5 of 7
BACKNEXT
Pontiac Aztek
Pontiac Aztek
On certain rare occasions a car company can produce a model that many people find unattractive and yet, somehow, it ends up finding a large market.

For some reason, it just didn't work for the Aztek. Introduced in 2001, it's still regarded as simply a hideous odd-ball. Those who own them do love them for their undeniable utility but most car shoppers avoided the Aztek. Over its five-year production run, just 115,000 were sold.

After this, Pontiac returned to a safer design scheme that made the cars largely indistinguishable from one another but for the size. A pavement scorching Pontiac GTO looked very much like a tame Pontiac G6. Lack of any real brand identity, aside from vague aspirations to "performance", choked off the brand's value. GM announced recently it was killing off the Pontiac brand.

NEXT: Saturn L-series

Last updated June 02 2009: 3:55 PM ET
Email | Print | Share  |  RSS
 
google my aol my msn my yahoo! netvibes
Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop reader
See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)
Find Your Next Car
More Galleries
10 best car interiors These cars and trucks have top-notch passenger cabins, according to Wards Automotive. More
What Apple could buy with its $193.5 billion cash Apple wouldn't actually buy these things. But it's fun to put its $193.5 billion cash hoard in perspective. More
7 quirky luxury products for the super rich Take a look at some of the most unusual luxury products being marketed to the top 1% in Monaco, including a rotating sunbed, hand-made wooden skis and fur coats for dogs. More

Special Offer