Thursday, November 28, 2013
Thanksgiving's greatest automotive turkeys of all time
But around here, we are going to celebrate some automotive turkeys. These are the unloved, unlovely, and unwanted. Right or wrong, they are the cars people associate with failure.
Some of them really aren’t bad cars. Seriously, were Pontiac Azteks that bad? No. Were they ugly? Of course. They were so ugly that there has never been a “worst cars” list ever written after they came on the scene that didn’t include them. The Aztek is even on this list.
Some of them are on the list as a result of bad marketing, bad branding, or both. In the 1980s, Chevy Cavaliers were often the number one-selling cars. And frankly, they should have been. They were cheap. They were reliable. They were bulletproof. So why not rebadge a Cavalier into a Cadillac—that should have worked, right? Why not, indeed.
The slideshow below contains a list of 20 automotive turkeys. Some of them were good cars that just got a bad break. Some of them were bad cars that probably got too much of a break. But many of them are just where they belong—in the annals of great automotive failures. You also need to click on the dialogue bubble to read the captions for full-effect.