We compile monthly worst seller lists for three big reasons. One, we like to give the people what they want. Two, despite criticism that the lists too often include high-end supercars and discontinued models which are all intentionally or automatically rare, the vehicles which aren’t high-end supercars or discontinued stand out as a result. And three, well, we really like to give the people what they want.
November 2015’s list of the 20 most rapidly declining new vehicles in Canada includes two discontinued models at the top – the Honda Crosstour and Mazda 2 – but then displays a lengthy list of continuing nameplates. Thoroughly established cars. Popular vehicles. Even some periodic top sellers.
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But in November 2015, their sales crumbled. True, some, like the Mercedes-Benz GLK and Buick LaCrosse, are entering a replacement phase. The Dodge Viper is bidding a long goodbye. Others may be in the midst of a particularly tumultuous model year transition, where inventory wasn’t well matched to demand. The Honda Fit’s production is moving to make way for more HR-V production in Mexico. The Volkswagen Touareg and Audi Q7 are especially hindered by VW’s TDI emissions scandal.
But the Hyundai Sonata and Chrysler 200, two of Canada’s more popular midsize cars? Their sales were down 50% and 45%, respectively, in November. The Kia Rondo? Canadians prefer full-size minivans. Three Toyota products – Avalon, Prius C, Lexus RC – all tanked. The Fiat 500 and 500L are in sharp decline.
Yes, the Nissan GT-R and Alfa Romeo 4C are uncommon cars, and you knew they would be. But sometimes the worst seller list highlights factors in the auto industry that surprise many, and disappoint many more.
You can always select a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page to find historical monthly and yearly sales figures from both Canada and the United States. Pertinent links are clickable at the bottom of this post, but you can also find related links at the Best Sellers page.
Source: Automakers & Global Automakers Of Canada Vehicles which sold at least once in November 2014 but not at all in November 2015: Porsche 918 Spyder, Jaguar XK, Subaru Tribeca, Cadillac ELR, Audi R8, Toyota FJ Cruiser, Scion xD, Acura TL, Chevrolet Orlando, Land Rover LR2, Honda Ridgeline, Toyota Matrix.
Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Rolls-Royce do not release monthly sales data. Maserati does not report model-specific sales data.