Top 10 Worst-Selling Cars In America – May 2012


2013 Subaru BRZ Silver
The Subaru BRZ Wasn’t Really One
Of America’s Worst-Selling Cars In May

Despite a loss of 177 Boxster and 105 Cayman sales, the Porsche brand posted a 1.2% year-over-year U.S. sales increase in May 2012. Of course, the overall new vehicle market improved 26% from May 2011. Of all the vehicles on the market last year which are still actively marketed, no car posted a worse year-over-year decrease than the Boxster. Apart from defunct cars like the Cadillac STS, Lincoln Town Car, Mercedes-Benz R-Class, only the Boxster and Honda CR-Z reported worse year-over-year declines than the Cayman. Give us the new entry-level Porsches already.

Nissan LEAF sales plunged to just 510 in May. Toyota sold 1086 copies of the Prius Plug-In. Chevrolet sold 1680 Volts. The good news for Nissan? LEAF sales were 38% better than in April

It seems likely that the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ won’t be permanent members of this U.S. worst sellers list. May was the first month Scion and Subaru sold their rear-wheel drive sports car twins. Being on this list isn’t a failure on their part, not at this early stage. Suzuki sold 599 Kizashis, which is bad. Honda’s CR-Z is selling less often now than it did when CR-Zs were apparently already rather rare on dealer forecourts.


All 258 Vehicles Ranked – May 2012 YTD U.S. Sales By Model
Monthly and yearly sales figures for all these models can be accessed through the dropdown menu at GoodCarBadCar’s Sales Stats home. GCBC calculates the worst-selling vehicles in America in three different ways, all of which are visible in the tables below. For a positive spin on U.S. auto sales in May, check out the 30 best-selling vehicles in America.

Rank
Worst-Selling Car 
By Percentage Decline
% Change
May 2012
May 2011
#1
Porsche Boxster
– 88.5% 23 200
#2
Honda CR-Z
– 81.0% 296 1557
#3
Porsche Cayman
– 80.2% 26 131
#4
Honda Insight
– 64.3% 512 1435
#5
Volkswagen CC
– 59.6% 1607 3979
#6
BMW Z4
– 56.3% 284 650
#7
Nissan LEAF
– 55.3% 510 1142
#8
Nissan Cube
– 51.8% 724 1502
#9
Volvo S80
– 46.9% 365 687
#10
Jaguar XK
– 44.5% 106 191

Rank
Worst-Selling Car 
By Volume
May 2012
May 2011
% Change
#1
Mitsubishi i MiEV
85 —– —–
#2
Scion FR-S
86 —– —–
#3
Subaru Tribeca
165 184 – 10.3%
#4
Suzuki Equator
186 174 + 6.9%
#5
Subaru BRZ
271 —– —–
#6
Honda CR-Z
296 1557 – 81.0%
#7
Suzuki Grand Vitara
474 378 + 25.4%
#8
Nissan LEAF
510 1142 – 55.3%
#9
Honda Insight
512 1435 – 64.3%
#10
Suzuki Kizashi
599 622 – 3.7%

Rank
Worst-Selling Car 
By Volume (All Vehicles)
May 2012
May 2011
% Change
#1
Lexus LFA
3 —– —–
#2
Porsche Boxster
23 200 – 88.5%
#3
Porsche Cayman
26 131 – 80.2%
#4
Acura RL
50 58 – 13.8%
#5
Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
56 68 – 17.6%
#6
Mercedes-Benz G-Class
68 109 – 37.6%
#7
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
83 21 + 295%
#8
Acura ZDX
84 128 – 34.4%
#9
Mitsubishi i MiEV
85 —– —–
#10
Scion FR-S
86 —– —–

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC 
Vehicle must have been on sale in May, must not have been officially cancelled by its manufacturer, and must have been showcased on manufacturer’s website in May. GoodCarBadCar has decided the Chevrolet Caprice PPV (313 sales in May) is no longer eligible.

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