The most unfortunate development.
There are no ideal vehicles, but there are many cars at the mention of which their former owners swear and spit. Some of these models at the hearing, and about the existence of other few know. That is why the journalists of the British magazine Auto Express has compiled a ranking of the worst cars over the past 25 years.
1. Opel/Vauxhall Frontera
Vauxhall Frontera – UK version of Japanese SUV frame.
Automakers always strive to quickly occupy new niches in the market. And when in Europe there was a demand for compact SUVs, leading firms to jump on this niche market.
In 1989, Isuzu and General Motors has created a new model. This car is sold under different names around the world: Isuzu Mu and Honda Jazz in Japan, Isuzu Amigo and the Rodeo Sport in the United States, the Opel Frontera in Europe, the Isuzu Frontier in South America, Vauxhall Frontera in the UK, Holden in Australia Frontera, Chevrolet Frontera in Egypt, the Chevrolet Rodeo in Central America.
Despite the appearance and specifications, Frontera is not adapted to the conquest of terrain.
Body-on-frame SUVs, the Frontera was placed on the European market with a lot of disadvantages. The car had poor handling, weak were equipped with unreliable engines. Its off-road performance Opel Frontera is one of the first crossovers. In some ways the car was ahead of its time, but horribly behind in everything else.
Frontera first generation was produced from 1989 to 1997, and despite its bad reputation, was replaced by the following model with the same name.
2. FSO Polonez
The five-door hatchback from Poland FSO Polonez.
It is undeniable that the Fiat company had a huge impact on the automotive industry of the USSR and the socialist countries in the 1960s-80s. VAZ in the Soviet Union, in Yugoslavia, Zastava, and FSO in Poland, had issued a modified license copies of old Fiat sedans. In Poland cars on the Fiat stayed in production for 35 years: from 1967 to 2002.
FSO Polonez, is built on the Fiat 1967.
The first model FSO Polski Fiat 125p, the poles produced almost unchanged for many years. In 1978 he was presented a new model Polonez. It was all the same chassis, which set a new hatchback body designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. However, the resulting car is anything but not beautiful. On Polonez initially planned to install the 2.0-liter engine, but due to lack of funds for its development model received weak outdated 1.3 and 1.5-litre engines.
The main positive point for FSO Polonez was a pretty spacious interior for little money. The machine has a strong body that did well on crash tests. With new engines and small improvements to the model lasted on the line until 2002, as an obvious anachronism.
3. SsangYong Rodius
SsangYong Rodius – one of the most unusual machines that are still available.
Minivans are not known for stylish appearance, but some are less pleasing to the eye than others. The design of the SsangYong Rodius has set the bar so low that it was a miracle that the car someone else bought.
According to the developers, the SsangYong Rodius was influenced by expensive yachts.
In the early 2000s, the Korean firm SsangYong has decided to dilute its range of SUVs with a minivan. The appearance of the Rodius in 2004 immediately met with ridicule. Designer Ken Greenley stated that he drew inspiration from luxury yachts, and if you squint, you can see some similarities. Drop down to the stern line of glasses and visual “add-on” boot look rather ridiculous.
The Central location of the devices in the SsangYong Rodius is not like all the drivers.
From a technical point of view, the Rodius also was not very good. The power of the old 2.7-litre Mercedes diesel is not enough that the engine will comfortably pull a heavy van. Handling and suspension is also want the best. The strongest side of SsangYong Rodius is the space in the cabin. Depending on configuration, available 7, 9, and 11-seater version.
4. Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible
A vintage American convertible Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible.
Unlike cars with retro looks, Volkswagen Beetle, MINI and Fiat 500, the American Chrysler PT Cruiser was less convincing, especially in the convertible version. The model was sent to the market after the success of “retro hot rod” Plymouth Prowler. Unlike dynamic Prowler, the PT Cruiser looked worse because of the high roof and large Windows. When the model was brought to Europe, it has been unable to compete with “local” retro cars due to poor build quality and poor management.
Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible with the roof down.
In the process of transformation of 5-door hatchback to the convertible revealed a lack of body rigidity. So the Chrysler engineers added the arch between the rows of seats. Now she became all interfere with getting in and out of the car, even when retracted the awning. It is not surprising that PT Cruiser Convertible produced for only two years and sold in modest amounts.
5. Reva G-Wiz
Indian electric car Reva G-Wiz.
The term “vehicle” is too generous for the G-Wiz. Indian machine actually classified as a Quad bike, so you can drive it with the rights of “A” category. However, many believe that it is better to ride a motorcycle.
Top Gear presenter James may driving a G-Wiz.
Electric car G-Wiz produced from 2001 to 2012 at the company Reva in Bangalore, India. The car is ugly the front part similar to the head of the beetle. It was released many versions with different fascia, and the G-Wiz was painted in many different colors. Therefore, it is difficult to find two identical cars. The build quality of the G-Wiz is poor: the gaps between body parts sufficient that during bad weather in the cabin was also raining.
In the company Reva argued that the model is based on two adults and two children, who are Packed like sardines. But electric motor power 13 kW refuses to work with this load.
Charging the electric car G-Wiz.
Electrical energy is stored in six conventional lead-acid batteries, standing under the seats. They allow you to travel up to 80 kilometers on a single charge lasting 6 hours. If you try to accelerate to maximum speed 70 km/h, the range is greatly reduced. But the main problem is the G-Wiz is insecurity. Only in 2008, the car had something resembling a rigid body, but even then many accidents at speeds above 50 km/h could turn into fatal.
In the absence of competition, the G-Wiz began to buy as a city car. In particular, it became popular in London. Moreover, the model became the most sold electric car in 2009. But then competitors have released their cars, against which the Indian Quad was the worst.
New Indian electric cars: the Reva NXR and NXG.
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