8. Saturn, 2010
Three strikes and you’re out… of business. Not quite, but GM’s Saturn division was yet another victim of the Detroit automaker’s financial revolution, sent to the vehicular guillotine after Wall Street stormed the Bastille… or whatever.
Saturn was “a different kind of car company,” or so they said, but apparently they weren’t unique enough to build decent vehicles. In the early days they were famous for their dent-resistant plastic body panels, no-haggle pricing and crudity.
But by the time Saturn was discontinued in 2010 they were selling mostly rebadged versions of other GM vehicles, often with significantly worse styling. Remember the Outlook crossover, Astra compact car or Vue SUV? All of these were other vehicles masquerading as Saturns.