- Black Sheep Hit: "Drive" was their highest-charting single by far (#3 in 1984) but was one of only a handful of slow ballads the band recorded, plus their only major hit sung by Benjamin Orr rather than Ric Ocasek.
- Breakup Breakout: Both Ocasek and Orr went places with their solo careers, but each only had one Top 40 hit in the U.S. Ocasek's ballad "Emotion in Motion" hit #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart in 1986, while Orr's "Stay the Night" hit #6 on the same chart in the same year.
- Colbert Bump: Ric Ocasek's appearances on the Trope Namer earned the band a lot of younger fans.
- Creator Backlash: The band members expressed dissatisfaction with the cover of their first album. They preferred Dave Robinson's design, the black-and-white collage that was used for the inside cover after their record label intervened.
- Creator Killer: Door to Door was such a critical and commercial failure that the band broke up one year after its release.
- Executive Meddling: Elektra Records replaced David Robinson's original album design for their debut with a picture of model Natalya Medvedeva. Robinson's design was used for the inside cover.
- Name's the Same: Lampshaded by the Cars film series, where the second film features a version of "You Might Think".
- Romance on the Set: Ric Ocasek met his future wife, supermodel Paulina Porizkova, after she featured prominently in the music video for "Drive." The couple were married over 25 years and had two sons, Jonathan and Oliver. They separated in 2017 but were apparently on good enough terms for Porizkova to help care for Ocasek at his home while he recovered from surgery the weekend of his death.
- Shrug of God: With regards to the interpretations of his rather oblique lyrics, Ric Ocasek has gone on record as saying he doesn't care what fans make of them.I'm not going to destroy your dream...the lyrics mean whatever you want them to mean. And I'll agree with you.
- Similarly Named Works: Contrary to what newbie taggers on peer-to-peer sites may think, this band has nothing to do with the song "Cars" by Gary Numan. Nor, obviously, with Cars.note Kars' name did come from them, though.
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