Ever wonder what a luxury version of the Chevy Cavalier would look like? In the 1980s, GM had the failed idea of dressing one up as a Cadillac. The Cimarron had a simple and practical design, with a boxy body and a spacious interior that could comfortably seat up to five people. A four-cylinder engine produced only 88 horsepower (via Car & Driver).
Some features of the Cimarron made it a good deal, but it wasn’t enough to justify the cheap design. The 1982 Cadillac Cimarron remains a cautionary tale in the automotive industry, often cited as an example of a poorly executed product strategy. Cadillac had a lot of better-looking cars at the time and the Cimarron was a true eye-sore.
The 1990 Lumina APV had a unique and distinct design with a rounded body and spacious interior that offered plenty of headroom and legroom. In theory, the idea was a good one, until you saw the van in person. A V6 engine powered that produced up to 120 horsepower, which gave it decent performance for a minivan (via Autoblog).
The Aurora had a long, sleek body with smooth lines and a low, wide grille. The interior featured leather seats, air conditioning, and power windows. The Aurora was powered by a V8 producing to 250 horsepower, making it decently fast for the time (via Cars).
The Aurora was a popular car for just a short period of time, however. It represented the height of GM luxury in the mid-1990s. The extremely aerodynamic design and the powerful V8 engine made it a pleasurable driving experience. But the styling of the first and second generation were ugly and the car didn’t last long as a result.
The QX56 had a bold and distinctive design with a high, boxy body and a chrome grille. The idea was to get styling that looked like the Hummer H2 from the same period. The QX56 had a V8 that gave it up to 315 horsepower, a solid amount of HP for an SUV (via Autoblog).
The QX56 was a popular car among families who needed a lot of space in their SUVs. But the problem with the QX56 was that many considered it a paltry clone of the Hummer H2, It had ugly styling and didn’t amount to much in the eyes of car shoppers as a result.
The legendary Aztek had a unique and polarizing design, with a high, boxy body and distinctive grille. The interior was equally impressive, with a spacious cabin and a dashboard filled with modern amenities, such as a premium sound system. The styling of the car is downright hideous, which is why it never became a success. The automotive press had a field day with the Aztec over the body cladding and ugly styling (via Car & Driver).
The Aztek was powered by a V6 engine producing up to 185 horsepower. It actually had a good enough performance on the road, but its styling was just horrible. There’s simply no debying that it is one of the most ridicilous-looking cars to hit a raod. However, not all is bad. The Aztek has become a cult classic among car enthusiasts in recent years. Surprisingly the car has become a big success on the secondary market due to is many scenes on the all-time great TV show ‘Breaking Bad’.