Having previously failed to compete with Chrysler's near monopoly of the minivan market in the 1980s, General Motors took another stab at the sector with their Oldsmobile Silhouette and its siblings - the Pontiac Trans Sport (and later, the Pontiac Montana) and Chevrolet Lumina APV (and later, the Chevrolet Venture). These three minivans launched in late 1989 as 1990 models.
In 1995 film Get Shorty, the first generation Oldsmobile Silhouette was widely referred to as "The Cadillac of minivans". This lead to GM launching their first-ever FWD minivans in 1990, along with Chrysler releasing their Town & Country - the first luxury minivans.
The second generation Oldsmobile Silhouette (1997-2004) was entirely new. It was manufactured in Doraville, Georgia, with the first one rolling off the assembly line on August 6, 1996. It had steel unibody construction and conventional styling, and was designed to suit both North American and European markets. It also had more suitable dimensions for navigating European streets.
At the demise of the Oldsmobile division in 2004, it was replaced by the newly designed Buick Terraza the following year, in 2005.
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