December 2012 Top 10 Worst-Selling Vehicles In Canada


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Canada’s worst-selling cars are an eclectic, often elite bunch. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG sales fell 90% to just a single unit in December, but what does that say about the Canadian auto industry?

Nothing.

Many high end automakers don’t even report specific model-by-model sales figures. We know that, in total, Maserati only sold 12 cars in December; Bentley only ten. Perhaps the SLS AMG’s 90% decline doesn’t translate to… anything. It’s a one month performance by one $206,900 supercar in one small market. 

More meaning can be found in the fact that Mazda 2 sales tumbled, the Nissan Maxima is stuck between the Altima and the Infiniti G (Q50), and the Buick Regal has been crushed by the Buick Verano. The Nissan 370Z is overpriced in Canada. Canadians have very little interest in all-electric cars with limited range. And the Chevrolet Trax only just went on sale. Expect it and the Buick Encore to do alright.

All 262 Vehicles Ranked By 2012 Canadian Sales
And what of the Porsche Cayman, a constant presence in previous editions of this worst sellers list? Porsche Canada didn’t sell a single Cayman in December, so it’s exempt. Sales will surge, relatively speaking, when the second-generation Cayman arrives at dealers soon.

Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for all these vehicles can be accessed through the dropdown menu at GCBC’s Sales Stats page, or for non-mobile users, near the top right of this page. But before you start inspecting the yearly data for the Kia Borrego, check out Canada’s worst-selling cars from December 2012 in the three tables below.

Rank
Worst-Selling Car 
By Percentage Decline
% Change
December 2012
December 2011
#1
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
– 90.0% 1 10
#2
Acura RL
– 83.3% 1 6
#3
Acura TSX
– 76.9% 78 338
#4
Volvo XC90
– 73.2% 19 71
#5
Mazda 2
– 71.2% 136 472
#6
Nissan Maxima
– 69.9% 56 186
#7
Buick Regal
– 67.1% 95 289
#8
Nissan Quest
– 63.2% 28 76
#9
Nissan 370Z
– 58.8% 7 17
#10
Volvo S60
– 57.8% 46 109

Rank
Worst-Selling Car 
By Volume
December 2012
December 2011
% Change
#1
Nissan 370Z
7 17 – 58.8%
#2
Honda CR-Z
7 14 – 50.0%
#3
Honda Insight
9 6 + 50.0%
#4
Mazda MX-5 Miata
10 19 – 47.4%
#5
Nissan Cube
12 28 – 57.1%
#6
Mitsubishi i MiEV
13 16 – 18.8%
T7
Nissan Leaf
27 59 – 54.2%
T7
Chevrolet Trax
27 —– —–
#9
Nissan Quest
28 76 – 63.2%
#10
Nissan Armada
33 57 – 42.1%

Rank
Worst-Selling Car 
By Volume (All Vehicles)
December 2012
December 2011
% Change
T1
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
1 10 – 90.0%
T1
Acura RL
1 6 – 83.3%
T3
Audi R8
3 2 + 50.0%
T3
Nissan GT-R
3 1 + 200%
#5
Volvo S80
4 2 + 100%
#6
Hyundai Equus
5 6 – 16.7%
T7
Nissan 370Z
7 17 – 58.8%
T7
Honda CR-Z
7 14 – 50.0%
#9
Jaguar XK
8 16 – 50.0%
#10
Honda Insight
9 6 + 50.0%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC 
Vehicle must have been on sale throughout December, must not have been officially cancelled by its manufacturer, and must have been showcased on manufacturer’s website through December.

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