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Cadillac was the first name in American luxury cars for more than 100 years. The iconic models of the 1950s and 1960s were the favorites of movies stars and even the king of rock 'n' roll himself, Elvis Presley. However, the brand fell out of favor during the automotive downsizing of the 1970s and 1980s. Only by implementing a bold, new design philosophy in the 1990s was Cadillac able to revitalize itself as a brand. Not only that, but for the first time in its history, Cadillac recently began to appeal to younger drivers.

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Cadillac Origins

Cadillac was actually started by Henry Ford in the late 19th century. However, Ford soon departed, taking his name with him. In 1902, the company brought in auto part manufacturer Henry Martyn Leland and, taking its name from that of the French explorer who discovered Detroit, re-launched themselves as Cadillac.

Cadillac was one of the first American automakers to embrace the production of stylish luxury cars that were engineered precisely. Almost from the very beginning, cars made by Cadillac were regarded as being the best produced by U.S. automakers.

Early offerings, such as the Model A and the Cadillac 30 were successful enough that the company was acquired by General Motors in 1909. GM took advantage of Cadillac’s high-end brand name and its expertise in producing stylish luxury cars by making the company into its luxury imprint.

Cadillac Through The Years

Cadillac had an immediate impact on the American automotive industry when it released the Cadillac Osceola. While only one Osceola was built, it was the first close-bodied car to be produced in the U.S. The design caught on instantly and close-bodied cars soon became more popular than the open top models that had been prevalent in the early years of the automotive era.

However, Cadillac did not truly come into its own until the postwar era. Adorned with acres of chrome and massive tailfins inspired by World War II fighter planes, the Cadillacs of the 1940s,50s. and 60s were instant icons.

Yet, oil crises in the Middle East and gas shortages in the U.S. took Cadillac down the same perilous roads as many other American auto manufacturers in the 1970s. Americans began purchasing smaller cars and the company’s sales declined throughout the decade. The Cadillac brand continued to struggle in the 1980s as American drivers turned towards Japanese automakers, many of which introduced luxury models during this period.

Cadillac finally found its footing in the American auto market in the 1990s. By introducing a line of redesigned models and making major improvements in the quality of the engines it produced, Cadillac was able to reverse its fortunes introducing new models like the Escalade and the CTS sport sedan. These in turn finally succeeded in making Cadillac popular with younger drivers that had proved elusive in previous decades.

Cadillac Models

Originally introduced in 1999, the Escalade was Cadillac’s first entry into the SUV market. The full-size Escalade was intended as a more luxurious alternative to the Lincoln Navigator and has been popular with everyone from hip-hop stars to soccer moms ever since. In its third generation, the Escalade enabled Cadillac to finally break through the age barrier with younger drivers, and it remains the best-selling luxury SUV on the U.S. market.

The Cadillac CTS is a midsize luxury vehicle that has been in production since 2003. Available as a sedan, coupe, or sport wagon, the CTS was one of the first midsize Cadillacs to catch on with the public. Having been given a bold design and tested extensively at the famed Nurburgring in Germany, the CTS was designed to go head to head with luxury import brands such as BMW and Mercedes.

The Cadillac SRX is a midsize luxury SUV crossover that was introduced in 2004. Initially the SRX featured rear-wheel drive and offered the option of a third row seat or a V-8. However newer models have front-wheel drive, are smaller in size and offer only the option of a V-6. A 300-hp turbocharged model is also available.

Two Cadillac models that were discontinued in 2011 were the Cadillac DTS full-size luxury sedan and the Cadillac STS midsize sport luxury sedan.

Cadillac Products and Technologies

Cadillac always found success when they’ve remained innovative and focused on producing quality, well-engineered cars that also offer a certain level of reliability. Current models such as the Escalade SUV and the CTS are among the auto maker's best sellers. The CTS, in particular is regarded as being one of the only American-made, entry-level luxury cars that was able take market share away from import brands such as Lexus, Volvo, and Mercedes-Benz.

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Cadillac ATS

2015-2013 | Coupe, Midsize, Sedan

Cadillac Catera

2001-1997 | Luxury, Sedan

The Cadillac Catera was famously marketed with commercials featuring Cindy Crawford and a cartoon duck named Ziggy as "The Caddy that zigs."

Cadillac CTS

2015-2003 | Coupe, Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

Before the release of the Cadillac CTS, anything bearing the Cadillac name was associated with luxury and quite often sheer size.

Cadillac CTS-V

2015-2009, 2007-2004 | Coupe, Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

The Cadillac CTS-V is the higher-performance version of the CTS class.

Cadillac Deville

2005-1995 | Luxury, Sedan

The Coupe DeVille was introduced in 1949 as a luxury coupe in the Cadillac Series 62 line.

Cadillac DTS

2011-2006 | Luxury, Sedan

The Cadillac DTS is a full-size luxury vehicle offered as a four-door sedan.

Cadillac Eldorado

2002-1995 | Coupe, Luxury

The Cadillac Eldorado is known for its commitment to luxury and performance.

Cadillac ELR

2014 | Coupe, Hybrid, Midsize

Cadillac Escalade

2015-2002, 2000-1999 | Hybrid, SUV, Utility/Offroad

Despite a rough start, the Cadillac Escalade proved to be one of the top rising stars in the luxury SUV market.

Cadillac Escalade ESV

2015-2014 | SUV, Utility/Offroad

Cadillac Escalade EXT

2013-2002 | Truck, Utility/Offroad

The Cadillac Escalade EXT is a combination of a full-size luxury SUV and a crew-cab pickup.

Cadillac Fleetwood

1996-1995 | Luxury, Sedan

Although Cadillac discontinued the Fleetwood in 1996, it enjoyed a two-decade long production run dating back to 1977.

Cadillac Seville

2004-1995 | Luxury, Sedan

Cadillac originally used the Seville name during the 1950s to denote a coupe version of the popular Cadillac Eldorado.

Cadillac SRX

2015-2004 | SUV, Utility/Offroad

The Cadillac SRX is a midsize luxury crossover SUV that was introduced in 2004.

Cadillac STS

2011-2005 | Luxury, Sedan

The STS or Seville Touring Sedan is a midsize luxury sports sedan that’s based on GM’s Sigma rear and all-wheel drive platform.

Cadillac STS-V

2009-2006 | Luxury, Sedan

The Cadillac STS-V is just one of the models offered by Cadillac.

Cadillac XLR

2009-2004 | Convertible, Luxury

The Cadillac XLR is a two-seat roadster that debuted in 2003 and was ultimately discontinued in 2009.

Cadillac XLR-V

2009-2006 | Convertible, Luxury

The Cadillac XLR-V is a higher performance XLR model that has been in production from 2006 to 2009.

Cadillac XTS

2015-2013 | Luxury, Sedan

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