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Don’t Embarrass Me: Worst “Car of the Year” Awards

Don’t Embarrass Me: Worst “Car of the Year” Awards

1972 Chevy VegaEach year, automakers wait with baited breath for the release of the car of the year awards. These come from major automotive magazines like Car and Driver and Motor Trend.

These car magazines originally chose cars that were affordable and stood apart from the crowd. It took a few years of choosing flops to force the car makers to set standards for their award winning cars, so now they look at technology, innovation, reliability, and performance. These are a few of the regretful “Car of the Year” award winners:

MG MGB

MG MGB

MG MGB 1965The MG MGB is a car that was made by MG from 1962 through 1980. MG was a British manufacturer of sports cars that was founded in the 1920s. The letters stand for Morris Garages, the origin of the car company in Oxford. The now defunct manufacturer was long known for sporty little two-seaters that helped ignite enthusiasm for sports cars in the U.S. and elsewhere.

For 18 years, MG produced the MGB model with very minimal changes, a testament to its popular design. It replaced the MGA in 1962, which was the first sports car to be produced in numbers over 100,000. MG introduced the B as a roadster with a four-cylinder engine. By 1965, a 2 + 2 coupe was also available.