Since we can’t have nice things all the time, like images of the production Jaguar F-Type, I present to you what may be the ugliest car I’ve ever seen – surpassing the multitude of Ssangyong Rodius (Rodii?) I saw on my Birthright trip.
First shown in 1998, the Buick Signia was described as
Buick’s new multiple activity concept vehicle that was showcased at the North American International Auto Show yesterday, is evidence of the company’s revived commitment to innovation and versatility, according to company officials.
Based on the architecture of the Park Avenue, the Signia is an upscale family sedan with SUV attributes designed for modern families on the go. Features include a high roof and seats for easy entry, inset rocker panels that prevent slush or mud from dripping on your pants, a removable hatchback for hauling large items, infrared sensors that detect objects in your blind spot and flexible cargo space, including a powered floor that extends 15 inches out the back. While the concept car showcases a number of new technologies, Buick executives say the Signia will not be built as it is.
What in the name of Allah was General Motors thinking? The wood interior with the art deco switchgear? The glass canopy and the swing-out doors? That beak up front? I’ve seen prettier photos of partial-birth abortions. It may be the only automobile in the world to come standard with an extra chromosome. GM even let it rot in a desolate lot, neglecting even to crush it.