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Ranked: 15 worst-selling new vehicles in the U.S. in 2019

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class, which has been discontinued in the U.S., is one of 2019's worse-selling models.

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Some cars, like the Toyota Camry and Honda CR-V, sell well. It seems like you see them everywhere. Occasionally, on dealer lots you'll see a leftover model from the previous year waiting to be sold, but it's likely to be snatched up quickly. The vehicles on this list are the opposite.

Most of these models are the equivalent of the leftovers you forgot about in the back of the fridge for months after Thanksgiving. The majority of them aren't even made anymore. A few are handmade specialty models, and for that, their lack of sales can be forgiven.

One thing you will notice; super luxury models aren't on the list. Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Rolls-Royces, among others, get a pass because of their scarcity.

Smart ForTwo (605 sold)

2016 Smart Fortwo

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If you visit the Smart website, the first thing you'll see is a message saying, "smart cars are no longer sold in the US." Sure, "no longer," but they were sold up until September when the arm of Mercedes-Benz finally pulled out of the U.S. market.

Kia K900 (390 sold)

2020 Kia K900

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Kia not only still makes the K900, it's just been through a generational redesign. The model gets high marks from reviewers but it's never really caught on here in the U.S. It is more popular in Kia's native Korea.

Ford C-Max (213 sold)

2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid

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Ford sold 213 new C-Maxes in 2019, through the third quarter. The hybrid and plug-in hybrid model was in production through the 2019 model year so it's understandable that there's a few still left on lots.

Alfa Romeo 4C (144 sold)

2020 Alfa Romeo 4C

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The Alfa Romeo 4C coupe is one of the few models on this list still in production. Though Alfa doesn't produce or sell many of the cars, they're considered one of the more fun vehicles you can get behind the wheel of. That assessment doesn't take into account their aging infotainment system, shoddy interior, and harsh ride.

Volkswagen CC (58 sold)

2017 Volkswagen CC

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The Volkswagen CC ceased production in 2017. The so-called "comfort coupe", which is actually a sedan, never really gained momentum with U.S. customers, something its replacement, the Arteon, is also experiencing.

Chrysler 200 (48 sold)

2016 Chrysler 200

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The Chrysler 200 fell out of favor at FCA right around the same time as the Dodge Dart. Despite this, 48 people still bought the model in 2019.

Jeep Patriot (27 sold)

2017 Jeep Patriot

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In the words of Led Zeppelin, "I just can't quit you baby." Despite the new Jeep Compass and upgraded Jeep Renegade being suitable alternatives to the Patriot, 27 buyers still purchased the Patriot in 2019. That's down from the 621 FCA sold last year.

Dodge Dart (15 sold)

2016 Dodge Dart

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In September 2016, production of the Dodge Dart ended. And yet, despite no new ones being made in three years, 15 new Darts were sold to customers. In 2014, Fiat Chrysler's then-CEO Sergio Marchionne said that Dart customers who wanted a hatchback could be served by the Jeep Renegade or the Fiat 500X, two models that remain on U.S. lots today.

Nissan Juke (11 sold)

2015 Nissan Juke

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There are Juke enthusiasts spread throughout the U.S. who actively take to Twitter to lament that the latest Juke generation has yet to make its way to the U.S. They may be the ones who bought the 11 new Jukes sold in the U.S. this year. In 2018, Nissan sold 713 of the SUVs to U.S. buyers.

Toyota Venza (9 sold)

2016 Toyota Venza

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Toyota sold just as many Venzas in 2019 as they did in 2018 - 9. The five-door crossover's last model year in the U.S. was 2015. That means that customers who bought a new Venza this year actually bought one that's four years old, and didn't really change from 2012 to 2015. What's the phrase about a sucker being born every minute?

Mercedes-Benz B-Class (8 sold)

2016 Mercedes-Benz B-Class

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Head to the Mercedes-Benz website and you won't even find the B-Class listed for sale. The second generation, which was produced from 2011-2018, was sold in the U.S., though it wouldn't be considered a popular model by any stretch of the imagination. In 2018, the luxury automaker sold 135 of the models in the U.S.

Infiniti QX70 (6 sold)

2016 Infiniti QX70

Infiniti sold 954 QX70s in 2018 but just six were sold in 2019. The model was discontinued in 2017. Infinit's QX50 has picked up much of the slack from the hole the QX70 left and the model's body style will see a bit of a resurgence when the QX55 debuts later in 2020.

Chrysler Town & Country (5 sold)

2016 Chrysler Town & Country

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Chrysler sold five new Town & Country minivans in 2019 despite not having manufactured the model since 2016. That's actually one less than was sold in 2018. It really makes you wonder how many of the minivans they'll sell in 2020.

Honda CR-Z (2 sold)

2016 Honda CR-Z

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Honda only sold two new CR-Zs in 2019, down from the 28 they sold in 2018. The hybrid coupe was last made in 2016. It was discontinued to make room for Honda Accord Hybrid and Clarity production.

Dodge Avenger (1 sold)

2016 Dodge Avenger

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One lucky (?) buyer took home a brand spankin' new Dodge Avenger in 2019. The front-wheel drive sedan hasn't been in production since 2014.

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The Alfa Romeo Giulia is one of the models that can be found on the new CPO website.

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Customers looking for certified pre-owned Alfa Romeos no longer need to pay a visit to their dealership, browse the lot, and keep their fingers crossed. The Italian automaker has launched a new version of its certified pre-owned vehicles website.

The new site allows buyers to locate, research, and purchase late-model certified pre-owned Alfas from wherever their smart device will connect to the internet.

Every Alfa Romeo certified pre-owned vehicle passes a certification process followed by a thorough reconditioning process using authentic Mopar parts. The certification process includes a 169-point inspection including a diagnostic review, service and maintenance background verification, and examination of the interior, exterior, undercarriage, unibody and multimedia.

The Alfa Romeo website now has a certified pre-owned vehicles section.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

Certified Alfas are sold with a factory-backed five-year/100,000-mile Maximum Care Warranty that includes a $0 customer deductible that starts the date of the vehicle sale. Buyers can choose to upgrade that to an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty. Maximum Care Warranties cover over 5,000 mechanical parts.

A CARFAX Vehicle History Report is also included, as is a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM.Twenty-four hour roadside assistance that includes flat tire service, gas delivery, battery-jump assistance, lockout service, towing service and rental car allowance is also part of the package.

As with a new vehicle, multiple financing options are available.

Don't want to shop in person? Alfa Romeo's E-Shop option allows buyers to locate, research and purchase vehicles from home, as well as take advantage of home delivery.

The updated alfaromeousacertified.com website can now also be accessed via the alfaromeousa.com homepage.

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A diamond mesh grille fronts the 2022 Kia K8.

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Goodbye, Cadenza. Hello, K8. The Kia Cadenza is one of those cars that is easy forgotten about (if you ever knew about it in the first place) and frequently passed over in favor of the Toyota Avalon or the like. Still, most every automotive journalist who has driven it likes it.

So, Kia's taking the lessons learned from the Cadenza and some from the K5 and Stinger, and rolling them into a new large sedan, the 2022 Kia K8. This week the company unveiled the first official images of the car ahead of its debut. This is the first vehicle named the K8 in Kia history.

2022 Kia K8 The K8's headlights have integrated turn signals.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

2022 Kia K8

"Following our recent company rebrand, we keep moving toward our new brand values with a new model – the K8. This modern sedan has been designed with innovation and elegance at its very core," said Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Global Design Center. "While paying homage to the K7, the K8 looks to the future. Its progressive exterior takes on character and emotion, and combines those qualities with an expressive looking front and a dynamic swooping rear, giving the K8 a high-quality, premium presence that takes direct inspiration from some of the world's most technically advanced yachts."

As seen in the photos, the car wears Kia's new logo on its badging, and has design lines reminiscent of the vehicles it has taken lessons from. There's a frameless tire nose grille with diamond lattice, turn signals integrated into the headlights, an elongated side profile, chrome finish along the bottom of the doors, and a roofline that trails off into the trunk. It's all very much from the Kia sedan lineup.

Kia promises that the car will have a "first class" interior that establishes "new benchmarks in premium quality". The sedan will deliver a high-performance driving experience yet be comfortable to ride in, according to Kia messaging.

The rear of the Kia K8 features elongated taillights.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The Kia K8 is expected to arrive in showrooms later this year but the U.S. might not get it until after it's arrived in Korea and Europe.

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