The Forgotten: Manufactured Cars We Don’t Remember
Some cars have become a regular part of our vernacular. It is easy to imagine a Mustang, Corvette, PT-Cruiser, Prius, and a Bel Air. For as many cars that have remained memorable icons of car culture, there are several more that have been long forgotten. Most of the forgotten became that way because they were poor sellers or they look too much like a more popular version. Maybe these will trigger a long-lost memory in your mind, or you may have never even heard of these models:
Isuzu Stylus: This car was built in the early 1990s and was a rebranding the Isuzu Gemini (another easy-to-forget car). The car was designed to compete with the Geo Storm, but by selling fewer than 18,000 units proved it didn’t compete with anything at all.
Infiniti J30: Can you name an Infiniti? Probably not, because all of their cars seem to have the same name. This is the most forgettable of the Infinitis, simply because this is such a boring car to look at and to drive. It was designed to be the luxurious version of the Ford Taurus, which dominated the 1990s, when the J30 was designed and forgotten.
Buick Apollo: Even though over 100,000 were built, the car has always taken a backseat to the Chevy Nova. The cars look practically the same. The Buick Apollo got a whole five horsepower more than the Nova, but since the Buick Apollo cost at about $500 more than the Nova, it was easy to pick the winner.
Mitsubishi Starion: This car from the 1980s was forgotten because it looked just like its competitor Dodge Conquest. The car was slow and overly styled. Even though both cars, the Starion and Conquest are relatively forgotten today, the Starion wins by a nose.
Lexus ES250: This ugly little brother to the sexy ES300 sedan that made Lexus a household name. The ES250 was boxy and lacked the luxurious appointments that Lexus owners were used to buying. This car did not sell, which is the only thing memorable about this loser.