Top 10 vehicle surprises of the decade
Cars that we never thought would make it big – but did
Skeptics said BMWís reinvention of the Mini would be nothing but a fashion accessory that quickly would go out of fashion. BMW proved them wrong.
No one could have predicted this people mover would transform the entire industry.
Ford took a risk when it dumped the tried-and-true Escort name in favor of Focus. The design looked radical in 1998, but
consumers loved it. The Focus made Ford a real threat to VW in the lower-medium segment.
At about half the price of a typical family car, it is no surprise the E7,000 Logan has been a hit in central Europe for Renaultís Romanian subsidiary. What is surprising is the carís appeal to western Europeans, particularly the French, who bought about 10,000 Logans in the carís first six months on the market.
Against all logic, staid, old Volvo, an environmentalistís brand if ever there was one, decides to make an SUV. Whatís more
surprising is that the XC90 is a smash hit. Itís the SUV for people who hate SUVs.
It is the only reason the Smart brand hasnít collapsed already.
Who would have believed a decade ago that someone would produce an SUV hybrid? Making this car took a lot of courage.
Bentley Continental GT
VWís British subsidiary is having so much trouble meeting demand for the Continental GT that it has had to build Bentleys at VWís plant in Dresden, Germany.
It has been a strong seller despite its late arrival to the medium minivan segment dominated by the Renault Scenic.
Sure, some people call it ugly, but there is no arguing with the carís sales success.