Friday, September 11, 2015

Friday Car Pr0n #96

Looking over the list of car models introduced in 1996, one stuck out above all the rest:


1996 Cadillac Catera. Yes. They did it again. Not content to sully the Cadillac name with one of the "Fifty Worst Cars of All Time," General Motors pulled that sad pony out of its bag of tricks less than 10 years later and did it all over again. At least this time they didn't slap Cadillac badges on a Chevy Cavalier, they at least had the common decency to pull a small sedan from the Opel family to rebadge and charge more money for.

Honestly, what was most surprising about the Catera is that it was the Cimarron, Take II. The Cimarron, a re-badged Chevrolet Cavalier (which was a rancid POS in its own right), has (rightfully) been called "Cadillac's biggest shame" - they took a crappy little sedan, tossed $25 worth of Cadillac badges on it, and doubled the price. There wasn't a better engine available over the Cavalier - at least for the first three years of the Cimarron's existence - and the interior was barely an upgrade.

Without question, it was the worst idea General Motors saddled with a Cadillac crest, and less than 10 years after the Cimarron was smothered in its sleep, GM brought back the idea yet again. Anyone wonder why they needed a bailout in the 2000s? Hey, we had this idea in the '80s, it was utter crap and really damaged our reputation. Let's do it again!

I'm waiting for the 2020 Cadillac Sonic...

That is all.

4 comments:

libertyman said...

Not sure why the taxpayers were forced to bail out GM. And if anyone tells you they paid the US back, I would not believe another word that person said.

Ted said...

By keeping GM alive they accomplished a number of objectives. 1. They kept a large number of union voters...... I mean union Workers employed. 2. They "punished" a large number "Rich bond holders". ( never mind that many of those bonds were held by union pension funds. 3. They then gave control of the " new goverment motors to the union leadership.

The only possible good thing to come from this is that by the time the unions run it back into the ground , the adults may be back in charge of the goverment. ( unless we manage to elect a RINO again )

Old NFO said...

That was a sad day... No question...

fatfred said...

Laughed out loud at this one. MY friend the GM master mechanic refered to this car at a catshit. Infamous for leaking cooling systems and transmissions.