2012 Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition

It seemed as though this slightly arbitrary American worst-selling cars list worked best when GoodCarBadCar offered each car a valid excuse for its presence here; for its lack of presence on the best-selling vehicles list. (Theoretically, a car could be on both.)

There are 21 cars competing to be ignored in the tables below, tables which show June 2012’s worst-selling vehicles counted three different ways. This is maybe why they are here.

2011 Porsche Cayman R

The Porsche Cayman is due for a replacement. New Porsche Boxsters finally began to arrive in numbers and, shocker, sales jumped 117%. The Lexus LFA was a limited-run model we showcase here mainly because it justifies the use of an LFA picture, and the LFA looks better all the time. Remember when you could save a couple bucks by purchasing a corded remote-controlled car instead of a cordless version? Sure, you were in control, but it only drove so far without you going there as well. The Nissan LEAF is kind of like that. People maybe don’t want to spend $30,000 on a car that can’t get them from Manhattan to Montauk, let alone from Manhattan to Montauk and back. The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is… you know, it’s the kind of product for which sales figures can fluctuate depending on how many Hollywood celebs received bonuses last month. 

2012 Mitsubishi i MiEV U.S. version

New car buyers still have the option of a fresh BMW 6-Series. They now have the choice to buy an even fresher SL-Class Benz redesign. Therefore, a Jaguar XK begins to looks a bit stale. But so do most other high-end coupes. Honda’s CR-Z and Insight are rare. Granted, they’re rare because Honda knows that building more will not generate a, “and they will come,” factor. BMW’s Z4 is a handsome hardtop droptop, but fighting the new Boxster and the hot-selling Benz SLK (sales of which rose 107% in the first six months of 2012) isn’t easy. The Nissan Cube still isn’t a Kia Soul. Mitsubishi’s i MiEV has the same problem as the LEAF, only the i is even stranger to look at. Are Subaru dealers aware their vehicle provider still assembles Tribecas? If you want a Nissan Frontier, you might just buy a Nissan Frontier, not a Suzuki Equator. This was the first month the Dodge Dart was on sale. Imagine if the Suzuki Kizashi had a Toyota logo on the grille and not a fancy S. Miata sales are up, just not enough to be compared with the Subaru BRZs of the world. Mitsubishi crossover buyers choose the Outlander Sport over the Outlander by a rate of 2-to-1 in June 2012. The Acura ZDX doesn’t deserve an excuse.

And the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class, Audi R8, and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG? Cars with an average base price of $139,300 aren’t going to sell like Camrys. In fact, the SLS and CL sold better this year than last.

A bunch of different best seller flavours can be enjoyed at this link. As always, use the first dropdown menu at GCBC’s Sales Stats home (or at the top right of this page) to find historical and current monthly and yearly sales figures for any automobile on sale in North America.

Rank
Worst-Selling Car 
By Percentage Decline
% Change
June 2012
June 2011
#1
Porsche Cayman
– 78.0% 26 118
#2
Lexus LFA
– 71.4% 2 7
#3
Nissan LEAF
– 68.7% 535 1708
#4
Mercedes-Benz G-Class
– 65.8% 50 146
#5
Jaguar XK
– 64.8% 92 261
#6
Honda CR-Z
– 57.7% 409 966
#7
BMW Z4
– 52.1% 240 501
#8
Honda Insight
– 51.6% 494 1021
#9
Acura RL
– 45.8% 32 59
#10
Nissan Cube
– 45.8% 711 1313

Rank
Worst-Selling Car 
By Volume
June 2012
June 2011
% Change
#1
Mitsubishi i MiEV
33 —– —–
#2
Subaru Tribeca
184 180 + 2.2%
#3
Suzuki Equator
195 207 – 5.8%
#4
Dodge Dart
202 —– —–
#5
Honda CR-Z
409 966 – 57.7%
#6
Honda Insight
494 1021 – 51.6%
#7
Suzuki Kizashi
524 552 – 5.1%
#8
Nissan LEAF
535 1708 – 68.7%
#9
Mazda MX-5 Miata
659 507 + 30.0%
#10
Mitsubishi Outlander
687 822 – 16.4%

Rank
Worst-Selling Car 
By Volume (All Vehicles)
June 2012
June 2011
% Change
#1
Lexus LFA
2 7 – 71.4%
#2
Porsche Cayman
26 118 – 78.0%
#3
Acura RL
32 59 – 45.8%
#4
Mitsubishi i MiEV
33 —– —–
#5
Mercedes-Benz G-Class
50 146 – 65.8%
#6
Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
58 53 + 9.4%
#7
Acura ZDX
63 103 – 38.8%
#8
Audi R8
78 108 – 27.8%
#9
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
86 18 + 378%
#10
Jaguar XK
92 261 – 64.8%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC 
Vehicle must have been on sale throughout June, must not have been officially cancelled by its manufacturer, and must have been showcased on manufacturer’s website. Chevrolet’s fleet-only Caprice PPV is no longer deemed eligible.

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