Our review of the ugliest cars ever today takes us to the home of fine craft beers and slippers worn with socks. Yes, even the German cousins have a few slips to make up for when it comes to the design of their cars. Let's start with Audi where the A2 series was born at the end of the last century. It was probably intended to emulate the triumph of the Panda, but by offering this minivan, success did not come. The Audi A2 was produced for six years, from 1999 to 2005, sales were particularly low and the niche market it was intended to invade did not answer the call. It is a saddening car, seen from behind it is squashed and from the front it seems to have beady eyes pointing downward. Perhaps it is the only flop from an aesthetic point of view in the Audi house.
In Mercedes, on the other hand, they have a fetish for irons. The Vaneo was produced from 2001 to 2005 and is derived from the A-Class, the front is pretty much the same but it is longer and taller (hence less graceful). As you can imagine it was not very successful, 55,000 examples were sold, half of those planned. After this model in Mercedes they designed the B-Class, the minivan that ranks right after the A-Class. The Vaneo model can be saved only by the fact that it is really very spacious, in addition to having seven seats arranged in three rows, it has a significant trunk. If the Opel Agila could talk it would ask its designers why they changed its taillights. It is true that in the first model they were too boxy, but the restyling did not improve the harmony of the rear. On the front, on the other hand, there is no doubt: the nose is so nice! Unlike many tall city cars, it has 5 doors; those who bought it did so for practicality and compactness, certainly not for design. Unlike many directors, I am not a fan of the Beetle, forgive me if you can, I have never been fascinated by the wide hips and unnecessarily round shapes. Designed by a very young Ferdinand Porsche, the Beetle was produced for 70 years until 2019. Everything hints at the circle, including the headlights, from the first to the last model, it's a funny car. The Beetle's advertising pages are a case study, it's even talked about in the TV series MAD MAN and Donald Draper himself says "I don't know what grosses me out more, the advertising or the car." The Volkswagen Fox is a mundane car, produced from 2005 to 2011 to replace the Lupo and I was one of the lucky ones to have owned it. In my family every time a vehicle is bought we give it a nickname, almost never flattering, the Fox was "the Turtle," bought after "the Monster" and before the Polo which still does not have a nickname (suggestions welcome). It was a reliable and very comfortable car but aesthetically it was not beautiful, not at all! This time there’s a special mention. While looking for parking, how often do you curse a Smart? To me, it happens a lot. My revenge has come, dear Smart to me you are obnoxious and so I am including you in the review of ugly German cars! The question is always the same, which one have we forgot?
According to alphabetical order we must move to BMW. The Iso Isetta is a micro-car produced by Iso between 1953 and 1956 and then under license by BMW between 1955 and 1962. It was the world's first mass-produced fuel-efficient car but was not very successful. There are only two seats carved out of a bench, and behind it there is space for a small single-cylinder two-stroke engine and a tiny luggage compartment. The special feature is definitely the door, front, as big as the whole front. I'm not sure the Isotta can be called ugly; it is certainly distinctive, eccentric and curious.