, there's one little factoid floating out there that I think is a particularly good indicator of an intriguing product. That would be the Days In Inventory (D.I.I.) statistic.
Regardless of a writer or book's opinion, these are the vehicles that are the hardest to get. You can't argue with numbers, folks.
That said, here's the list:
1. Ford Fusion Hybrid -- D.I.I. = 11
2. Mercedes-Benz G-Class -- D.I.I. = 14
3. Kia Soul -- D.I.I. = 15
3. Scion FR-S -- D.I.I. = 15
3. Hyundai Genesis Coupe -- D.I.I. = 15
6. BMW M6 -- D.I.I. = 17
6. Ford C-Max -- D.I.I. = 17
8. Mercedes-Benz M-Class -- D.I.I. = 18
8. Subaru BR-Z -- D.I.I. = 18
All of these products are GOOD looking! One could argue that's questionable with the all-new Ford C-Max and Kia Soul but there's no doubt the others have a certain "lust" appeal.
Forbes checked with automotive researcher Edmunds.com to find out which cars are the most scarce in this busy year-end selling season. Edmunds.com tracks average days to turn, which is the average number of days vehicles were in dealer inventory before a customer drives them away.
It turns out Ford appears to have the tightest inventories, with three models among the Top 10 Hard-to-Get Cars. While two are hybrids, the other is a screaming supercar, the 650-hp Mustang Shelby GT500, which features an all-aluminum, supercharged 5.8-liter V8 that has a top speed of more than 200 mph. Granted, it’s a specialty car, but sports car enthusiasts are apparently willing to pay the higher price tag, $55,000, up from $48,000, to get 100 more horsepower. “Talk about bang for your buck,” says Edmunds.com analyst Jeremy Acevedo.