Toyota MR2
Toyota MR2
A very uncharacteristic two-seat, mid-engine, rear-drive creation of Toyota, the first generation of "Mr. Two" squirted around American roads off and on from 1984 to 2007. Despite its engineering brilliance, the MR2 was a bridge too far for dealers used to selling Corollas and Camrys, and the Toyota insignia didn't add to its desirability. Sales remained miniscule throughout its life, and Toyota has turned its attention to more pressing issues, like hybrids.

By Alex Taylor III, senior editor-at-large @FortuneMagazine - Last updated January 31 2012: 6:16 AM ET
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