Top 10 Worst-Selling Cars In America – 2011 Year End


2012 Lexus HS250h Deep Sea Mica

With a few simple rules in place, we can say with certainty that no car on the U.S. market posted a more drastic year-over-year sales decline than the Lexus HS250h in 2011. Down 73.1%, sales of the Lexus HS sedan fell from 10,663 in 2010 to just 2864 in 2011 as more and more consumers realized how awful the HS is, and more and more Lexus buyers turned to the CT200h, 14,381 of which were sold in 2011. The Acura ZDX and Hyundai Azera also lost more than half their volume in 2011.

60% of the cars on America’s Worst-Selling Cars By Percentage Decline list were Japanese. There was one (questionably eligible) Korean, two Germans, and one Swede. One car from GoodCarBadCar’s 2012 Bad 8 made an appearance. Two cars from 2011’s Bad 8 landed a spot in the first table below.

The other two tables rank worst sellers by volume. With just 1524 sales, the Hyundai Azera was out-sold by every other uncancelled, still-marketed car in America. Suzuki landed three vehicles on the first list, including the attractive midsize Kizashi. The Chevrolet Volt is here; the Nissan LEAF is not

When all vehicles, including ultra-luxury cars, are thrown into the mix, all those mainstream cars escape worst seller status. In their place you’ll find three Mercedes-Benz cars and one Mercedes SUV, one Porsche, one Audi, one Saab, and two supremely quick Japanese sports cars. And the Bad 8’s Acura RL.

Care to escape the negativity? America’s 2011 year end best seller lists start with this Ford F-Series-winning 30 best-selling vehicles table.

Updated @ 9:09 AST on 01.11.12 w/ corrected Volvo numbers

Rank
Worst-Selling Car 
By Percentage Decline
% Drop
2011
2010
#1
Lexus HS250h
– 73.1% 2864 10,663
#2
Acura ZDX
– 52.0% 1564 3259
#3
Hyundai Azera
– 50.0% 1524 3051
#4
Lexus GS
– 46.9% 3746 7059
#5
Acura RL
– 46.2% 1096 2037
#6
Honda Ridgeline
– 39.5% 9759 16,142
#7
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
– 39.2% 1449 2385
#8
Nissan Cube
– 37.0% 14,459 22,968
#9
Volvo S80
– 34.5% 4735 7225
#10
BMW 1-Series
– 32.7% 8832 13,132

Rank
Worst-Selling Non-Premium
Car By Volume
2011
2010
% Change
#1
Hyundai Azera
1524 3051 – 50.0%
#2
Suzuki Equator
2127 1447 + 47.0%
#3
Subaru Tribeca
2791 2472 + 12.9%
#4
Suzuki Grand Vitara
4980 4478 + 11.2%
#5
smart fortwo
5208 5927 – 12.1%
#6
Mazda MX-5 Miata
5674 6370 – 10.9%
#7
Suzuki Kizashi
6942 6138 + 13.1%
#8
Nissan 370Z
7328 10,215 – 28.3%
#9
Volkswagen Eos
7533 6690 + 12.6%
#10
Chevrolet Volt
7671 326 + 2253%

Rank
Worst-Selling Car 
By Volume (All Vehicles)
2011
2010
% Change
#1
Lexus LFA
62 —– —–
#2
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
722 499 + 44.7%
#3
Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
943 1035 – 8.9%
#4
Acura RL
1096 2037 – 46.2%
#5
Audi R8
1145 799 + 43.3%
#6
Mercedes-Benz G-Class
1191 919 + 29.6%
#7
Nissan GT-R
1294 877 + 47.5%
#8
Porsche Cayman
1377 1322 + 4.2%
#9
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
1449 2385 – 39.2%
#10
Saab 9-5
1496 727 + 106%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC 
Vehicle must have been on sale at the beginning and through the end of 2011, must not have been officially cancelled by its manufacturer, must have been showcased on manufacturer’s website through the end of the year, and must have been eligible for worst seller status in each of 2011’s twelve months. 

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