August 14, 2003 |
General Motors Corp.'s Cadillac luxury brand Wednesday topped a J.D. Power & Associates survey of customer satisfaction with their dealers, while its Saturn brand slumped from first to fifth. The world's largest automaker led the survey for the fourth straight year. Porsche moved up to second from eighth in the annual study by the Westlake Village-based research company. Cadillac was second in 2002. Ford Motor Co.'s Lincoln remained third and its Mercury brand rose to fourth from ninth.
September 11, 2002 |
AUTOS * General Motors Corp., the world's biggest auto maker, recalled about 280,000 Cadillac DeVille sedans from the 2000 to 2002 model years to fix seat belts that might not stay locked in a crash. The auto maker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that front lap or shoulder belt retractors may fail when the car slows more than 21 mph before a crash. No problems or injuries have been reported by owners, after failures were noted in crash tests as early as November 2000.
August 18, 2001 |
Cadillac, once the cream of the crop among luxury automobiles, has fallen far and fast: No. 1 just 2 1/2 years ago in U.S. luxury sales, it is No. 6 so far this year, trailing marques such as Mercedes-Benz, Lexus and Lincoln. To put a stop to the slide and, it hopes, boost Caddy back to the top of the heap, General Motors Corp. is spending nearly $4 billion in the next several years to polish its luxury line's image with a new fleet of cars and trucks.
July 4, 2001 |
Nostalgists best start stocking up on hankies: Detroit auto makers are getting ready to give the boot to two of the nation's biggest, and oldest, luxury car models. Say bye-bye to Cadillac's Eldorado, right, and Lincoln's Continental. The vehicles are victims of America's love, affair with sport-utility vehicles, changing market demographics, and political and economic pressures to improve fuel economy.
May 15, 2001 |
If you thought the $50,000 luxury SUV was the pinnacle of vehicular excess, just wait for the luxury pickup truck. Despite soaring gasoline prices and a weakening national economy, Lincoln and Cadillac both are preparing to launch ultra-luxury versions of the pickup, an American blue-collar icon. Ford Motor Co.'s Lincoln will lead the way with the Blackwood, due in dealerships late this summer. General Motors Corp.'s Cadillac plays catch-up in the first quarter of 2002 with the Escalade EXT.
January 31, 2000 |
General Motors Corp. today is expected to announce that it will build a $558-million Cadillac assembly plant in Lansing, Mich., scrapping a plan to use suppliers to make entire sections of cars. It would be GM's first North American plant since it conceived and built a Saturn factory in Tennessee in the mid-1980s. The plant, scheduled to open in 2001, will build more than 200,000 luxury vehicles a year and employ 1,500 workers within three years.