AND THE 2019 RUSTY AWARD GOES TO........
Say hello to the all new Isetta from China. Yes it may not go by the same name and it does have some modern luxuries, but truly there isn't much different between the image of the original Isetta and the EG6330K. We get that this model does have four (4) side entry doors as opposed to one front, but when you take a look below and put the two next to each other, you will see how they are more in common with each other than you might think.
It came as no surprise to us that this model would take the crown as our 2019 worst design. But we were amazed at how well it did do. Having claimed a paltry 29.85% seems rather bad, but in all truth we did have this model pegged as an under 20% model. So it goes to show you that even the truly horrible can still surprise you in the end. As for the rest of the list, it was no surprise that any of the them wouldn't make the list
When we first laid eyes on the most expensive SUV in the world we had to think to ourselves on how could someone really pay that kind of money for that. And with that thought you have the reason why the Karlmann King makes the list. Sure it does cost a fortune, but really they could have made it look like a fortune. All those flat plains and intersecting character lines, make it hard to look at at any particular angle. But that could be the reasoning behind it's odd shape is that it doesn't want to be seen at any angle.
Our next miss also came as no surprise to us as it has no surprise to give us. the Brave Warrior was a poor take on the famous Hummer H1, as it seems that is what BAW was going for. Guess someone should have told them that the H1 too needed a bit more attitude to make it a great model.
With that thought in mind, two more of our top 10 list also has no real soul as the Superior APC and N-Gen seem to lacking any real features that would make them more desirable. Sure they are fully functional for their intended purpose, but really no one thought of giving them a soul and setting them free. Guess we just want everyone to succeed in life.
As with most years we always have that love in the dark model. You know, that one you love, but you really don't want to see them naked in the light. That is where you get the GM3 and Santro, as they both are great vehicles which serve a true purpose. But do you really want to be seen driving around in them. No, not really, as they give off that same aura that the Mitsubishi Mirage gives you.
Like most years we seem to get at least one green vehicle. And this year was no different as we saw two (2) hit the list this year. But unlike the top spot winner the Baojun e200 isn't a rip off artist. It just may need to go back into the oven and finish cooking. Sure we do love a go city runabout, but really I don't think we need one with that much ground clearance.
And lastly we can't finish a top ten bad list off without having a few plastic cladded cross-trek models. Sure they serve their purpose in the automotive world, but they can still come off as the most bland and boring models out there. Add to that their constant overuse of plastic body moldings and you have the makings of some of the worst designs on the road.
Unlike out top 10 list, it seems that the poorer end of the design spectrum didn't move all that much this year. With only one (1) more model making it onto the Rusty end of things. With all that said it doesn't mean things are getting better, they are just stabilizing at bottom end. And with that thought we hope to destabilize the bottom end into a few less models for 2020, but who are we kidding as the birth of the green industry is upon us and it seems the 80's are back to haunt us.
2019 AutoLooks Rusty Award Winner - 2019 Suzhou Eagle EG6330K
2019 Rusty Awards
2019 Rusty Awards: Eighty-Two (82) rated vehicles, with an average score of 41.06%
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