Cars that Prove Designers Need Vacations
In the world of cars, there are some cars that leave you wondering what the designers were thinking. Since people often buy cars with the hearts rather than their heads, they tend to go with what looks good. Every year, it seems that designers release something that makes you scratch your head and predict the number of cars left on the lots at the end of the year. No one wants to be seen in an ugly car. These are a few of the cars that will make heads turn, but for all the wrong reasons.
AMC Pacer. This bubble on wheels was about as ugly as it gets. It did not even have the “it’s so ugly it’s cute” look. They came in ugly colors, like two-toned brown and they even came with faux wood paneling. Unfortunately for AMC, the Pacer was as unfortunate to drive as it was to look at, too.
Subaru Brat. What a horrible name for a car? Especially for a car that had an identity crisis. Was the Brat a car? A truck? A shopping cart? With the tiny wheels, the oversized sunroof, and the wanna-be El Camino lines, it is a wonder that anyone bought this car.
Cadillac Cimarron. Cadillacs are supposed to be the Cadillacs of the auto industry, so when the Cimarron was released, drivers were left wondering what was happening to the luxury brand. This was nothing more than a budget Chevy Cavalier with slightly more trim and more comfortable seats.
Toyota Van (1984). This minivan looked like it would tumble off of the road. The plethora of bus-like windows, the ugly paint jobs, and the awkward shape makes made it a true dud.
Plymouth Prowler. The Plymouth Prowler was one of the first retro cars on the market. Debuting in 1997, the former concept car looked like it still needed a few concepts added to it. It was overly angled which made the bumper look like it could fall off when the glue dried. The car looked like it was just trying to hard to be the cool old guy
Chevy HHR. This was another case of retro-gone-wrong. The car is too bulbous, almost to the point of AMC Pacer bulbous. Designers need to remember that in most cases, less really is more. The HHR would have been better off playing a supporting role in the cartoon classic Who Framed Roger Rabbit? than cruising the unforgiving streets of Detroit.