Make no mistake, this is a great little car, with dynamite fuel economy and a rock-bottom price. The Fit’s ratio of interior space to exterior size seems to bend the laws of physics, and that equation has only improved over time. The problem, one suspects, is appearance. Even though it handles like a car the next size up, the Fit still looks like a tiny car for first-time buyers.
BMW 6-series (-46%)
The 6-Series has an identity crisis. It’s not exactly a sedan, not exactly a coupe, not exactly a hatchback, not exactly an SUV. It’s built for four people, yet often has only two doors. It’s made for speed – especially the souped-up Alpina version (shown here) – but weighs 4,000 pounds. BMW isn’t one for cancelling models that don’t sell. This could could disappear quietly.
Fiat 500L (-60%)
The 500L is Fiat Chrysler’s acknowledgement that Americans like cargo capacity. The problem is that it still looks like a Fiat, although one that’s been stretched in a taffy-pull machine. Curiously, U.S. drivers are just fine with the bones of the car; they would just rather have them packaged as a Jeep Renegade. That kissing cousin to the 500L will top 100,000 in U.S. sales this year, but not the 500L, or even the 500.
It’s tough to fight Honda and Toyota in the regular-old-family-sedan game, but Ford is doing a decent job with the Fusion, and Chevrolet’s Malibu is hanging in there. But they aren’t saddled with sub-par reviews as the 200 has been. Sales have been bad enough that Fiat/Chrysler is sending the 200 to the junkheap – along with the equally promising Dodge Dart. Fiat Chrysler is phasing out the 200, but not its larger sibling the 300, which is selling decently.
Kia K900 (-68%)
Maybe it’s the “dog” of a name. Maybe it’s the idea of a large, luxury cruise liner from budget-brand Kia. Maybe it’s the generally crummy reviews. Even ads with basketball superstar LeBron James couldn’t get sales of this puppy out of the doghouse. A number of vehicle models are not coming back in 2017 because of poor sales. Will the K900 be on the list for 2017 models killed off for 2018? Stay tuned.