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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 2021 Ford F-150 will come in a hybrid variant

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If Ford is making anything clear these days, it’s that the future all-electric F-150 won’t just just a mundane street car. The future model will be capable of achieving the same feats as the rest of the company’s family of full-size pickup trucks, if not with more gusto than its relatives.

Ford has confirmed that the battery-electric (BEV) F-150 will be on sale in just a few years. To get to that point, there’s a lot of work that isn’t just going into product development, but also into facilities development. Demand for the F-150 BEV is expected to be high and Ford’s Rouge Complex can’t absorb it as the plant stands now.

Ford Rouge Complex The Ford plant in Dearborn will be the home of the F-150 electric truck.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The company will invest $700 million in the Dearborn, Michigan plant to include a new high-tech manufacturing home for the model. The investment will add 300 jobs. This $700 million is on top of the $1.45 billion that Ford is spending to equip its Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan to produce the Ranger and Bronco.

"We are proud to once again build and innovate for the future here at the Rouge with the debut of our all-new F-150 and the construction of a modern new manufacturing center to build the first-ever all-electric F-150," said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. "This year's COVID-19 crisis made it clear why it is so important for companies like Ford to help keep our U.S. manufacturing base strong and help our country get back to work."

The all-electric Ford F-150 is expected to come to market in mid-2022. The redesigned 2021 F-150 will come to market later this year and include a new hybrid powertrain option dubbed the F-150 PowerBoost.

Recently, the company captured video of the F-1500 BEV testing in the wild.

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Volkswagen has chosen a name for its new SUV.

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The forthcoming new Volkswagen SUV will be called the Taos after the town in New Mexico. The name was chosen to specifically appeal to North American customers, who are the target market for the SUV, which Will slot below the Tiguan in the VW lineup.

“We're thrilled to announce the name for the newest member of the Volkswagen family," said Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President for Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "It was important to choose a name that really embodied the nature of the car and the town of Taos, New Mexico was a perfect fit. It's a small city that offers big things—from outdoor adventure to arts and design and great cuisine."

Taos New Mexico Taos, New Mexico is the namesake for a forthcoming Volkswagen model.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

"We are excited that Volkswagen has named their sport utility vehicle after the town of Taos," said Taos Mayor Dan Barrone. "It's a great opportunity for our community to share its rich history and culture alongside Volkswagen with its unique and rich history and culture."

Taos, New Mexico is a thriving small town of 6,000 people. It has a 400-year history and a 1,000-year-old Native American community just a few miles from the center fo town. Artists and skiers flock to the city, which is noted for its stunning landscapes.

Incidentally, Taos was also home to John Muir, an engineer turned mechanic, and author of "How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step-by-Step procedures for the Compleat Idiot." First published in 1969, and illustrated by local artist Peter Aschwanden, this counter-culture guide to Volkswagen repairs quickly developed a popular following. The book, started in Muir's Taos shop, has helped keep countless VW models running, from Beetles and Buses to Type 3 and Type 4 models.

Volkswagen promises that the new Taos “will offer great value, excellent fuel economy, and great packaging, as well as advanced infotainment and driver-assistance features”.

The 2022 Volkswagen Taos will be revealed on October 13.

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