Autocar recently chose its 100 most beautiful cars for the first time in 15 years. Now we have polled everyone in the team to identify the cars we feel are most certainly not beautiful - they are in fact, the ugliest cars we know.
The journey that car companies take to produce an ugly car can take many paths, even if the destination remains the same. Producing an ugly car isn’t something a car firm plans to do, obviously. In many cases, manufacturers were trying to make a statement. Sometimes they were trying to create blue water between the cars they were originally based on and a new derivative with a different name (step forward, Pontiac Aztek and Vanden Plas 1500).
Other times, they were trying to breathe new life into a model range at facelift time: looking at you (not too closely), Subaru Impreza, and please take a bow, Morris Ital. The latter car's new dress did little to obscure the fact that it was a nine-year-old Marina.
They may be heralding a marque's dramatic and surprising arrival into a new segment. The Porsche Cayenne is an obvious case here, and indeed that example reminds us that not all of these cars were disastrous: dynamically, mechanically or commercially. However, generally speaking, those cars that were rubbish to drive, unreliable, and visually challenged didn't fly off the forecourts.