It is nigh on impossible to imagine that Cadillac’s inept and unrefined Cimarron, the poster child for the sin of badge-engineering, was conceived to rival such vaunted cars as the BMW E30 3 Series and the Audi 4000. But it was, and between 1982 and 1988, it didn’t. Even GM had misgivings; salesmen were initially told not to refer to the flaccid four-door as a Cadillac – it was, said promotional materials, a “Cimarron, by Cadillac”. Its foundation was General Motors’ underachieving J-platform, which thanks to this cursed Caddy, became the only platform to underpin cars from every General Motors division, which at the time included Buick, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Holden, Opel and Vauxhall (not to mention Isuzu in Japan). Three jeers! (Photo: General Motors)
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