5 Car Brands That Changed Their Image For The Better (And 5 Who Changed It For The Worse)

Dan Smith

When asked about your favorite car manufacturer, who comes to mind first? Cadillac, which used to make some of America's finest luxury cars? Bugatti, who owns a world-class land yacht that travels at the speed of light? , Honda, creator of the K20, one of the greatest 4-cylinder engines of all time? Whatever your opinion on this matter, I can almost guarantee that your answer will not always be the same. increase. Behind any automotive brand is a whole team of engineers, designers and craftsmen who meticulously follow the instructions of their personnel. So there are bound to be ups and downs throughout the life of an automaker. In that regard, I would like to point out some car brands that have turned their names around and some that have dragged themselves through the mud. Please be prepared.

9/9 Kia (For the Better)

At the time, Kia was nothing more than a bland old automaker whose sole purpose was to build run-of-the-mill cars and sell them to the masses. They were somewhat reliable, but slow and cheaply built.

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Recently, Kia has turned the whole image upside down. It all started with his 2018 Kia his Stinger competing with German giants such as the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Since then, it has consistently won, not only with SUVs such as the Seltos and Sportage, but also with EVs such as the EV6.

8/9 Tesla (worst)

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When Tesla debuted its first vehicle with its Lotus Elise-based electric sports car, the Roadster, all eyes were on Tesla. That wave of attention didn't stop for quite some time, as the blazingly fast Model S quickly caught up.

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But as we enter 2022, Tesla has started to plateau somewhat. They keep delaying all their cars, they're struggling to keep up with the competition, and even Tesla's stock is crashing.RELATED: 1,400-HP Corvette Z06 C7 and Tesla Model S Plaid Head to Head in Epic Drag Race

7/9 Hyundai (For the Better)

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Like Kia, Hyundai is also a South Korean automaker that has completely changed its image. What was once a bland brand that had safety in every car is now shaking the earth under its feet.

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The wave started with the underrated i30 N hot hatch and shows no sign of stopping anytime soon. Take their N Vision 74 for example, this concept car is set to definitely change the automotive game as we know it today.

6/9 BMW (worst)

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BMW is still regarded as one of the best driver-focused automakers, but their car design philosophy is certainly not what it used to be. Not long ago, BMW gave us some of the most timeless looking vehicles ever, like his E46 3-series, but these days, they're just tinkering.

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I'm sure someone planted the idea that 'bigger is always better' somewhere in the head of the Bayern team. They then took this advice and applied it to every aspect of their product... apart from the engine of course.RELATED: Four-motor BMW M EV is set to be the fastest electric car ever

5/9 Toyota (For the Better)

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Toyota doesn't have a bad reputation. On the contrary, they will always be one of the most beloved automakers in history, but the hobbyist fun cars had a hole in them in the late 2000s and his early 2010s.

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So they gave us a Toyota 86. Shortly thereafter the revived Toyota Supra, then the GR Yaris, and now he can also get a GR86 and a GR Corolla. Thank you very much, Toyota.

4/9 Mercedes-Benz (to the bad)

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Mercedes-Benz and BMW have always been evenly matched. Whatever one brand does, the other will try to one-up in retaliation. That said, the feud has since boiled over and is now fading in its own way.

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Mercedes-Benz has also shifted its focus to electric vehicles.It's a miserable time to be alive.

3/9 Porsche (For the Better)

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From day one, Porsche has surprised fans all over the world. Even when they introduced the SUV Cayenne into their lineup, despite initial controversy, Porsche purists finally understand what Porsche did to keep his head above water Now

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There are two things that Porsche always does perfectly. Simplicity and continuity. So Porsche always innovates, but he never revolutionizes. Take the Porsche 911 for example. It has always remained true to its pride, with few major changes over the years and to this day there are only a handful of German sports cars that exceed the 911.

2/9 Mitsubishi (worst)

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You knew Mitsubishi was on this list, and you know exactly why... Lancer. won their love in Specifically Lancer Evolution. The Lancer Evo was a lightweight all-wheel drive sports sedan with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and manual gearbox. Essentially, it was the perfect rally car for the public road.

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Since the 10th generation Lancer Evo (Evo X), Mitsubishi wiped out the Lancer in 2016 and has not mentioned a successor since. Only compact SUVs are making the most of Mitsubishi right now. Interestingly, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is actually named after his 2000s Eclipse sports car, but literally bears no resemblance.

1/9 Volvo (For the Better)

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Volvo was never a cool car maker, but it was definitely in the minority. They used to make only boring four-door sedans and wagons (except the P1800, of course), but now they've revived what the Swedish badge stands for.

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In the modern world, Volvo thrives as the safest and most efficient automaker ever, and it's never boring in the slightest. Designed. However, we mean this in the best possible way. For example, look at the Volvo V60 T8 Polestar Engineered. This sexy Swedish station wagon can go from 0 to 100mph in just 4.4 seconds. Source: motorbiscuit.com, caranddriver.com