September 14, 1988 |
In the retro-traditionalist 1980s, it was bound to happen. Tail fins are making a comeback of sorts. To be sure, they aren't the hideously sharp fins of the early 1960s. But modest, squared-off fins seem to be sprouting on the back ends of 1989 Cadillacs just the same. "I would say they certainly are not big fins in the way Cadillac had in the 1950s and 1960s, but they are leading in that direction," observes Chris Cedergren, a Cadillac historian as well as a market analyst with J. D.
January 24, 1989 |
Add a few extra inches here, a little more sheet metal there, throw in a hint of fender skirts and tail fins--and what happens? Cadillac makes a comeback. Last fall, Cadillac, desperate to recapture its traditional buyers who had fled to Lincoln and the imports after Cadillac had downsized its cars in the mid-1980s, introduced a new line of bigger, longer and, many would argue--gaudier--cars.
December 15, 2004 |
Whether he was falling into or out of love, the late Ray Charles had a penchant for falling into Detroit's cars when he sang the blues. Charles favored Cadillac, the standard of motorized excellence in the 1950s when he began establishing his reputation as one of the world's greatest performers of blues and country music. To get his woman, he needed that car -- the symbol of wealth, the high-powered version of manhood.
May 10, 2006 |
LATELY, while pondering a new set of wheels, I'm wrestling with a notion shared by many car shoppers today: Do we buy one last great ride regardless of the gas costs and mileage, sensing that the end of an era is at hand? Or do we give in to the good angel on the shoulder, who whispers that it's not just about us anymore. Decisions like this are now about bigger things: geopolitics, global warming, living within our means.
November 29, 1994 |
403,000 Cadillacs Recalled: General Motors Corp. is recalling Cadillac De Villes manufactured between 1991 and 1993 to replace a defective rubber oil hose that could create a fire risk. The company said the hose could separate from a connector and spill oil in the engine compartment. GM said it had reports of 27 fires related to the defect but no injuries. It said recall notices would be sent to owners over the next six to eight weeks.
September 2, 1997 |
General Motors Corp. said Monday that it will introduce U.S.-made Cadillacs to Britain for the first time next week, trying to capture a bigger share of the country's luxury automobile market. GM's British subsidiary, Vauxhall, hopes that the Cadillac Seville SLS and STS cars will take business away from Jaguar, the British car maker owned by U.S. rival Ford Motor Co., as well as Mercedes and BMW of Germany and the Lexus luxury cars made by Japan's Toyota.