Many have tried selling cars in America, and many have failed miserably. Germans, French or Japanese, you name it! But when it comes to the Edsels of the imported machinery, you can also expect General Motors to show the world how to lose money.
Here are ten car that you didn't like quite enough:
10.) BMW Z8
The Z8 is one of the most beautiful cars ever made, but it came out at just the wrong moment for the US market. Tough times according to 6cyl:
The BMW Z8 came at the wrong time. A really nice looking car that would have been a great "super car" competitor in the 90's but entered the market in 2000. In the early 2000's brought so many new cars to compete for the high end buyers it is no surprise that sales plummeted. There were:
- 2 new Lamborghini's
- the Carrera GT and a new 911
- the Ferrari F430 and Enzo
- the Maserati MC12
- the Mercedes-McLaren SLR
from the Americans:
- the 3rd gen Viper came out with 500hp!
- a new Corvette was announced for a fraction the price with the same performance
- also the Saleen S7 and the Panoz Esperante came out the same year as the Z8
Bad timing to say the least.
U.S sales 2000 317 2001 970 2002 524 2003 439 2004 110 2005 17 2006 5
9.) Daihatsu Charade
I liked the European version of the Daihatsu Charade Turbo even if it rusted like a Lancia from the seventies. On the other side of the water, Patrick Frawley believes the whole brand was doomed: