The Cadillac Seville is a luxury car that was manufactured by the Cadillac Motor Car Division of American automaker General Motors from 1975-2004, as a smaller Cadillac top-of-the-line. The name “first small car Cadillac” is selected more than a revival of LaSalle and the preference of GM design team, LaScala, especially because, says Marketing Director of GM Gordon Horsburgh, “I had no negatives. “The initial suggestion was, in fact, Leland, after the founder of the brand, but was rejected because most buyers do not have the reference and because Henry Leland had also founded rival Lincoln Cadillac.
1975-1979 Cadillac Seville
Cadillac Seville, introduced in May 1975 Cadillac was the response to the growing popularity of luxury imports in the US from Europe, as Mercedes-Benz and BMW. GM planners were becoming concerned that the image, once vaunted division as the “world standard” faded as the 1970s were developed, especially among the younger generation of car buyers. Thus, the Sevilla was designed with the idea of recovering young owners of import. Eventually they had evolved, becoming quite luxurious and more expensive than the much larger Cadillacs. This was the first Cadillac engineering began one of its vehicles based on components previously used in a model of Chevrolet.
From 1978-1988, Sevilla was available with the Smart package. By 1978, this package adds a silver black / two exterior paint colors and “style” perforated leather seats in light gray only unique combination. Real wire wheels were standard like a lot of options. In 1979, they added a second combination of color, copper tone two tone leather interior and matching. In 1985, a combination of drab paint became available, however numerous combinations of double shadow remained more popular. The price of this package is increased over time from US $ 2,600 in 1978 and peaking at US $ 3,995 in 1987 and ’88. 1978 marked the peak sales of the first generation of Seville, with a total production of 59,985 cars.
In 1979, Seville was available with an aftermarket package provided by a company based in Miami. An agreement with Gucci, the company famous Italian leather goods and clothing, produced a limited-edition “Gucci Sevilla”. Available only in three colors: white, black and brown medium-abroad offered many indicators of the identity of Gucci. A vinyl top that covers only the C-pillar, and the famous Gucci double interlocking fabric pattern “G” interlocking “G” on the wheel covers wire, a red / green stripe across the bottom edge of the trunk lid and double interlock ornament “G” chapel decorated the outside. Inside, the headrests and seat bore the double standard “G” with leather upholstery, headliner wore the pattern, and the instrument panel bearing the iconic Gucci script above the glovebox. Inside the trunk was a set of five pieces of Gucci luggage. The cost of this package Sevilla pushed the price to about $23,000.
Italian opera singer Luciano Pavarotti was seen driving a Gucci Sevilla during his segment on the television news program 60 Minutes CBS in the late seventies. The Ford Motor Company was successful with the designer edition cars Lincoln mid-seventies through the nineties. However, Cadillac never produced a product design household name.
1980-1985 Cadillac Seville
In 1986, an entirely new body, much smaller tried to combine the crisp angularity of the original Cadillac Sevilla with rounded edges of the new aerodynamic aesthetic. The series featured a transversely mounted V8 front-wheel drive. The smaller and conservative style were considered bland, and customers stayed away. Despite the lack of popularity, the new chassis Cadillac Seville / CadillacEldorado had a transmission system and advanced engine control that the EPA fuel consumption figures of nearly 30 miles per gallon in the US (7.8 L / 100 km, 36 mpg-imp) on the road with a small fuel injected V8. The new model featured a computer system first production car worldwide that monitors the car’s systems and engine.
The big news of 1988 was the introduction of Seville Touring Sedan coming equipped with GM’s FE2 Suspension Touring. Had special 15-inch wheels alloy, special springs, rear stabilizer bar, and a special 15.6: 1 steering ratio for improved handling, mounted Cadillac grille emblem, trunk lock cover special cloisonné and a unique four interior spaces. Seville Touring Sedan 1988 production totaled 1,499 units. The first 1,988 of STS were built custom in June 1988 Cars and concepts and announced at the Detroit Grand Prix 1988.
In 1990, Sevilla has a new fuel injection system, which brought the horsepower to 180. Parking lights front and they were not mounted on the fender in any of the models, and Seville STS underwent some major changes. These include new color fascias side and rear body which gave the car a more aggressive sporty look. Also added was polished stainless dual exhaust outlets, increased STS script trunk system standard antilock brakes with rear discs Teves, and machine finished alloy wheels 16-inch Goodyear Eagle GT + 4 tires. Driver Side Airbag is also in Seville STS.
No changes in the body in 1991, but mechanically produced a new 4.9-liter V8 under the hood coupled to an electronically controlled transmission 4T60E. The new V8 is no longer used the A.I.R. system and additional refinements to internal parts led the horsepower to 200. The only change in the STS was the removal of rear bucket seats for a bank full width, and new front seats with larger side bolsters taken from Eldorado Touring Coupe recent years. 2,206 were produced. 2014 survival rate *: 5% (110 remaining) from Table NHTSA and Broxterman Auto survival rate – BASRC).
1992-1997 Cadillac Sevilla
For 1992, Cadillac gave a new, Seville European flavor with positive reviews and clients. The Seville Touring Sedan was Motor Trend magazine’s Car of the Year 1992. It also made Car and Driver magazine’s Ten Best list that year. The limited edition 1993 Northstar System, including Northstar four camshafts and 32 valves V8 and a new aluminum unequal-length control arm rear suspension STS helped increase sales, Sevilla. In 1997, the Cadillac Catera Sevilla took over as smaller Cadillac car.
1998-2004 Cadillac Sevilla
Sevilla has been updated for 1998, and has now built on GM G platform, however GM chose to continue to refer to it as the platform K. was the first Cadillac launched with a number of European type approval in Europe, including the UK, and then Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Finland and other markets. All Sevilla transverse engine front wheel drive were built in Hamtramck, Michigan.
In January 2002, Seville STS received a new adaptive suspension system MagneRide. Although the new system was standard MagneRide in Seville STS models, which was not available for models Seville SLS. Production of Seville STS ended May 16, 2003. The Seville SLS ended December 4, 2003. In 2004, only Seville SLS model was available for purchase. After the Sevilla was suspended in 2004, which was replaced by the Cadillac STS.
Cadillac Sevilla Popular Culture
In the 1979-1981 television series The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, the title character, played by Claude Akins, driving a patrol car Sevilla first generation. In the television series Napoleon Dynamite, grandmother driving a beige, the second generation of Seville. In the television series King of the Hill, Buck Strickland drives a white, fifth-generation Seville STS.
In the 1980 Clint Eastwood Any Which Way You Can, Eastwood’s character instructs his pet monkey Clyde to “Scrap the Caddy!” which systematically dismantles a brown Clyde first generation Cadillac Sevilla (with a mafioso antagonize still inside). In Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, the character of Robert Forster, Cherry Max leads a first generation 1976 Blue on Blue Cadillac Sevilla.