NOT JUST UGLY, AHEAD OF ITS TIME
Ask Mark Reuss about the Pontiac Aztek and the reaction is a combination of a laugh and a groan. He accepts that it is ugly, and best known as a sales failure in the car world, although it has surged back to popularity as Walter White’s car in the
Breakingbad series. Reuss was the project leader on the Aztek and says it was simply a car ahead of its time. “Look what Subaru has done, that is what we were doing with the Aztek. It was a small, practical, SUV,” he says.
“The Aztek was a tough assignment, to make a crossover off a minivan platform, to make it competitive, to create it quickly for a company that was desperate for change.
“Those were the circumstances under which it was done. Live and learn. And I had nothing to do with the styling.”