Biggest Car Flops In The Last 15 Years

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 7 years ago '06        #1
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Biggest Car Flops In The Last 15 Years
 

 
Despite their best efforts, automakers don’t always hit the mark with new vehicle introductions. Some vehicles have missed the mark more wildly than others — and these are the cars that will be remembered as the greatest flops of the past 15 years.


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Ford Excursion
Bigger isn’t always better, and the Ford Excursion helps prove this point. Ford introduced this super-sized SUV in 1999 as a model year 2000 vehicle but stopped production just five years later. The Excursion was plagued by controversy from the start with environmental groups voicing concerns about the 19-foot long, 7,200-pound behemoth.

The Sierra Club actually held a nickname contest for the Excursion, and the winning name was the Ford Valdez, a nod to the Exxon Valdez oil tanker. The Excursion faced other problems including that it was too tall to fit into a standard garage and its dismal 12-mpg fuel efficiency.


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General Motors EV1
General Motors’ EV1 was a car that was ahead of its time. GM brought the EV1 to market in 1996, and by 2002 more than 1,000 EV1s had been produced. It wasn’t the vehicle itself that made the EV1 a flop, it was the actions taken by GM that led to the car’s inclusion on this list.

The EV1 was only available for lease, and despite an extremely loyal customer base, GM pulled all of the EV1s off the road in the early part of this century. Customers were willing to pay a premium price to purchase an EV1 outright, but GM refused and instead began the arduous process of destroying the majority of EV1s that it had produced.


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Lincoln Blackwood
What was the leadership at Ford thinking when they decided to produce a pickup truck under the Lincoln luxury label? The truck was produced for 15 months between 2002 and 2003, one of the shortest production runs of a mass-produced vehicle, and fewer than 4,000 were sold.

There were many problems with the Blackwood — including its more than $50,000 price tag. If a consumer is going to spend $50,000 on a pickup truck, it better act like a pickup truck. Unfortunately the Blackwood was not equipped with four-wheel drive, and the cargo bed had limited space thanks to a poorly designed cover.

One of the biggest reasons to buy a truck instead of an SUV is the storage space in the bed; if an owner can’t use this space, the vehicle is essentially worthless. This point was proven by the early demise of the Lincoln Blackwood.


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Dodge Durango Hybrid
Chrysler was a day late and a dollar short when it introduced a hybrid. The company’s choice for its first hybrid models was the Dodge Durango SUV and its cousin, the Chrysler Aspen. This hybrid project was doomed to fail, even if it wasn’t entirely Chrysler’s fault.

The hybrid SUV, with a $45,000 price tag, was released just when the economy started to crash in late 2008. After a summer with record-high gas prices, a hybrid alternative to a fuel-sucking SUV sounded great. Unfortunately, Chrysler and the American public in general were not in a position to support the launch of these vehicles.

Shortly after the two vehicles became available, Chrysler halted production and eventually closed the plant used to manufacture the models.


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52 comments for "Biggest Car Flops In The Last 15 Years"

 7 years ago '08        #2
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I thought the SSR would be on the list. For the life of me I still don't understand why it didn't really catch on.

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 7 years ago '09        #3
ImAMonster 407 heat pts407
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 Deion said:
I thought the SSR would be on the list. For the life of me I still don't understand why it didn't really catch on.

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Cause not everyone has the money to make them look like the pictures you posted, otherwise, they look like fu*king bugs...
 05-10-2011, 08:05 PM         #4
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That Lincoln Blackwood is k!llin sh*t
 7 years ago '09        #5
red dust 337 
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i thought the cadillac catera would be on here
 7 years ago '04        #6
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 red dust 337 said:
i thought the cadillac catera would be on here

^^ This ..

This car was a st8 up flop . Worst Cadi ever !
 05-10-2011, 08:20 PM         #7
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I got a 04 GTO
 05-10-2011, 08:34 PM         #8
OOps 
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I knew most of the list was going to be American cars.............They cant build sh*t anymore.
 05-10-2011, 08:36 PM         #9
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 DEEZKNOTS said:
I got a 04 GTO
Better hope you dont ever wreck it cuz finding parts for that mug is harder to find than Jimmy Hoffa.
 7 years ago '06        #10
luckluck 17 heat pts17
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What about the Lincoln Mark? Didn't they stop making those too?
 7 years ago '04        #11
Nu Tymez 8 heat pts
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 luckluck said:
What about the Lincoln Mark? Didn't they stop making those too?
If you mean the Mark LT... They stopped making them, they were suppose to come back as the Ford F-150 Platinum but I have never seen one..
 05-10-2011, 08:56 PM         #12
Chopzilla 
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Where da fu*k is this ugly sumbi*ch at


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 05-10-2011, 09:19 PM         #14
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 BIGBrandon2785 said:
That Lincoln Blackwood is k!llin sh*t
When I first seen them I thought thet looked nice, I see 1 or 2 from time to time
 7 years ago '07        #15
TWINSFAN 37 heat pts37
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 Nu Tymez said:
If you mean the Mark LT... They stopped making them, they were suppose to come back as the Ford F-150 Platinum but I have never seen one..
they are around, worked at ford dealership for a bit
 05-10-2011, 09:20 PM         #16
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 Mr_Chopsticks said:
Where da fu*k is this ugly sumbi*ch at


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HHR?? Hell them things sell decent just like the PT Cruiser & VW Beetle
 7 years ago '08        #17
Dee Grande 1269 heat pts1269
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surprised the F-150 didnt make the list
 7 years ago '04        #18
DJ Maximum|M 47 heat pts47
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blackwood was dope but sh*t 50k was way too much
 7 years ago '04        #19
JayR04 112 heat pts112
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 Dee Grande said:
surprised the F-150 didnt make the list
that has been the top selling truck for years.

now this on the other hand...

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 7 years ago '10        #20
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Blackwood is top notch, love the rarity
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