2012 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle
It Isn’t Really Fair To
Include The Caprice PPV

This month, The Good Car Guy has tripled the amount of information in the United States Worst Selling Cars post. Not only will you see America’s Top 10 worst-selling vehicles by percentage decline, you’ll also see the Top 10 worst-selling vehicles by volume, and in two different categories.

It’s not really fair to include premium automobiles, the vehicles their makers intend to be exclusive, in a worst sellers list. So in the first “by volume” list, you won’t see any premium badges. The Chevrolet Caprice is included just for the fun of it, but it’s not intended to be a volume player; it isn’t even marketed to individual customers. The winning losing Mazda RX-8 is treated poorly, as well. I mean, really, by its very nature it’s hard for the RX-8 to avoid being a worst-selling car. Ah, but the Nissan 370Z isn’t here, so there are ways of avoiding such placement. 

Before you get to that table, however, you’ll see the list of America’s 10 Worst-Selling Vehicles ranked by year-over-year percentage decline. In this list, and the two others for that matter, no vehicle that has been out of production or cancelled by its manufacturer is eligible. Many of these products do have excuses, however. Quake-related inventory problems can mess things up when volume is contrasted with July 2010. Kia is still running with the old Rio when we all know the new one will be an excellent replacement. Saab is on life support. And the ZDX and RL… well, they suck.

Finally, once you’ve scrolled past the first two tables you’ll come to the list of America’s outright Top 10 Worst-Selling Vehicles. They’re mostly ultra-exclusive machines; machines that were always supposed to be ultra-exclusive. But once again, the Acura RL sneaks on by being overwhelmingly boring.

BY PERCENTAGE DECLINE
Rank
Vehicle
% Drop
July 2011
#1
Acura ZDX
-82.4
102
#2
Mercedes-Benz R-Class
-82.2
56
#3
Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
-75.8
24
#4
Kia Rio
-70.5
1011
#5
Acura RL
-59.3
70
#6
Toyota Yaris
-54.7
1391
#7
Saab 9-3
-53.8
211
#8
BMW 1-Series
-52.3
664
#9
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
-52.1
93
#10
Jaguar XK
-51.4
126

BY VOLUME
Rank
Non-Premium Vehicle
July 2011
Year-To-Date
#1
Mazda RX-8
65
544
#2
Chevrolet Caprice
90
155
#3
Chevrolet Volt
125
2870
#4
Hyundai Azera
144
1239
#5
Suzuki Equator
213
1230
#6
Subaru Tribeca
235
1509
#7
Mazda Tribute
268
1621
#8
smart fortwo
327
2883
#9
Honda Ridgeline
377
5562
#10
Suzuki Grand Vitara
386
2937

BY VOLUME – ALL VEHICLES
Rank
Vehicle (All-Inclusive)
July 2011
Year-To-Date
#1
Lexus LFA
7
36
#2
Saab 9-4X
17
17
#3
Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
24
532
#4
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
49
397
#5
Mercedes-Benz R-Class
56
1874
#6
Nissan GT-R
56
883
#7
Mazda RX-8
65
544
#8
Acura RL
70
895
#9
Audi R8
82
682
#10
Chevrolet Caprice
90
155

Related From GoodCarBadCar.net
Top 10 Worst-Selling Vehicles In America – July 2012
Top 10 Worst-Selling Cars In America  – June 2011
Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America – July 2011
U.S. Auto Sales By Brand – July 2011