The Greatest Automotive Flops of the Last 25 Years

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    Some remarkable excerpts:

    Jaguar X-type (2001–08)

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    For a brief—and I do mean brief—period of time in the early part of this decade, this scribe worked at a Jaguar dealership as a parts guy. Most of my time was spent learning the million and one ways that an X-type could fall apart. Engines seized, interiors collapsed, transmissions exploded, and driveshafts—oh, the countless, countless driveshafts—ate their U-joints so regularly that you could set your watch by them. At a time when Jaguar reliability was finally approaching respectable, the all-wheel-drive X-type was the lone, laughable holdout. It was obnoxiously underbuilt, remarkably overpriced, and about as charming as a hernia.

    The X-type was Coventry’s business-case company saver, an entry-level sports sedan for the wooden-drawing-room set. It was built on the bones of Jaguar parent Ford’s Mondeo/Contour, and it was intended to resurrect Coventry’s financial fortunes, providing the dignified marque with a way to snag young, affluent buyers. What the bean counters neglected to consider, however, was that young, affluent buyers are not lobotomy patients. A tarted-up economy sedan sold at luxury-car prices is still just a tarted-up economy sedan, especially if it tries to self-immolate every time you turn the key.

    There was also an impossibly unpopular wagon version. The dealer that I worked for had one that sat on the lot for—I am not making this up—two years.

    Lincoln Blackwood (2001–02)

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    Psst—hey, pal! Yeah, you! You wanna buy a truck, right? Tell you what I’m gonna do: Hows about we find you a special truck, one just for you and your refined tastes, see? You like luxury? We got luxury: This beauty may look like a crew-cab F-150, but it’s a Lincoln, and it drives like one, sure as I’m standin’ here. You look like a Lincoln kind of guy, you know that? You know Tony Soprano was a Lincoln guy? You want a cigar? I got some Cubans in my coat. Hold on.

    Check out the cargo box: It’s lined in carpet and gen-yoo-wine stainless steel. That’s stainless —means it can’t be stained. You can’t carry nuthin’ heavy or dirty in it without uglying it up, but it makes for a nice trunk, see? And that bed cover? It’s power-operated! Opens to a 45-degree angle, it does! That’s real, honest-to-God imitation African wenge wood on the sides of the bed, there—them Lincoln folks photographed it and reproduced it in vinyl and everything, and I got a cousin Sal over in Jersey who says it don’t fade fer nuthin’, not even when you get some blood on it. Only 3000 of these dealies were made this year, and it only costs $52,000, and it only comes in black, and…

    What? Why you walkin’ away? Was it somethin’ I said? I thought we had a deal! You want I should show you the LED lights in the trunk?

    The Greatest Automotive Flops of the Last 25 Years

    Read the entire article here and have a great laugh: The Greatest Automotive Flops of the Last 25 Years - Feature - Car and Driver
     
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    This got to be the ugliest American car to have come out of the 90s...

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    The most ridiculous in my opinion are the teeny-tiny Minis that sell for a premium.
     
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    They're for a different market segment where price is not so much an issue. They're fashion accessories if you ask me, like buying Rolex when a Timex can do the job...
     
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    Sipani motors car Dolphin
     
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    Standard 2000 failed in India. tough done well in UK under Rover 2000

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    Looks familiar to the Famous M 800 of yesteryears....
     
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    That is the Pontiac Aztec.
     
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    But not automotive flops.
     
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    pt cruiser was one ugly car.
     
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    Whenever I see this it reminds me of a toy


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    this is suzuki''s most popular model in EU
     
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    It was introduced in late 80ties in india to counter Maruti 800.
     
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    this is suzuki''s most popular model in EU :shocked:
     
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    : seriously :shocked:
     
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    yes, sad but true
     

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