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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 39
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2013-04-10 08:26:43 PM
3 votes:

Pointy Tail of Satan: 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 11:58:26 PM
2 votes:
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.
2013-04-10 10:06:51 PM
2 votes:

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 08:31:27 PM
2 votes:

Invisible Dynamite Monkey: Pointy Tail of Satan: BMW only made 2200 of the first model MZ3 Coupe. When I die, they are gonna bury me in mine.

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Driving one of these was perilous.

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2013-04-10 08:27:20 PM
2 votes:

Jument: 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.


My dad bought an Aries-K back in 84. It got pretty good gas mileage and was pretty reliable for the first 80,000 miles or so. Then the carburetor took a shiat and lo and behold, they didn't manufacture it anymore, nor would any other carb fit on the rather odd manifold they had put on it. It sat for about six months. I went down there for a job, and took measurements on it, and machined an adapter/riser plate out of aluminium that would fit a Weber to it, and he got another 200,000 miles out of it before some drunk sideswiped it out of commission. Took a bit of dorking around with the throttle linkage, but he was happy.
2013-04-10 08:05:44 PM
2 votes:

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 08:03:21 PM
2 votes:
when GM unveiled the Aztek, says he'll never forget the gasp he heard from the crowd

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2013-04-10 07:48:09 PM
2 votes:
Everything old is new again!

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2013-04-11 06:36:21 AM
1 votes:
There are vehicles far uglier than the Pontiac Aztek on the road.  Behold:


Scion B

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Nissan Cube

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I'd take an Aztek over these two ugly farkers any day.
2013-04-11 02:59:25 AM
1 votes:

Mojongo: Shhhwing!
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Would love to have been in the ad agency meeting when they came up with that concept.

Adman: the Pacer is an abomination to every design aesthetic known to man.
Adman2: we'll have to counter this with something powerful
Adman3: Got it.  We'll make a woman's ass the focal point of the picture, and bigger than the car itself
Admen: Brilliant!
2013-04-11 01:10:29 AM
1 votes:

The Irresponsible Captain: I never passed one in a Corvair...  The Corvair would probably lift off the road if I tried.


Heh... as much as I love my Corvair, this actually happens. I was driving on the highway at around 100 mph with the top down, feeling like the king of the world, when suddenly the steering wheel just went loose in my hands like it wasn't connected to anything, and the front end of the car lifted up slightly. My mouth suddenly tasted like hot copper and I nearly soiled my fine vinyl seats, and I drove home at about 40 mph.
2013-04-11 12:53:56 AM
1 votes:
www.classiccarart.us

This is an Edsel. Can't you just hear the car calling for a lick?

/link is hot like the car is not
2013-04-11 12:43:18 AM
1 votes:

The Irresponsible Captain: The Corvair would probably lift off the road if I tried.

Years past when, it was all I could afford, I drove a 65 Corvair,  four one barrel carbs 180 CID, with sandbags in the front storage area, thanks Ralph for the heads up, never had a problem with positive sway on a turn. Then one day on a four lane divided highway in a slow left turn another Corvair attempted to pass me and side rolled three times. No one seriously hurt but that along with the fact that the pushrod seals leaked more oil than the Exxon Valdez got it traded for an even less practical 1956 TR3 Triumph. Don't even get me started on aluminum block, teflon cylinder coated Vegas or Bic Pintos. The best low end cars were actually designed and marketed as such, original VW Bug, Morris Minor, Datsun B210, Honda Civic, Henry's T & first flathead V8 Fords . Things just don't work that way these days it seems.
2013-04-11 12:06:01 AM
1 votes:
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 12:02:04 AM
1 votes:
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2013-04-10 09:54:36 PM
1 votes:

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 09:24:02 PM
1 votes:
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The Tucker 48 would like a recount.
2013-04-10 09:22:24 PM
1 votes:
They left out the '61 DeSoto which only sold 3,034 units. De Soto was discontinued 45 days after the '61 were introduced. It is by far one of the weirdest looking cars of the 1960s.
http://auto.howstuffworks.com/1960-1961-desoto3.htm
2013-04-10 08:51:23 PM
1 votes:
...The Studie Wagonaire had two problems - first, the gaskets around that sliding panel were, shall we say, bad.  Second, it was a Studebaker.  They started building them less than a year before Studie ended US production in December '63, and nobody wanted to be stuck with a car that seemed as if it would be an orphan momentarily.  Any of the Big Three would have had the time and money to try and fix it, but Studebaker was doomed, and it never had a chance.  They did keep making the Wagonaire in Canada, but it was mostly to run down parts supplies.

They had big plans, though - the Sceptre would have been the '65 replacement for the Hawk:
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2013-04-10 08:39:21 PM
1 votes:
My brother drove an Aztek. He still swears that marketed properly, it could have saved Pontiac.

/We don't take him seriously.
//About anything.
2013-04-10 08:29:40 PM
1 votes:

Pointy Tail of Satan: BMW only made 2200 of the first model MZ3 Coupe. When I die, they are gonna bury me in mine.


Well, that's convenient that you've found a good use for it, since nobody will ever want to buy that thing off of you.  And I say that evan as a longtime Bimmer aficianado who likes damn near everything they've ever made.
2013-04-10 08:22:32 PM
1 votes:

meteorite: Those were fun little cars. A couple of brother I was friend with had one and I loved it.


If by "fun" you mean a car that's so slow it felt like you were dragging an anchor while running on one cylinder, handled like Model T with 4 flat tires, had the fit and finish (and look) of a homemade duck blind, and assured you that you would always be, depending on season, freezing your ass off, sweating your nuts off, and/or soaking wet (while being buffetted by wind regardless of conditions), then yes, it was a lot of "fun."
2013-04-10 08:17:25 PM
1 votes:
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2013-04-10 08:16:29 PM
1 votes:

markie_farkie: Everything old is new again!

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I thought of this mess - files.conceptcarz.com
2013-04-10 08:11:02 PM
1 votes:
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 08:10:50 PM
1 votes:

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 08:09:52 PM
1 votes:
Make no fun of the Aztek. It's an excellent vehicle.
2013-04-10 08:04:26 PM
1 votes:

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 08:03:44 PM
1 votes:

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 08:03:06 PM
1 votes:
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What about this abomination to our eyes?
2013-04-10 08:02:44 PM
1 votes:
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 08:01:00 PM
1 votes:
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 07:56:14 PM
1 votes:
Studebaker hawk...YEAAH!
2013-04-10 07:56:03 PM
1 votes:

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

""Soft Corinthian Leather!"


Corinth is famous for its leather!
2013-04-10 07:54:08 PM
1 votes:
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They don't make them like this anymore.
2013-04-10 07:28:51 PM
1 votes:

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 06:41:04 PM
1 votes:

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.
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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 06:10:47 PM
1 votes:
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 05:42:59 PM
1 votes:
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.
 
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