While driving through America recently, James May and I happened upon a car of such unparalleled awfulness that we slowed down to get a closer look. It was called a Nissan Versa, and I simply can’t imagine what the design team was thinking of when they were styling it. The Austin A35, probably.
Both of us agreed it was the worst car we had ever seen and that, in all of our lives, we’d never encounter a machine that we’d like the look of less. But then, round the very next corner, we stumbled upon a Chevrolet something or other which was even more terrible. Part Chrysler PT Cruiser and part Morris Traveller, it was a disjointed mishmash of nothing that anyone likes.
And then later, while hanging around in a San Diego car park, we noticed another car. We had no idea what it was. It had four wheels, four doors and was made from metal. There were windows and doors, and neither of us could come up with a single reason why someone should have bought such a thing.
It wasn’t as stupid as the Nissan and Chevy we’d seen earlier. In fact, it wasn’t stupid at all. Nor was it ugly. It was nothing. It was just a car-shaped hole in the view. Later, we learned it was a Hyundai. We even found out which model. But we can’t remember now.
Words: Jeremy Clarkson
Photos: Rowan Horncastle
This article originally appeared in the December 2012 edition of Top Gear magazine