It goes after adage every automaker sends out every new archetypal with the accomplished hopes for its success.
And yet there are consistently a few that don’t absolutely alive up to that accepted in sales, and after don’t aftermost all that long. We affectionately bethink a few that didn’t consistently alive up to the hype.
The Excursion was affidavit it’s accessible to body a mass-market SUV that’s aloof too big. Ford was accomplishing able-bodied with its Expedition, based on the F-150’s chassis, and so it went a footfall above by application the Super Duty’s underpinnings for the Excursion, the bigger sport-ute on the market.
You could get it with a V8, a V10, or a diesel; its barrier weight went as aerial as 7,600 lbs; and it could tow up to 11,000 lbs. It was additionally aloof beneath six metres long. After it was canned in Canada and the U.S., it allegedly awash a few 2006 models in Mexico. But it ability not be absolutely finished, as Ford afresh reapplied to cast the Excursion name again.
Rather than a bootless car, Equus was added of a business abstraction that didn’t absolutely go as able-bodied as planned. Hyundai had aboriginal offered the flush Genesis auto and again topped it with the Equus, congenital on a diffuse Genesis belvedere and application its V8 engine.
Equus again basically became its own brand. It was awash through a bound cardinal of dealers, who had to install Equus signage and accept new procedures. If the car bare service, the banker best it up and delivered it, and larboard a loaner. Ultimately, it was Genesis that became the company’s stand-alone affluence cast — and that wasn’t a actual accepted accommodation with the dealers who’d invested in Equus.
Known as the “Mohave” in added markets, the Borrego came to Canada and the U.S. alleged for a bighorn sheep. It was Kia’s bigger model, with body-on-frame construction, and V6 or V8 engines. It was huge inside, had three rows of seats, and could tow up to 7,500 lbs.
But it additionally had a actual close ride, bromidic styling, and debuted with agog engines appropriate aback gas prices were at record-high levels. It was replaced with an all-new Sorento for 2011, which had been a body-on-frame but was now a unibody, and beyond than afore but with abundant bigger ammunition economy.
The Cube had been awash in all-around markets aback 1998, and it was the third bearing that was exported to Canada and the U.S. Its abnormal appearance included a bouncing artificial dashboard, concentric circles molded into the headliner, and a amphitheater of artificial grass aloft the birr for a small-item holder. Its absurd rear window appeared to blanket absolutely about the commuter side, but it was a able apparition with a metal colonnade abaft it.
The Cube seemed affidavit that a car could be a bit too Japanese to accomplish after-effects on this ancillary of the ocean. It was funky-cute and tiny, absolute for hip adolescent drivers on bound Tokyo streets, but too blatant and underpowered – and conceivably too odd – for best Canadian tastes.
When I advised the Envoy XUV, I opened the adventure with “Quick, how abounding refrigerators did you buy this year?” The XUV differed from the approved Envoy with a rear roof console that slid forward, advertisement the burden alcove to about-face it into a quasi-pickup. GMC playfully advertised it by assuming approach copse and giraffes afraid out of the accessible roof.
It was about $3,000 to go from an Envoy to an Envoy XUV, and not abundant bodies did to accumulate it on the roster. And it wasn’t a new idea. Studebaker put a sliding rear roof console on its Wagonaire base wagon starting in 1963 — and it lasted best than the Envoy XUV did.
The Phaeton absolutely lasted until 2016, but Volkswagen’s affluence liner didn’t absorb any of that aftermost decade in our market. It was a pet activity for Ferdinand Piëch, Volkswagen’s soon-to-retire administrator of the board, who capital to leave abaft a car alike added comfortable than sister aggregation Audi’s A8. Volkswagen alike congenital a new branch in Dresden accurately for it, its walls fabricated of canteen so bodies could watch the hand-built action inside.
You could get it with a V8 or 12-cylinder engine, and it had one of the best comfortable interiors on the market. But it started abreast $100,000, and you could advantage the top archetypal to fifty admirable accomplished that. Despite how acceptable it was – and it absolutely was – it still aggregate its grille cast with the $20,000 Golf on the added ancillary of the showroom. Well-heeled German-car buyers ashore with the accustomed bragging-rights leash of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.
Toyota’s Scion division, a cast acclimated alone in the U.S. and Canada, is itself a applicant for auto account that didn’t stick around. Still, some of its offerings did able-bodied for themselves in their day — and the iQ was not one of them.
The diminutive auto had a 94-horsepower engine, and four seats. But if those two aback chairs were acclimated for people, you could fit a baptize canteen in the burden alcove and that was all. It absolutely did able-bodied in IIHS blast testing, but for performance, Consumer Reports alleged it “slow, noisy, and uncomfortable,” and “one of the lowest-scoring cars we’ve activated in contempo years.” In its aboriginal year in Canada it awash 1,045 copies, and that’s the best it anytime did.
In all-around markets, the above-mentioned iQ was awash as a Toyota — and also, awfully enough, as an Aston Martin. That aggregation took the iQ and added different front-end styling, adherent wheels, and a affluence covering autogenous on par with any of its own models, except abundant smaller. It additionally added a amount tag agnate to about $50,000.
Aston Martin advertised it as a second-car burghal runabout, but its absolute purpose in activity was allowance the cast accommodated emissions and ammunition abridgement regulations. It bare article tiny to account its achievement models — and that’s why the iQ’s sub-100-horsepower agent wasn’t upgraded forth with aggregate else. Aston Martin hoped to advertise 12,000 of them over three years, but ultimately, beneath than 300 Cygnets wrote the model’s swan song.