The Top 10 Car Release Disasters

Timothy Alcock October 24, 2013 0
The Top 10 Car Release Disasters

Designing and releasing a new car can cost millions before any return is seen. With this in mind, surely manufacturers thoroughly research the market before releasing a new model…Judging from the cars in this list, their data collection methods may be slightly off:

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1) Honda Insight

Technically not a bad car by any means, with decent tech levels throughout and futuristic styling to match its futuristic hybrid drivetrain. Despite its impressive mileage figures and the fact it was released first, the Insight was destroyed in terms of sales by the Toyota Prius. The advertising campaign behind the Prius made it a so much attractive choice, and several celebrity endorsements didnít hurt.

Chrysler Crossfire

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2) Chrysler Crossfire

Built on the tried and tested Mercedes SLK platform and impressively styled, the Crossfire proves that looks will only get you so far. Lacking the handling and power that customers expect from a sports car with a hefty price tag, the Crossfire ended up being sold on eBay.

Chevrolet SSR

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3) Chevrolet SSR

Surprisingly, there isnít a huge market for a cross between a roadster and a pickup truck. Lacking both practicality and power, it is unsurprising that this car failed miserably.

Cadillac XLR

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4) Cadillac XLR

Attempting to create a car combining performance and luxury, the XLR failed on both counts. Failing to deliver on performance and build quality, this vehicle just couldnít justify itís price tag.

Acura ZDX

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5) Acura ZDX

A luke-warm attempt to spruce up an existing model, the ZDX designers went too far, rendering the car impractical. Even though sales figures stand at less than 100 units a month, this car is somehow still in production.

Ford Thunderbird

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6) Ford Thunderbird

Designed to appeal to the retro market that began to emerge in the early 2000ís, the Thunderbird lacked anything other than impressive styling. Unsurprisingly the production run was cancelled inside of four years.

Pontiac Aztek

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7) Pontiac Aztek

With hideous exterior looks and boring interior styling, the Aztek was doomed from the moment the first model left the production line. In addition, being declared one of the ugliest cars of all time did nothing to help boost sales figures.

Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

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8) Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

Somehow, designers at Nissan thought there was a gap in the market for a convertible SUV. There definitely isnít and this hideous car sold just over 1,000 units before the plug was pulled.

Isuzu VehiCROSS

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9) Isuzu VehiCROSS

Isuzu are a company with a back catalogue of styling disasters. Thought to herald a new age in SUV styling, it has been over a decade since the release of the VehiCROSS and there hasnít been anything like it since. This is a shame because from a mechanical standpoint it was actually quite good.

Mitsubishi i MiEV

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10)Mitsubishi i MiEV

A strange looking car from a time where designers thought that people wanted electric cars to look like toys, the i MiEV combined dodgy styling with a dodgy operating range at just 62 miles.

Can you think of any other disastrous car releases?