Every industry has its set of products that have not met the consumer’s satisfaction. The automobile industry is also not an exception.
Not every car that is being manufactured and marketed is well-received; this may be because of the car’s performance or due to its appearance. You might have wondered how these cars have moved off the assembly line.
From designing faults to weirdly made bumpers to clumsily lined windows to separate lines that do not create a car known as a coupe or a station wagon, there may be a few reasons.
So I have chosen 15 of the ugliest cars manufactured and carried their misfortune.
15 Ugliest Cars of All Time
- Plymouth Valiant
- Chevrolet SSR
- Stout Scarab
- Nissan Cube
- Crosley CC
- Hyundai Tiburon
- Pontiac Aztek
- Citroen Ami 6
- Suzuki X-90
- Cadillac Cimarron
- Fiat Multipla
- Chrysler PT Cruiser
- Aston Martin Lagonda
- AMC Gremlin
Let us discuss each of these 15 ugliest cars in the automobile industry. You might be shocked after this!
1. Plymouth Valiant
The Plymouth Valiant was introduced in 1959 as the Valiant. It was launched by Plymouth, which is a division of the Chrysler Corporation. The car was manufactured to give the Chrysler Corporation an entry into the market of compact vehicles that arose in the 1950s.
Valiant was known for its exceptional reliability and durability, and it also became one of Chrysler’s top-selling cars in the 1960s and 1970s. It came in various colors, designs, and styles, so it had multiple appearances. The car was manufactured and marketed in many other countries around the world.
When the Valiant was introduced, it had a torsion bar at the front and a powertrain. It also was marketed in different models and indicated as V-200 and V-100.
The engine had an option of 115 horsepower and 145 horsepower. In 1963, the Valiant was also introduced as a convertible. In the late 60s, several models were presented with the V8 engine and the latest development of the previously launched Valiants.
However, in the 70s, there was a dip in the sales of the Valiant, and Chrysler determined to manufacture a new model with a few variations named the Plymouth Duster, which increased sales as the Valiants started to look more standard with their huge bumpers and sunroofs. In 1976, Plymouth Volare was introduced as a replacement for the Valiant, which had a whole new F-body and many more features.
2. Chevrolet SSR
The Chevrolet SSR was first introduced in 2003 by Chevrolet, a division of General Motors. The SSR in the Chevrolet SSR stands for Super Sport Roadster. It is a two-seat pickup truck that has a convertible retractable hardtop.
The pickup truck came in a retro style design, inspired by Chevrolet’s pickup trucks from 1947–1955.
The pickup truck’s body had a few deep-drawn stampings used in automobiles for decades. It also came with a cozy interior with a V8 engine of 300 horsepower.
It offered many amenities such as power windows and locks, luxury leather bucket seats, airbags on the front, a colored body, CD players, and two-zone air conditioning. Many of these features were aspects of the 1SB Equipment Package, which substituted the traditional 1SA Equipment Package.
However, the SSR was available only for four years. It’s a problem because the pickup truck operated much more refined than it looked. The massive fenders that expanded from the rest of the body were also one of its weird-looking qualities. The curved front of the truck looked like a Volkswagen Beetle glued on it.
3. Stout Scarab
The Stout Scarab was introduced in the early 1930s by William Bushnell Stout. The car was initially produced by Stout Engineering Laboratories and afterward by Stout Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan. The Scarab evolved to be the world’s foremost car that came with a body shell made of fiberglass and an air breaker.
Using the V8 engine and lighter materials in building the body resulted in a lighter vehicle weighing 3,000 lb (1,400 kg). It is a lightweight car with more efficiency and safety, which makes the ride more comfortable.
It uses a unitized body construction; except for the driver’s seat, all the other seats were movable. It can also be made into a fold-down table if preferred.
The car lets the driver have an infinitely more nuanced picture of the road from all angles. The interior body was unique and also roomier without sacrificing flexibility. The placements of the headlamps and chrome bars at the back gave the car an Art Deco look.
Although the Scarab had many unique features and an outstanding interior, the car looked like an old Greyhound bus, where the proportions were unexpected.
At that time, Scarab was typically considered ugly due to its shape. Before the second world war, only nine Stout Scarab cars were produced, and eventually, the production was stopped due to the Great Depression.
4. Nissan Cube
The Nissan Cube is a subcompact car that Nissan introduced in 1998. The car looks like an engine, and four wheels are stuck on a cube. It was initially marketed in Japan and sold in Europe and North America from 2009 to 2014.
The foremost generation Cube manufactured was similar to the Nissan Micra. But, it is a slightly bigger load-bearing option when compared to the Nissan Micra.
With a few constantly varying transmissions and four-wheel drive, it stood between the Nissan Micra and Sunny. The next-generation Cube came with a more extensive interior and an I4 engine.
Cube models also had air filters and an intelligent key that let the passengers enter without the keys.
Other features include satellite navigation, sunroof, fender flares, and special seat covering. The third-generation Cube had more of a rounded rear bumper and an extensive line of features to promote personalization.
Though the car drives well, it was not well taken for its ridiculous looks. The car was not only wired on its exterior, but it does go its way to the interior of it.
A little round rug is positioned on the roof of the dashboard and has a wrinkled roofline, like an odd uncommon feature. The Nissan Cube was manufactured and sold for over two decades before it was discontinued. In December 2019, in Japan, due to its low sales.
5. Crosley CC
Powel Crosley manufactured the new model CC in 1946, after the second world war. The car was designed by the Sundberg & Ferar firm. The Crosley CC was the only American car that was mass-produced.
It was an aerodynamic model that included an all-new engine and a body different from the previous models.
The car’s suspension, chassis, brakes, and other components were removed from the earlier models. The CoBra engine, with 26.5 horsepower, improved the car’s acceleration and doubled the power output.
The CC model was also a convertible that acted as a pick-up that came with a pickup box. Later in 1947, an additional station wagon was added to the car, which had another floor plan. The access to the split tailgate was only from the inside. In 1948, the CC model came without doors and was advertised as a utility vehicle.
Though the CC model was great, it had a few issues with its legroom and window designs, and the door handles on the inside were positioned way too back.
The engine drove faster but was very loud, making it uncomfortable while going. Later in 1948, Crosley manufactured the CD model, which replaced the CC model. Significant changes were made to the CC model, and thus they came up with a new model.
6. Hyundai Tiburon
The Hyundai Tiburon was launched in 1996 by the South Korean automobile producer Hyundai. The Tiburon model had two generations of releases with improvements and changes in its safety and styling.
The first generation models had straight-four engines and had a coke bottle design appearance, which was famous in the 1970s. It also had various other features such as a sunroof, airbags, leather seating, and ABS was optional.
It also came in different editions, which were merely based on the car’s appearance. Later the vehicle also entered the Formula 2 Championship in 1998 and 1999 with new editions.
In 2002 the second generation models were introduced with more oversized dimensions, styling, and an optional V6 engine. The car’s overall length expanded, and the curb weight was also increased. A special edition was released in 2004 with 6-speed transmissions and resembled the Ferrari 456.
In 2008, the last edition, TSIII, was introduced and had the most extensive features of all the Hyundai Tiburon editions launched. Later that year, the car’s production was stopped, and the Hyundai Veloster replaced the Hyundai Tiburon.
7. Pontiac Aztek
The Pontiac Aztek was launched in 2001 by General Motors. It is a crossover SUV that is mid-sized. It was marketed as a recreational sports vehicle. Aztek was known for its controversial design and was featured as one of the 50 worst cars ever.
The car had both front-wheel and all-wheel-drive options. It came with a V-6 engine with automatic four-speed transmissions.
The back seats of the vehicle could be removed for cargo area options. It had outswing doors and not the typical sliding doors. The car was styled entirely by employing computerized visualization tools.
Aztek could be customized in 22 other ways with features such as an inflatable mattress, removable cooler, racks for canoes, and also acted as a camper. But the success of the car did not last long. Despite including many high-tech specs, it was one of the worst cars.
The car’s exterior looked scary despite the manufacturers trying to make it look sleek and stylish. One of its designers stated that the vehicle was designed aggressively because it wanted it to look aggressive.
8. Citroen Ami 6
Lifetime: 1961 – 1970
The Citroen Ami 6 was manufactured in 1961 by Citroen. It was introduced as a four-door family car that also had four-wheel drive. The Ami 6 was let out in a sedan and another in a station wagon. The sedan had a unique notchback window at the back, which stays transparent even when it rains.
It also has a reasonably sized trunk that comes with a classical opening. Gold inspired the interior of the car in the field. All the features in the Ami 6 made it the highest of the ranges produced.
There was enough space in the back seats, and it had a smaller out dimension. It had a dual-cylinder 602 engine that gave the car high performance.
The Ami 6 was criticized for its plastic oval body that looked covered with plastic and for its uncommon idea of the windows that were inclined too much.
It also did not contain a boot lid, and it was accessible only from inside the car. The slanted hood and oval-shaped headlights were also a few other issues.
Production of the Ami 6 was stopped in March 1969. The model was replaced by the Ami 8, called the Ami Super, which was released in 1973.
9. Suzuki X-90
The Suzuki X-90 was released in 1995 by Suzuki. The car was marketed as a two-seater SUV with a four-wheel drive. The X-90 came with a removable roof in the T Section. It looked like a combination of the Vitara 4×4 and the Capuccino.
It featured a single overhead cam engine that produced 95 horsepower. It contained dual airbags, power windows, anti-lock brakes, power steering, and air conditioning. The Four Wheel Drive was the prominent standout feature of the car.
However, the car was sold only for a year.
There was not anything special about the looks of the X-90. The boot also did not come with much storage space and was adequate to keep only groceries. Another big drawback was the Vitara 4×4, which was larger and had more value for money.
The X-90 had the same features as the Vitara 4×4 and was so small that it looked like a toy car. Though it was marketed as an SUV, it was not competent for off-roading. Production was stopped in 1997, and the final cars were sold in 1999.
Sebring-Vanguard manufactured the CitiCar in 1974. It was an electric vehicle that attempted to lead the automobile industry towards a sustainable environment. The car was inspired by the golf cart structure and was made as an answer to the fuel crisis in the 1970s.
CitiCar was a wedge-shaped small electric car produced as an experiment in conservative automobile innovation.
The car had three different models; all three had a flat roof, a sloping front, and a straight back. The first model has a 36V battery, the second one has a 48V battery, and the third comes with a 6-horsepower, 4.5 kW motor.
The third model had a few changes, including side vents, sliding windows, and latched doors. Though the car had many excellent features, it was known for its golf cart-looking appearance and a large-sized wedge of cheese.
A total of 4,400 cars were sold, and production was stopped in 1997 when Commuter Vehicles bought them and started selling an upgraded model renamed Comuta-Car.
11. Cadillac Cimarron
The Cadillac Cimarron is a luxury sedan that was introduced in 1982. It was manufactured by Cadillac, which is a unit of General Motors. This was the first compact car that the company presented. It came with the shortest wheel ground and contained a four-cylinder engine.
Initially, the Cimarron was manufactured to present a sedan that was smaller in size than the Seville. The invention of Cimarron was planned to provide the separation between the compact sedan that fitted numerous European brands and the launch period of the J-car platform.
Inside, the sedan came with bucket seats, a steering wheel wrapped in leather, air conditioning, and a radio with four speakers. It had 89 cubic feet of space for the passengers. The Cimarron was known for its similar exterior looks to the Chevrolet Cavalier.
Fortunately, the Cadillac Cimarron was stopped in 1988 as its only competitor was the Mercedes-Benz 190E. The sales of the sedan were also much lower than the expected rate.
There was also no increase in the deal even after the lowering of its price. Thus General Motors stopped the sedan’s production and prioritized the other fast-moving cars.
12. Fiat Multipla
Fiat, an Italian automobile company, manufactured the Fiat Multipla. It was launched in 1998. The six-seater vehicle was a bit shorter and a little more comprehensive when compared to its competitors. The car consisted of two sets of three seats across front seating, making it a compact MPV.
Multipla lets its users customize the seating, the fort seats can be adjusted, and the rear seats can be relocated or removed. It had a lot of headroom and a huge room for luggage.
The storage space can also be increased when the rear seats are removed. It had some of the most beautiful practical features and drove exceptionally well.
In 2004, Multipla was given a significant facelift, where its original design was removed for a better appearance. This was done to increase sales. However, it came to critical praise.
The reporters stated that it resembles a cartoon duck and it’s better to walk than be noticed. In 2010 another version of the Multipla was manufactured, and the original version of the car was discontinued.
13. Chrysler PT Cruiser
The Chrysler PT Cruiser was manufactured in the year 2000 and was marketed as a compact car. It was known for its retro styling that indicated the 1930s.
The interior was recognized for its high ceiling, seating, and seat configurations. It came with a foldable multiple-level storage shelf that can be increased by removing the seats.
The PT Cruiser was quite a famous model when it was initially marketed. But, since it lost its retro design, car sales have also died. The car looked more like a definite box-like shape, elongated so much at the front that it almost looked like a v shape. The multiple-colored bumpers made of plastic do not provide any aesthetics or benefits to the car.
It looked more like a Prowler being stretched in all directions. It was also commented that the PT Cruiser looked more like a lean minivan and slanted too hard on the front. Due to the state intervention, the prices were increased, and Chrysler decided to discontinue the entire line of PT Cruiser entirely in 2010.
14. Aston Martin Lagonda
The Aston Martin Lagonda was introduced in 1976 as a luxury sedan by the British automobile producer Aston Martin. The car was sold in two different generations. The first one briefly stayed in 1974, and the second was completely redesigned and introduced in 1976 in various series.
The Lagonda incorporated a high-quality leather interior with some progressive instrumentation. It was one of the best hand-built sedans amongst the numerous luxury sedans available.
Only 645 Lagonda’s were produced in its 14 years life span. This was because of the car’s outlook. It is the ugliest car in the list of other models manufactured by Aston Martin. The front and the back side of the car look very much unmatched.
With its ridiculously long length, the front of the car looks pointed. The car faced a bunch of refusals in demand, and a very small number of cars were only manufactured. The low-looking interior was highly futuristic, and the Lagonda is the least appealing design out of all Aston Martin’s cars.
15. AMC Gremlin
The AMC Gremlin was launched in 1970 and was marketed as a two-door body. It was manufactured by American Motors s Gremlin, a divine American Motors Corporation (AMC).
It was categorized as an economical automobile. The total production was 671,475, and only a single generation of the Gremlin was manufactured.
Initially, the idea behind the launch was to manufacture a compact car, but due to AMC’s less financial resources, a whole new different model was designed.
The car came in two versions one had a two-passenger seat at the front and no seat at the back and had a fixed window at the back. Another came with a four-seater that had an opening window at the back.
AMC has manufactured many horrible cars, but the Gremlin is the worst among them. The back window often tended to break off, consuming fuel like a much more powerful car. The seats at the back looked like they were created for small children as they were not even at the standard size.
When it came to the two-passenger version, it was pretty stable and comfortable. But the four-passenger seat has a small interior space. In the year 1978, the Gremlin was replaced by the AMC Spirit, which was manufactured from the years 1979 to 1983, that also suffered awful stories
So here is the list of the 15 ugliest cars of all time that had to go through misfortunes and hatred during their lifetime.
The appearance of an automobile is a matter of choice for a particular individual. Nevertheless, a few cars look bad but might be good at their performance. So it is not a disgraceful item to desire one that you like.