The silly plastic wheel covers are still hanging on
Hubcaps used to be on everything-Cadillacs, Fords, Chevrolets, VWs, Toyotas. It didn't seem to matter what vehicle you bought, it came with steel wheels and some fancy looking hubcaps to cover them up. Why they're still around, we don't quite get. Over time, the hubcaps grew in size to hide otherwise ugly steel wheels. While hubcaps started out as metal attachments, once plastic became a more common part of automobiles, automakers made cheap, plastic hubcaps.