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Cadillac is an American luxury car brand. The brand has been part of the General Motors group since 1909 . Cadillacs are sold worldwide. The main markets are the United States , Canada and China .
Cadillac is the oldest American car brand after Buick , and one of the oldest worldwide. Cadillac takes its name from the founder of the American city of Detroit MI , Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac.
By the time General Motors bought the company in 1909, Cadillac had already established itself as one of America’s leading luxury car manufacturers. The complete interchangeability of its precision parts had made it possible to lay the foundation for modern mass production of cars. A forerunner in technological advancement, it introduced full electric systems, the manual “clashless” gearbox and the steel roof. The brand developed three engines, with the V8 being the standard for the American automotive industry.
Cadillac is known for its innovation, high quality and a lot of luxury. Six and four dealers are active in Belgium and the Netherlands , respectively.
The Detroit Automobile Company was founded in 1899 , which went bankrupt again in 1900 after producing only a few cars. A year later, the company was restarted with Chief Engineer Henry Ford at the helm. He renamed the company the Henry Ford Company . After three months, the company went bankrupt again and Ford and a number of partners left. The investors visited Henry Leland (1843-1932) in August 1902 to estimate the value of the factory and the machines before they were sold.
Henry Leland together with three partners had founded Leland, Faulconer , and Norton in 1890. That company designed and built special machines and later also produced gasoline engines for Ransom Olds, the founder of Oldsmobile. Leland and his employees improved the engine and increased the power from the original 3.7 hp to 10.25 hp. However, Oldsmobile sales ran smoothly and the new engine was unnecessary.
Leland showed his engine to the investors and suggested that the company be continued. The investors were impressed and agreed. They hoped to become Detroit ‘s first successful automaker and chose the name of its founder, Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac, as the new name. Not much later, the coat of arms of the Cadillac family, surrounded by a laurel wreath, was registered as the emblem. With that, the Cadillac Automobile Company was born.
The first Cadillac was produced in October 1902. In January 1903, this 10 HP was presented at the New York Motor Show . The audience was enthusiastic and within a week 2,286 orders came in. Almost 2500 cars were built in the first year, a huge number for that time. Especially the precision with which the vehicles were built, and thus the reliability, was an important selling point.
Cadillac became the first American automaker to win the Dewar Trophy . The award was created in 1904 by Sir Thomas Dewar , Member of the British Parliament , to stimulate the technical progress of the automobile. Cadillac won because the parts of its cars were made so precisely that they were interchangeable. Cadillac would become the only company to win the award once again; the second time was in 1912 because of the Delco system which included an integrated electric starter, lighting and ignition.
In 1908, William Durant, the founder of General Motors, offered $ 3 million for Cadillac. Leland asked for $ 3.5 million and Durant refused. Cadillac became more and more successful and Durant tried again. Leland’s price had risen to $ 4.125 million, and he eventually sold the company for $ 4.5 million. Durant paid him with the money he earned from successful Buick. Leland remained at the helm until 1917, but then left after a disagreement. Moments later, he formed the Lincoln Motor Company , which was eventually taken over by Ford and became one of Cadillac’s main competitors.
With his expansion strategy, William Durant wanted to build a group that had a car brand in every car class. He wanted to offer customers a first cheap car and as they worked up they could buy in an increasingly higher class and eventually buy a Cadillac.
Cadillac was positioned as GM’s luxury division. The main product were large luxury cars. In addition, limousines were also built and Cadillacs were also converted into an ambulance or hearse by third parties . The cars were intended for the upper class, but were under luxury cars from brands such as Pierce-Arrow or Duesenberg.
In 1911 Cadillac was the first to install an electrical system with integrated starter, ignition and lights in its cars. The electric starter and ignition were invented by Charles Kettering of Dayton Engineering Laboratories, later DelCo. With the electric starter, it was no longer necessary to be outside the car to start it manually. Cadillac was also the first car manufacturer to produce V8 engines on a large scale from 1915 and to use safety glass from 1926. In 1928, the brand introduced the first fully synchronized gearbox.
In 1926, Cadillac established the first service network for customers in the US. In 1927, designer Harley Earl launched LaSalle . This sister brand of Cadillac remained in production until 1940. In 1930 the brand developed a V16 engine. A year later, a V12 was also derived from it. In numbers, the sales of those variants were not high, but they did help determine the good reputation of Cadillac.
In 1932, during the Great Depression, Cadillac suffered historically low sales. In addition, the brand was also accused of discrimination against black customers. Alfred Sloan, director of General Motors, set up a committee to investigate the possible discontinuation of Cadillac. Cadillac’s director, Nicholas Dreystadt, was given 18 months to rectify the situation. By 1934, the brand was once again profitable and remained, as the only American manufacturer, during the Great Depression. By 1940, sales had increased tenfold compared to 1934, so Cadillac continued to exist.
In 1938, the White House ordered two convertibles from Cadillac. They were given the name Queen Mary , after the great ocean steamers of the time. Fleetwood designed the cars to carry 6 to 8 passengers, and they were powered by a 16-cylinder engine. In addition, the cars were equipped with running boards, on which 6 officers could hold on to special handles. The cars were used by Presidents Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower.
World War II
On February 14, 1942, Cadillac ceased regular automobile production to participate in World War II war production . Seven weeks later, the first tanks rolled off the assembly line.
The factories produced light M24 Chaffee tanks powered by two Cadillac V8 engines. The brand received an Army-Navy E award for its quality.
Cadillac also designed and produced aircraft engines for the P-51 Mustang , the P-63 Kingcobra and the P-39 Airacobra . The P-38 Lightning is said to have had a major influence on Cadillac’s style in the post-war years.
After the war
The war ended and on August 24, 1945, the last M-24 tank came off the line. After the war, there was a huge demand for cars and a limited supply. Cadillac hastily switched back to regular cars, the first post-war model of which was built on October 7, 1945. In 1947, Cadillac had 100,000 orders open, while in 1946 only 29,214 customers were delivered.  Around 1950, Cadillac pioneered the style elements that characterized the 1950s. In 1948, the brand introduced its first model with tail fins, which were inspired by the P-38 Lightning ‘s double tail . In the end, the car with the most pronounced tail fins ever became a Cadillac. Another style attribute of Cadillac was the Dagmarbumpers. They simply started as bumper protectors in the form of a grenade holder and later became an important part of Cadillac’s style. The name Dagmar was named after NBC’s first female TV star, her real name was Virginia Ruth Egnor (1921-2001).
In 1960, Harley Earl was succeeded by William (Bill) Mitchell as chief designer. It had a more classic taste and curbed the exuberance. The tail fins disappeared again in 1964. The dagmar bumpers and the excessive use of chrome also disappeared. The vertical tail light blocks, which were created as a result of the tail fins, were still preserved.
The visual excess made way for a different type of excess: large engines. For example, Cadillac introduced a 7.7 L V8 in 1968, which was increased to 8.2 liters in 1970. Following the 1973 oil crisis , small, fuel-efficient cars became popular and engine capacity was reduced. Not only the engines but also the models were reduced. A 5.7 L V8 diesel engine was also offered between 1979 and 1981. That unreliable engine was a disaster for General Motors.
Cadillac tried to expand its target audience to less wealthy buyers, and in 1981 launched the compact Cadillac Cimarron based on GM’s J platform. The car hardly differed from the Chevrolet Cavalier and was not a success. The model was taken out of production in 1988. The L62 V8-6-4 was also launched in 1981 . Depending on the circumstances, this 6.0 l engine could be a V4, a V6 or a V8 by switching off cylinders. However, it turned out to be unreliable and was replaced by a 4.1 L V8 a year later. That also turned out to be an unreliable engine that cost the brand many customers.
In the mid-1980s, imported brands from Japan and Europe became increasingly popular in North America. Honda launched its luxury division Acura and was soon followed by Toyot/toyota/a with the Lexus and Nissans Infiniti. Cadillac then wanted to polish his face again. In 1987 it was tried with the Cadillac Allanté : a car designed by Pininfarina , whose bodywork is in Italywas created. From there they were transferred by air to the USA and equipped with engine and transmission there. The model later acquired an image similar to Mercedes-Benz, but was not a success during the production period. The Allanté has been a starting point for later models such as the Cadillac Seville, which was also exported to Europe.
In the late 1980s, the Brougham was the only large car in Cadillac’s range. When General Motors dropped the large D platform in 1996 , the model was dropped and Cadillac had only front-wheel drive models except the Catera. In 1999 the first SUV was introduced with the Escalade Cadillacs. The Escalade was based on the Chevrolet Tahoe and standard four-wheel drive.
The Cadillac Evoq was introduced at the Detroit Motor Show in 1999. This roadster – concept car was a preview of new Cadillacs style Art and Science was called. The car had sharp lines and corners and was the basis for the Cadillac XLR. Ultimately, all Cadillac models switched to this new style.
In 2005 General Motors announced the first Cadillac exclusively for the European market. This Cadillac BLS has been built since 2006 by the then Swedish department Saab. The BLS was part of Cadillac’s plan to once again become one of the world’s top luxury brands. To this end, the brand wanted to double sales outside of North America annually until 2010. The target was to sell 20,000 cars in Europe every year from that year, but in the first five months of 2007 only 1314 cars were sold. In 2003, the brand sold 216,090 cars in the US, 6,890 in Canada and only 3,252 elsewhere. In 2004, General Motors released a faster version of the critically acclaimed Cadillac CTS. The first generation of the Cadillac CTS-V. The Cadillac CTS-V had a 5.7 L LS6 V8 engine in 2004-2005 and a 6.0 L LS2 V8 engine in 2006-2007. In 2009, the second generation of the CTS-V was launched with an engine with a 6.2 LS / C LSA V8 (564 hp) from then on.
In August 2011 it became clear that Cadillac had taken a new path. Several older models, including the DTS and STS, made way for new ones. This concerns the XTS (2012), ELR (2013) and ATS(2012). The Cadillac XTS is the official replacement for the DTS and STS, and is intended as a luxury car. The ELR type, also known as Converj, was an electrically powered car that was introduced in 2013 but has since disappeared from the scene. The ATS model is a compact model that was released in 2012 and can only be supplied as a coupé from 2019. All three models must be replaced by the end of 2019. As of 2018, the focus has shifted to SUVs and crossovers. Investments will also be made in electric cars in the coming years. Cadillac sales have increased since 2013, especially SUVs.
- CTS (2002-2019), United States, China, Europe, Middle East, upper middle class , medium size, also as station wagon, V-series and coupé
- DTS (2005-2011), United States, top class, large
- XTS (2012-2019), United States, China, Europe, Middle East, top class , large
- STS (2005-2011), United States, China, Europe, Middle East, upper middle class , medium size
- SRX (2004-2016), United States, China, Europe, Middle East, Crossover , Medium
- ATS (2012-present), United States, China, Europe, Middle East, upper middle class , medium, from 2018 coupé only
- CT5 (2019-present), United States, China, Europe, Middle East, upper middle class , medium size,
- CT6 (2016-present), United States, China, Europe, Middle East, top class , large, also as V series
- XT4 (2019-present), United States, China, Europe, Middle East, crossover , medium size
- XT5 (2016-present), United States, China, Europe, Middle East, crossover , medium size
- XT6 (2019-present), United States, China, Europe, Middle East, SUV, large
Escalade (2002-present), United States, China, Europe, Middle East, SUV , large, also as a sports pick-up