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Timing is of the essence

Timing is everything. Ever heard that expression? One of those sayings that were likely pounded into your head as a child, but also flies in the face of “there is no such thing as luck.” While luck is a bit overrated, timing is a hard thing to control, so if it is everything, nailing good timing must have a healthy dose of luck mixed in, right? You’re likely confused, so we won’t continue down this rabbit hole. Rather, let’s simply agree that good timing helps a lot in life. And the auto world is no different.

Cars are big purchase items. People take this seriously, nearly as serious as the purchase of a home in fact. As such, when someone is close to pulling the trigger on a new car buy, everything needs to be perfect, or as close as possible, to push that purchase into the green zone. Every decade however a handful of models come around that miss their window of good timing and end up flopping. Some of these that we’ll talk about here are great rides, but instead of coming out say in 2020, they came out in 2013 and the public just wasn’t ready for them.     

Honda Accord Crosstour

Who doesn’t love the great Accord? We all do, one of the most reliable cars on the planet, hands down. But Honda wasn’t satisfied with its dominance in the sedan category. No, they wanted more for the Accord, and the Crosstour was born. Released in 2010, Honda branded this bad boy a wagon, but it was somewhere between a crossover and a wagon. It made little sense at the time but looking back on it, the design of the Crosstour is eerily like the hot-selling BMW and Mercedes crossovers that are moving like gangbusters today.

Tesla Roadster (1st Generation)

The Roadster was always a hit with die-hard Tesla fans. But the original Roadster, the 1st generation model, hit showrooms in 2008 and ran until 2012, but poor battery technology doomed this early Tesla to the roadster graveyard. Thanks to the Model S however Tesla’s rebound was sharp, and it might now be time to bring the Roadster back in some form or fashion. The problem is however it would directly compete with the Model S, and that might not be the smartest move at this point for the American electric powerhouse.

Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon

 A heck of a car, like the Accord Crosstour, and one look at this CTS and you could see how it would easily compete with a BMW or Mercedes. Yet, in 2010 the Sport Wagon was odd, misaligned and way ahead of its time from a design standpoint. Today however, the V-Series brand is more established and round roofs are commonplace (across all brands). Perhaps it might be time from the CT4 and CT5 to get a sport wagon as part of their fleet.

Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Last, the Genesis Coupe. Hyundai as a brand never quite achieved “performance” status. Rather, like Honda or Toyota, reliability was a constant Hyundai calling card and as result the brand has always performed well in terms of volume sales. In 2016 the Korean manufacturer sought to mix it up a bit and released a coupe, promising performance and reliability all under the Hyundai brand. Folks were skeptical, the Coupe didn’t perform all that well, and ironically enough last year the front-wheel-drive Veloster N scored the infamous “Performance Car of the Year” award from Road and Track. What a difference a handful of years make.

Timing truly is everything with these four rides, so don’t expect every new model to hit gold in 2020. We’ll review the next decade come 2030, stay with us! 

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