The 2013 Ford Fusion is probably the latest, greatest example of a completely redesigned car that has evoked widespread calls of "Look at that!" Above its buzzworthy looks, though, Ford will be concerned about how the 2013 Fusion sells and by how much – if at all – it beats sales of the previous version. Cars.com has run the sales numbers on 61 models that have been redesigned in the past four years, ranking them as Winners, Underperformers and Losers depending on how a new-generation model is selling compared to the one it replaces.

The rankings are sorted by sales class – small, medium and large sellers – so that the success of a niche sports car is weighted differently than the success of a popular midsize car. Compared to a four-year sales average for redesigned cars in each class, Winners were those who outsold the average, Underperformers didn't make the average but did outperform the previous year's (hence, the previous car's) sales, while Losers couldn't do any better anywhere.

Among the most recently introduced winners were the Toyota Camry and the Honda CR-V. The Camry beat the Four-Year Category Average Redesign Increase for large sellers by 2.2 percent, the CR-V managed 0.2 percent. Underperformers included the Audi A6/S6 which, even though it has outsold the previous generation by 58 percent, still isn't getting near the small seller category average of 79.2 percent. The new Hyundai Accent is also considered an underperformer, the new model boosting sales by 5.5 percent – nowhere near the 61.5 percent of the medium seller category average. The only Loser listed in the chart is the Honda Civic, taking one last thrashing before the "honed" 2013 redesign gets a chance to right the ship.

As for that Fusion, the 2013 model has strong numbers to follow: the 2010 Fusion was a huge winner, putting up a 55.1-percent increase in the large seller category, beating the average by 33 percent. It only trailed the redesigned 2011 Hyundai Sonata shown above, which pasted the average by 42.5 percent. You can find a few more of the ranked models in Cars.com's chart by heading over to their website.


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      Jason
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's a little stupid... the easiest way to have a good index is to have a crap car to begin with, at least using this formula. A good seller that is updated will index lower and thus be 'less successful'.
        BB79826
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason
        But don't these numbers show that's not the case? Previous Sonata was fine, previous Accent was meh, but the redesigned Sonata exploded while the redesigned Accent has just kinda held steady.
      mikeybyte1
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's an interesting mathematical exercise but it seems like the only way a car can be declared a true "Winner" is if the prior version was pretty bad. However if the Audi A6/S6 jumped 58% and is still not that great, then I don't know I quite understand it. I went over to cars.com but could not easily find the article or chart anywhere. And this article on AB does not give you a direct link to it. Soooooo.... bit of a Fail here, AB. Then I did a search of the site and after several tries got the direct link: http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2012/11/the-carscom-redesign-index.html
      RA
      • 2 Years Ago
      sonata did impress with a bang when it first dropped. but it's super dated already. it's just too busy to be timeless.
      D E S I G N
      • 2 Years Ago
      The hyundai sonata, along with all of their lineup, should be entered into the ugliest designs of all eternity and the observable universe and everything that everyone has learned since the creation of life on a subatomic level. How dare they even compare the Audi S6 to this hideous alien, let alone the A6. Audi is in keeping with the sacred automotive design code, evolution not revolution. When I saw this grotesque thing, I knew right away that it would look even uglier within a couple of years. Just mind boggling to think that people would put down their hard earned cash on this deformed piece of metal. Makes me sick.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @D E S I G N
        I love how anything passing negative opinion as fact gets upranked about Hyundai, any real world experience and positive feedback automatically gets downranked. I really don't understand the HATE towards Hyundai. People hate success? A company who always made shitbox econocars making something that is actually competitive now? If you don't like their design, that's fine. I don't love every car on the road either. just remember looks are subjective so what you think is hideous, others like the design. And the sales prove that. I just know that personally, while there are plenty of cars I dislike on the road, I don't blatantly hate any automaker. I'd give any of them a chance if they offered a good looking and competitive option in whatever segment I'm looking in. I won't downrank someone just for saying they like a car I dislike. People are retarded here. For all the talk of people being fanboys here, the people who just blatantly HATE some brands as if they punched their girlfriend in the face far outnumber the "fanboys."
      Temple
      • 2 Years Ago
      Boy, the Hyundai Sonata hasn't aged very well. It looks so outdated already. I used to think that this car was pretty attractive, now it feels last-gen.
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          • 2 Years Ago
          Fusion selling well? It was down almost 30% last month. And, will it continue to be a rental queen?
      Fenix Baby
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the Hyundai haters on here. I have a 2011 Sonata, have not one single problem. I purchased it more for the comfort and convenience on the inside than the looks of the outside. That being said, I still get comments weekly about what a beatufil car it is.
        mike
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fenix Baby
        Own a black 2011 as well and am honestly surprised at the number of complements it still gets. I'll be honest, when I first seen leaks of this car a few years back I didn't like it at all but seen one at the Chicago Auto Show that Feb and seeing it in person completely changed my view of it, doesn't photograph well IMO. Those opinions don't surprise me however as they were here day one and I've learned the popular opinion from the "enthusiasts" here rarely match that of the general buying public. If they were 80% of the cars on the road would be stick shift diesel wagons and the other 20% small rear wheel drive sports cars. That being said if I could afford a new car today I would have traded it in and been driving the new fusion the second they hit the lots.
      MP
      • 2 Years Ago
      Call the Sonata design whatever you want. Ugly, hideous, overdeisgned....but what it isn't is boring. Compared to other midsize cars like the bland Camry or nearly invisible Accord, I'd much rather take the Sonata any day.
      Steve
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had a Sonata rental and was disappointed with the cheap look of the interior..... Alot of shiny black plastic (not painted or textured)....... The ride was not that good but not terrible.
        MP
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Steve
        I had one as well, drove 9+ hours in it. I had to keep in mind that the car was a base GLS, a ~$20k car. Ride was comfy, hooked my iPod, and got over 30 MPG hwy. But I do agree that the interior was a little sketch, but after all, it is a $20k car.
      56Jalopy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I drive a 2012 Fusion, the reason I bought it is because my sons company car is a 2010 Fusion and has given great service plus is nice to drive. That being said there aren't any new cars that I really like the looks of just some are not as ugly as others. A few of the high Dollar ones are OK but out of my price range. There was a time in my life I could identify every car on the road from 100 yards, now I have to read the badge.
      HEY AL
      • 1 Year Ago
      The sonata is by far the best car I have purchased in years...Enough said
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