Top Nine Whacked-Out Automotive Rebadges

Justin Berkowitz
by Justin Berkowitz

Between last month’s Paris reveal of the SEAT Exeo, a lightly rebadged B7 Audi A4, and our recent review of the Volkswagen Routan, I began to ponder some of the worst, most nonsense rebadges in recent automotive history. Some were legally or contractually required, others were clearly the work of absynthe-fueled mercury-poisoned madmen. In the gallery below, see pictures and comments of my top nine.

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  • Billc83 Billc83 on Oct 14, 2008

    I'm with NickR. TTAC should propose "The Cimarron Award," giving the award yearly to the most blatent/redundant rebadge! I foresee the Routan taking this year's top honors. I think the upcoming Pontiac G3 has a good shot next year The trophy, of course, will be a scale model of a Cimarron, by Cadillac, complete with landau roof and continential kit!

  • Krazykarguy Krazykarguy on Oct 14, 2008

    What about pretty much any Isuzu product from the last 10 years or so? All rebadged GM junk. And what about Honda/Acura’s partnership with Isuzu? For the Acura SLX (nee Trooper) or the original Honda Odyssey (nee Oasis)? 100% agreed about the rebadged Dodge Dakota/Mitsubishi whatever they called it… absolutely pointless. How about the VW Toureg/Audi Q7/Porsche Cayenne? Or while we’re on EU high-end stuff, the new Ferrari California and the Maserati GranSport? Or the barely warmed-over Dodge Sprinter van (that can be turned back into a MBZ product on eBay very easily). This actually was a boon for ChryCo., so not such a bad badge-engineered idea. But, as always, GM was always the worst offender. Pontiac Vibe/Toyota Matrix? TrailBlazer/Rainier/Bravada/9-7x/Envoy/Ascender? Cavalier/Phoenix/Cimmaron/Skylark Cobalt/G5/Ion (?) Saab 9-5/Saturn L-Series GMC truck/Chevy Truck (seriously, what’s the point?) Saturn Outlook/Traverse/TransPort/Lumina APV Just be glad that the Aztek was never re-badged as anything else. *shudder*

  • Hugh I have no trouble believing they exaggerated somewhat, but I also figure they were factoring in the cost of the research and engineering. I am just disappointed at how they abandoned their own product (again).
  • TheEndlessEnigma Mustang, MX-5
  • Probert I have used both level one and level 2 charging at my house. I use this for local needs. I have a fairly regular 350 mile round trip. I charge after about 125 miles one way, at a level 3 at a KIA dealer. I could do it in a straight shot, but this leaves me plenty of reserve if I need it in the city.I charge at the same place on the way out, adding about 40%, and I'm home free.A number of chargers have opened since I got the Niro 2 years ago, so I have a fair amount of flexibility on this route. I have used EA chargers on the route, and also a handy, and friendly Harley dealer charger.
  • Dan65708323 I think Ford it going to go under. They can't lose 3 billion ever year for years. All their EV's are on stop sales. Good luck Ford.
  • Kcflyer LC 500