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cadillac cimarron

The reality is the X-Type has done a terrific jobOct 31 2007

by Alistair Houghton, Liverpool Daily Post

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For there amongst the "great-est lemons of the automotive industry" was the Jaguar X-Type, launched in 2001 with so much fanfare but which has by all accounts proved a sales disappointment.

The car is built at Merseyside's Halewood factory, the most efficient Ford plant in the world.

The plant's fortunes have transformed and it is now seen as the very model of a modern and efficient British car factory.

Halewood, which employs some 2,400 staff, also produces

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Cadillac Cimarron
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Cadillac Cimarron

Manufacturer General Motors
Production 1982�1988
Assembly Janesville, Wisconsin
Class Compact
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
Platform FF J-body
Engine(s) 1.8 L OHV I4
2.0 L OHV I4
2.8 L 60° V6
Related Buick Skyhawk
Chevrolet Cavalier
Oldsmobile Firenza
Pontiac J2000
Pontiac 2000
Pontiac Sunbird
The Cadillac Cimarron was a compact car built by Cadillac based on the GM J platform. It was first introduced in 1981 for the 1982 model year, and sold through 1988.

The Cimarron was one of Cadillac's least successful models, its noticeable economy car roots were seen by many automotive writers and critics as doing much to tarnish Cadillac's prestige image. According to Car and Driver, current Cadillac product director John Howell has a picture of the Cimarron on his wall captioned, "Lest we forget."[1]

[edit] History
Cadillac's first foray into smaller cars, the 1975 Cadillac Seville, intended to answer the sales threat from Mercedes-Benz luxury cars, was a relative success, but the political and economic climate of the 1980s suggested a need for something smaller. A crucial factor was the advent of CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) requirements from the U.S. federal government, which severely penalized automakers if their fleet average fuel economy dropped below the minimum. Another was the success of imported compacts from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. Although Cadillac had intended to introduce the Cimarron later in the 1980s, it was rushed into production early. The result was the smallest and, in many opinions, least-distinguished Cadillac model produced to date.

GM had just introduced the J platform, an economy car platform shared across all passenger-car divisions. Each rode the same 101.2 in (2,570 mm) wheelbase and had the same basic MacPherson strut front suspension and torsion beam rear suspension, and all shared the same engines. The cars were mostly identical, however differed largely in styling details, features, and price. The basic body/frame structure used a unibody with a front subframe that carried the lower front suspension, engine, and transmission. This was refined for the Cimarron with the addition of hydraulic dampers between the subframe and the body in the interest of improving the ride and handling of the vehicle.

Pete Estes, GM's president at the time, warned Ed Kennard, Cadillac's general manager that "Ed, you don't have time to turn the J-car into a Cadillac." [2]

The Cimarron, introduced on May 21, 1981, was initially advertised as "Cimarron, by Cadillac."

The new compact Cadillac had the unconventionalI4 engine (the first 4-cylinder Cadillac since 1914) and a four-speed manual transmission (Cadillac's first manual since 1953), with a three-speed Turbo-Hydramatic optional. Power steering and air conditioning were standard. The high level of standard equipment pushed base price to US$12,181, nearly double that of its J-body siblings.

While some motoring press critics had high praise for the car, it was coolly received by Cadillac buyers, and first-year sales were only 25,968, about a third what Cadillac anticipated. The Cimarron's compact dimensions did not appeal to traditional Cadillac buyers, and its humble origins did little to appeal to the buyers of high-priced imports. Consumers also thought it was absurd to pay twice as much for what essentially was a well-equipped Chevrolet Cavalier with Cadillac emblems, and thought General Motors should have developed a compact model specifically for Cadillac. Even though interior fabrics and craftsmanship were top notch, the Cimarron was further criticized for its standard four-cylinder engine (though a V6 engine arrived in 1985 and became standard in 1987). Critics derisively referred to it as the "Cadvalier".

Even though the Cimarron had grown comparatively more refined by the end of its production run with more Cadillac-like styling to further distinguish it from other J-cars, buyers stayed away, and the car was discontinued after 1988 with a production run that year of only 6,454 units. The Cimarron's failure was part of a series of events that drove the division close to bankruptcy in the 1980s, and Cadillac had little more luck with its next effort at a rebadged smaller car, the Catera.


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