Poor Sales Paint Target on Doors of 10 Models (Part 2)
|   Tuesday, September 30, 2014
As we noted in the first part of this mini-series, even as car sales have continued to buzz right along, there is a group of cars that has just not been able to catch on with the public. Why is this so? No one really knows whether it's styling, size, performance, cost or something else that is keeping prices down, but down they have stayed.

Last time we outlined the top 10 poorest sellers, and now we are going to let you see the next 10, as determined by Motor Trend and GoodCarBadCar.
et. Again, there's no rhyme or reason to them as they range from the small to the luxury. It's just that their sales haven't had much traction in the market. In some cases, the vehicles in this segment will survive to sell another day beyond 2014 due to their market, type and circumstances.

So, without further ado, here they are:

2015 Ford Transit – Notice the date on the vehicle, since it was introduced during the 2014 model year, Ford labeled it a 2015. This is a subtle way of letting customers know it's the latest and greatest. With the Transit that competes with the Dodge ProMaster and M-B Sprinter and that has meant slow sales. Dealers expect its fortunes to change for the better over time. 986 sold through July.

2014 Audi TT -- With a new model in the wings and due to debut in the 2015 model year, buyers have likely resisted the Audi TT causing its sales to tank. You can likely expect deep discounts to move the leftover 2014s off dealer lots as the year ends. 970 sold through July.

2014 BMW i3 – A full electric, the i3 has surprised even BMW officials with its stronger-than-predicted sales rate. Although it is far from a mass market EV, BMW still expects it to do well in EV market as it is discovered. The key to the i3 is its built-in engine that is used to do nothing more than charge the batteries. It isn't part of the normal power system as the batteries and electric motor handle those chores. Range depends on driving conditions. 1057 sold through July.

2014 MINI Paceman – Take a MINI, restyle it into a rounded box with strange looking fenders and rounded corners, as well as a weird shaped roof profile and you are looking for trouble, especially if sales are slow from the get-go. Sales are expected to pickup now that Fiat has decided to play in this sandbox with its 500L. 1076 sold through July.

2014 Volvo S80 – Volvo's entry into the luxury performance sedan market, the upscale S80 has been unable to break the stranglehold of the M-B E-Class or the BMW 5-Series. This Volvo appeals to loyal Volvoistas who give their favorite sedan cult-like devotion. This isn't enough, though, to save it from death by redesign. An S90 replacement is due in 2015. 1079 sold through July.

2014 VW Routan – Just when you thought it might be safe to buy a replacement for your aging VW Vanagon, the original minivan, you find that the replacement, the Routan is little more than a stylish implementation of the Dodge minivan. After an initial sales spurt due to fleet buyers, sales have dropped through the floor (only one was sold in July). It's likely the Routan may just be a memory soon, although no official announcements have been made. 1103 sold through July.

2014 BMW Z4 – With a replacement in the offing for 2016, BMW has done little to promote the Z4 convertible. It still is a nice-looking open-top, but very little money has been spent on marketing and it shows in slows sales. 1333 sold through July.

2014 Scion IQ – With a design that looks like a preschooler was let loose on a computer, the IQ, has also been saddled with an interior that lacks something, but we can't put our finger on it, a loud engine and particularly annoying transmission. The result has been less-than-stellar sales. 1401 sold through July.

2014 Infiniti QX/EX50 – If life car sales were like a pickup ball game, it would always be the last one chosen for a side. It has competed gamely in the luxury crossover market against Lexus RX50 with aging styling and an old interior. A refreshed QX is due in 2015. 1653 sold through July.

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser – Its $80,000 base price makes it the priciest SUV in its market segment. It is equipped with features that do match its lofty price and reasonable ride and off-road handling. It actually outprices top-line Lexuses (Toyota's upscale line), but it does carry nine and offroads well. 1706 sold through July.
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