Sunday, August 14, 2016

Top Auto Failures of the past Decade

Ford Thunderbird (59,200 sold) After being on hiatus for several years, Ford introduced a new Thunderbird for 2002. From its introduction in 1955 to its phaseout in 2005, Ford produced over 4.4 million Thunderbirds.

With sales dropping off significantly after its first model year, Ford decided to make the 2005 model year the Thunderbird's last.
The last car rolled off the assembly line on July 1, 2005.
Chevrolet SSR (23,479 sold) Some people like the SSRs, but those people probably have never driven one.

They are big, heavy, and cumbersome. A convertible pick up truck with two seats is a solution nobody asked for the answer to.
Cadillac XLR (13,302 sold) Cadillac's flagship sports car, the XLR was based on the Chevrolet Corvette's Y platform.

The XLR featured its own unique styling, interior, and suspension, and power-retractable aluminum hardtop, along with the Cadillac Northstar engine. The XLR ended production after the 2009 model year.
Acura ZDX (5,828 sold) They made an incredibly ugly crossover with no utility. You can't fit anything or anyone in it, and its disgusting to look at. Consumers weren't interested.
Lexus LS 600h L (2,055 sold) A hybrid version of the LS 460, it's supposed to compete with the 12-cylinder versions of the BMW 7-series and Audi A8, the problem is it doesn't perform as well as them, and it got far worse fuel mileage.

And it cost a ton of money nobody was prepared to spend.
Mitsubishi i MiEV (1,420 sold) "Meev" is a very tiny electrically powered pod. Essentially its a puny electric car with virtually no range to speak of.