All this week, we've been counting down the worst cars. Here are 1 and 2.
1. Ford Pinto
While the Pinto was not necessarily unreliable, terribly ugly, or even poor performing, what makes this car a shoe-in for our top spot was the fact that it had a tendency to burst into flames in rear end collisions. But perhaps what truly doomed this car was the infamous and tragic, Ford Pinto memo where Ford's bean counters and executives traded dollars for lives. They figured it would be cheaper to pay potential payouts to victims rather than reinforcing the rear end. Ugly indeed.
2. Yugo GV
There was simply nothing to like about these cars. Built in the heart of Soviet-controlled Yugoslavia (if that doesn’t scream red flag, I don’t know what does), the GV possessed some truly endearing traits, including dangerously slow acceleration and embarrassing reliability, thanks to its 1.1 liter, Fiat-designed, four-cylinder. Yugo, but the car doesn’t. While the car was fairly roomy for its size, its interior was built with cheap materials. Styling wise, the Yugo looked like a shrunken version of the original Volkswagen Rabbit, but in all the wrong ways. Picture a Rabbit that had been pushed together by its front and rear bumpers with an industrial grade car crusher, and viola! The Yugo, everybody.
– Joseph Musarra, CMN Staff Writer