The cars that time forgot – Part 3
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It was a mix between a MPV and a Van, but the public didn’t understand it. A very comfortable Skoda that didn’t have a successor.
It was a joint product between Daimler and Mitsubishi. The first Forfour was original by the time it was introduced but it didn’t feature the quality expected in Mercedes sister brand. Besides it was too expensive. The brand reintroduced the nameplate after the agreement with Renault to produce the latest generation Fortwo.
An ugly and roomy Mercedes which was conceived for the Amerian market. It wasn’t able to grab the attention of the public as it sat somewhere between the SUV and MPV segments. It found more clients in China, where almost 7 thousand units were sold in H1-17.
The B-MPV from Renault. A rival to the Citroen C3 Picasso and Fiat 500L. The car was too small to be considered a real MPV, but too tall to be considered a subcompact. At the end, Renault didn’t replace it somehow anticipating the drop of the segment’s registrations.
The Veloster is still available, but is not a good example of success for Hyundai. As most of the cars that time forgot, it features a solution that is hard to understand. With its asymmetric sides, this hatchback has had problems to find the right clients. Hyundai wants to position it as a hot hatch, but it is still unclear what the purpose of having one door in one side and two doors in the other side.
It took two generations of the Mazda5 to force the Japanese maker to stop building its compact MPV. Despite having a sexy look, the Mazda5 played in a segment that’s no longer popular in many markets. The arrival of the compact SUV CX-5 contributed to its failure.
It was perhaps one of the first B-SUVs in the market (besides the eternal Suzuki Jimny). The brand wisely used the “Cruiser” name adding “Urban” to positionate it as a city-SUV. But it was anything but the little sister of the big Land Cruisers. Besides, it was too boxy, too Japanese for the European taste.