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Cadillac Seville - 1975
In the early seventies, cadillac decided to develop a smaller model to counter the rise of mercedes in the american market. Code-named the k car, the new model was designed to ooze luxury. while its v8 engine had originally, been designed for the cheaper oldsmobile, the addition of electronic fuel injection general motors first improved performance.
Top speed of 102 mph
engine typedrivetrain: Water-cooled, overhead-valve, v8 (front-wrheel drive)
displacement 4,367 cc (4.37 l) power rating 183 hp transmission 4-speed automatic
chassis: Monocoque bodychassis; Independent front suspension by macpherson struts; Rear suspension by coil springs and leading arms; Front discrear drum brakes; 3,520 lbs.
price (est): $15,000 in 1984
Naming the baby
the choice of a name for the new model was difficult; Hundreds of possibilities, including recycled ones, were considered and examined. For a long time, the favorite was lasalle, but the older model name lost out to seville, which had been used previously on a cadillac eldorado coupe of the late fifties.
though the new seville was smaller than the traditional cadillac, it was considerably more expensive. Launched on may 1, 1975, it was an instant success, outselling mercedes in the american market at the end of the first year. A major transformation took place in 1980 when the seville gained a monocoque body and front-wheel drive (as well as a diesel option, which
didnt prove popular). By the eighties, the seville shared the platform and major components of the four-door version of the eldorado line.
Tide seville was cadillacs first compact car. But the rest of the line has been downsized as well.
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