Eighth-worst: 1982 Cadillac Cimarron
The 1982 Cadillac Cimarron was a symbol of what was wrong with GM in the 1980s, an effort to compete with BMW by redecorating the front-drive, four-cylinder Chevrolet Cavalier and calling it a Cadillac.
Edmunds.com called it "a self-inflicted wound that nearly killed Cadillac."
Huffman said the Cimarron was a "cynical" endeavor, "a Chevrolet literally disguised as a Cadillac," produced at a time when "Cadillac thought it could make anything and people would buy it."
The Cimarron led consumers to conclude that "Cadillac didn't care anymore," Huffman said. Only recently has Cadillac began to restore its luster as a premium brand, as the ATS was the 2013 North American car of the year and the CTS was the 2014 Motor Trend car of the year.