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Designing and producing a new car model is a very expensive business, so you would think manufacturers these days would do all they can to make sure they get it right. They try very hard, but far more often one might think, they get it very wrong.

The recent history of the automotive industry is littered with failed models, launched on a wave of optimism, journalists flown to exotic places to test drive them, only for the car to make no impression on buyers and be abandoned, sometimes in as little as two years.

Sometimes the car in question has a major flaw, sometimes it’s just bad all over, and just occasionally it’s a great idea at the wrong time.

We’ve chosen ten of the most memorable automotive failures – there are quite a few more…

Next page: The “uninspiring and poorly built” Chrysler

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.