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, 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's capable statisticians, I have tried to eliminate the most obvious fatalities.

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The Worst Of 2012: What Will It Take To Save These Models From The Scrap Heap?

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