By on January 31, 2013

The current Ssangyong Rodius is without question the world’s ugliest car. Having seen them in the Middle East and Europe, I can confirm that they make the Pontiac Aztek look like an Aston Martin DB9. But the reign of the Rodius is coming to an end – if the sketches below are to be believed, the new Rodius should be somewhat attractive.

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33 Comments on “World’s Ugliest Car Gets A Redesign...”


  • avatar
    18726543

    If this is the world’s ugliest car then I can only take this to mean that every Nissan Juke ever constructed has been dumped onto another planet or jettisoned into the nothingness to spend the rest of eternity as space junk. Either way, this is a good day.

    • 0 avatar
      Hoser

      I saw the title and also thought of the Juke.

    • 0 avatar
      gslippy

      I thought of my former xB1 (and maybe even my Leaf). That Rodius doesn’t qualify as the world’s ugliest car.

    • 0 avatar
      campocaceres

      Honestly, I’m not sure the pic above does the car justice in its homelines. Hope it’s okay to direct link images…

      http://www.larevueautomobile.com/images/SsangYong/Rodius/Exterieur/SsangYong_Rodius_001.jpg

      http://www.larevueautomobile.com/images/SsangYong/Rodius/Exterieur/SsangYong_Rodius_007.jpg

      To me, seen as a whole, it almost literally looks like pieces of car squished together, and from originally ugly cars at that. With the other fugliness competitors mentioned, I can typically at least see where the design tries to have some kind of cohesiveness, even if poorly executed. This thing, though, is a true chimaera.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    I’m pretty sure the Renault TP and Master TP are uglier than this.

    However, when I was in S Korea, this was a fairly common sight. The Koreans like to stick little lights, bumper strips, bits of fake chrome, and decals that say

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    I’m pretty sure the Renault Teepee and Master Teepee are uglier than this.

    However, when I was in S Korea, this car was a fairly common sight. The Koreans like to stick little lights, bumper strips, bits of fake chrome, and decals that say “DIRECT-INJECTION” all over them.

  • avatar
    jjster6

    It’s ugly, but no way can it make an Aztek look like a an Aston. The Aztek is still way uglier!!!

    • 0 avatar
      MR2turbo4evr

      Agreed. And so is the Nissan Juke. And the Fiat Multipla. And the Buick Redezvous. And the Pontiac Sunfire. I could go on and on.

      • 0 avatar
        RobertRyan

        Fiat Multipla. Horrific is too mild a word to describe the “styling”. All of the cars look like they have been in some sort of accident. The Rodius in comparison is “pretty”

      • 0 avatar

        No way RobertRyan, the Multipla is way better than this. What do I know? I like the Renault VelSatis or Avantime.

        Anyways, the Multipla proudly wears the MoMA of NYC stamp of approval. It’s one of the few modern cars ever displayed there.

      • 0 avatar
        RobertRyan

        No way RobertRyan, the Multipla is way better than this. What do I know? I like the Renault VelSatis or Avantime.

        The Mulltipla redefines hideous and very poor design, no matter what silly award it was given.. I have seen both and I do not need to see an optometrist after viewing the Rexion.
        Fiat Multipla make your own judgement.
        http://img.timeinc.net/time/2007/50_cars/fiat_multipla.jpg

      • 0 avatar

        “The Mulltipla redefines hideous and very poor design, no matter what silly award it was given”

        I’m thinking the MoMA knows a thing or two about art. The Multipla is not for everybody, but that’s ok. I think it was a crazy car, and that’s good in my book. And I have seen both in the flesh. I stand by what I say. This is much worse than the Multipla. If it floats your boat though, more power to ya.

  • avatar
    thelaine

    This car will go perfectly with my plaid pants, striped shirt ensemble. Will wait for the solar-assisted, diesel-electric, cold-fusion, three-on-the-tree manual rumored for the mid-cycle refresh.

  • avatar
    Autobraz

    The SsangYong Actyon is even uglier!

  • avatar
    Opus

    It appears to be seriously constipated.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    The rear end looks a bit out there, but by no way is this the world’s ugliest car. Just in the US market alone Smart is far uglier, as are some of the subcompacts like Aveo, Veloster and Spark.

    If you hate this you hate CR-V, A through C pillar is rounded like a prior gen CR-V, front end is rounded like same same gen, and the odd rear end sticks out just like the current CR-V. Think Caravan and CR-V get together, this is the result in nine months.

  • avatar
    luvmyv8

    In the back section of the Top Gear magazine, they have a section about all the new cars that you could buy in the UK from all the car markers. Since there’s quite a few, they have a short comment for each one…. and often quite humorous, as to be expected from Top Gear.

    This Rodius, while I don’t have a magazine in front of me at the moment, always has a snarky comment that always brings a chuckle or two.

    “Uh, no?”
    “WHY?”

  • avatar
    corntrollio

    The Rodius sort of looks like a Chrysler Pacific got knocked up by a Honda Element, and then Daimler tried to slap a grille over the offspring’s fat belly.

    It’s not great, but probably not the least attractive, as some people said already.

  • avatar
    Ron B.

    I thought about the latest Lexus… or any bangle BMW or post 1960 Caddillac.

  • avatar
    Ron B.

    If you drive an Aztec do people with dodgy sunglasses and bad skin offer you money or take shots at you from their AMG CL63?

  • avatar
    ZekeToronto

    The good news is that the Rodius isn’t even the current worst-looking vehicle (let alone in Aztek territory), but the bad news is that the new model might actually be worse, not better. Forget the optimistic drawings, check out some photos: http://blogautomobile.fr/ssangyong-rodius-20132014-cest-un-special-175367#

  • avatar
    niky

    The Multipla and Juke are unusual, but not terribly designed. I’m pretty sure some four-eyed fanged alien might even find them sexy.

    The Actyon is very unusual, but considered free of context, it’s… well… interesting. If that visage doesn’t send a humpback whale into a mating frenzy, he’s got a medical condition.

    The Rodius, on the other hand, isn’t “so ugly it’s interesting”… it’s just plain ugly. Inside and out. No sense of proportion, rhyme or reason. The interior materials are the worst I’ve seen on a non-Chinese car.

    Hell, there are Chinese cars with better interior materials that don’t wear a BMW badge.

    That said, it has a decent diesel and it rides sort of nice. But I often wonder what my dear old Dad was thinking when he bought one. Should’ve just gotten a Hyundai.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    My brother actually bought one of these vehicles.

    I asked him why, and he stated he like the looks and it is quite large and will move his family around cheaply as its diesel powered.

    He had no problems with it, so, it must be better than walking.

    I think it is ugly, but buying ugly vehicles seem to run in my family.

  • avatar
    RobertRyan

    It is certainly not for everybody. The Multipla and Aztek made Time Magazines 50 worst cars of all time list.
    We can wince at these horrors, but the Koreans with Hyundai and Kia are now producing some very handsome vehicles indeed.

  • avatar
    Summicron

    Except for that hermaphroditic sedan/wagon thing going on, it’s kinda cute in a Stay-Puft way.

    It’s perfect for my iDrive55 window clings.

  • avatar
    Phil Ossifer

    i can name a whole lot of hondas ……….. element, fit, accord that are uglier. toyota ,, cant begin to name those all-world ugly cars, jeez all of them are homely as phyllis diller


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