AutoLooks Rusty Car of the year is.......
Our winner this year for the worst design for the 2021 model year, is new to the list, but not new to the bad awards game. Baojun being tied in with General Motors means that the two share products and technology across their lineups. But when it comes to design, Baojun is on its own. For 2021 model year the Baojun e300 pod mobility vehicle hits our low marks, with a score of 33.77%. This may seem bad, but at least it didn't go under the 30% mark.
Still falling under last years Rusty Award winner, the e300 still hits the bottom end better then some of previous winners. For starters it wasn't a double header winner like our 2019 winner, who took home both a Rusty and a CopyCat award. But still Baojun could have done better when it came to its design.
Being both an EV and a Pod mobility vehicle, the e300 wasn't set our to be the best looking product around. With many of its competitors making our list as well, Pod's really are not the best looking thing on the roads. When someone breaks the code to make a great looking pod, then maybe this segment won't be a guaranteed Rusty Award.
Most of this years list is made up of the usual companies and segments, with the likes of vans, crossovers and pods making up a good portion of the list. This year we did have a few new comers to the list, with Neuron-EV making the list with nearly all of its products.
It may seem odd that most of our bottom end is made up of the same green products which grace the top of the list. Like most years, new green products from unknown companies are the usual culprit of most of our Rusty Awards, but for 2021, this is not true, as most of our products come from more established automakers. Guess some of the bigger players are getting a bit lazy when it comes to new EV products, as now they have to scramble to lower their carbon footprint.
With a rise in demand to lower everyone's carbon footprint, the future of automotive design from more established automakers may seem bleak. Now is the time for younger companies to take advantage of better automotive designs and technology, which could help them become more established in the global automotive world.
Whatever the case, all we know is that we are glad to see a decrease in the size of our Rusty Awards list. We hope that 2022 will bring a further decrease to this list and help usher in a wave of better looking products for the masses.
Rusty Awards: Sixty-Eight (68) Models in total at an average of 43.15%
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