Cadillac is a division of the American automaker General Motors Company. It develops and manufactures luxury vehicles. Its primary markets are the United States, Canada, and China. It is sold in 34 other markets around the world. Its vehicles are among the top luxury vehicles in the United States. Cadillac sold 390,458 vehicles worldwide in 2019. That's a record number for the brand. For most of its existence, the company was known only for its soft-top sedans for seniors. However, the automaker has modernized and expanded its model range in recent years. It has attracted a younger generation. Cadillac was one of the world's first automobile brands. It was named after Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac. The crest is based on his design. When General Motors acquired Cadillac in 1909, it was already one of the largest luxury car manufacturers in the United States. It laid the foundation for modern mass-produced cars.
The brand invented three engines. The V8 engine was the standard in the American car industry. Cadillac was the first American car to win the Dewar Trophy. It was a match organized by the British Royal Automobile Club. In 1908, it successfully proved its interchangeability in a reliability test. In 1912, it again won the award for presenting electric ignition and lighting in production cars. The first Cadillac cars were the Runabout and Tonneau. They were produced in October 1902. They were two-seater vehicles without an engine, powered by a single-cylinder engine. They were almost identical to the Ford Model A of 1903. It presented the new cars at the New York Auto Show in January 1903. The cars impressed the public. And people placed more than 2,000 orders. Cadillac's greatest strength was the precision of its design. Therefore, its reliability was beyond question. It was better designed than its rivals.
Masterpieces of Cadillac
Cadillac quickly became known for its precision engineering expertise and standard components. The success of early Cadillac models made the brand a sales success. In 1909, the automaker was acquired by General Motors. The brand became a luxury division of GM, and the list of innovations grew. Cadillac was the first American automaker to introduce a V8 engine. It was the first to use temperature-controlled cooling and offer dashboard-controlled headlights. In 1915, Cadillac introduced a V8 engine with a 90-speed transmission and 70 horsepower. It allowed the car to reach speeds of up to 25 mph. It was faster than most roads of the time could handle. In 1918, Cadillac first introduced a V8 engine with a two-speed crankshaft. In 1928, it presented the first manual transmission with a continuously variable transmission. In 1930 it introduced the first V-16 engine. It was one of the most powerful and quietest engines in America. The development and introduction of the engines made the brand an industry benchmark. The new V8 engine of 1949 set the standard for the entire U.S. automobile industry. Improvements in overall product quality have gone a long way in helping Cadillac regain its former status. Today, Cadillac's portfolio includes coupes, sedans, crossovers, and SUVs. It offers powerful engines, sharp handling, and a full range of luxury features.