Maybe because as a college student our house owned 1) Ford Pinto 2) Chevy Vega 3) AMC Gremlin.
When my one roommate's Gremlin blew up, he replaced it with an AMC Hornet. The other roommate's Vega cracked a block and we pushed to a place where we knew it would be towed so he could abandon it. I had to drive my Pinto back from Cincinnati to Lancaster in second gear because that was the only one I had.
So I have to question any list of the ten cars that ruined Detroit with a skeptical eye when it's missing three of those beauties.
Chevrolet Vega (1970s).Ford Mustang II (1970s).
Chevrolet Nova (1970s).Dodge Omni (1970s–1980s).
Oldsmobile Cutlass and 98 diesels (1980s).
Buick Skylark (1980s, similar to Chevy Citation, Pontiac Phoenix, and Oldsmobile Omega).Dodge Neon (introduced in 1994).
Chevy Lumina (1990s).Pontiac Aztek (2001–2005).
Pontiac Montana (late 1990s/early 2000s, similar to Chevy Venture and Oldsmobile Silhouette).