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Popular Mechanics Picks The Most Deserved Fails In Car History

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On: Mon, May 23, 2011 at 4:17PM | By: Chris Weiss

Popular Mechanics Picks The Most Deserved Fails In Car History

When I first read Popular Mechanics article title "10 Cars That Deserved to Fail," I immediately started thinking about some of the most notorious failures in automotive history. The explosively terrible and embarrassing Ford Pinto. The not-buying-it-no-matter-how-cheap-it-is Yugo GV. And so on.

Indeed, both those models showed up not far down the list. It would be hard to write any list of "car fails" without including them. What's more interesting about the list is some of the more recent, more subtle car failures that I probably would never have thought of.

Popular Mechanics explains the process behind its picks: "... every once in a while, a ride rolls off the assembly line that elicits an immediate "WTF?" from anyone with even an ounce of automotive appreciation. Whether poorly positioned in the market, too much of a brand departure or just plain ugly, they're the vehicles we can't wait to see disappear."

Upon reading that, another thought immediately popped into my head "Pontiac Aztec." And, yep, that's there too.

The magazine says of the Aztec: "Marketed to the youthful, adventurous driver, the automobile's numerous outdoor-oriented features were cool in theory, but its squashed rear end made it look like it had been too slow in evading the giant rolling rock from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Positioned as "Quite possibly the most versatile vehicle on the planet" in conjunction with CBS's reality hit Survivor," it took Pontiac only four years to wise up and vote the Aztek off its island."

Yep, that sounds about right.

I won't spoil the entire slide show. You can jump over to Popular Mechanics for that. Instead, I'll just add a couple models that I thought might have been included:

Plymouth Prowler—I always thought the Plymouth Prowler was cool, but it was just too much of a stretch for Plymouth to effectively pull off.

Subaru Baja—Not a good-looking car by any stretch, the Baja was just not the pickup car that the world needed (we're still waiting, El Camino).

Hummer H2—Way to water down and yuppify a hardcore, off-road machine.

Aston Martin Cygnet—Okay, too early to declare it a failure, but if anything exemplifies "too much of a brand departure," I think it's the Cygnet.


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