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25 Luxury Cars That Were Built For The Junkyard

Cameron EittreimOctober 22, 2021

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3: Cadillac Catera

In the latter part of the 1990s decade, Cadillac was in a steep decline. Competition from other luxury car automakers had made the brand prehistoric to consumers. The top brass at Cadillac believed a compact luxury car would be the way to entice consumers. Thus, the Catera was born out of a necessity for a small car offering (via Motor Trend).

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The problem with the Catera was that it was simply a rebadged European model. The reliability was scarce at best, and the styling was lackluster. Competing against the likes of BMW and Lexus, the Catera, but couldn’t cut the mustard. The car was universally panned by the automotive press for its lackluster styling and lack of performance.

Cadillac Cimarron
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2: Cadillac Cimarron

The Cimarron is one of the worst Cadillac models ever made. For some reason, the car was based on the Chevy Cavalier compact car. The car didn’t enthuse consumers, which was obviously a bargain basement offering. Cadillac could have done better, but the Cimarron didn’t offer much luxury (via The Drive).

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The Cimarron would go on with various revisions for almost a decade, but the car never managed to become a success for Cadillac. GM believed consumers would overlook the fact that the car was a rebadged Cavalier, but that never happened. The evidence that it was nothing more than a Cavalier was enough to ruin the reputation of the car.

Cadillac XLR
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1: Cadillac XLR

The Cadillac XLR was an attempt at Cadillac to sell a high-performance sports car. Based on the Corvette, the XLR was everything you’d want out of a high-performance coupe. The XLR had the same 4.4 L 443 HP V8 engine, which was more than adequate enough. But the styling was a drawback for most car shoppers, as it appeared to be more of a stretched-out CTS (via Road and Track).

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Sales for the XLR were low, and there was a lack of advertising for the model. There were also many issues with the electronics in the vehicle. Cadillac has a history of failing with sport coupes, and the XLR was the latest failure. There were much better sport coupes on the market than the XLR at the time of its release.

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