The automobile market has closed a 2022 that, without a doubt, cannot be described as good in Spain: with the lowest level of registrations in the last 9 years, The truth is that during the past year fewer cars have been registered than, for example, 2020, a year marked by the appearance of the COVID-19 pandemic. In any case, we know that some models have succeeded and have become the best sellers of the year, but there are many others that have not even managed to add the fingers of one hand in terms of units registered throughout the year.
This is the case of the 5 models that we bring you today in this curious compilation: it is evident that many of you are thinking, from the beginning, of ultra-exclusive models and whose price is, at least, six figures. The truth is that there are several models that meet these characteristics, but there are many others that, with a much more affordable, more “normal” starting price, have not managed to win over the public for whatever reason: some because of their mechanics, others because of their age…
To highlight what these figures imply, let’s remember that in 2022 the most successful model has been the Hyundai Tucson, of which almost 22,000 units have been registered. In second position is the Dacia Sandero, of which 20,782 units were registered last year, with the third place being the SEAT Arona, with more than 17,000 accumulated units. What has happened in the “lower zone” of the table?
1. Audi TT Roadster: 3 units
The Audi TT is already an old acquaintance: its third generation has been with us for a few years now, being available both with a coupe body and a convertible body. If of the closed body only 24 units have been registered (2 per month), the truth is that the convertible body has been even more “exclusive” since only 3 units have been registered throughout the year or, what is the same, one unit every four months.
2. Lexus LC: 3 units
A similar case is also found with the Lexus LC. Also available with coupe or convertible bodies, the truth is that this highly refined grand tourer has not managed to conquer the Spanish market despite its many qualities. And it is that this Lexus, despite being one of the vehicles with the highest construction quality and despite being able to choose with a very special atmospheric V8 engine of almost 500 CV It has only conquered the hearts of 3 drivers.
3. Nissan GT-R: 2 units
The Nissan supercar is one of the vehicles with the best value for money: around 600 hp and it has a real rocket performance, but the truth is that its design is already accusing the passage of time and, in addition, its driving technology begins to look out of date compared to a competition that is advancing by leaps and bounds. The result of all this cocktail is reflected in the sales figures, since This Japanese torpedo, which in the past exceeded 100 units per year, has barely managed to register 2 units during all of 2022.
4. Toyota Mirai: 4 units
Another case of a Japanese model (and there are already three…) that has not managed to materialize in the Spanish market. In this case, yes, I think the reason is more than justified: the toyota mirai It is, together with the Hyundai Nexo, the only vehicle for sale in Spain that has a hydrogen cell system. The biggest problem with this type of drive has nothing to do with the car, but with the infrastructure that allows its use.: There is only one service station that provides hydrogen for the refueling of these vehicles, and its use is not public. We see the result in the sales figures, since only 4 units of the Mirai have been registered and, by the way, 0 units (none) of the Hyundai Nexo.
5. Volkswagen up!: 3 units
The smallest of the VW is the up!, an urbanite who was born several years ago initially with gasoline thermal engines and which later led to a 100% electric model, the VW e-up!, which achieved great success after its last renovation in which it reached 300 km of autonomy. However, in recent times its role has been replaced by other models of the brand such as the VW ID.3, so that the of this small model, which is no longer available for purchase from the factory, only 3 units have been registered in all of 2022units that would possibly be stock.