It’s more than simply the car’s quality that determines whether it sells. Numerous mitigating factors determine whether it is a success or a failure. The Ford Pinto, and the second-generation Ford Mustang that shares its underpinnings, are a good illustration.
Even though the Pinto tended to blow up when rear-ended, it was an inexpensive and lightweight automobile that looked good and sold in droves.
The Mustang II, on the other hand, had no anger issues but was so underpowered that it shouldn’t have been classified as a muscle vehicle at all.
The Mustang II, however, sold well due to the oil crisis and emission control, saving Ford from bankruptcy at a time when GM and Chrysler were on the verge of going bankrupt.
2002-2009 Hummer H2: A Gas Guzzler
Some automobiles manage to make their appearance at the most inconvenient period conceivable. The Hummer H1 was released in the 1990s, during a time when all Americans desired to drive on were the biggest and “baddest” wheels they could find.
When gas costs were high and everyone sought fuel-efficient cars, the Hummer H2 was released. The H2 was a huge flop due to this and takeovers.
2002 Lincoln Blackwood: Over-Priced, But Oh-So-Beautiful
Clint Eastwood plays the main character in the film The Mule, and his brand-new all-black truck looks so amazing on the road that it makes us want to buy one.
Just the Lincoln Blackwood, an overpriced, over-trimmed rebadged Ford F-150 SuperCrew, was produced for a single year and only 3,300 cars were produced.
Too pricey, but then again, so are most things beautiful.
1968-1970 AMC AMX: Could Have Given The ‘Vette Competition
The AMX, as the only other two-seater sports/muscle car of American provenance, would have given the Vette some serious competition if it had survived and been produced for longer than the two brief years it was on the market.
Unfortunately, AMC opted to cancel it after only two years to focus on the Javelin.
2008-2009 Pontiac G8: Killed Before Its Prime
The Pontiac G8, despite being a rebadged Holden Commodore, was one of the Pontiac cars that were finally proving to be promising after a long time. Unfortunately, the automobile was pulled down before it could even take off since GM sacrificed the Pontiac on the altar of the US bailout to stay afloat.
This comes from the same company that brought us the GTO. In retrospect, it also brought us the Aztek!
2002-2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT: The Unnecessary Pickup
Because the Escalade EXT was a mechanical twin of the Escalade, there was nothing wrong with it. Caddy’s main difference, or should we say error, was to remove the rear seats and replace them with a pickup bed.
Because the wealthy and famous do not like to transport their l luxury vehicles, this pickup vanished after a decade of being classified as the worst-selling vehicle year after year.
2009-2019 Ford Flex: A Weird Flex
In many people’s eyes, the Ford Flex was nothing more than a huffed-and-puffed-up Mini Cooper. Others regarded it as a cult vehicle, even though sales never exceeded 40,000, and even that was rare. Despite the respectable engines, the style did not appeal to Americans, even though it was a good and roomy crossover that was part-van and part-SUV.
1981-1983 DeLorean DMC-12: A Dream Gone Sour
John DeLorean was no furball when it came to cars, for he’s the brains behind the success of the Pontiac GTO as well as the Chevy Nova. His project and firm were engaged in political crises, rushed development as well as financial troubles, and so the DMC-12, which could have been a wonderful thing in the American auto industry, fell flat instead
2011-2012 Fisker Karma: Let Down By Batteries
Isn’t there anything special about this car if Justin Bieber bought it? We don’t know about Bieber, but the car and the company were in difficulty due to battery issues, and when the sole manufacturer of the batteries went bankrupt, Fisker Karma had no choice but to follow suit.
It was eventually purchased by a Chinese business, which launched a car similar to the Karma Revero.
1995-2003 Oldsmobile Aurora: Full-Size Sports Sedan
This was an Olds automobile, and a full-size one at that, so it could never be considered a sports car, despite its smooth ride. But it was a beauty, with powerful engines for fast cruising and a perfect combination of performance and luxury.
Despite good sales throughout, Oldsmobile fell out of business in 2004 and the automobile came to an end.
2004-2005 GMC Envoy XUV
Minivans and huge crossovers were not popular in the 2000s when people preferred smaller crossovers with several functions that saved them money on gas.
Under the hood, the GMC Envoy XUV was the same as the Envoy, but it was a pickup-SUV crossover that didn’t turn out to be as desirable in terms of appearance and practicality as it seemed. As a result, things went off the tracks.