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.