Bob Lutz on the Pontiac Aztek and how bad cars happen

How do bad cars happen? How, for instance, did Pontiac's Aztek—the greatest failed model in recent history—get all the way from flawed design to ugly product? We asked Bob Lutz, our industry expert and man-about-town, what he knew. Turns out, he knows quite a bit. » 10/10/14 11:43am 10/10/14 11:43am

The Guy In Charge Of The C7 Corvette's Design Made The Pontiac Aztek

Ever since the first design drawings leaked out, the world has gone nuts over the 2014 Corvette looking more angular, outlandish, and (dare I say it) ugly than its predecessor. Well, the same guy responsible for the C7's design knows a thing or two about debuting controversial cars. » 10/03/13 10:07am 10/03/13 10:07am

Now You Can Buy Walter White's Very Own Pontiac Aztek

Breaking Bad and Walter White made the Pontiac Aztek the official car of discerning meth cooks all over the American southwest. Now the car that started the trend is up for sale and can be yours for the taking, bitch (That's what Jesse Pinkman says to people!). » 9/20/13 11:58am 9/20/13 11:58am

You Can Own The First Pontiac Aztek If That's What You Want

Do you regularly wake up in the morning and turn to the significant other, dog, or random stranger in bed next to you and say, "Today will be the day I own the first production Pontiac Aztek!"? If so, then today is the day you've been waiting for. » 8/01/13 4:55pm 8/01/13 4:55pm

Why Breaking Bad Has The Best Cars On Television Right Now

The Rockford Files had the Firebird. Magnum P.I. had the Ferrari 308 GTS. Knight Rider had the black Trans Am. The BBC's Ashes to Ashes had the Audi Quattro. » 2/02/13 12:15pm 2/02/13 12:15pm

The Pontiac Aztek Is Perfect For Extremely Active Douchebags

During our five-day stint in the Motor City covering the Detroit Auto Show, your Jalopnik staffers noticed no less than 15 Pontiac Azteks on the road — more than 20 if you count its sibling the Buick Rendezvous. What gives, Detroit? Why were so many of these ugly things still running around? Did the city give them… » 1/19/13 9:00am 1/19/13 9:00am

Yesterday: Lambo Mustang. Today: Lifted Aztek. What's In The Water?

Leave it to Canadians to build a customized Pontiac Aztek complete with lifted suspension, bull bars, a roof rack with light bar, a questionable paint job, and a whopping sound system. Did we mention the fuzzy tiger-print fabric? » 2/09/10 3:00pm 2/09/10 3:00pm

How To Sell A Pontiac Aztek: Add A Bikini-Clad Lady

We've seen bikini-clad ladies used to sell cars before, but a $5,500 2001 Pontiac Aztek is a tougher sell than most. We're assuming the soft filtering is to cover up the car — and not something else. » 11/30/09 5:15pm 11/30/09 5:15pm

Acura ZDX: Design, Deconstructed

Well into the second century of the automobile, new vehicles can't help but be a portmanteau of earlier designs. Even those that believe they're a new segment. Let’s see some of the recently-revealed Acura ZDX’s forefathers. » 8/18/09 9:00am 8/18/09 9:00am

The Ten Greatest Pontiacs

We told you months ago Pontiac was dead, but today GM CEO Fritz Henderson made it official. Now that the pointy-arrow brand is gone, we'll mourn by celebrating our ten favorite examples of driving excitement. » 4/27/09 11:59am 4/27/09 11:59am

Nice Price Or Crack Pipe: GM Heritage Collection Supercharged Aztek…

The buyers of the GM Heritage Collection cars are already a-wheelin' and a-dealin' their purchases, and that means that you've got a chance to own what may be the rarest factory Aztek ever! » 2/03/09 8:00am 2/03/09 8:00am

Which Dead US Automotive Nameplates Should Remain Buried?

Seems the boss-man has been moonlighting again over at Popular Mechanics, this time advising Detroit about which of its dead nameplates should remain six feet under. We won't give away Ray's picks; you'll have to head over to PopMech for those, but we've tossed our own version together after the jump. » 7/24/08 6:00pm 7/24/08 6:00pm

Gale Harold Tries, Fails To Sell Pontiac Azteks

Everyone laughs at the Aztek. Poor Aztek! But at least The General was trying something interesting, either ignoring the focus groups or selecting incredibly unrepresentative focus group members when they made their prediction that their über-cladded crypto-minivan would sell like crazy. And, as part of their ad… » 4/24/08 11:00am 4/24/08 11:00am