Inside every auto hack writer is a suffering seer, a peripatetic prognosticator who believes they know trends and can foretell what the transportation future holds. Call it the ego of limited knowledge. We can’t help ourselves, can we? Invariably we bless things that go crash in the night on Main Street or on Wall Street. In that vein, allow us a moment to reflect on the most spectacular of Autoweek fails.
The Citizens Band Radio!: Breaker breaker, good buddy, Autoweek editors said they’d be the next ashtray, in every car in America. We even created an easy-to-use Ultimate CB Radio Guide for hungry readers to tuck into bed stands and curl up with at night. Surprising that it was the first—and last—we crafted? Hey, it’s not like we
ordained something as outré as a Citroën as our car of the year …
Next Great Thing: Every early Infiniti model except the Q. That meant the first M20 and G20, both rebadged econopiles tarted to look like “luxury” Subaru SVXs. Oh, and let’s not forget the Fiat X1/9, Nissan Pulsar NX and Honey Bee, and Mitsubishi Tredias (gently—affectionately?—referred to as Dreadias).