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While automakers spend millions upon millions of dollars in research & development to make an appearance on a list like the just completed The Good 12, they also spend their millions upon millions to assure their absence on the upcoming list, The Bad 8. It behoves the automotive press, mainstream or otherwise, to inform you of your best and most exciting purchase options. Unfortunately, although unpleasant and anger-inducing, just as needful as a recommended list is an avoid-at-all-costs list.

Less unfortunate is the fact that few cars are ‘bad’ in the sense they were just ten or fifteen years ago. You’re less likely than ever to be stranded on the side of the highway with your new car, but you’ll probably be comfortable waiting inside your automobile if indeed you do come to an unexpected stop. The car – yes, just about any new car in North America – will keep you safe in an accident and do plenty to avoid the accident in the first place. There’s a good chance that same car is more fuel efficient than its equivalent ancestors, better for the environment, and more powerful.

Yet there’s room amongst the hundreds of models available in the USA and Canada to create The Bad 8. This is, after all, GoodCarBadCar. With a name like that comes a reputation to maintain. The Bad 8 is fully of the unnecessary, dull, boring, ugly, and pitiful. Automakers sometimes forget to discuss the development of a vehicle with the design department. Sometimes, you’d be correct in assuming that future trends were thrown on the back burner and automakers gave birth four years late.

One way or another, over the next eight days you’ll see the eight cars you shouldn’t bother with in 2008. To learn more about The Good 12, click here. If you want to see more about the Audi TT, BMW 3-series convertible, Chevrolet Corvette, Honda Accord, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent hatchback, Infiniti G, Mini Cooper, Porsche Boxster, smart fortwo, Volkswagen GTI, and Volvo V70, follow this link.