• Oct 17, 2006


Feeling that Car Of The Year awards were becoming nothing more than a reassuring pat on the back from magazines to their advertisers, The Truth About Cars felt like somebody should have the balls to issue a "worst car of the year" list, as well. And they decided they were just as qualified as the next blog to undertake such an endeavor.

So TTAC announced that it will be dis-honoring the "Ten Worst Automobiles Today" with the first annual TWAT awards. Recognizing this was a democracy (OK, a representative republic), they are seeking input for nominees. A rather lengthy list of rules can be found by clicking the read link, but here is a short summary.

Nominees must have been for sale in the U.S. some time between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2006. Badge-engineered siblings can be jointly nominated for a TWAT "if they all suck equally." The TTAC staff will pick 20 finalists from the nominees, "taking into consideration the number of nominations received, how well the nominations were justified, our personal opinions of the vehicles in question and how much we've had to smoke or drink beforehand." Readers will then vote on the top 20 to help determine the TWATs.

Pointers are even offered for helping identify areas of wretchedness, should you be at a loss. Ugliness, poor design, poor build quality, lack of sophistication or ability in the mechanicals, and poorly executed badge engineering are all suggested starting points. So, being the socially responsible group we are, we encourage you to get out and vote.

[Source: TTAC]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Ok, first serious contributions:
      Uplander/Relay/Terraza/SV6 quadruplets
      Infiniti QX56/Nissan Armada
      Ford Ranger
      BMW 7-Series (stupid i-drive, ugly design)
      Porsche Cayenne
      Toyota Land Cruiser
      VW Jetta
      Mitsubishi Raider
      Chrysler Sebring
      Honda Ridgeline
      rlopees
      • 8 Years Ago
      If people can't tell this whole excercise is tongue-in-cheek, then they have no sense of humor. They aren't trying to be scientific and that's the whole point. They just want to know which new vehicles people despise, and why.
      smsmemuthu
      • 5 Years Ago
      I nominate Ford ikon for its gorgeous looking.If we feel that Car Of The Year awards were becoming nothing more than a reassuring pat on the back from magazines to their advertisers, The Truth About Cars felt like somebody should have the balls to issue a "worst car of the year" list, as well. And they decided they were just as qualified as the next blog to undertake such an endeavor.

      Tom

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Here are the nominees to chose 10 from:

      1. Compact sedan: Scion XB / Yaris 4 D
      2. Entry midsize sedan: Chevy Malibu
      3. Midsize sedan: Toyota Camry / Honda Accord
      4. Large sedan: Toyota Avalon / Chevy Impala / Ford 500
      5. Entry Luxury sedan: Lincoln MKS / Lexus ES350
      6. Midsize luxury sedan: BMW 5 series / Lexus GS series
      7. Premium Luxury sedan: Lexus LS430 / Cadillac DTS
      8. Compact SUV: Honda CRV
      9. Midsize SUV: Toyota Highlander
      10. Full size SUV: Toyota LandCruiser / Nissan Armada / Ford Expedition
      11. Luxury SUV: Infinti QX 45 / Lexus LX470
      12. Sports Car: Chrysler Cross Fire / Pontiac GTO
      13. Premium sports car: Ferrari Enzo
      14. Convertible: Chrysler Sebring / PT Cruiser
      • 8 Years Ago
      a rather pointless and totally subjective exercise; furthermore, for any level of reason to prevail, and in order to have some sort of balance with COTY, one ought to llimit the list to cars newly entering the market in 2006 only. One would at least aslo have to at least driven all the cars and lived with them for at least a day or two...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah, the intellectual quality of these comments is even lower than those of any other article.

      The Truth About Cars is, in my opinion, a rubbish site anyway. It was passable when it was just Farago ranting, but now they're making it a subscription site (?) and they have myriad crappy authors.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hhmm... I visited that site once and it was a domestic bashing website (just like many comments on Autoblog). I guess that's why they have the Aztec on this particular article when it was not offered as a 2006 model. But we all know journalism went to h3ll nowadays and it's all propaganda...

      Truth about cars has about as much truth as the ford truth about trucks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Maybe it's me, but for all the crap that the Aztec gets, why do all the new crossovers have the same general shape it had." - Corey W.

      Yeah, it's you. I think your definition of "general shape" is overly broad by several magnitudes.
      • 8 Years Ago
      1. The Ford Ranger - gets more "They still make that?" comments than anything

      2. Saturn ION - it really is incomprehensible how bad this car is until you drive one

      3. Chevy Cobalt - This is what you get when your engineers are given a benchmark goal like "Make sure it's better than the Sunfire"

      4. Uplander/Relay/Terrazza - Badge engineering makes sense only if you're cloning hot sellers. Why make four versions of a POS van no one buys?
      • 8 Years Ago
      nominees:

      the new Sebring,
      the new Civics - including the UGLY as HELLL Si
      Jeep Compas/Parriot/Caliber






      • 8 Years Ago
      "10. "Maybe it's me, but for all the crap that the Aztec gets, why do all the new crossovers have the same general shape it had." - Corey W.

      Yeah, it's you. I think your definition of "general shape" is overly broad by several magnitudes.

      Posted at 7:22PM on Oct 17th 2006 by Silver 0 stars"

      -Actually I think that had the Aztek been equipped with a bid "T" or "H" badge it would have been warmly welcomed, just like the Element.

      -Anyone remember how creepy the black Aztek looked in the movie "Wrong Turn"? It actually looked kind of cool.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Now the anti-American idiots at TTAC are crying that their own readers have nominated the Camry for their list! What a joke of a website. Old Farago really cannot stand for anyone to disagree with him. If it's not made by a german or nipponese company, it's no good in the eyes of Robert Farago.
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