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25 Cars From Popular Brands That No One Has Heard Of

Throughout the history of the automobile world, there is no question that many cars are completely ignored. In a lot of these cases, it even may be accidental. This is largely because of the fact that car manufacturers obviously have specific vehicles that they view as their potential top sellers. When this occurs, a lot of the second tier vehicles from them are often not advertised in the slightest, which results in them not getting many sales at all. When this occurs, many buyers are often unaware that these cars exist, and some cars are even completely forgotten as the years pass.

With all that has been stated thus far, in this article, we will be looking at 25 cars from popular brands that have no one has heard of. It is important to note that these cars are coming series that are from both the past and present. This will effectively show just how easily we as buyers can completely be unaware of many vehicles on the primary market. At the end of the day, some of these vehicles were actually very solid cars but just were overshadowed. However, in other cases, some of these models deserve immense criticism for their shortcomings, especially if they were complete and utter lemons.

Nonetheless, let's look at these unknown cars!

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25 Cadillac Mirage Pickup

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The Cadillac Mirage Pickup is another vehicle on this list that virtually no one has heard of today. These cars only were released in 1975 and 1976, before the car manufacturer would completely rid of them from the automobile world.

At the end of the day, it is pretty understandable as to why they failed to catch on to buyers. They simply possessed no real purpose, as they could not be used in working conditions, nor did they give off a single vibe of luxury.

24 BMW 318TI

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BMW is easily one of the most popular car manufacturers in the entire automobile world. However, that does not mean that all of their cars were complete successes. In fact, it is quite clear that many people have not even heard of the 318TI.

These cars simply failed to gain any attention and this can be blamed on the fact that they were completely overshadowed by the more popular vehicles from them. At the end of the day, they were not bad cars, but just simply lacked any originality.

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23 Mitsubishi Starion

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The Mitsubishi Starion was a very nice looking sports car, but it simply failed to gain any real attention from buyers. This is likely because of the fact that it could not compete with the vast amount of competition that was around it.

At the end of the day, these cars definitely should have been given far more attention from buyers. They had the ability to reach blistering speeds with ease and had a very nice design to them as well. Overall, they were hidden gems.

22 Subaru BRZ

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The Subaru BRZ is another car on this list that simply fell victim to the immense amount of competition of the automobile world. It is likely that many people did not ever hear of these because of the fact that they were rebadged from the Toyota 86.

Even with all of this being the case, the car manufacturer should attempt to make this series grow far more in popularity. It is clear that they truly deserve far more praise than they actually receive because of the immense amount of dependability they possess each year.

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21 Mitsubishi FTO

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The Mitsubishi FTO is another car on this list that simply is forgotten about because it was an extremely short-lived series. These vehicles were released from 1994 to 2000, as they never seemed to ever gain enough buyers to continue.

Interestingly, these cars actually were pretty nice looking. At the end of the day, it is quite apparent that they were just overlooked because of the immense amount of competition that they had to face. They truly deserved far more than what they got.

20 Buick Reatta

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Although Buick has been able to grow into one of the best car manufacturers in the automobile world, it is clear that they have run into some trouble with sales. The Buick Reatta is a prime example of this, as virtually no one even knows of it today.

These vehicles were only in production from 1988 to 1991, and a huge reason behind this is the fact that they simply failed to sell at any solid amount. Due to this fact, not many people even know that they existed today, even though they were decent cars.

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19 Kia K9

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The Kia K9 series is a strange one because they constantly put out reliable cars, but they are completely overlooked. Due to this clear fact, it is quite understandable as to why so many buyers today have not even heard of this vehicle.

It is quite disappointing when a car is actually good but receives absolutely no praise or even recognition. At the end of the day, there is no question that these cars are simply the victims of bad circumstances. Maybe this will change in the future.

18 Subaru SVX

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The Subaru SVX series ended fairly quickly, as it would only go on from 1991 to 1996. The biggest reason as to why it would come to such a quick end is that these vehicles were extremely unpopular in the primary market.

However, even with this being the case, it is essential to recognize that these cars were not bad in the slightest. They simply were overlooked, and at the end of the day, actually possessed some pretty strong qualities that made them extremely reliable.

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17 Ford Ranchero

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The Ford Ranchero was an under the radar series from the extremely popular car manufacturer. This ultimately did not end up doing well in terms of its overall sales because it truly was one of the strangest pickups to ever be released in the automobile world.

At the end of the day, these cars just did not seem to make any impact on the automobile world. However, to some car enthusiasts, they could be excellent collector’s items. Although they were not magnificent, they do possess a very nice classic look to them.

16 Chrysler Crossfire

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When the Chrysler Crossfire first entered the primary market in 2004, it came into the automobile world with an immense amount of expectations. However, due to the faulty way it was built, it never seemed to gain any attention.

Due to this clear fact, the series would quickly come to an end in 2008. With all of this being stated, it is clear that it simply did not leave much of a legacy at all. Many drivers today have probably never even heard of it, especially younger ones.

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15 Volvo P1800

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The Volvo P1800 is another classic car on this that likely is not remembered by many people at all. This is largely because of the fact that they would go on to have a very short series length and were completely overshadowed by their competition.

However, even with all of this being the case, it is still important to recognize that they were actually pretty solid cars. They had a very unique design and it is a bit surprising that not many people would end up being intrigued by this vehicle.

14 Jaguar XJ40

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There is no question that Jaguar is one of the most popular car manufacturers when it comes to making luxury cars. However, even they have a vehicle that didn't seem to get any attention with the Jaguar XJ40. It just seemed to have no interest from buyers at all.

At the end of the day, these cars were not bad in the slightest. They simply could not make buyers interested in them. However, it is important to note that they actually could be a nice car to add to your garage, especially if you are an avid collector.

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13 Cadillac Catera

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The Cadillac Catera came into the automobile world with an immense amount of expectations but failed to actually leave an impact. This is largely because of the fact that these vehicles were simply far too bland to get any amount of attention.

At the end of the day, this series was a rare mistake from the iconic car manufacturer. There are an abundance of technical flaws that would come with these vehicles, including significant engine problems. At the end of the day, it makes sense as to why they did not take off.

12  Lexus SC300

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The Lexus SC300 is a car that definitely should have received far more attention than it actually would go on to getting. This is largely because of the fact that it simply was not viewed as a potential top-selling vehicle from the manufacturer.

Advertising plays a major role when it comes to the sales of cars, and this one simply never received enough time in that department. Due to this clear fact, it is quite understandable as to why so many individuals have likely never heard of this car.

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11 Nissan Figaro

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It is very understandable as to why virtually no individual has ever heard of the Nissan Figaro. First and foremost, this vehicle would only be released in 1991 before the manufacturer decided to completely rid of it.

This car probably had a lot of potential to be special, but the car manufacturer simply saw enough of it after just one release. It is also important to note that it was only released overseas, so it is very easy to understand why no one has heard of it.

10  Chevy HHR

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No matter how much success that Chevy has been able to have over the years, it is clear that they made a mistake with the Chevy HHR. These cars were just extremely boring looking and due to this, they had a very hard time in terms of their sales.

This series from the car manufacturer is often regarded as one of their least popular ones ever. For a car that was released during the 2000s, it is crazy to see how so many individuals have already forgotten about it or never even knew that it was released.

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9 Volkswagen Up

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The biggest issue with the Volkswagen Up series is that these cars possess absolutely zero amount of uniqueness. Due to this clear fact, not many buyers have been intrigued by these vehicles, but they ultimately should be.

These cars are extremely well when it comes to their overall structure and have constantly been very dependable. However, it is clear that the car manufacturer focuses more time on their other cars, so not many buyers have even recognized that this car is actually available.

8 Chevy SSR

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The Chevy SSR is one of the most bizarre releases in the history of the automobile world. These cars were technically supposed to be pickups, but they lacked any real towing capabilities. Due to this fact, they were a complete failure.

This series would go on to not last very long, as buyers simply were not intrigued by these terribly designed cars. At the end of the day, it makes a lot of sense as to why so many people have not even heard of it today, especially newer drivers.

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7  Lexus LFA

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The Lexus LFA is another series of vehicles that simply never seemed to gain any traction in the automobile world. This is largely because of the fact that these cars were only released for two years before the manufacturer decided to stop them.

It is a bit disappointing to see this because these cars were actually extremely good looking at the end of the day. There is no question that the manufacturer could have at least tried to release them for one more year to see if they could become popular.

6  Cadillac ATS

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The Cadillac ATS series is another forgotten one that came from this car manufacturer. However, even with this being the case, it is pretty apparent that these cars are actually extremely nice looking. They just fail to bring in much profit at all.

It is hard to actually determine as to why buyers have not been attracted to this vehicle. Perhaps the biggest and most likely reason for this is that this vehicle receives virtually no airtime from them and is often overshadowed by their other models.

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5 Honda N Box

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The Honda N Box is one of the most unique cars on this. As it names implies, this vehicle is built in the shape of a cube. The car manufacturer definitely deserves credit for their originality, as there is no car like it in the slightest.

Another significant reason as to why many people have not heard of this car is the fact that they are only released in Japan. Perhaps they will eventually become worldwide and many drivers will end up having the opportunity to see them in person.

4 Ford Flex

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There is no question that the Ford Flex is the least talked about series that is currently in production by the car manufacturer. A huge reason behind this is the fact that Ford simply does not seem to publicize this vehicle much at all in advertisements.

At the end of the day, there are many drivers who likely have no idea that this car even exists. Although they have a bit of strange design to them, they actually have been able to be pretty solid family vehicles because of their reliability and passenger room.

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3 Volkswagen Corrado

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The Volkswagen Corrado is another car that is from a popular car manufacturer but is often completely forgotten about. A huge reason behind this fact is that these cars simply failed to make any impact on the automobile world during their run.

Now, that is not to say that the Corrado series was bad. It just simply could not handle the rest of the competition that was around it. At the end of the day, these cars actually were pretty dependable and also had a very nice overall look to them as well.

2 Buick GL8

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The Buick GL8 has constantly been able to release very reliable family cars. However, it is truly offputting as to how so little people have actually heard of these cars. They genuinely are spectacular vehicles that go completely ignored.

It is understandable that cars are often overlooked by more popular vehicles. However, at the end of the day, these minivans are built extremely well when it comes to their overall structures and they sadly are never even talked about.

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1 Renault Twizy

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The Renault Twizy is one of the strangest vehicles in the history of the automobile world and it has yet to get much attention. These vehicles are electric cars and very environmentally friendly. However, their unique design deserves more recognition.

These cars are only available in a handful of countries, so it makes sense as to why many have not heard of them yet. However, perhaps in time, these cars could actually become quite popular. Stranger things have happened in the automobile world.

Sources: odometer.com, jalopnik.com, carophile.com

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