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Top 10 Worst Cars Ever: These Cars Should Have Never Been Made!

10. Pontiac Aztek (2001 – 2005)
10. Pontiac Aztek (2001 – 2005)
Parent: Pontiac
Negative: Ugly styling
Reason it’s on the list: The Aztek was so poorly received in the 1980s that it killed the entire Pontiac brand for GM.

[photo credit: General Motors]

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9. Trabant (1957 – 1990)
9. Trabant (1957 – 1990)
Parent: VEB Sachsenring
Negatives: Poor fuel economy, heavy exhaust and production shortages
Reason it’s on the list: It's often cited an example of centralized planning, or communism, just not working.

[photo credit: VEB Sachsenring Automobilwerke Zwickau]

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8. Daewoo Matiz (1998 – )
8. Daewoo Matiz (1998 – )
Parent: GM Korea
Negative: Safety
Reason it’s on the list: First generations scored very low on passenger side safety in crash tests.

[photo credit: General Motors Company]

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7. Edsel (1958 – 1960)
7. Edsel (1958 – 1960)
Parent: Ford
Negatives: Odd styling, poor workmanship and bad timing
Reason it’s on the list: The name "Edsel" quickly became synonymous with commercial failure.

[photo credit: Ford Motor Company]

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6. SSR (2003 – 2006)
6. SSR (2003 – 2006)
Parent: Chevrolet
Negatives: Too many things, not enough of any
Reason it’s on the list: The SSR was a retractable hardtop convertible pickup truck. Also, it looked like a hotrod. The nature of hotrods is personal modification, not factory production.

[photo credit: General Motors]

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5. Isetta (1955 – 1962)
5. Isetta (1955 – 1962)
Parent: BMW
Negatives: Single-cylinder, 12 horsepower, one door
Reason it’s on the list: Many people remarked that it felt like a three-wheeler and handled worse than a go-kart.

[photo credit: Bayerische Motoren Werke AG]

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4. Multipla (1998 – 2012)
4. Multipla (1998 – 2012)
Parent: Fiat
Negatives: Odd styling including extra headlights and small tires
Reason it’s on the list: An extra set of headlights below the bottom corners of the windshield made the Multipla look like a mutated guppy. Simon Cowell once publically described it as looking like it had a disease.

[photo credit: Fiat S.p.A.]

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3. Skoda Garde (1981 – 1984)
3. Skoda Garde (1981 – 1984)
Parent: Škoda Auto
Negatives: No frills and cheaply made
Reason it’s on the list: A popular joke in the 1980s went: "A man walks into a garage and says, 'Can I have a windscreen wiper for my Skoda?' The attendant replies, 'Yeah, seems like a fair swap!'"

[photo credit: Škoda Auto]

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2. Yugo (1980 – 2008)
2. Yugo (1980 – 2008)
Parent: Zastava Yuho Automobli
Negatives: No discernable style or class, looks and feels too communistically utilitarian
Reason it’s on the list: Voted the "Worst Car of The Millennium" by Car Talk and others

[photo credit: Zastava Yuho Automobli]

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1. Excursion (2000 – 2005)
1. Excursion (2000 – 2005)
Parent: Ford
Negatives: Insanely large and powerful
Reason it’s on the list: It weighed 7,000 lbs, measured almost 19 ft. long, stood at 6.5 ft. tall and had over a 10,000-lb. towing capacity. Who would ever need this vehicle? Farmers? Space shuttle towers? Turns out, mostly soccer moms.

[photo credit: Ford Motor Company]

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