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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 09:45:48 PM

LucklessWonder: [www.cars-directory.net image 254x177]
The current LucklessWonderMobile (except mine isn't in this good a shape)


Hey, I have a 1993 Ford Aerostar! It's white with rust at the bottom. No heat or AC and the front windows no longer go up and down. Also, only the AM radio works, not the FM. However, it does run, and we can't afford to get anything better yet. Had it five years now.

Her dad has an Aztek. It's a black one, so while ugly, it isn't that bad. And it's actually a really good vehicle.
 
2013-04-10 09:46:28 PM
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Want.
 
2013-04-10 09:47:19 PM
The whole soft/fine Corinthian leather thing - It didn't sound like I remembered it.

I was right. It's ~rich~ Corinthian leather.

/It's nice being right.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vsg97bxuJnc
 
2013-04-10 09:49:01 PM
What, no pictures of the Aztek's greatest feature?

blog.honk.com

The suicide tent!
 
2013-04-10 09:49:13 PM
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2013-04-10 09:52:25 PM
Count me in as another person who thinks the Aztek isn't bad. The goal of a car is to transport people and not fall apart on itself & as long as it did both, I see no reason to complain about it. The only mistake I can see was marketing it as a Pontiac despite it not being sporty at all.
 
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2013-04-10 09:53:44 PM

acereraser: What, no pictures of the Aztek's greatest feature?

[blog.honk.com image 550x358]

The suicide tent!


Is it true the Aztek had to be parked at an incline, not level ground, or else rain would get inside the tent?
 
2013-04-10 09:54:36 PM

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


Even that is fairly useless, as I am sure they sold ALL of the models they built; its just when, and for how little.

/I only say this as I bought a brand spanking new Yugo (yes, I was sober) from the dealership, just a good two years after it had been sitting on the lot, and for the princely sum of $500 cash and the promise not to ever bring it back for service.
 
2013-04-10 09:56:57 PM
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2013-04-10 09:59:32 PM

puckrock2000: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 640x435]

The Tucker 48 would like a recount.


Man that thing is still beautiful.  If they can revive the Indian name for motorcycles you'd think someone could buy the name for the Tucker for a new brand of technically advanced vehicles.  Maybe Tesla thought of that before settling on Tesla.
 
2013-04-10 09:59:59 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.

I too had a K-car in high school. Bench seats really facilitate the highway head. And a K-Car still beat a No-Car.
 
2013-04-10 10:01:22 PM

Tellingthem: atomic-age: dumbobruni: atomic-age: 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.

Notice that there is a *year* model next to each one. That number is not for the full production run.

actually, they are not for single years.

the figures for the catera and yugo are for the last 3 years of production.

So why would they put a year model on them? Puzzling.

There was a guy in the city where I used to live who collected and restored Yugos. I am not kidding. I've got some crazy collections, but that is the lamest hobby ever. He drove a Yugo everywhere he went; had 4-8 of them at any given time. He always looked miserable on the road.

At the scottsdale Barrett-Jackson they sold a Yugo that had 350 miles.Link


 I would assume with the abruptness of Yugos collapse and the really slow sales, there are probably more than a few zero-mile cars out there. They sat around for years until the dealers gave up.

 I bought one with fewer miles than that from the dealer. It was $500, about two years after they were discontinued, and they still had three on the back lot, along with one brand new one they were simply stripping for parts to keep up the last of the warranty work on already sold cars.
 
2013-04-10 10:06:51 PM

cgraves67: 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.


We Central Illinoisans are not renowned for our good taste. Wikipedia says they made 119,694 Azteks.

Look, it's an ugly car. But what Pontiac was trying to do is very understandable; they were trying to sell a minivan to younger buyers. In doing so, they created the CUV. Every crossover you see on the road owes its roots to the Aztek.
 
2013-04-10 10:17:57 PM

jtown: Tsar_Bomba1: [4.bp.blogspot.com image 600x304]

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 600x304]

A friend's dad had one of those when I was a kid.  I had no idea that it was a vehicle of significance.  I just knew it was weird lookin'.


My dad had a 1964 Studebaker Avanti that he picked up pretty cheap.  The original engine had been swapped out with a 327 from a Corvette, the fiberglass had some cracks in it, and someone had put these ridiculous pimp-mobile rims on it.

I drove it to prom!
 
2013-04-10 10:18:48 PM

NewWorldDan: 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.

I too had a K-car in high school. Bench seats really facilitate the highway head. And a K-Car still beat a No-Car.


Bench seats were the greatest.  My friend in high school had a Chevy Biscayne that could seat 8 comfortably.  Thing was a tank on wheels.
 
2013-04-10 10:22:13 PM

Cyberluddite: 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.


And yet, people today are buying Nissan Cubes, Kia Souls, Scion XBs, and various other cars that are just as "ugly"

I was never really offended by the Aztek, but I don't know much about it either. I do like the idea of a regular size car you could comfortably fold out a mattress in for camping. That's the only thing I remember about the commercials.

I would take a new model cube-shaped or funny shaped are with all the features over the very "pretty" car I have now.
 
2013-04-10 10:22:35 PM
A friend of mine bought a used Aztek. Sure, for people who care how people see them driving, I guess it's an ugly vehicle.  But it had a nice interior, and a huge amount of room on the inside. From the inside, it's an awesome family car, especially for it's time.
 
2013-04-10 10:25:07 PM

puckrock2000: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 640x435]

The Tucker 48 would like a recount.


That wasn't so much a flop as much as a car that was squeezed out of existence before it could really hit the market.

A little 1940s car humor
Three guys were talking about buying their wives cars.
One said, "I'm gonna buy my wife a Kaiser and surprise her."
His friend said, "I'm gonna buy my wife a Frazer and amaze her."
The third guy said, "I'm gonna buy my wife a Tucker."

/My grandfather told me that joke.
//I miss him profoundly.
 
2013-04-10 10:29:00 PM
The Asstek would probably have sold much better if it was still in production when Breaking Bad came out.

Also from the side and rear a Preass looks like a lowered Asstek.
 
2013-04-10 10:32:17 PM
I actually liked the Aztec. A friend of mine had one, it was great for hauling all of our gear for camping without having a larger than necessary vehicle. It drove nice and had a nice interior.

If people think the Aztec is ugly, they need to check out the Honda Element. I can't find ANY redeeming qualities about that vehicle.
 
2013-04-10 10:35:36 PM
I had a buddy that had a Chevy Citation hatchback that he practically had to give away to get someone to take it.
 
2013-04-10 10:36:33 PM

acereraser: What, no pictures of the Aztek's greatest feature?

[blog.honk.com image 550x358]

The suicide tent!



The tent did not seal tight enough to the body to keep out Mosquitos and ants.
 
2013-04-10 10:36:47 PM

Oldiron_79: The Asstek would probably have sold much better if it was still in production when Breaking Bad came out.


Nothing says increased sales like when a vehicle is used as a symbolic representation of total failure.
 
2013-04-10 10:41:41 PM
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2013-04-10 10:42:40 PM

Cyberluddite: 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.



My father had one in black. I was really young, but I remember we called it the "Black Bomb" because it was such a piece of shiat!
 
2013-04-10 10:43:38 PM

jonny_q: Cyberluddite: 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.

And yet, people today are buying Nissan Cubes, Kia Souls, Scion XBs, and various other cars that are just as "ugly"

I was never really offended by the Aztek, but I don't know much about it either. I do like the idea of a regular size car you could comfortably fold out a mattress in for camping. That's the only thing I remember about the commercials.

I would take a new model cube-shaped or funny shaped are with all the features over the very "pretty" car I have now.


i LOVE my scion xB (2005 extra-square model, not the more mature-looking newer models). and i like the souls. but something about the cube is extra ugly...perhaps it's the rounded windows?

i've always had a thing for the odd vehicles. my first car was a 1984 honda crx that was 9 years old with 125k miles when i got it...5 speed...got around 40 mpg! i miss that car still
 
2013-04-10 10:48:28 PM

Tsar_Bomba1: [4.bp.blogspot.com image 600x304]


4.bp.blogspot.com

The Avanti was produced for over 40 years.

/ So far
// It...it's beautiful
/// Want
 
2013-04-10 10:57:35 PM

bungle_jr: jonny_q: Cyberluddite: 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.

And yet, people today are buying Nissan Cubes, Kia Souls, Scion XBs, and various other cars that are just as "ugly"

I was never really offended by the Aztek, but I don't know much about it either. I do like the idea of a regular size car you could comfortably fold out a mattress in for camping. That's the only thing I remember about the commercials.

I would take a new model cube-shaped or funny shaped are with all the features over the very "pretty" car I have now.

i LOVE my scion xB (2005 extra-square model, not the more mature-looking newer models). and i like the souls. but something about the cube is extra ugly...perhaps it's the rounded windows?

i've always had a thing for the odd vehicles. my first car was a 1984 honda crx that was 9 years old with 125k miles when i got it...5 speed...got around 40 mpg! i miss that car still


Amen on the xB. I'm on my second 2005 after the first one got totaled in a wreck that my entire family just walked away from. Its big enough on the inside that I regularly haul three adults, two kids, a 50 pound dog, and luggage for everyone in it. When my mom is with me and she has her wheelchair I just put the backseat down and toss it in without worrying about folding it up or anything. I got a 55" LCD that was still in the box home in it. Not only that but I get around 30 mpg and can easily fit in parking spots that lots of people with normal sedans can't even fit into. Sure, the looks are something you either love or hate (with most people falling into the hate category) but I like it buying different and love everything else about it. I even bought one of the bright yellow Release Series ones that they only made 2500 of. I never lose that thing in a parking lot.
 
2013-04-10 10:59:14 PM

jaytkay: Tsar_Bomba1: [4.bp.blogspot.com image 600x304]

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The Avanti was produced for over 40 years.

/ So far
// It...it's beautiful
/// Want


It looks like it's making a sad-face.
 
2013-04-10 11:13:25 PM

jaytkay: Tsar_Bomba1: [4.bp.blogspot.com image 600x304]

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 600x304]

The Avanti was produced for over 40 years.

/ So far
// It...it's beautiful
/// Want


And what was wrong with the Avanti?

Back when I was a kid my father was going to buy one from this guy he knew. The guy had a large garage that he kept it in with 4 other cars and the garage caught on fire and destroyed all of the cars a few weeks before my father planed to buy it.
 
2013-04-10 11:19:13 PM

Amusement: [s4.postimg.org image 619x421]


"New, nifty, thrifty?" You couldn't beat a Scotsman!

www.classiccarcatalogue.com
 
2013-04-10 11:21:41 PM

puckrock2000: The Tucker 48 would like a recount.


Is that what that thing is? I used to have a Micro Machine of it.
 
2013-04-10 11:23:20 PM
They were still making the Avanti as recently as 2001.

files.conceptcarz.com If my memory serves me right, it's a Mustang underneath. But it cost 100,000 dollars at the time.
 
2013-04-10 11:25:31 PM
Regarding the Aztec, I understand that it was very successful in the underestimated lesbian market. Same for Subaru wagons, but Subaru actually worked it into some print ads. Kudos to them.

As for the Yugo, I had an awesome idea for a slogan of a Yugo-only repair shop.

You break
We fix
Yugo

They never got the market share that would support such a garage, though.
 
2013-04-10 11:28:31 PM
Soon to be joined by the Nissan Murano Convertible.  The answer to a question no one asked.
 
2013-04-10 11:32:14 PM

JK8Fan: I had a buddy that had a Chevy Citation hatchback that he practically had to give away to get someone to take it.


Youd have to pay me money to take one off your hands.
 
2013-04-10 11:32:42 PM
No list such as this would be complete without the 1980 Corvette.
 
2013-04-10 11:33:51 PM

brandent: puckrock2000: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 640x435]

The Tucker 48 would like a recount.

Man that thing is still beautiful.  If they can revive the Indian name for motorcycles you'd think someone could buy the name for the Tucker for a new brand of technically advanced vehicles.  Maybe Tesla thought of that before settling on Tesla.


I have an relative that is like one of Tucker's grandchildren, or something close like that.  The family is super bitter about the way the bigger automakers sued him and the company into submission.  The legal issues were what killed the Torpedo, not sales.  You'll never see a new Tucker Torpedo built, nor any sort of licensing of the brand or designs.
 
2013-04-10 11:34:30 PM

cgraves67: 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.


There are at least ten of them running around Ames, IA. I suspect George White was rarin' to deal.
 
2013-04-10 11:43:35 PM
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This is what I drove in high school.  Why Dad let me, I'm not sure...

I miss that car.
 
2013-04-10 11:43:39 PM

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


It was loud and proud, to be sure. For some reason, most of them seemed to be in chrome yellow, hardly subtle. But I liked the idea you could camp out in the Quasimodo-like hump. It was like a Dodge Caravan was trying to be the ass-baby of a Ford Focus.
 
2013-04-10 11:58:26 PM
Ever try buying parts for a 3rd Gen TT RX-7?  One of the most exciting cars ever made, but a flop as far as sales went.

Try 500 total US sales in 1995.
 
2013-04-11 12:00:35 AM

LucklessWonder: www.cars-directory.net
The current LucklessWonderMobile (except mine isn't in this good a shape)


I used to own a Ford Aerostar with the AWD.

It had a few good points.  Easy to drive with good visibility. The AWD and good balance makes them surefooted in snow and rain. Reasonable gas mileage.  Very roomy inside, compared to a similar sized truck.  You can pull the seats out carry 4X8 sheets of plywood and most furniture.  And cops basically look right through them.

The disadvantage is, they have a very light truck supervention and come with what amounts to large car tires. They are low to the ground.  All that rules out most off road travel unless you like replacing tires and spending $$$ to have your suspension repaired.  And of course van repairs cost about 50% more than cars and trucks.
 
2013-04-11 12:01:05 AM
If they sold so few Aztecs, why do I constantly see them on the road?

/Rosie O'Donnell was a fan...

mygundepot.com
 
2013-04-11 12:02:04 AM
                                                          Recalled for magic carpet burns
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2013-04-11 12:04:05 AM
Next one to be added to the list:  The 2014 Jeep Cherokee

I took the badging off my XJ when they unveiled this POS
 
2013-04-11 12:06:01 AM
Another Aztek owner here. I got to drive one around in high school and most of college, and I have to say I loved it.  It was certainly a form over function vehicle.  It had a few flaws here and there, but was honestly the easiest parallel parking cars I've ever had, held up pretty well seeing as though it was driven by an idiot high schooler, and it could haul all my crap from college and back every semester when anyone with similar levels of crap would get a trailer.
 
2013-04-11 12:07:24 AM

Mojongo: Shhhwing!
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1976--117,244

Don't forget about the Pinto and the Vega. This beat them soundly:

upload.wikimedia.org

I never passed one in a Corvair...
upload.wikimedia.org

The Corvair would probably lift off the road if I tried.
 
2013-04-11 12:17:10 AM

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: They were still making the Avanti as recently as 2001.

[files.conceptcarz.com image 850x470] If my memory serves me right, it's a Mustang underneath. But it cost 100,000 dollars at the time.


Bite your tongue. That is a Camaro under there.
 
2013-04-11 12:18:36 AM

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: They were still making the Avanti as recently as 2001.

[files.conceptcarz.com image 850x470] If my memory serves me right, it's a Mustang underneath. But it cost 100,000 dollars at the time.


Even a whacko company like Avanti would not want a car based on a rustang.
 
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