2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class

After a months-long hiatus, Mercedes-Benz B-Class tall hatches are beginning to arrive in North America again. Canada was friendly to the B-Class when the first-gen car was absent south of the border: 3207 were registered in 2008. The second-gen B-Class was slow to appear and its worst seller status in August 2012 means little. Availability will improve; desirability will increase.

Referring only to still-produced models produced by mainstream brands, all ten of the lowest-volume nameplates in Canada last month were made by Japanese automobile manufacturers. In fact, tied for the eleventh spot with the Chevrolet Suburban was the Subaru Tribeca. This isn’t to say that Japanese automakers struggled in Canada in August 2012.

As the overall industry posted, as a group, a 6.4% improvement, Toyota and Honda recorded 26% and 50% gains, respectively. Mazda’s report showed a 4% increase. Subaru sales jumped 44%. Acura, Lexus, Infiniti, Scion, and Suzuki all rose at an above-average rate. 

2012 Nissan Quest acquarium
Hardly Anybody Purchased Or Leased A Nissan Quest
Before Sales Plunged 77% in August 2012.

This leaves only Mitsubishi and Nissan with year-over-year declines. Nissan’s was severe, an 18% drop. And the declines criss-crossed the brand, from the best-selling Rogue (down 52%) to the niche Cube (down 69%) to the 370Z sports car (down 67%) to the rough-and-tumble Xterra (down 39%), plus the Juke, Maxima, Armada, Frontier, Murano, Pathfinder, and Quest. 

Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for specific models can always be found through the first dropdown menu at GCBC’s Sales Stats home or near the top right of this page for non-mobile users. Canada’s best-selling vehicles were posted earlier. And of course, detailed worst seller info is visible in the tables below.

Updated @ 2:42 PM on 01.14.2013

Rank
Worst-Selling Car 
By Percentage Decline
% Change
August 2012
August 2011
#1
Mercedes-Benz B-Class
– 99.4% 1 156
#2
Volvo S80
– 77.8% 2 9
#3
Buick Regal
– 77.6% 78 348
#4
Nissan Quest
– 76.7% 24 103
#5
Hyundai Genesis Coupe
– 75.9% 76 316
#6
Nissan Maxima
– 75.2% 81 326
#7
Porsche Cayman
– 73.3% 4 15
#8
Lincoln MKZ
– 71.1% 37 128
#9
Chevrolet Malibu
– 70.2% 605 2030
#10
Nissan Cube
– 68.8% 15 48

Rank
Worst-Selling Car 
By Volume
August 2012
August 2011
% Change
#1
Honda CR-Z
11 31 – 64.5%
#2
Honda Insight
13 9 + 44.4%
#3
Nissan Cube
15 48 – 68.8%
#4
Nissan Leaf
20 9 + 122%
T5
Nissan Quest
24 103 – 76.7%
T5
Mitsubishi i MiEV
24 —– —–
#7
Nissan Armada
30 57 – 47.4%
#8
Toyota Sequoia
33 46 – 28.3%
#9
Nissan Xterra
34 56 – 39.3%
#10
Toyota Avalon
35 51 – 31.4%

Rank
Worst-Selling Car 
By Volume (All Vehicles)
August 2012
August 2011
% Change
T1
Mercedes-Benz B-Class
1 156 – 99.4%
T1
Acura RL
1 3 – 66.7%
#3
Volvo S80
2 9 – 77.8%
T4
Porsche Cayman
4 15 – 73.3%
T4
Audi R8
4 9 – 55.6%
T4
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
4 3 + 33.3%
#7
Acura ZDX
5 11 – 54.5%
#8
Hyundai Equus
7 10 – 30.0%
#9
Nissan GT-R
8 6 + 33.3%
#10
Lexus LS
9 16 – 43.8%

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

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