Question Of The Day: What's Your "Automotive Turkey" of 2008?

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

In honor of the imminent celebrations, Consumer Reports has picked its “Automotive Turkeys” of 2008, and they got some good ones. Tax credits for Hybrid Tahoes, Chrysler’s four-week Aspen/Durango Hybrid reign of terror, Acura’s styling, the Smart’s pricing and much more get the thumbs down from CR’s Mike Quincy. In advance of TTAC’s Ten Worst awards, I’m asking: what makes your list of automotive blunders for 2008? Personally, the Volt transformation, the bailout beggary and Chrysler’s Project D(isaster) would be near the top of my list. Yours?

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  • Durishin Durishin on Nov 27, 2008

    @h82w8, Then the Panamera certainly fits the bill: it's the right shape.

  • Anonymous Anonymous on Nov 27, 2008

    Porsche Panafugly, BMW, Toyota. Ah, heck. ALL Euro and asian automakers!

  • JEC JEC on Nov 27, 2008

    It's not as spectacular as the aforementioned blunders, but I'm pretty bummed that the Corolla XRS has been neutered with the pedestrian 2.4L, auto option, and more weight. Shame on Toyota, the XRS with the Yamaha 1.8L and 6 speed was the best economy car they made - up until this year.

  • M1EK M1EK on Nov 29, 2008
    1. Any hybrid, since their payback vs. a similar-size car is anywhere between 5 and 15 years, not counting battery replacement and exotic maintenance. Oh, and those lead-acid or lithium ion batteries are a recycling nightmare, not quite as ‘green’ as billed. Do the math, and then hug a tree if you still think a hybrid makes sense. This is what we call a lie, class. Make note of it.