It does not always rain to everyone’s liking, as it is often said. The marketing strategies of automakers always lead them to create a series of controversial cars. Models that adapt to the circumstances of the moment in question, but that are not accepted by everyone. Much less for the fans of the brand that launched it. And these are several very clear examples.
That a brand historically dedicated to making supercars would have dared as an SUV like the (test) Porsche Cayenne did not go down. He was one of the first manufacturers of its kind to dare with something like that, and he fell for it a lot. Now, time has ended up proving him right: rare is the brand that does not now have an SUV in its catalog.
BMW Serie 4
What makes the new 4 Series one of the controversial cars likely to make this list is not the model itself, but its grille. BMW has played it a lot with a grille that, according to them, evokes its history. However, the change with respect to previous generations is very great and many people have not liked its aesthetics too much.
Ford Mustang Mach-E
The fact that Ford has decided to nickname an SUV with a fully electric powertrain the Mustang has not convinced the most purists, no matter how much the Mach-E surname it may have. In any case, your image is groundbreaking and only the passage of time will put you in your place when it comes to being popular.
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The Skoda we know today has little to do with the one from the early 1990s. So when the Czech manufacturer dared to launch the first-generation Octavia as a general-purpose vehicle, it was a break with the past. The most important makeover in the history of the firm that now belongs to the Volkswagen Group. It was a resounding success.
The original Mini was a myth, and still is to this day. That’s why there was so much controversy when the BMW Group dared to launch this modernized version in the early 2000s. Still, it has turned out to be a fun car to drive, as well as fast, safe, comfortable and equipped. A success seen with the perspective that the years give.
Tesla Model S
Tesla’s idea of using electricity to power a car was seen as something of ‘oddball’ when the first Model S arrived. Some traditional manufacturers had tried it before without success. However, this 100% electric saloon had unprecedented autonomy and usability, as well as a very elegant design and heart-stopping performance. A good cocktail.
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Volkswagen Golf R32 DSG
Before Volkswagen launched its revolutionary dual-clutch DSG transmission, ‘automatic’ was a dirty word among those of us who love to drive. That is why the Golf R32 DSG is one of the controversial cars to highlight. It was quick to convince thanks to its quick gear shifting and low fuel consumption. Now it is no longer ashamed to buy an automatic car if you like to handle the change, and much less if it includes cams.
Audi R8 TDI
A diesel supercar? Yes that was the Audi R8 TDI Le Mans Concept. In the heat of fever of this type of engines Audi presented a prototype of the R8 with a diesel mechanics. A 6.0-liter V12 block created for Le Mans that delivered 500 hp of power and 1,000 Nm of maximum torque. In the end it did not make it to production, but what seemed like a crazy idea at first almost ended up becoming a reality.
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Aston Martin Cygnet
Lastly, the Cygnet. Who the hell would have guessed that Aston Martin could build a utility vehicle? It was only in production for two years and 150 copies were registered. Something normal if we consider that, after all, it was nothing more than a Toyota iQ with the front grill of the British brand. It cost more than 30,000 euros.