The Biggest Automotive Flops of 2013

2 Jan


You’d think that after over 100 years of producing automobiles, car manufacturers would have a fair idea of what it is exactly that motorists are looking for from their vehicles, and yet year after year some of the world’s most renowned companies continue to churn out cars that are poorly designed and rubbish to drive.

And would you believe it? 2013 has been no different. Read on as The Leden Group – specialists in low cost car leasing on everything from a  Leden Ford B Max to a Ferrari – take you through their top 5 vehicle flops of 2013.

Lexus IS 250

Starting from £26,495 the Lexus IS 250 is no budget vehicle, and yet it does very little to mark itself out as a vehicle worth investing your hard earned cash in. In fact, Consumer Reports – one of the most respected authorities in the world – described it as having ‘nothing special about’ – unacceptable for a vehicle that will set you back the best part of thirty grand.

Scoring 52 out of 100 on their judging scale, the IS 250 made it onto The Loser List for 2013 in their January 2014 issue, and when you consider the lack of punch, disappointing fuel economy and cramped cabin it is easy to see why.

Aston Martin Cygnet

A Kahn Design Aston Martin Cygnet

A Kahn Design Aston Martin Cygnet

After two years of production the British luxury automotive manufacturer finally called time on the Cygnet in October of 2013 after selling fewer than 150.Aston Martin had hoped that the Cygnet, priced at an eye-watering £32,000, would rival the likes of the Audi A1 or BMWs Mini brand, however the high cost combined with the largely averagedesign led to a very disappointing car indeed.

Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet
Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

After its first 12 months on sale the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet had sold just 1,078 units (April 2013), and could that be because no one is really interested in a convertible SUV? Well, certainly not in one that looks like the Murano anyway.Not only is it unattractive to look at, this vehicle isn’t up to much when you get behind the wheel either, with the body flex caused by the lack of roof contributing to overall poor handling. Avoid.

Mercedes-Benz CLA
2014 mercedes-benz c class (7)

You don’t need us to tell you about Mercedes-Benz. After all, the German automotive giant is one of the most recognisable brands in the world, but that doesn’t mean that they get everything spot on all of the time.

The 2013 CLA Saloon may look the part, but when you consider the price and performance it is hard to find many reasons to shell out on Mercedes’ latest offering.As you’d expect the engine can deliver plenty of pace but the ride and handling are disappointing, while the refinement isn’t at the level you’d expect from a luxury car.

Mercedes are hoping to catch up with BMW – the world’s leading manufacturer of luxury vehicles – but they’re going to have to do a lot better than the CLA to do so.

Mitsubishi Mirage

2012 Mitsubishi Mirage

2012 Mitsubishi Mirage

The hatchback and supermini markets are arguably the most competitive in the automotive industry, and so you’re going to be in trouble if you release something that doesn’t match up to the rest of the field, something Mitsubishi did with the 2013 Mirage.

Apart from a decent 1.2-litre engine the whole driving experience feels cheap and underwhelming, while you’ll barely be able to hear yourself think over the road and wind noise when you get up to higher speeds. When you consider the fact you can pick up a Ford Fiesta or Vauxhall Corsa for a similar price, the Mirage doesn’t make very much sense at all.

This guest blog was written by John Rooney in partnership with The Leden Group – where you can get great value car leasing deals on a huge range of cars from all of the leading brands.

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Date posted: January 2, 2014