The 13 worst cars of the last 20 years
Prepare the sickbags: it's our countdown of the most awful cars of the modern era
Posted: 31 Oct 2013
2: 2008 Maybach 57/62
Pre-2008, we heard a lot about ‘high-net-worth individuals'. If you had £10m or more in disposable readies, you were in. BMW went after HNWIs with its epic Rolls-Royce reboot, the Phantom. Volkswagen did a fine job with Bentley. Mercedes-Benz decided to reactivate a brand that nobody under the age of 90 outside Stuttgart remembered, slathering an ersatz reject Hyundai luxury body over an ageing S-Class platform and hoping that various oligarchs, rap stars and Paris Hilton wouldn't notice that it was actually an elaborate con. They didn't. But we did. The 57S version finally gave the hapless guy up front something to do other than stirring up revolutionary resentment towards his boss, but by the time the Landaulet appeared, the game was up, and Mercedes iced the brand in favour of six different versions of the new S-Class. Smart move. Rolls-Royce, meanwhile, is on course for a record year in 2013.