For all the talk of horsepower and transmission, vehicles sell best because of their style. It’s the immediate reason why we do or don’t consider a choice and these 10 cars surely are at the bottom of all the lists. Most of them are rarely seen on the roads now, a blessing surely, but should you chance upon them, you definitely won’t forget it. Here are the 10 ugliest automobiles in Southeast Asia.
1. Proton Juara
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In the history of our national car maker, there have been more duds in the design department than actual classics. However it is the Proton Juara that takes the title for Malaysia’s most unappealing car. While it was the first-ever Proton to be created with Japanese electric power-streering technology, its uncanny resemblance to a flimsy sandwich box led to poor sales and eventual discontinuation. Infamously known as ‘The Box’ or the ‘Roti Car’. Not a single tear was wept that day.
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It’s the rare person who will claim to love a car that looks like a ducks’ face or a beer belly. A confusion in proportion with an overly large windscreen and tiny headlights, this 6-seater MPV can still be seen on the highways drawing incredulous looks to this day.
3. Tata Magic Iris
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On the roads of India, exists this vehicle dubbed the micro-van. The bizarre answer to the congested roads, the Tata Magic Iris can apparently comfortably sit 4 with sufficient space for luggage as well, thus making it a suitable workhorse. For all its efficacy, it looks uncomfortably unbalanced, almost as if it was rushed out of the factory line without sufficient time and thought put to the boot, with all the elegance of a baby panda fresh out of the womb.
4. Renault Kangoo
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Another classic example of the importance of proportions, the Renault Kangoo is simply too awkwardly bulky for such small wheels. The ugliest thing about it though is its back – a boxy afterthought tacked on to this design mess. It’s a cross between a sedan and all the types of vans parents warn their children never to enter.
5. Toyota FJ Cruiser
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This all-terrain off-roader by Toyota’s exterior carries riffs off the original FJ40 Land Cruiser design. It’s meant to be rugged good looks to accompany the powerful interior. But while the original model was a handsome beast, the awkward colour combinations of the newer model leaves the FJ Cruiser looking like a low-rent Hummer rip-off. It sends out the vibes of a gym buff who has toned muscular arms, but has never done a single leg day in their life – just falling short of complete wholeness.
6. Nissan Juke
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Comprised of odd angles and the weirdest front end ever, the Nissan Juke draws all the wrong attention when seen on the streets. The parking lights are located where the headlights should be, but instead the headlights sits where the fog lights should be. Thus is one of the biggest head-scratchers when glancing upon one of the most polarising cars in the world.
7. Mercedes Vito
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It’s tough to make a van look sexy and even German maestros, Mercedes, couldn’t inject a fresh appeal into a working class classic. While everything under the hood may boast superior power than the average van, the boxy Vito sits right in line with all the other vans of the world, deeply unremarkable. The 9-seater isn’t terrible, but next to the C and S-classes of the same fleet, it’s a poor offering from a world class carmaker.
8. Hummer Limousine
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Think of a Hummer and words like ‘tough’ and ‘fierce’ comes to mind. But when all stretched out, the Hummer Limousine brings up recollections of tacky parties with a bratty ‘My Super Sweet 16‘ vibe. Blame it on Hollywood or Vegas, but there’s no way to take this monstrosity seriously. Speaking of limousines…
9. Any Kind Of Proton Limousine
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Our national car maker always prioritised function over form, cranking out models that while, aren’t design winners are perfect serviceable. Yet, when they decided to hit above the belt and offer up limousine options, they levelled up to pure hideousness. Available in the Proton Saga and Proton Perdana model, these Frankenstein-creation were meant to project class, but instead ended up looking like a joke that just wouldn’t end.
10. Ssangyong Stavic
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Here’s a car that has won international acclaim… for its undeniable ugliness. Whether it’s known as the Stavic or the Rodius, this Ssangyong car designed by a Brit, the former head of the automotive design course at the Royal College of Art in London, no less, has left heads all over the worlds confused with its incomprehensible thought process. It’s a SUV mashed together with a mobile home, the only way to successfully accommodate 11 people, as reported.