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Ranked: 15 worst-selling new vehicles in the U.S. in 2020

The Alfa Romeo 4C is perennially one of the worst-selling new cars in the U.S.

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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.

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.

All tallies are based on the latest sales results made publicly available by automakers. Note that Volkswagen has decided to tally all models outside the current model year in an "other" column on their sales sheets so AutomotiveMap is unable to track the weak sales of their older new models that still remain on dealer lots.

Click here to see the worst-selling vehicles of 2019.

Audi TT (277 sold)

2020 Audi TT

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The Audi TT sports coupe has not sold well in the U.S. for a number of years. Could it be that though it's zippy and sporty, there's just other models that come to mind first? You have to admit that it's $45,000-ish starting price is pretty good.

Fiat 500L (254 sold)

2020 Fiat 500L

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The Fiat 500L seems to not be near the top of anyone's must-buy list. The two-row car is longer than the 500, but not much. Though it's one of the worst-selling models in the U.S., its fellow stablemates aren't too far behind.

BMW i3 (252 sold)

BMW i3

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​The i3 is BMW's all-electric compact car. The i3 delivers a zippy ride but is held back by its hefty price tag, tight seatings and only two traditional doors.

Toyota Mirai (236 sold)

2021 Toyota Mirai Photo courtesy of Toyota

The Toyota Mirai has been redesigned for the 2021 model year but due to the lack of hydrogen infrastructure build out, its appeal remains limited, despite how good looking it is.

Buick LaCrosse (209 sold)

2019 Buick LaCrosse Photo courtesy of Buick

More than a few Buick LaCrosses languish on dealer lots despite the model being cut from the Buick lineup in favor of new SUVs.

Kia K900 (150 sold)

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.

Infiniti QX30 (133 sold)

2018 Infiniti QX30

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The Infiniti QX30 was co-developed alongside the Mercedes-Benz GLA. It quickly came and went from the bulk of the U.S. market but 133 people have still taken one home this year.

Lincoln MKT (129 sold)

2017 Lincoln MKT

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The last Lincoln MKT has rolled off the line but a few buyers are still getting theirs. The model, perhaps best known as the chariot of choice for car service drivers in the Motor City is highly regarded for its cabin and cargo space.

Infiniti QX70 (129 sold)

Infiniti QX70

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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 in November.

BMW 6 Series (118 sold)

BMW 6 Series

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Cadillac ATS (93 sold)

Cadillac ATS

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The last model year for the Cadillac ATS was 2019. Like its big brother the CTS, the ATS delivered a connected drive experience and a robust engine lineup. Cadillac sold just 1,134 ATS models in 2019, down from the model's high of 63,049 global sales in 2015.

Hyundai Nexo (92 sold)

Hyundai Nexo

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The Nexo is Hyundai's hydrogen-powered SUV. It's only sold in a few markets due to the lack of widespread hydrogen fueling infrastructure. The model features premium appointments and delivers a quiet ride.

Alfa Romeo 4C (71 sold)

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.

Chevrolet Volt (62 sold)

Chevrolet Volt

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The Chevrolet Volt ended its model year run in 2019. Drivers liked that you could travel over 1,000 miles between fill ups, but Chevy's evolving product plan meant that the Volt's run had to come to an end.

Buick Cascada (11 sold)

2018 Buick Cascada Photo courtesy of Buick

For a very limited time, Buick sold the Cascada, a comfortable cruiser convertible for those that don't require the latest technology and aren't wholly concerned about fuel efficiency.

Dodge Dart (5 sold)

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.

Chrysler 200 (3 sold)

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.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class (1 sold)

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

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.

Honda CR-Z (1 sold)

2013 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.

Jeep Patriot (1 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, one buyers still purchased the Patriot in 2020. That's down from the 621 FCA sold in 2018 and 27 that were sold last year.

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European sports sedan

Grab this 2000 BMW M5 before someone else does

Classic good looks and a rowdy V8 are the story here.

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We could spend all day bemoaning the rise of car auction sites and their impact on prices, but that won't do any good. The damage has been done. Of course, there are exceptions to the sky-high pricing we typically see on auction sites, and some cars are worth the money. This 2000 BMW M5 is one of them, and its current auction bid of just $15,250 makes us think it could go for a decent price.

The E39 M5 is one of the most legendary and sought-aftersports sedans of all time. Its 4.9-liter V8 produced 394 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque when it was new, which isn't all that crazy by today's standards, but an almost 400-horsepower family car was a big deal at the time. That magical engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive – an enthusiast's dream recipe.


2000 BMW M5 This car is in great shape for its age.Bring a Trailer


Inside, this car's tan leather upholstery looks great, and matches well with its black exterior. The seller has kept mods to a minimum, with just a set of aftermarket headlights on the list of changes. The car's original navigation system and head unit appear to be in place and the entire package is so well preserved it's amazing that the car hasn't drawn more interest so far.

Where this M5 will end up is anybody's guess. These cars are particularly difficult to find in any condition that could be called drivable, so this car's relatively low $15,000 current bid amount is surprising. Commentors on this auction are just as surprised as we are, and are asking where the love has gone for this M5. Of course, someone could swoop in at the last moment and start a bidding war, and with a full day left on the clock there's plenty of time for some action.


2000 BMW M5 The tan leather is nearly perfect.Bring a Trailer

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Improved hot hatch

The 2022 VW Golf GTI gets new handling tech

Improvements to the GTI's handling and steering should make it even faster in the curves.

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The Volkswagen Golf GTI is one of the most recognizable and popular cars the automaker sells. After a bumpy few years that ended with the standard Golf model being nixed from VW's U.S catalog, we're starting to see concrete details on the upcoming performance variants of the car, which will thankfully end up heading our way. The eighth-generation Golf GTI and Golf R will make landfall in the United States as 2022 models, and will both feature a load of new tech and refinements. VW just announced the changes that are being made to the GTI's handling and performance systems, and they are extensive, to say the least.


2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI VW is offering the 8th-gen Golf only in high-performance GTI and R configurations.Volkswagen


Volkswagen is giving the legendary hot hatch a host of improvements, which the automaker says will give the car more precise, stable handling at its limit. The GTI's front suspension has been reconfigured with new wishbone bearings and damping hydraulics. VW says that the car's springs and buffer stops have also been revised, which will give the font axle spring rate that is five percent higher than its predecessor. A new aluminum subframe is also in place, which will reduce weight by seven pounds over the previous car.

The eighth-generation Golf brought a new VW Vehicle Dynamics Manager system which will also benefit the upcoming GTI. The system integrates the car's electronic stability control with its electronic differentials, and in GTI models equipped with the optional DCC adaptive damping system, the system adjusts individual wheel damping up to 200 times per second. The differential itself will now come standard with all GTI models. It's an electronically-controlled torque-sensing limited-slip unit, which varies the levels of its intervention based on how the car is being driven and on how the other traction control functions are being used.


2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI The GTI's steering is now more responsive.Volkswagen


The GTI's steering system has also been revised to now include an enhanced progressive steering function that uses software to help turn the vehicle with less steering effort, depending on speed. Volkswagen says that the GTI's steering takes just 2.1 turns of the steering wheel to go from lock to lock when it's equipped with 18-inch wheels.

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