Despite 2012 being the best year of auto sales this country has seen since 2007, not every vehicle got an equally large share of the sales pie. Some barely got a sliver, as evidenced by this year's list of the top 10 worst-selling vehicles of 2012.

We've dug through sales data from every automaker to come up with this year's list and, like last year, we've set some parameters to ensure it includes legitimately bad-selling vehicles.

The first parameter is a starting MSRP under $100,000, which automatically excludes what's parked in most one-percenters' garages. We're also excluding vehicles cancelled in 2012, even if they garnered sales through the end of the year while dealerships sold off remaining inventory. This includes models like the Mitsubishi Eclipse, Mercedes-Benz R-Class and last year's worst-seller, the Acura RL. Next, vehicles are considered as they are reported by the automaker, which means that, while sales of the Murano CrossCabriolet were probably low enough to make the list, because Nissan reports only one number for all Murano sales, it was excluded. Cadillac, however, reports sales of the Escalade EXT separately from the Escalade, hence its repeat appearance.

Finally, there was the question of whether or not eligibility should be given to Suzuki vehicles, as the brand announced in November that it would end sales in the US as soon as its current inventory ran out. We decided Suzuki vehicles should be included as the brand was offering 2013 models at the time of the announcement, and as far as we can tell, inventory levels remained high enough to satisfy demand through the end of the year.

Without further ado, below are the top 10 worst-selling vehicles of 2012.
Top 10 Worst-Selling Vehicles of 2012


10. Volvo C30
MSRP: $25,500
Units Sold: 2,827
Last Year: –

9. BMW Z4
MSRP: $47,350
Units Sold: 2,751
Last Year: –

8. Audi TT
MSRP: $39,545
Units Sold: 2,226
Last Year: –

7. Subaru Tribeca
MSRP: $32,595
Units Sold: 2,075
Last Year: 10

6. Suzuki Equator
MSRP: $19,449
Units Sold: 1,966
Last Year: 7

5. Cadillac Escalade EXT
MSRP: $63,060
Units Sold: 1,934
Last Year: 6

4. Nissan GT-R
MSRP: $96,820
Units Sold: 1,188
Last Year: –

3. Acura ZDX
MSRP: $50,920
Units Sold: 775
Last Year: 4

2. Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
MSRP: $18,495
Units Sold: 702
Last Year: 3

1. Mitsubishi i-MiEV
MSRP: $29,125
Units Sold: 588
Last Year: –

Want a little more "worst-selling" data? Check out our list of the top 10 worst-selling vehicles of 2011.


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      BC
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unless there's a typo, shouldn't the Z4 and the C30 swap places?
      EChid
      • 1 Year Ago
      Having the Volvo C30 up there breaks my heart.
      RobbieP
      • 1 Year Ago
      Come on Nissan you know that the Murano convertible should top the list ... I have seen one! You have to know how many were sold!
      Making11s
      • 1 Year Ago
      That list makes sense. I feel like I understand why every car listed is on this list.
      Mike Jones
      • 1 Year Ago
      the worst sellers usually turns outs to be collector cars in he future so grab them while you can ppl....
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mike Jones
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      T-Mille
      • 1 Year Ago
      They still make Tribecas?
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Corey
        • 1 Year Ago
        Did Honda ever sell any FCXs? I thought they were all leased?
          mary.keana
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Corey
          70 percent of all BMWs are leased.
          montoym
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Corey
          But you cannot buy an FCX Clarity at any price. The leasing cannot be compared to standard leasing of any other vehicle. After your typical lease, you get the option to buy the car, or it gets turned over and sold as a used car. With the FCX, the manufacturer takes it back, you can't buy it and they won't sell it to anyone else. It's not the same at all. It's similar to what GM did with the EV-1.
        Jeff Tripp
        • 1 Year Ago
        Last year it was #1, it didn't sell 1.
      John Ward
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mitsubishi is never going to sell anything unless they resurrect something true to the original DSMs.
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      Jim Pease
      • 1 Year Ago
      I always thought the very rare Mitsubishi Lancer Sportbacks were kinda cool lookin'.
      writewing76
      • 1 Year Ago
      The C30 was already scheduled for the bone yard early in the year. That, along with a redesign that was less attractive than the original and priced a few thousand higher than it's market competitors doomed it in the American market. Too bad, it had a lot going for it (turbo five cylinder and unique good looks).
      ANewPlay256
      • 1 Year Ago
      #9 and #10 are reversed, and the Audi TT does not have an MSRP of $27k.
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