Sometimes things don’t go according to plan. On paper, and even in the metal, a new car may look very tasty indeed. However, if the customers don’t agree then suddenly a showroom will be full of embarrassing monuments. Here are five of my favourites.

Renault Avantime 

A luxury coupé/MPV/whatever was killed off early in 2003 after less than a year on sale. Hats off to Renault for being different, but it never actually achieved much apart from heart-stopping depreciation. It actually wasn’t that great to drive and wasn’t as spacious inside as it looked, so just a few hundred sold. Essentially it was just a Renault Espace, but with less doors. 

Lotus Europa