Thursday, September 24, 2009

Cutlass Ciera history

Here is a summary from the greatest source of modern knowledge (wikipedia) about the Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera.

The Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera was a mid-size car produced from 1982 through 1996 by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors. Production began September 28, 1981 at Doraville Assembly in Georgia. It shared the front-wheel drive A platform with the very similar Buick Century, Pontiac 6000 and Chevrolet Celebrity. The Cutlass Ciera was a modern redesign of Oldsmobile's famous Cutlass line. Sales were strong and the car enjoyed many factory specialty models including Holiday coupe, GT, and International models, the latter of which had a stock body kit. For 1996, the Cutlass name was dropped and the car was simply called the Ciera. This generation was exported to certain countries in Asia. Throughout much of the 90s, it was ranked as the most stolen vehicle.

During its run, the Cutlass Ciera was Oldsmobile's best-selling model. It consistently ranked among the highest rated vehicles by J.D. Power and Associates; it was ranked the "Best in Price Class" on July 30, 1992 and the "Top-Ranked American-Made Car" on May 28, 1992. It was also named "Safe Car of the Year" by Prevention Magazine on March 6, 1992.

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