The Cars Automakers Need To Atone For

Today is Jalopnik's Day Of Automaker Atonement » 10/09/08 4:30pm 10/09/08 4:30pm, a day in which we help automakers (with some help from our commenters) identify the automobile for which each company needs to apologize to God on this holy day. Click on the automaker logos below for the vehicles we've identified and why we think they need to seek…

Jalopnik Day Of Automaker Atonement: Hyundai

The Kia Borrego » 10/09/08 4:15pm 10/09/08 4:15pm. Really? That's what we wanted now? That's what we needed in the middle of an energy crisis? A cheap V8-powered SUV? You jump from itty-bitty cheap cars to this? What would you mother say if she found out? The vehicle itself could be good, we haven't had a chance to drive it yet. Either way, is right…

Jalopnik Day Of Automaker Atonement: Mitsubishi

Is there any surprise that so many of our readers pointed to the 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse » 10/09/08 4:15pm 10/09/08 4:15pm? Not really. It's as if the designers of the original two generations of the Eclipse were left off the Ark or something. It's fat. It's got a V6. No AWD. We don't even know what it is anymore. Maybe this is the eighth plague?…

Jalopnik Day Of Automaker Atonement: BMW

The BMW 1-series is a great idea with less-than-stellar execution. We've tried the 128i convertible » 10/09/08 4:12pm 10/09/08 4:12pm and the and, you know, it just doesn't quite do it for us. This is the sin of unfulfilled promise and a lot of people around here are a bit disappointed in you. Too many compromises, not enough fun. You're almost there …

Jalopnik Day Of Automaker Atonement: Nissan-Renault

You love the Continuously Variable Transmission, for some reason, and we're frankly a little tired of it. You put it in the Versa, you put it in the Altima, you put it in the Maxima... you're an addict. JBownsaBMW » 10/09/08 4:12pm 10/09/08 4:12pm thanks you need to seek forgiveness for all those cars with a CVT instead of a proper manual or…

Jalopnik Day Of Automaker Atonement: Mercedes

While we always thought a Mercedes crossover could be interesting, the R-Class » 10/09/08 4:09pm 10/09/08 4:09pm is proof that, no, not really. It's another crossover trending towards minivan that looks awful. knows it, we know it, you know and, most importantly, God knows it. Seek forgiveness for the Roach-Class and you shall find it.

Jalopnik Day Of Automaker Atonement: Toyota

Toyota, Toyota, Toyota. You used to be so much fun. What happened? You make reliable cars, sure. You make a buck, no doubt. But where is the joy? Remember the Supra? Remember the AE86? Remember the MR2 and MRS? These were relatively affordable and fun cars. That was your bag. Now the most exciting thing in your lineup… » 10/09/08 4:09pm 10/09/08 4:09pm

Jalopnik Day Of Automaker Atonement: Honda

Sometimes, Honda, you try too hard. We're not big into the whole 7-passneger, third-row SUV thing but the Pilot has always been a decent ride. The 2009 Honda Pilot » 10/09/08 4:08pm 10/09/08 4:08pm proved to be mostly ... except for that "rugged" exterior. And by "rugged" we mean completely dull, lifeless and somewhat mentally challenged looking. Be nice…

Jalopnik Day Of Automaker Atonement: Chrysler

We've got more than a few beefs (brisket, to be correct) with Chrysler, but in the spirit of the day we won't hold the rest of them against the company. It would be easy to pick the Caliber or even the much-maligned Sebring » 10/09/08 4:07pm 10/09/08 4:07pm, but we think the company understands what went wrong there. They're ugly (Caliber) feel like…

Jalopink Day Of Automaker Atonement: GM

What with the 2009 Corvette ZR1 » 10/09/08 4:05pm 10/09/08 4:05pm and the , there's a lot we have to be thankful to GM for, but the to call the than is not one of them. Seriously, why did they even have a contest to name this thing to begin with if they didn't have the guts to actually name it what the customers and fans clearly wanted.

Jalopnik Day Of Automaker Atonement: Ford

Ford. Our good friend. Please. Please. Why must we every year marvel at what you bring to Europe. The C-Max » 10/09/08 4:04pm 10/09/08 4:04pm, the and especially the (which sounds like Kugel which makes us super hungry). Yes, you're in the process of , but this is a day of atonement and it hasn't happened yet. Repent Mulally! Do it for us, do it for …

Jalopnik Day Of Automaker Atonement: Volkswagen

We like Volkswagen. We do. Good people, those Volkswageners. SportWagens, Sciroccos and all that other stuff. They've also got a great history of making vans. We love VW EuroVans and Microbuses. They're van people. That's why we're so disappointed with the Volkswagen Routan » 10/09/08 1:00pm 10/09/08 1:00pm, which is essentially a rebadged Chrysler…

What Cars Do Automakers Need To Atone For On This Yom Kippur?

It's Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, and we here at Jalopnik take that very seriously. Where is our great editor Ray Wert? He's out atoning and, just ask Chrysler, he has a lot to atone for. In that spirit we thought it would only be fair for automakers, Goyim and chosen people alike, to apologize for a few… » 10/09/08 11:40am 10/09/08 11:40am