World's Ugliest Car Set to Leave Japan

Jonny Lieberman
by Jonny Lieberman
worlds ugliest car set to leave japan

Get a bunch of car journalists together and a few conversations are inevitable. Stuff like, "What's the best car ever, period?" or "What's the dumbest car you've ever purchased?" The answers are full of variation (Porsche 959/McLaren F1, Citroen DS/BMW 750iL) and typically end with me asking, "Aren't you guys interested in anything besides cars?" Deaf ears and all that. My point? If the question of world's ugliest car were to come up, there can be no debate. Mitsuoka Orochi is the answer. All other suggestions are utterly wrong. And Motor Authority tells us that, like some latter-day Godzilla, left-hand drive examples of the Orochi are leaving Japan to fry eyeballs in Qatar, UAE, Thailand and Jordon. No, really — look at this monstrosity. What could be more awful? How an NSX-based sports car can make the Pontiac Aztek look like Jessica Biel is inconceivable, incomprehensible and totally unfathomable, but there you go. As for me, I'm stocking up on Raid.

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  • Confused1096 Confused1096 on Apr 01, 2008

    It's goofy looking, sure. But I think it blows past ugly and goes more into "just plain odd". You're too busy noticing how strange the car looks to pay attention to it being ugly.

  • Akitadog Akitadog on Apr 01, 2008

    It's the Insect Car!

  • Joeaverage Joeaverage on Apr 01, 2008

    C'mon folks - it's not THAT bad... Like a previous poster mentioned - the basic shape is good, the details are a problem.

  • Vadizzel Vadizzel on May 21, 2008

    Admiral Akbar from Star Wars would love this car.