3. Daewoo, 2001-ish
Dae-who? Daewoo! In the U.S. this South Korean automotive brand went the way of the lobotomy around 2002 because of money problems. Isn’t that always the issue? Now, if you can believe it, GM owns the leftover scraps of Daewoo and uses it to develop many of their small cars. Smartly they renamed it GM Korea.
Why did this company bow out from America? Well, with vehicle names like Nubira and Leganza can you blame them for going under? These products sound like alien planets from the nerdiest science-fiction movie ever. That might not have been a problem had Daewoo’s vehicles been any good, but they weren’t. This is definitely a brand worth forgetting.