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(Yahoo)   The five biggest flop, worst-selling car models of all time. It's not surprising that the Pontiac Aztek is on the list, but the 1964 Studebaker Wagonaire "convertible station wagon" actually seems kinda cool   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 210
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2013-04-10 05:42:59 PM
The Cadillac Catera certainly wasn't Cadillac's first major flop.  There was also this monstrosity, the Cadillac Cimarron of the 1980s:

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It was basically a 4-banger Chevy Cavalier with leather uphostery, though it clost to twice the price of a Chevy (probably the equivalent of somewhere between $30K and $40K in 2013 dollars, I would guess), and a complete piece of shiat.  Anybody who bought one (including my friend's dad, who bought the first one I ever saw in person) was justifiably pointed at and laughed at by all other drivers.
 
2013-04-10 06:10:47 PM
If they are categorizing these cars as failures because of low sales numbers, I'll be happy to point out that they only sold 400 of those Ferrari Enzos.
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2013-04-10 06:30:07 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: If they are categorizing these cars as failures because of low sales numbers, I'll be happy to point out that they only sold 400 of those Ferrari Enzos.
[www.goldenrider.com image 768x512]


How many Enzos were made? How many did Ferrari expect to sell?

If they made 400 and sold them all, that's good; if they made 4,000 and sold only 400, that's bad.

/in either case, it's not nearly as bad as the Cadillac Catera, Pontiac Aztek, Bentley Mulsanne, Ford Edsel or Studebaker Wagenaire
 
2013-04-10 06:41:04 PM

King Something: Sin_City_Superhero: If they are categorizing these cars as failures because of low sales numbers, I'll be happy to point out that they only sold 400 of those Ferrari Enzos.
[www.goldenrider.com image 768x512]

How many Enzos were made? How many did Ferrari expect to sell?

If they made 400 and sold them all, that's good; if they made 4,000 and sold only 400, that's bad.

/in either case, it's not nearly as bad as the Cadillac Catera, Pontiac Aztek, Bentley Mulsanne, Ford Edsel or Studebaker Wagenaire


That was kind of my point. Sales figures are useless without production numbers.
 
2013-04-10 06:45:29 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: That was kind of my point. Sales figures are useless without production numbers.


I think the assumption is we're talking about mass-market cars here, not one-offs, exotics, or other intentionally-limited-production vehicles.  And the sales figures mentioned in TFA are pretty damn pathetic for mass-market cars.
 
2013-04-10 07:12:12 PM
I've said this before but i kinda like the Aztek. I think it is because it's so bad...
 
2013-04-10 07:28:51 PM

Tellingthem: I've said this before but i kinda like the Aztek. I think it is because it's so bad...


I think it was actually pretty well liked by those who bought them, and some of the features and characteristics seemed to be pretty good ideas.  The main problem was that it was so goddamn fugly that most people wouldn't buy it even if the thing had features that would serve you champagne and caviar and give you road head while you drove it.
 
2013-04-10 07:38:57 PM
 
2013-04-10 07:48:09 PM
Everything old is new again!

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2013-04-10 07:51:42 PM

NewportBarGuy: [i50.tinypic.com image 640x371]

""Soft Corinthian Leather!"


Proving the power of good marketing once again, those turds were actually good sellers.  You used to see them around everywhere.  My uncle even bought one brand new back in the day (though I was disappointed that his had velour upholstery--he didn't spring for the "fine Coreeeeeeeeeenthian leather").  It was a total piece of shiat.  He must've had it for only about 40K miles before it started burning a quart of oil about every 100 miles and leaking every fluid it had wherever it was parked--when it ran at all.  I think he ultimately sold it to some illegal immigrant Mexicans for 200 bucks or something.
 
2013-04-10 07:54:08 PM
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They don't make them like this anymore.
 
2013-04-10 07:55:34 PM

Erebus1954: They don't make them like this anymore.


You think you hate it now, but wait'll you drive it!
 
2013-04-10 07:56:03 PM

NewportBarGuy: [i50.tinypic.com image 640x371]

""Soft Corinthian Leather!"


Corinth is famous for its leather!
 
2013-04-10 07:56:14 PM
Studebaker hawk...YEAAH!
 
2013-04-10 07:56:28 PM
The reason the Cadillac Catera failed is because it was a farking Cadillac built on the cavalier platform... "lets slap our luxury emblem on the cheapest econobox General Motors makes!  Brilliant!"
 
2013-04-10 07:57:09 PM

NewportBarGuy: [i50.tinypic.com image 640x371]

""Soft Corinthian Leather!"


I am.. a  man... who knows who I am..
And you should drive a Christlike Cordoba...because... you are.. a man... who knows who I am.
 
2013-04-10 07:57:23 PM
I pronounce it "Ass-tek," as in you must be one to own one.
 
2013-04-10 07:57:51 PM

Tellingthem: I've said this before but i kinda like the Aztek. I think it is because it's so bad...


I'd like to get one and paint it to make a replica of the one Walt White drives (drove?).  That would have to be badass.
 
2013-04-10 07:57:54 PM
I wonder where Walter White gets all his parts from?
 
2013-04-10 08:00:09 PM

Cyberluddite: Tellingthem: I've said this before but i kinda like the Aztek. I think it is because it's so bad...

I think it was actually pretty well liked by those who bought them, and some of the features and characteristics seemed to be pretty good ideas.  The main problem was that it was so goddamn fugly that most people wouldn't buy it even if the thing had features that would serve you champagne and caviar and give you road head while you drove it.


I'll tell ya, you still see a lot of them on the roads around here today. And no, this is not a hipster area (although I suppose that's what a hipster area would say).
 
2013-04-10 08:00:28 PM
The Aztek may be ugly, but I still see a lot of them.
 
2013-04-10 08:01:00 PM
Besides being ugly, was there actually anything wrong with the Aztek? It just seemed like one of the many SUVs built on a minivan chassie that were popular at the time.
 
2013-04-10 08:01:10 PM

Alonjar: The reason the Cadillac Catera failed is because it was a farking Cadillac built on the cavalier platform... "lets slap our luxury emblem on the cheapest econobox General Motors makes!  Brilliant!"


Are you sure you aren't thinking of the Cimarron--as shown in my post up there at the top of this thread?  That was essentially a rebadged Chevy Cavalier. The Catera, as I understand it, was actually built in GM's division in Germany on an Opel platform.  I don't if that's any better, of course.
 
2013-04-10 08:02:22 PM

NewportBarGuy: [i50.tinypic.com image 640x371]

""Soft Corinthian Leather!"


that cordoba is AWESOME. 360 prob. 120hp. back-in-the-day. one word CHICKS!
hey wait a few years. think reliant.
 
2013-04-10 08:02:44 PM
sales figures are wrong.

the Yugo GV is listed as only selling 4400 cars, but Yugo actually sold over 140,000 of them.

Cadillac sold almost 100,000 Cateras, not under 10k as this "article" claims.
 
2013-04-10 08:02:52 PM

Tellingthem: I've said this before but i kinda like the Aztek. I think it is because it's so bad...


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2013-04-10 08:03:06 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

What about this abomination to our eyes?
 
2013-04-10 08:03:21 PM
when GM unveiled the Aztek, says he'll never forget the gasp he heard from the crowd

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2013-04-10 08:03:33 PM

Cyberluddite: Tellingthem: I've said this before but i kinda like the Aztek. I think it is because it's so bad...

I think it was actually pretty well liked by those who bought them, and some of the features and characteristics seemed to be pretty good ideas.  The main problem was that it was so goddamn fugly that most people wouldn't buy it even if the thing had features that would serve you champagne and caviar and give you road head while you drove it.


Exactly.  My ex's dad had one (he was a Pontiac car salesman, so...) and we borrowed it a few times when we needed to move things that were too big for my Corolla (read: everything).  It was a nice vehicle, and the interior was designed really well.  I just felt like such an asshole every time I got into it, though.
 
2013-04-10 08:03:44 PM

Cyberluddite: Are you sure you aren't thinking of the Cimarron--as shown in my post up there at the top of this thread?  That was essentially a rebadged Chevy Cavalier. The Catera, as I understand it, was actually built in GM's division in Germany on an Opel platform.  I don't if that's any better, of course.


You are correct, sir.. The Catera was a decent car, just piss-poorly marketed, and at the time, people were fleeing to SUVs in droves, so a dinky 4-door Bimmer wannabe was basically screwed from the get-go.
 
2013-04-10 08:04:26 PM

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: I'll tell ya, you still see a lot of them on the roads around here today. And no, this is not a hipster area (although I suppose that's what a hipster area would say).


FuturePastNow: The Aztek may be ugly, but I still see a lot of them.


Wow, I almost never see them around here--maybe one every few months or so, and that's it.  And, sadly, there's no shortage of hipsters around here, so I'm guessing that you're correct and it's not a hipster thing to own one "ironically."
 
2013-04-10 08:05:37 PM
I would buy an Edsel.
 
2013-04-10 08:05:44 PM

dumbobruni: the Yugo GV is listed as only selling 4400 cars, but Yugo actually sold over 140,000 of them.


Yeah, but the 4400 count was based on the units that actually MADE IT to the buyers' driveways after purchase.
 
2013-04-10 08:06:18 PM
If the article is correct and Pontiac only sold about 5,000 Azteks, I must have seen close to 90% of them on the road.
 
2013-04-10 08:07:09 PM

netgamer7k: [upload.wikimedia.org image 280x190]

What about this abomination to our eyes?


I once heard the chevy SSR described as the "pick-up from Toon town".
perfect.
 
2013-04-10 08:07:58 PM

darwinpolice: Cyberluddite: Tellingthem: I've said this before but i kinda like the Aztek. I think it is because it's so bad...

I think it was actually pretty well liked by those who bought them, and some of the features and characteristics seemed to be pretty good ideas.  The main problem was that it was so goddamn fugly that most people wouldn't buy it even if the thing had features that would serve you champagne and caviar and give you road head while you drove it.

Exactly.  My ex's dad had one (he was a Pontiac car salesman, so...) and we borrowed it a few times when we needed to move things that were too big for my Corolla (read: everything).  It was a nice vehicle, and the interior was designed really well.  I just felt like such an asshole every time I got into it, though.


it was also a 2 wheel drive being marketed to the Honda Element crowd.
 
2013-04-10 08:08:40 PM

Cyberluddite: The Cadillac Catera certainly wasn't Cadillac's first major flop. There was also this monstrosity, the Cadillac Cimarron of the 1980s:


Done in one. I would absolutely buy the Yugo before I bought a Cimarron. I'd be getting much closer to what I paid for with the Yugo. I seem to recall those selling in the high twos brand new when they were around.
 
2013-04-10 08:09:32 PM

netgamer7k: [upload.wikimedia.org image 280x190]

What about this abomination to our eyes?


It's as though a New Beetle farked an El Camino and this was the offspring.
 
2013-04-10 08:09:52 PM
Make no fun of the Aztek. It's an excellent vehicle.
 
2013-04-10 08:09:57 PM

Cyberluddite: ThatGuyFromTheInternet: I'll tell ya, you still see a lot of them on the roads around here today. And no, this is not a hipster area (although I suppose that's what a hipster area would say).

FuturePastNow: The Aztek may be ugly, but I still see a lot of them.

Wow, I almost never see them around here--maybe one every few months or so, and that's it.  And, sadly, there's no shortage of hipsters around here, so I'm guessing that you're correct and it's not a hipster thing to own one "ironically."


.........yet.
 
2013-04-10 08:10:38 PM

FuturePastNow: The Aztek may be ugly, but I still see a lot of them.


Yes. I was surprised to see they only made 4,000 of them. I sure see a lot as well. Maybe central Illinoisans were easy to swindle into them.
 
2013-04-10 08:10:38 PM

NewportBarGuy: [i50.tinypic.com image 640x371]

""Soft Corinthian Leather!"


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2013-04-10 08:10:50 PM

dumbobruni: sales figures are wrong.

the Yugo GV is listed as only selling 4400 cars, but Yugo actually sold over 140,000 of them.

Cadillac sold almost 100,000 Cateras, not under 10k as this "article" claims.


The sales figures given in the article aren't for the entire model run, but for the particular model years of those cars (2001 for the Catera, and 1991 for the Yugo), and presumably these are years after they should've already been killed off as poor sellers.  Though it looks like the sales of the Stude wagon are for the entire 3-year model run.
 
2013-04-10 08:10:51 PM
I nominate the Volkswagen Thing for one of the ugliest cars ever to make the road, although they looked fun to drive.
 
2013-04-10 08:11:02 PM
BMW only made 2200 of the first model MZ3 Coupe. When I die, they are gonna bury me in mine.

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2013-04-10 08:12:31 PM
I owned a K-car wagon back when I was in high school. I think my parents were ok with me having it because they knew it would repel the ladies, which it did.
 
2013-04-10 08:12:51 PM
Many, many, MANY years ago when the Yugo graced our country with it's ugly form I was tasked with installing the odd sunroof in them.  What amazed me was the fact that cutting a 17" x 35" hole in the roof, installing a clamping ring and a piece of glass, actually added rigidity to the roof.

The heating/ventilation controls, if you want to call them that, really didn't work or they didn't appear to be connected to anything.

What an utter turd that car was.
 
2013-04-10 08:13:15 PM

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: .........yet.


Yeah, I guess we shouldn't give them any ideas.  It'll probably be the next hipster thing--I mean, imagine how many cases of PBR the average hipster could transport in one of those things.
 
2013-04-10 08:13:37 PM

bighoss: I nominate the Volkswagen Thing for one of the ugliest cars ever to make the road, although they looked fun to drive.


Yes, but VW knew they were ugly and used that as part of their advertising.
 
2013-04-10 08:15:38 PM

dumbobruni: sales figures are wrong.

the Yugo GV is listed as only selling 4400 cars, but Yugo actually sold over 140,000 of them.

Cadillac sold almost 100,000 Cateras, not under 10k as this "article" claims.


I think they're talking about the (final) model year only
 
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