We all familiar with cars like Toyota Camry and the Ford F-150 being massive success. There are some cars however that completely missed the mark, eventually becoming automotive flops for under-performing the manufacturers sales expectations.
1. Pontiac Aztek
A car that played a major role in the Pontiac demise we definitely the Aztek, a strange -looking SUV built from 2000-2005. it's glaring design was a biggest issues with the car. Despite it's functionally it's unattractive as well drove this car to the rock button of U.S sales figures with features such as a camper- tent bicycle, and snow board racks.
The Aztek was supposed to speak adventurers, widely considered as one of the ugliest cars ever built the Aztek was a huge flop despite actually being a pretty decent car many people argue that the Azetek failed because the market wasn't ready for something new but it was just about a bland execution.
2. Chevy SSR
In the must of mid 2000 s retro craze Chevy's development team came up with crazy idea to produce a nostalgic two seater convertible pickup with a muscle car performance and $42,000 starting price.
The result was SSR a vehicle that looked unlike any other car in the market which a lot people didn't like the 1950s inspired design didn't work so well for most
3. The DeLorean DMC-12
However, the biggest problem was the engine. At first they used a Ford 3,0 litre V6, but that didn´t quite work. After that, they decided that they want to use a 4-cylinder engine from Citroen with 102 hp, but of course that wasn´t powerful enough and DeLorean asked if they could turbocharge it, but Citroen said that that had no warranty and also they didn´t want to make a deal. In 1977, they made a second prototype and Bill Collins wanted to use the 2,6 litre V6 from Volvo/Renault/Peugeot (PRV Engine). Long speak short: That didn´t work out neither and they had to ask Lotus, which was the only company that wanted to make the car ready to be built. However, they changed many, many things on the car, and the only thing which was left from DeLorean was the design, the gullwing doors and the with stainless steel planked plastic body. Then, finally, in 1981, the production of the car was initiated in Denmurry in Northern Ireland.
For example the gap dimensions weren´t perfect because of the complicated body, or the gullwing doors were just to heavy. The electronic wasn´t the best aswell. For example the engine ventilation didn´t always work which of course caused overheating. The other problem was, that the DMC-12 only had 132 hp but weighed 2,866 Pounds (1300 kilos), which means that it wasn´t a performance car at all. Well, not only the many problems and low performance, but also the high price caused many people to not buy the car. Anyway, DeLorean doubled the production rate of the car but the demand fell which caused insolvency. No more cars were produced because John DeLorean didn´t want another manufacturer to produce the car and then it was over for the DMC-12. On Christmas 1981, three golden DMCs were finished because American Express ordered them. Well those were the last three DMCs and all of them are still in the US.
The fisker karma is a second so promising, the first production car from company created by the legendary designer Henrik Fisker it was gorgeous full of futuristic Tech and one of the first plug in Hybrids Int' .
The market in the U.S the karma had two electric motors and turbo charged 2-litre Ecotee 4 cylinder. Source from general motor's and this electric car actually produced 400 horsepower allowing it to hit 60 miles per hour in just 6.2 seconds, that's not bad for a car weighing 50-300 pounds .
But perhaps Fisker's biggest struggle was in figuring out how to manufacture the Karma at a site it doesn't even own. This meant that Fisker had to outsource virtually every component that went into its Karma and that's a challenge even for established automakers. Supplier shortages and quality control became major issues and the faulty batteries from A123 Systems only highlighted this extensive problem.
It's hard to deny that the Karma is one of today's most attractive automobiles, but when what's on the inside falls short, design alone in today's competitive industry just isn't enough.
For Tesla Motors, the story is the opposite.
The Volkswagen Phaeton
luxury sedan/saloon manufactured by the German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen, described by Volkswagen as their "premium class" vehicle. Introduced at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show, the Phaeton was marketed worldwide. Sales in North America ended in 2006 and global sales ended in 2016.
The name Phaeton derives from Phaëton, the son of Phoebus (or Helios) in Greek mythology, by way of the phaeton auto body style and the type of horse-drawn carriage that preceded it.
Production ended in March 2016 and an all-electric second generation was slated to be produced. Starting in April 2017, the Gläserne Manufaktur Dresden assembles the e-Golf instead
The Cadillac XLR
The Cadillac XLR is a front-engine, rear-drive, two passenger roadster manufactured and marketed by Cadillac from 2003 to 2009 across a single generation — and noted for its power retractable hardtop, Bulgari designed interior instruments, head-up display, adaptive suspension marketed as Magnetic Ride Control, rear-mounted transmission and near 50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution. As Cadillac's flagship model, the XLR was introduced at the 2003 North American International Auto Show and began production with model year 2004 — foreshadowed by the 1999 Evoq concept.
The Lincoln Blackwood
The Lincoln Blackwood is a pickup truck that was marketed by the Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company. Marketed in the United States and Mexico, it was the first pickup truck ever sold by the Lincoln division. Due to poor sales, it was only marketed in the United States for the 2002 model year and in Mexico for the 2002 and 2003 model year, making it the shortest-produced vehicle by the division.
The Blackwood was the first Lincoln manufactured outside the state of Michigan since 1958. It was produced at Ford's Kansas City Assembly in Claycomo, Missouri, from August 2001 to December 2002.
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