- 6 November 2016
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
Cadillac is a popular luxury automobile manufacturer based out of the United States. Though it got its start as an independent company, it is currently run as a division of the General Motors Company. Their bestselling model is currently the SRX crossover. Cadillac is recognized as the second oldest automobile brand in the United States after Buick.
Cadillac was born in 1902 from the remnants of the Henry Ford Company. They soon perfected the modern mass production method of assembling automobiles. Cadillac is known as one of the first companies to demonstrate the complete interchangeability of its precision parts. The company wasted no time in establishing itself as one of the world leaders in luxury vehicles.
Cadillac continued to grow and perfect their automobiles. During the period between World War I and World War II, they contributed several important technological advancements to the automobile industry. In fact, as early as 1915, they introduced a V8 engine with a then astonishing 70 horsepower. This engine allowed Cadillac cars to attain speeds of up to 65 mph. This development, along with others, helped establish Cadillac as the “standard of the world.”
By the late 1940s and early 1950s, Cadillac was regarded as one of the premier car companies in the world. They wasted no time in getting back to designing automobiles after the Second World War ended. An important contribution during this time period was the “Autronic Eye.” This technology automatically dimmed high-beam headlines for the safety of oncoming motorists. GM also produced one of the first modern car radios during this time for use in Cadillac automobiles.
As a car company, Cadillac has continued to grow since the 1950s. Despite more than a couple bumps in the road, they remain one of the most popular and well-respected carmakers in the world today. Many of the features that we take for granted in our cars today are all thanks to the hard work and ingenuity that early Cadillac engineers put into designing some of the world’s best luxury cars.
Though a new flagship sedan is currently in the works, the Cadillac XTS currently holds the title of the brand’s flagship model. The company has manufactured the XTS since 2013.
The XTS is a full-size luxury sedan based on an enlarged version of the Epsilon II platform. The car was designed to replace both the STS and DTS. It is larger than the STS but smaller than the DTS. The vehicle is available both in a front-wheel drive model and an all-wheel drive model.
A 3.6-liter V6 engine comes stock on the North American version of the XTS. This motor generates 304 horsepower at 6,800 rpm with 17 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Cadillac estimates the car has a 0 to 60 time of just over six seconds.
Like most Cadillac automobiles, the XTS comes standard with a number of luxurious features. These include dual-zone automatic air conditioning, keyless entry, leather upholstery, parking assist, and a tire-pressure monitor.
The flagship Cadillac XTS is currently only available in select markets. These are the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, and the Middle East (except Israel).
Cadillac currently produces five different models of cars. These include the Cadillac Escalade, the Cadillac ATS, the Cadillac CTS, the Cadillac SRX, and the Cadillac XTS. They also offer several different variations on these vehicles.
Cadillac Escalade: The Escalade is a full-sized luxury SUV that has been produced since 1999. It is also available as a pickup truck (Escalade EXT) and an extended SUV (Escalade ESV).
Cadillac ATS: The ATS is a compact luxury style sedan that has been produced since 2013. It is also available as a coupe (ATS Coupe).
Cadillac CTS: The CTS is a mid-size luxury car that has been produced since 2003. It is also available as a sport wagon (CTS Sport Wagon) and a coupe (CTS Coupe).
Cadillac SRX: The SRX is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV that has been produced since 2004.
Cadillac XTS: The XTX is a full-size luxury sedan that has been produced since 2013. It is the current flagship model for Cadillac.
As one of the oldest continually operating automobile brands in the United States, Cadillac has produced a wide variety of models over the years.
Their very first models were the Runabout and Tonneau. Both cars were produced in 1903. A line of cars dubbed the “Models” followed this. They included the Cadillac Model A through T and then included the Model 1912, Model 1913, and Model 1914.
The 1940s brought along with it the “Series” line of Cadillac cars including the Series 40-60S, the Series 42-75, and the Series 75. The “Series” line continued on into the 1950s. From the 1970s until the 2000s, Cadillac produced an extensive array of cars including the Calais, DeVille (and Coupe DeVille), Fleetwood, Eldorado, and Catera.
Most of the current automobiles manufactured by Cadillac have only been in production since the 2000s.