The Oldsmobile Cutlass is a line of automobiles made by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors. The Cutlass began as a unibody compact car, but saw its greatest success as a body-on-frame intermediate car.
Introduced in 1961 as the top trim level in Olds' compact F-85 line, over the years the Cutlass name accumulated great brand equity, and became one of the most popular nameplates in the industry in the 1970s. The Oldsmobile Cutlass name was revived in 1997 as a slightly upscale version of the mechanically identical fifth generation Chevrolet Malibu. Production of this generation of Cutlass ended July 2, 1999, making it as the last car to bear the Cutlass name.
In 1982, Oldsmobile began using the Cutlass as a sub-marque, with numerous vehicle lines bearing the name simultaneously. These included the Cutlass Calais compact, the midsize Cutlass Ciera, the Cutlass Cruiser station wagon, and the premium midsize Cutlass Supreme.