Comments - Rebadged Disasters: Cadillac Cimarron

Published: Nov 11, 2012
Description: Let me just start out by saying that the Jaguar X-Type and Lincoln Blackwood were already covered in another series, and that's why they aren't in this one. But as luck would have it, we did...
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Adam Thomson Dec 15, 2012
Awful
Colby Church Nov 12, 2012
I'm with Connor. Articles of this type are interesting because we are informed about the history of an automobile and manufacturer in a unique fashion that we otherwise would never have known.
Lou Guerrero Nov 11, 2012
Bean counters running things
Connor Garrett Koerbitz Nov 11, 2012
Love these types of series! Hah
Adam Thomson Nov 16, 2012
Looks like a normal Cadillac
Walter Alexander Thomas Nov 15, 2012
Cavalier body rebadged as a caddy
Dale Schroeder Nov 12, 2012
This car damaged Cadillac's reputation so badly that GM actually considered killing the brand completely at one point. Just think about that.
Colby Church Nov 12, 2012
@Tim I'm right there with you man. This is atrocious. I'm embarrassed that it's even wearing Cadillac's emblem.
Tim Preisinger Nov 11, 2012
I LOVE Cadillacs... But even I can't defend this one lol
Lou Guerrero Nov 11, 2012
It has BMW-style hoffmiester kink.
Tyler Tarbox Nov 11, 2012
Ever
Tyler Tarbox Nov 11, 2012
Most dull car err
Terrance Parker Nov 11, 2012
Look at the gaps in the panels. Wow!
Adam Thomson Dec 15, 2012
Disgusting
Description: The Cimarron was not the first rebadged car to fail, but it has become a symbol of why rebadging doesn't work partly because it failed so spectacularly and partly because there is evidence that e...
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Adam Thomson Dec 15, 2012
Terrible
Colby Church Nov 12, 2012
Haha, the all new "Cadillac Caramel" xD
Description: Interestingly, Cadillac preferred not to call it the Cadillac Cimarron, but rather "Cimarron by Cadillac", suggesting that it knew the car to be an embarrassment right from the beginning, an...
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Adam Thomson Dec 15, 2012
Bonkers
Adam Thomson Dec 15, 2012
Dreadful
Dale Schroeder Nov 12, 2012
I always see a couple in auto trader magazines, usually with a very, um, optimistic asking price.
Colby Church Nov 12, 2012
Lol, sometimes mistakes are rare examples in the future.
Lou Guerrero Nov 11, 2012
Someone brought this to a concourse show?!
Description: Mercedes-Benz in particular made Cadillac especially nervous, and it was decided that a smaller and less barge-like model would keep them from losing sales to the Huns. GM had been working on a new pl...
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Description: The differences between the Cimarron and the econobox Chevrolet Cavalier were few, and were all cosmetic. There have been successful badge-engineered luxury cars before, but these have always been car...
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Dale Schroeder Nov 12, 2012
The difference is the Cygnet only exists to meet with the EU's fleet mileage requirements. The Cimarron was a cynical attempt to make an entry luxury car on the cheap and turn a profit to make up for past mistakes.
Colby Church Nov 12, 2012
Haha, the Cygnet. Atl east it still has Aston cues in it. This has no Cadillac cues.
Colby Church Nov 12, 2012
That is an absolutely awful looking interior. ESPECIALLY for a Cadillac. Who in the world sat down in this in the dealership and went "I like it, this is pretty nice, I'll take it"? I'll bet the salesman was like "Seriously? Ok cool then."
Colby Church Nov 12, 2012
I normally dislike Erich's commentary, but I'll defend him here. His V8 comment was directed at Lee calling it a "small block" which refers to a V8, which this car is not. He was asking why Lee would even think an engine like this could be a V8.
Lee Gardner Nov 11, 2012
Never mind read the rest of the article
Lee Gardner Nov 11, 2012
Small block?
Description: But the Cygnet is different, it's so obviously done to meet fleet fuel economy regulations that nobody is really taking it seriously. This includes Aston Martin, who haven't set unrealistic ...
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Colby Church Nov 12, 2012
I have no clue Anton, I was thinking the same thing. Must have just been such a sad era for cars that people were used to the ugliness and just wanted a cheap new car. Who knows?
Anton Zhukov Nov 11, 2012
I'm surprised it sold that many. That's more than all Suzuki sales last year.
Description: The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and its 88 horsepower certainly didn't help convince anyone that this was a real Cadillac, and even the later addition of a V6 was too little too late. But a bi...
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Mike Renaut Jan 16, 2013
My guess is there's a percentage of Caddy buyers who put down money on neat anything with a Cadillac badge. People who want something easy to park and don't care what their bhp figure is.
Mike Renaut Jan 16, 2013
Cadillac tried an experiment to see there was a market, there wasn't and the experiment failed. But at least they tried.
Dale Schroeder Nov 12, 2012
And that's a 1980's four banger, which meant it was excessively noisy and would start burning oil after a few thousand miles.
Chris Penza Nov 11, 2012
I could drop my lawn mower's engine in a car and get more power than that
Austin Bride Nov 11, 2012
That power output is abysmal
Description: It carried with it a huge sticker shock, never a good quality in a shockingly terrible car. So Cadillac's first car to come with a manual transmission since 1953 and its first four-cylinder engin...
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Aj White Nov 13, 2012
@Colby Was that really necessary? I think he was just referring to Cadillac having a small sport sedan; not the badge swapping aspect.
Dale Schroeder Nov 12, 2012
At least with the Catera they had the sense to rebadge a car from another country that was of decent quality. It's not what I would call luxury but I still see plenty of them in good condition these days.
Colby Church Nov 12, 2012
Cody are you stupid? The ATS was built from the ground up as a Cadillac and shares no badge with anything. It also beats every competition in its price range, is cheaper, and looks great. Completely different. Ignorance must be contagious...
Cody Fullerton Nov 12, 2012
Hopefully it's third time lucky with the ATS
Luke DeMartini Jun 12, 2013
I call it the cinnamon