Cola bottle design in the 60s, wedge shape in the 70s and a bold appearance today with an upright grille and flared wheel arches - every time has its design. And again and again the automakers try to set an exceptional highlight. Sometimes "special" also means "particularly ugly". Five design sins from recent years:
When it comes to choosing the ugliest car in the world Pontiac Aztek regularly far ahead. The mixture of SUV coupé and van, which the American manufacturer launched on the market in 2001, appears to be completely disharmoniously pieced together. The front looks strangely jagged due to the stacked air inlets and headlights, from the side the Aztek is inelegantly flat and the huge rear looks like lovelessly clapped. After all: An optional tent that could be connected to the unsightly rear part covered a lot. The Aztek never came on the market in Germany, in the USA it fell short of sales expectations - the model became retrospectively famous as the vehicle of anti-hero Walter White in the "Breaking Bad" series.
If the Van category isn't one of the most elegant anyway, the first generation of the Ssangyong Rodius (from 2004) is also characterized by a hump: the rear-seated roof with the square rear window means that the rear passengers have plenty in the seven-seater headroom. However, the family transporter gets something from a hearse. In the second generation (from 2013) the rear view is somewhat softened, the generous space is preserved.
The total failure of the Fiat Multipla (from 1999) cannot be explained by a conflict of disciplines, lots of space and tasteful design: the front of the vehicle is downright irritatingly ugly. This is due to the fact that the round high beam headlights are initially attached in a bead directly under the windscreen. Where you would expect them - namely at the front end of the bonnet - the actual, also round lights follow. If you see the Multipla from the front, you get the impression of being stared at with double gaze. Perhaps one can reproach all mockers that they are art buffs: After all, the Italian was exhibited in the New York “Museum of Modern Art”.
More coupé SUV Opera from the Tuscan small series manufacturer Vygor was more Italian art than a production model. In principle, the two-door model follows the classic coupe line, but uses the sleek sheet metal on a high-legged substructure in the SUV style. The huge front and the massive rear are not exactly balanced. Other car lovers may have noticed the disharmony, because the makers of the opera of bad taste (unit price around 170.000 Euro) have meanwhile tried to collect money for the implementation of the project via a crowdfunding platform.
Not only does the Chrysler PT Cruiser regularly secure a place in the TÜV statistics of the most unreliable cars, the American retro design also has a dubious top spot when it comes to choosing the ugliest mobile pedestal - at least as a convertible version. Because while the 30s gangster limousine design of the van station wagon has fans, the version with a fabric roof is simply not terrible. The already rather clumsy body without the roof is made even more bulky by the wide roll bar. And the rear with the flap pulled far down, which in the normal version might just be an elegant finish, is a boxy attachment in the open-air version - as if you had strapped a suitcase to the gangster car - creepy!
Author: Hanne Lübbehüsen / SP-X