The Northstar, in either its 275 or 300 horsepower variation, now powered all front-wheel drive Cadillacs.
- The Arlington, Texas-produced Fleetwood (and optional Fleetwood Brougham package), the lone front-engine, rear-drive Cadillac, was in its final year of production.
- Introduced in early 1996 as a 1997 model was the all-new rear-drive Catera.
This midsize luxury sedan was a joint venture between Cadillac and Opel, assembled in Germany, and powered by a 3.0-liter dual overhead cam V-6.
- All US 1996 Cadillacs received daytime running lamps (standard on Canadian Cadillacs since 1990) and a new remote keyless entry fob in dark gray with light gray buttons and white icons.
- The fob functions were: lock, unlock, trunk open and fuel door open.
The fobs were identified on the back with a "one" or "two" indication, allowing two separate drivers to personalize seat position that adjusted to the driver when the key was placed in the ignition.
- Additionally, all front-drive Cadillacs featured an ignition key anti-lockout feature that protected the driver from accidental lockout by disabling the driver's power door lock if the key was left in the ignition.
- Also, all front-drive Cadillacs received the new communication-based electronics architecture called Class 2, a new designation for an electrical communication protocol on 1996 vehicles that also provided common emissions diagnostic capability in connection with federally mandated On-Board Diagnostic II requirements.
|The 1996 Cadillac had a 17-symbol vehicle identification number
(VIN) stamped on a metal tag attached to the upper left surface of the cowl visible
through the windshield. The code was as follows:
||1 or 4
||manufacturing country (United States)
|4 & 5
||car line series
- D/W = Fleetwood
- E/L = Eldorado
- E/T = Eldorado Touring
- K/D = DeVille
- K/F = Concours
- K/S = Seville (SLS)
- K/Y = Seville (STS)
||the body style:
- 1 = two-door coupe
- 2 = two-door
- 3 = two-door convertible
- 4 = two-door station wagon
- 5 = four-door sedan
- 6 = four-door
- 8 = four-door station wagon
||the restraint code
- 1 = active (manual) belts
- 2 = active (manual) belts w/dual airbags
- 3 = active (manual) belts w/driver's side airbag
- 4 = passive (automatic) belts
- 5 = passive (automatic) belts w/driver's side airbag
- 6 = passive (automatic) belts w/dual airbags
- 7 = active (manual) belt driver and passive (automatic) belt passenger w/dual airbags
- P = LTl 5.7L V-8
- Y = LD8 4.6L V-8
- 9 = L37 4.6L V-8
- R = L81 3.0L V-6
||T = 1996
||the assembly plant
||the production sequence number
1996 Cadillac Notes
- Cadillac's model year production totaled 174,406 compared with 200,577 the year previous.
- Based on sales at 170,379 automobiles in 1996 (vs. 180,504 the year before),Cadillac's share of the U.S. market was 2.0 percent compared with 2.1 the year previous.
- The 1996 sales figure listed included 1,676 early launch 1997 Catera sedans sold in the 1996 model year.
- John F. Smith replaced John O. Grettenberger as general manager of Cadillac.
- In September 1996, faulty computer chips forced the recall of 587,000 Cadillacs.
1996 Automotive Notes
- John F. Smith, Jr. was president of GM
- John F. Smith, Jr. was also chairman of the board at GM
- Top model year production for 1996