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 |  May 22 2014, 10:32 AM

4. Chevrolet Cadavalier

Chevy Cadavalier

Before Cruze there was Cobalt; before Cobalt came Cavalier. Chevy’s J-Body small car was introduced in the early 1980s and it lingered as a mainstay of the Bow Tie brand’s lineup until the middle 2000s.

Despite its longstanding service the car was not terribly competitive, especially in later model years; rivals continued to improve while the dreary Cadavalier stagnated.

This “loss-leader” was priced to sell. GM might have lost money on each Cadavalier sold but they’d make it up when patrons came back to purchase a more expensive model in the future. However, the plan backfired like a pilgrim’s blunderbuss. The only thing this corpse-like car was ever the leader of was losing customers as they flocked to more reliable and modern offerings from companies like Honda and Toyota.

  • thatguy88

    The Toyota “Taco” never bothered me, as my friends do refer to their Tacomas as Tacos. It just rolls of the tongue much easier.

    I can understand the “Rustang”, but I like to refer to it as the “Ford Piece-of-Sh!t.” I know it doesn’t ring with the name, but… well, it was the honest truth of the car’s nature. It was a piece (included that tacky-ass Ghia model). It did Ford (or Lee Iacocca) no favors whatsoever.
    The same name goes to the Chevy Cavalier/Pontiac Sunfire/any other variants of this piece, considering the only goods thing about that car were the addition of the Ecotec four towards the latter years of its life (same engine went into the Cobalt) and the faultless ergonomics (1995-2004 models). Aside from that, it was still a piece, made for people who don’t give two damns about cars, their safety, and/or the safety of others.
    I also like the GT Cruiser (the PT was cool, too). Lots of versatility yet good power to haul ass when needed.

  • Guest

    “Elastic-waist jeans?” Y’all need a proofreader.

  • Brian Addis

    I disagree on your timeline of the explorer picking up its nickname. I have heard exploder for years. Long before the firestone tire recall

  • RRWatch

    The Ford Falcon, known as the “Thunder Chicken”!

  • Geoff

    Honda had a small SUV in Australia in the 1990′s, before CRV, and it was called HRV. It was ultimately a car before it’s time because no-one wanted it and it became known as “HIV”…

  • Cory Ray

    The Thunderbird is known as Thunderchicken too.

  • craigcole

    That’s a great story!

  • Hyperclown

    PT Cruiser= Part Time Cruiser

  • lonnie93041

    Cracked Heads Every Valve Rattles Oil Leaks Every Time
    F@@ked Over Rebuilt Dodge

    Feel free to flame me now.

  • Colin

    Not sure where you got some of these names, but they’re not the common ones I’ve heard for some of those models.

    Pontiac Firebird was the Firechicken, not the screaming chicken…
    Ford Focus=Ford Feces

  • Profoss

    Honda Jazz was originally named Honda Fitta, until they found out that “Fitta” means
    “The C*nt” here in in Norway and “C*nt” in Sweden :D
    And they had already come up with slogans like “Much bigger inside than it looks” and “Once you get in, you don’t wanna get out of it!”