2012 auto sales: The losers

If these 10 cars aren't destined for the scrap heap already, they're going to need better auto sales to avoid it.

Poor show
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While auto sales are up 14% so far for 2012, not everyone is celebrating. Some high-profile models from big-name manufacturers -- Honda, General Motors (GM, Fortune 500), Mercedes-Benz -- have taken a dive, while more specialized concepts have found themselves appealing to an ever-smaller coterie of buyers.

Failure has consequences. Some of the cars on this list are headed for the scrap heap, and one is already there. But with the help of Edmunds.com's capable statisticians, I have tried to eliminate the most obvious fatalities. So Lincoln Town Car, Toyota Matrix, and Mitsubishi Eclipse -- you will have to look elsewhere for your obituaries.

With that said, here are the 10 models with the biggest sales drops in 2012.

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated December 31 2012 09:34 AM ET
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