"10 Biggest Car Failures".
- Okay, here we go again with writer Daniel Bukszpan, another "car expert" who's trying hard to prove that he needs a job. This is what he wrote in www.CNBC.com:
The American people have had a long love affair with cars. Whether it's a teenager's new found independence or a grown man's show of status and power, cars represent much more to people than just a way to get from one place to another. Cars make a statement about their owners--or at least how their owners wish to be perceived.
That being the case, there are likely no car owners who want to be perceived as hideously ugly, poorly engineered, or hazardous to life and limb. For that reason and many others, a lot of cars become consigned to the dustbin of history, forever branded embarrassing failures.
Some are off-putting because of styling as enticing as a leisure suit. Some earned a reputation as a danger to the driver and everyone else on the road. The reasons for their failures are varied, and while some of the companies that manufactured them recovered, many didn't.
Which cars have been among the biggest failures in automotive history?
By Daniel Bukszpan
Posted 30 September 2011
The Crosley Hotshot was the work of Powel Crosley Jr., an Ohio industrialist who owned Crosley Broadcasting and the Cincinnati Reds. Despite this impressive resume, he was unsatisfied. Crosley longed to make cars, and in 1939 he founded Crosley Motors. Despite his success in several different businesses over the years, however, the car company never took off, and it became a black mark on Crosley's otherwise impressive career.
One of the company's biggest embarrassments was the 1950 Hotshot. A stylish enough car on the outside, its major design flaw was its engine. The car could only manage an average speed of 52 miles per hour , and instead of casting it in iron, it was welded together with tin. The welding failed on a regular basis, and heated the inside of the vehicle to an alarming degree. Crosley Motors closed its doors in 1952, but the Hotshot lives in infamy for a generation who saw a mangled specimen in the 1961 driver's education film "Mechanized Death."
(Later he said the '56 Dodge "failed" because it had a phonograph. Really.)
- I'd guess he wants to write for a Republican or Tea Party PAC.
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