Oldsmobile Silhouette
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Oldsmobile
Model: Silhouette
Oldsmobile Silhouette

The Silhouette is famous, thanks only to a movie though. The first generation Silhouette was prominently featured in the 1995 film, Get Shorty, where it was over and over referred to as "The Cadillac of minivans". Of course, this was not bad at all for Oldsmobile. This publicity was needed as Chrysler was also releasing the Town & Country minivan, which all know became a huge hit. The Oldsmobile Silhouette itself, and its siblings, the Pontiac Trans Sport and the Chevrolet Lumina APV, were a clan of minivans that were released in late 1989 as 1990 models. When the Oldsmobile division fell in 2004, the newly created Buick Terraza replaced the Silhouette the following year, in 2005. General Motors made their first attempt at producing a minivan to compete with the Dodge Caravan and the Plymouth Voyager. This failed as the rear wheel drive, truck-based Chevrolet Astro and its twin, the GMC Safari were a bomb in the market. They did not even make a dent in Chrysler's near monopoly of the minivan market in the 1980s. Thus, the company was prompted to make a second attempt. The Oldsmobile Silhouette was indeed more successful than the Astro or the Safari in terms of sales, but it had major flaws, which were wrapped up in its unusual styling. The styling was so unique that, it in the end, limited its appeal and sales. In terms of its practicality, the Silhouette was offered with seating for seven, with the five lightweight rear seats being individually removable. A very cool addition was made in 1994 in which built-in child seats were added to the options list. This provided the ability to switch two of the rear seats between adult and child seating with the pull of a seat-mounted tab. Although this may be more common now, this was a new and innovative addition at the time. Perhaps it was the only reason that any models sold at all.

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