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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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‚ÄčThe 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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Interesting backstory

Volkswagen Bus part inspired popular dog toy

The classic VW Bus inspired one of the most popular dog toys of all time.

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Product designs sometimes take inspiration from the places we expect the least. Moments of genius are driven by finding solutions to unique problems, and as it turns out, that's exactly how we ended up with KONG. The beefy, durable dog chew toy is modeled after a Volkswagen Bus part.

Joe Markham's shop Markham needed a dog for security, but he unexpectedly got a chew-crazy pet.Volkswagen

KONG's inventor, Joe Markham, adopted a German Shepherd to help with security at his auto repair shop in downtown Denver, CO. The dog, while a great addition to the shop, came with a few bad habits. The dog's most worrisome hobby was chewing, which he would do with almost anything he could find, especially rocks. As you might imagine, chewing on rocks is not good for the dog's teeth. Markham needed a durable chew toy, but nothing seemed to work, from animal bones to radiator hoses.

The solution came from an unlikely place: While working on a 1960sVW Type 2 Bus, Markham discovered that the rubber axle stop made a perfect chew toy. The dog had gotten ahold of the rubber stop, and while he was chewing viciously, neither the stop nor his teeth were damaged.

The discovery led Markham to spend the next six years experimenting with various rubbers, sizes, and shapes for his dog toy. After working with rubber experts in Germany, the design was finalized and the KONG was born. The shape for the toy ended up being very close to that of the axle stop. The funky, bulbous design meant that the toy wouldn't bounce like a ball, and would instead flop around randomly, which is similar to the way that small animals run away from predators.

VW Bus axle stop The axle stop from a VW Bus inspired KONG's shape.Volkswagen

It's worth noting that you should not intentionally let your dog chew on any part of your vehicle. Even unused automotive parts can contain chemicals and other harmful materials that could make your dog sick or worse. This isn't a pitch to buy a KONG, just a warning about the hazards of car parts being used as dog toys.

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Frightening security

Boston Dynamics' robot to patrol Kia factory

The robot is being tested as a security patrol unit.

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Breaking into an auto manufacturing facility was already a very bad idea, but new security tech being tested by Hyundai Motor Group makes it downright terrifying as well. In addition to cameras, sensors, and armed security guards, would-be burglars at a Kia plant in South Korea now have to face off with a semi-autonomous robot dog.

The Boston Dynamics quadruped robot, named Spot, is being tested as a safer and more effective way of providing security patrols to the plant. The dog is one of several robots designed and tested by the firm, which has long terrified the internet with its physically capable electronic beings.

Boston Dynamics Spot Robot The robot uses various sensors to detect danger and intruders.Hyundai

If you haven't seen it, the Boston Dynamics robot dog is frightening enough on its own, so it's an excellent choice to provide factory security. The robot uses an integrated thermal camera and 3D LiDAR to detect people around it, and can monitor high-temperature situations and fire hazards. It can be controlled remotely through a secure webpage, which allows personnel to see what's going on in the factory without putting themselves in danger.

The robot is capable of navigating tight spaces and can identify issues not visible to the human eye. It's also able to semi-autonomously navigate its environment, and has been developed with task management and deep learning-based vision technology. Boston Dynamics says that its tech can be expanded to other types of robot platforms.



The robot dog is currently in the pilot stage at Kia's plant in South Korea. It will be used to support late-night security patrols and increase safety for workers. Hyundai Motor Group will assess the robot's effectiveness and suitability for the job before expanding its use in other industrial sites.

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