On sale: 2005-2008Price: £10,850-£12,600Sales target: 17,000 annuallySales achieved: 3493 peak in 2006, 8036 totalLazy electric rear sliding doors, excess heft, weak engines, cramped rear quarters and a tiny boot punched holes in Peugeot’s hopes for this novel city car, which departed British showrooms after only three years.Verdict: Novel, but tripped up by sensible-shoes styling and a troubled door policy.
On sale: 2003-presentPrice: £263,137-£345,687Sales target: Not revealedSales achieved: 23 peak in 2004, 89 to dateUber-saloon looks like a cross between an S-class and a stretched Rover 75, but without the elegance.Verdict: What happens when beating your rival gets out of hand.
Alfa Romeo Spider
On sale: 2003-presentPrice: £26,895-£32,395Sales target: Not revealed Sales achieved: 746 peak in 2007, 1616 to dateOverweight and underpowered, with a somewhat flexible chassis.Verdict: Sold moderately for two seasons before fading like a firework.
On sale: 2005-2009Price: £13,350-£18,100Sales target: At least 2500 annuallySales achieved: 1853 peak in 2005, 3264 totalThe bustle-booted Toledo was essentially the same car as the Seat Altea, but with a distended rear end whose presence was easy to spot but hard to fathom.Verdict: Painful proof that bigger really isn’t better.
On sale: 2003-2008Price: £17,995-£28,750Sales target: 8000 annuallySales achieved: 5501 peak in 2004, 17,367 total Even Vauxhall struggled to explain what the Signum was for.Verdict: Cars with foggy reasons to exist tend to find few buyers.
On sale: 2007-2009Price: £16,500-£18,400Sales target: Not revealedSales achieved: 732 peak in 2008, 1138 totalThese days there are few truly dire cars out there, but this was one.Verdict: Launched 2007, deleted 2009 - enough already of this abomination.
On sale: 2001-2009Price: £21,558-£32,080Sales target: Not revealedSales achieved: 20,889 peak in 2004, 120,930 totalHampered by a limited range, unconvincing retro styling and the fact that too many people knew it was based on a Ford Mondeo.Verdict: A good idea misguidedly executed on inappropriate hardware. Died in 2009.
On sale: 2002-2007Price: £10,064-£16,995Sales target: Not revealed Sales achieved: 15,166 peak in ’02, 44,507 totalFiat tried to build a Latin Golf with the five-door Stilo, but ended up with an updated Austin Maestro.Verdict: Semi-decent early sales, vanishing like a sandcastle at high tide in 2004
On sale: 2006-presentPrice: £38,780-£42,910Sales target: 1800 annuallySales achieved: 1154 peak in 2006, 3052 to dateToo hulking to appeal to anyone not blessed with a six-lane highway outside their front gate.Verdict: A great big cross-pollination of an idea that failed to germinate.
On sale: 2006-2008Price: £28,595-£33,490Sales target: 1000 annuallySales achieved: 277 peak in 2007, 746 totalA nightmare grille was just one of the B9 Tribeca’s troubles; mediocrity in too many other departments was another. Verdict: That astounding grille couldn’t have helped. Way off target.
On sale: 2002-2006Price: £12,795-£21,850Sales target: 24,000 annuallySales achieved: 13,511 peak in 2002, 47,093 totalInstead of hiding an excellent chassis and powertrain beneath dull, Euro-Nippon styling, Nissan eased back on dynamics and went for a radical look.Verdict: Odd styling helped to kill Nissan’s aspirations in this class