6 Cars That Failed in America


Americans have always had a love affair with automobiles and the open road. Classic cars like the Ford Mustang,The Dodge Charger, Pontiac GTO, and Chevy Corvette have long been the fantasies of many Americans and car collectors abroad. But for all the designs that went over, here are six that didn't.

1. Ford Pinto
6 Cars That Failed in America

In 1970 the Ford motor company wanted to make an economy car to compete with the Japanese Hondas and Toyotas. In came the low maintenance car the Pinto. The car sold for about $2000. However, Ford cut a lot of corners that made the car unsafe. The fuel tank was behind the rear axle. The fuel filler system would break if impacted in the rear at over 20 mpth thus fuel would leak and the car would burst into flames.

The design flaw did come to Ford's attention. But rather than make an $11 per car safety change, Ford decided to weigh the cost benefit analysis and not fix it. As a result many people died and were severely burned because of the car. The car was finally recalled in 1977. The last Pinto rolled off the assembly line in 1980. Ford was known for "better ideas" but this was not one of them.

2. Chevrolet Corvair
6 Cars That Failed in America

This car was featured in Ralph Naders book "Unsafe at Any Speed". Stating the car had multiple faults. One such fault is that the car did not have any sway bars. The car was also well known for having suspension problems. Wrecks and fatalities numbered high in these cars. This also led to mandatory lapbelts installation in all cars in the USA from 1968 onwards. The last corvair rolled off in 1969.

3. Yugo
6 Cars That Failed in America

This car was introduced to American consumers in the 1980s near the collapse of the Iron Curtain. The car had problems from the start. The.motors often blew, the interior would rattle, the electronics in the car were shitty. Altogether a shitty car. The UN even banned the transportation of the cars in the USA in the 90s. The factory ultimately was bombed by NATO during the Kosovo conflict.

4. DeLorean DMC

6 Cars That Failed in America

This car may have been popular in Back To The Future, but it didn't sell well. For one it took 10 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph. Plus with a 6 cylinder 2.8 liter engine the car was a bit sluggish and lethargic. Ultimately John Delorean was arrested on drug.charges in the 1980s.

5. Ford Edsel line
6 Cars That Failed in America

There was nothing really wrong with the Edsel line safety wise or mechanically speaking. The car was pretty much overpriced and did not get very good gas milage. The car brand didn't make sales, and ultimately ran from 1958 till 1960.

6. Pontiac Aztek
6 Cars That Failed in America

This 2001 introduction was sturdy and ran well, plus it earned a JD Power and Associates award. But there was one problem, The car was hideous looking (or so consumers and critics thought). At the Detroit Auto Show the crowds gasped in shock and horror as it was unveiled. The car was ultimately pulled off the market in 2007.

Any other bad cars you remember? Did you know anyone who owned one of these? Let us know.below and voice your opinions!


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  • JenSCDC
    ISTR that by the standards of its day, the Corvair wasn't any more dangerous than its competitors. Am I remembering this correctly?
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    Is this still revelant?
    • I believe that did end up being true, but Ralph Nader ruined it. I just wonder what if he waould have been elected President.

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  • Waffles731
    My understanding is that if the edsel hadn't failed we wouldn't have gotten the mustang
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    Is this still revelant?
    • I don't know about that. Lee Iacocca worked for Ford at the time and helped design the Mustang. So who knows what would have happened. I think Edsel would have been gone by the 70s energy crisis anyway

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  • CheerGirl38139
    Good list. I could add a few more to help get you to "top ten" ;)

    But what's the point? LOL.
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  • Heymonyo
    Can't forgot the El Camino. The ugliest vehicle of all time in my opinion
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  • Righttobeararms83
    speaking of safety what do you call the car sammy davis jr got his eye poked out in because some genius designed the steering wheel with a spike?
  • ginny_weasley
    Very informative my take!
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