|Cadillac Cars and Trucks
Cadillac forged its early reputation with craftsmanship and reliability, at a time when few cars exhibited either build quality or reliable drivetrains. In the '20s and '30s Cadillac was off and running, with performance-oriented platforms clothed in leading-edge bodywork. And following World War II it essentially owned the luxury market in the U.S., despite competitive product offered by both Ford's Lincoln and Chrysler. Regrettably, it stopped remaining competitive with the success of new entries from Germany and Japan, along with several product miscues (Cimmaron and Catera) and questionable build quality.
In what is essentially a rebirth in the aftermath of GM's 2009 bankruptcy, Cadillac is now headquartered in New York, and recent entries are taking dead aim at both Europe and Japan. The ATS sedan is a well-considered alternative to BMW's 3-Series or the Audi A4, while 'V' variants of the ATS and CTS pump up (or over-inflate) the fun factor with high horsepower matched to capable platforms. Most popular in Cadillac showrooms is - as you might expect - the newly introduced XT5 crossover, while the big Escalade SUV holds the mantle as most expensive - and probably most expressive.
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