When General Motors showed the Aztek as a concept vehicle, there were nods of approval from the discerning crowd at the 1999 Detroit auto show. But they turned to frowns of dismay when the production version bowed in mid 2000 with its radical styling. Most criticism centered on the heavy use of cladding and an unconventional back end sporting a hatch some felt verged on hideous. The result: the Aztek became the butt of automotive jokes, a modern 5-letter replacement for Edsel. While it ...

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