14 Of The Worst Cars Ever Shown At The Detroit Auto Show

1999 Pontiac Aztek Concept VehiclePhoto by coconv


2. Pontiac Aztek (1999)

Another hideous vehicle, the Pontiac Aztec was almost universally disliked when it was unveiled at the Detroit auto show. The car was an awkward, bulky, plastic mess, that looked like nothing else on the road. Rather than embrace the unique look of the Aztek, most recoiled. Interviews with GM designers revealed that the original design for the Aztek had been fiddled with, altered, and had corners cut to reduce costs resulting in the mess that we have today. GM spent $40M on the ad budget for the Aztek, they were so confident in its success. After just 4 months, there was a massive glut of them on lots, and a great many of them were being demo’d to GM corporate employees to take pressure off mounting inventories.

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