Here’s a list of vehicles that automakers don’t want to be leading — with all the numbers in, many have calculated what the best-selling cars of 2013 were; these, on the other hand, were the worst performers from the same year, but on the opposite side of the spectrum. These aren’t exactly the same models that made up the list of slowest-selling vehicles (for December), but there is some interesting overlaps.
Autoblog, which put the list together, put a few rules in place when they compiled the following ranking. “Like every year, we do have parameters to ensure the list includes legitimately bad-selling vehicles and not just canceled vehicles and the playthings of the uber-wealthy,” the site explained. “The first and most important qualifier is a starting price below $100,000. This clears the list of supercars and ultra luxury vehicles, otherwise it’d be full of Ferraris and Rolls-Royces. The second is that a vehicle must have been on sale and in production for the entire year, which excludes cars that were cancelled like the Volkswagen Routan.”
Autoblog added that the vehicles had to be reported separately by the automaker — for example, the Golf R was reported by VW separately from the Golf or the GTI, hence its appearance among the following short-comers.
10. Cadillac Escalade EXT
The Cadillac Escalade EXT has always been sort of a misfit, as it’s trying to appeal a rather rare form of buyer: those looking for the utility of a truck, but with all the luxury and trimmings available on Cadillac’s iconic SUV. As a result, the Escalade EXT sold just 1,972 units in 2013, which is actually a 2 percent bump from last year, when it was ranked at 5th.
9. Volvo S80
The Volvo S80 is, by all means, a great car. It’s comfortable, safe, and not at all ostentatious, and can be had for a pretty appealing entry price point for its segment. However, it is quite dated at this point, and buyers appear to be looking elsewhere, or holding out. Volvo sold 1,935 S80s last year, a 41 percent sales decline from 2012.
8. Volkswagen Golf R
Had the Volkswagen (VLKAY.PK) Golf R been lumped in with the Golf and GTI, it wouldn’t have made it on this list, but since VW isolated the model, the 1,598 units that the Golf R moved — a 59 percent sales decrease from 2012 — rank VW’s lower volume hot hatch at eighth.
7. Subaru Tribeca
At its release, Subaru’s Tribeca SUV seemed more like an effort to fill the full-size SUV slot above the Forester, and the company has kept it around despite not selling particularly well. Last year, it moved 1,598 units — the same as the Golf R — for a 23 percent slide over 2012, and enough to keep it in seventh, where it ended up last year as well.
6. Volvo C30
Volvo’s C30 struggled in 2012, and didn’t fare much better last year, moving 1,361 units in the U.S., a 51 percent slide over the year prior. That meant that Volvo’s hatchback moved from 10th place where it was in 2012, to sixth where it rests now; sadly, the C30 is now officially out of production with no plans for a 2014 model or successor.
5. Jaguar XK
With the Jaguar F-Type coupe and roadster models now being delivered, Jaguar only has so much room for two convertible models — and it seems that the XK has been feeling the pressure. Jaguar sold 1,346 XK units for 2013, an 18 percent decrease over the year prior.
4. Nissan GT-R
The Nissan (NSANY.PK) GT-R technically conforms to Autoblog‘s list of rules, although it’s a lower volume vehicle; Nissan sold 1,236 units of the GT-R in 2013, a 4 percent increase over 2012. At $99,540 for the base model, the GT-R comes in a hair below the $100,000 cutoff, though the performance this car offers is reportedly worth far more than that.
3. Mitsubishi i-MiEV
A 75 percent uptick in sales — thanks to some price cuts and promotions — allowed Mitsubishi to sell 1,029 i-MiEV electric cars for 2013, bumping the peculiar little car from the first place slot back to third. That’s up from the meager 588 units that Mitsubishi sold in 2012.
2. Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
Another Mitsubishi that hasn’t really caught on, the Lancer Sportback. Its sales performance shows that American buyers aren’t exactly taken with the whole sloped back formula, and the car sold just 682 models for 2013 — down from the 702 cars that it sold in the year prior.
1. Acura ZDX
Finally, a perennial poor-seller, Acura’s ZDX, which sold a wholly unimpressive 361 units during 2013, which represents a 53.4 percent decrease in sales from 2012. Interestingly, the Honda CrossTour — a close cousin of the ZDX that is considerably cheaper — did better, moving 1,360 units for December alone.