5 car model restarts that were great (& 5 that failed)

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Much like the movie industry, the auto industry is fond of remakes and reboots of past successes. However, like the movies, not all attempts are Oscar-worthy or good enough to be remembered for a long time.

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In reality, there are more failures than wins in this department, but the ones that really work shine. There are a lot of car makers and tons of classics so it’s best to cut it down a bit. To do that, here are five car restarts that worked well (and five that failed) …


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Super: Corvette Stingray (C7)

While the Chevrolet Corvette has gone through many different iterations over the decades, the C7 is (so far) one of Chevrolet’s best creations. Once again, the Corvette was an affordable car for the masses, but it also reinstated the Corvette as a supercar around the world.

With the return of the name “Stingray” and shark-like design and lines, the C7 became an instant hit after its release. Today, the fastest version is the ZR1: a real track beast with over 750 horsepower.

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Bad: Dodge Dart 2016

If you’re going to remake a beloved muscle car and an American classic, you’d think it would be true to its predecessor. Unfortunately, that is not what happened at all. Rather than a roaring V8 and boat-like bodywork, we have an urban commuter.

In the modern era (2013 to 2016), there was no large capacity V8. Rather, the Dart would have a 1.4 to 2.4-liter four-cylinder and look more like a Ford To concentrate; not a monstrously fast dragster. So it’s no wonder the Dodge Dart reboot was unpopular.

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Excellent: Ford Bronco 2021

Even though the 2021 Ford Bronco is obviously not available to the public, the hype has secured its place in the minds of countless consumers. So far, all signs point to a successful comeback for the Bronco.

The best we’ve seen from the Ford Bronco so far is its appearance in the Baja 1000 and other auto shows. Because of its racing side, it’s likely that the Bronco will (again) be an excellent all-terrain vehicle while retaining the classic box shape.

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Bad: Hummer H2

What was once considered a cool military vehicle that could take anything, the Hummer brand quickly fell into oblivion and was seen as a laughing stock. The cause of this? The Hummer H2. The Hummer H2 is the epitome of a fuel-guzzling, burger-eating, America-lover truck, but not in a good way.

The exterior is extremely ugly, made up of nothing but a cube shape, and is very, very slow (over ten seconds for 0 to 60). These days, Hummer has been relegated to helping make taxis and utility vehicles (and still for the military). Hopefully we’ll never see another production-grade Hummer again.

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Super: Nissan GT-R (R35)

Of course, Nissan’s Skyline and GT-R series have ruled the JDM community alongside vehicles like the MK IV Supra and the RX-7. Unlike most companies, however, Nissan hasn’t failed dramatically in trying to regain its former glory.

Their attempt to remake the GT-R was not in vain, as evidenced by the tendency of the R35 GT-R (R35 being the body style) to crush the Lamborghini and Bugatti. The GT-R is so popular, in fact, that Nissan is now making 50 special edition GT-Rs that will sell for over $ 1 million per part!

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Bad: Ferrari California 2010

Compared to many other high-end car manufacturers, Ferrari is (easily) one of the best and most recognizable in the world. Since the turn of the 20th century, Ferrari has made great cars, like the 250 GT California: a multi-million dollar antique. To differentiate their lineup and revive the California title, Ferrari built the 2010 Ferrari California, a front-engine convertible sports car.

However, the only real similarity between the original California and the new one was the name and the brand. The 2010 version was slow and weirdly designed too. Luckily for Ferrari and their fans, those issues would be resolved later with the introduction of the turbocharged California T and the all-new Portofino.

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Excellent: Land Rover Defender 2020

Sometimes the best things just seem too far out of reach. For countless car enthusiasts, it is the daily struggle they go through when the car of their dreams is not legal in their country. The part that loved the classic Land Rover Defender, however, will now find some relief from that pain.

Yes, Land Rover has brought back the great Defender series! This won’t be a stripped-down all-terrain all-terrain vehicle, but a luxury SUV rivaling Mercedes and BMW. Nonetheless, it will still tear up a dirt road if you ask it to too.

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Bad: 2020 Toyota Supra

In recent years, the new 2020 Toyota Supra has been perhaps one of the automotive community’s biggest disappointments. Not only were hopes shattered, a whole fandom was also divided. The new Supra has two groups of consumers: (1) those who hate the 2020 and (2) those who are not as upset as the rest.

There’s no denying that the 2020 Supra is hardly a Supra, especially given BMW’s great influence on production and engineering. For this reason, many enthusiasts notice that the Supra is just a redesigned BMW Z4. Whatever your opinion on the matter, it’s hard to say that Toyota could not have done better.

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Super: Ford GT

With the release and the love for the film Ford vs. Ferrari, a movie built around the 24 Hours of Man in 1966, is now the perfect time to discuss one of the best American vehicles in their history: the Ford GT.

The original Ford GT (as seen in the movie) was, like the Corvette, a statement to the rest of the world that the United States was there and should not be played with. The new Ford GT still retains the same spirit, especially on the track where the Ford Performance team would have been the pride of Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles!

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Bad: Volkswagen Beetle 2018

For some automakers, it is difficult for them to determine when they have been beaten. This is evidenced by their continued problems with rules / regulations and the repetition of failed models, such as the Volkswagen Beetle.

In its heyday, the Beetle was the best example of a reliable and affordable car. Now, however, they have become synonymous with a “feminine” style and their sales are declining over the years. To add to that, the once well-built Beetle is now prone to accidents and will likely cost a fortune to repair (especially at the dealership).

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