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Top 10 product hits - and misses

The hype surrounding the iPhone is hardly unique. Splashy product launches are a time-honored tradition in the American marketplace -- and so are the stunning flops that sometimes follow. Here's a look at some of the more noteworthy hits and misses.

Ford Mustang
Ford Mustang
Hit
With the Mustang, Ford pioneered the concept of the pony car -- a compact, stylish vehicle -- and drove off with America's heart. The automaker sold 1.5 million Mustangs in the two years after its 1965 introduction, prompting other carmakers to pounce on the pony car idea.

The model's sales started to flag in the `80s and `90s, so Ford relaunched the Mustang in 2005 with advertising based on nostalgia for the original '65. To this day Mustang remains an important part of American automobile history.

Nintendo Wii

Tickle Me Elmo

MINI Cooper

iRobot Roomba

Ford Mustang

Apple Newton

Toyota Crown

New Coke

Segway

Microsoft Zune
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