Simply forward of the tip of the dirty-diaper dumpster hearth that was 2020, we requested our Twitter friends: “If 2020 was a car, what would it be?” The responses ranged from blindingly apparent to the subtlest shade of, nicely, shade. A few of you stored it topical to present occasions within the automotive business, whereas others dug deep into the smelly annals of automotive historical past. To those that mined Google picture search, Giphy, or Photoshopped their very own memes, we salute you. Everybody else, get pleasure from scrolling by way of these picks from the replies—which embody a shocking variety of three-wheelers…
From the “apparent but 100 p.c right” division have been strategies of the Pontiac Aztek, the Ford Pinto, the AMC Gremlin, Ford’s Edsel, and the Yugo.
However in the event you use inventory market efficiency as a measure of success, there is not any debating Tesla had a tremendous 2020. Not a lot for supposed competitor Nikola, whose wild rise, fall, and possible/probable demise we documented all through the previous couple of months. You guys have been clearly paying consideration.
Among the eye-catching imagery scraped from the web introduced out a chuckle and nod, like this “Forester,” “Camry,” and “BMW,” plus various GIFs.
Detroit wasn’t spared both—with a lot of shade thrown at sedans from ’90s and ’00s.
MotorTrend senior editor Christian Seabaugh even bought in on the enjoyable, and his choice wasn’t a automobile in any respect, however a brand new class of Amazonian automobiles you’ve got in all probability change into deeply acquainted with. He elaborated: “Ford Transit/Mercedes Sprinter/Ram ProMaster: The one benefit of 2020 is that this stuff preserve displaying up at my home and dropping stuff off so I haven’t got to go exterior. Plus they’re normally working for somebody who has gotten richer for the reason that pandemic started.”
Some extra out-of-the-box considering:
The Dale even popped up—an notorious ’70s-era three-wheeler from the Twentieth Century Motor Automobile Company.
…we do agree with the suggestion of the Reliant Robin, a automobile famously maligned (and rolled) on the BBC’s High Gear. (Shameless plug alert: For those who’re a MotorTrend OnDemand subscriber, you possibly can watch the episode right here.)
After all, no such itemizing of disastrous vehicles could be full with out display icons. The blood thirsty, unrelenting 1958 Plymouth Fury made well-known in Stephen King’s Christine, is an apt comparability to this annus horribilis.
And for on a regular basis spent at residence, staying #SaferAtHome, why not drive The Homer?
However maybe the most effective reply was not a automobile in any respect. In any case, vehicles are nice and even the worst ones beat strolling.
So lengthy, 2020. Welcome, 2021. And Joyful New Yr to you all.