Motor City Misfires: Ten Cars That Sunk Detroit

By Scott Reeves  MAY 11, 2009 9:10 AM

Innovation takes a back seat.


Today’s topic: All-American mutts - not the four-legged variety, but the clunkers that killed Detroit.

Yup, Detroit’s sheer incompetence in design, manufacture and marketing, not to mention its willful refusal to understand that Toyota (T) and Honda (HMC) offered superior quality without eyeball-bleeding bad looks, gutted the auto industry.

Classic clunkers like the AMC Pacer, Chevrolet Vega from General Motors (GM) and Ford (F) Maverick have been skipped because, let’s face it, there are more horrifying mangy beasts from the past. After tossing a few monkey wrenches into a complex algorithm (and practicing our toe-wiggling), we’ve come up with a list of Detroit’s 10 worst cars.

If we’ve overlooked the flea-bitten mutt you love to hate, the floor is open for nominations.


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