1902 1912 1927 1935
1902 —The first to join together a Ford chassis and an Olds engine, and call it a Cadillac!
1905 —The introduction of the first four cylinder engine led the industry, and enabled a Cadillac to travel at speeds up to 50 m.p.h.
1910 —Cadillac became the first manufacturer to offer closed bodies as standard equipment
1912 —Cadillac introduced the electric self starter, electric lighting and ignition system
1914 —Cadillac introduced the first production (flathead) V-8 engine
1926 —Cadillac uses security plate (safety) glass
1927 —Cadillac markets the first car to be designed by a stylist (LaSalle/Harley Earl)
1928 —Cadillac equips their automobiles with the synchro-mesh (clashless) transmission
1930 —The first V-16 engine in a production car is produced by Cadillac
1934 —The first independent wheel suspension system is presented
1935 —The first all steel roof
1948 —The industry's first fins
1957 —The Cadillac
Eldorado Brougham is the first car to feature Cruise Control,
with quad headlamps,
with electric memory seats, and
with electric locks.
1964 —First production car with automatic headlamps ("Twilight Sentinel"). They came on automatically at dusk. They could also be set by the driver to remain on after he/she left the vehicle and switch themselves off after a pre-set time; thereby providing the exiting occupants a lighted way.
1965 —First manufacturer to offer telescopic steering wheel adjustment
1981 —Cadillac's new V-8-6-4 engine is the first engine with "variable displacement" cylinder de-activation. While cruising, only 4 cylinders are working. When accelerating, the power came from all 8 cylinders.
1989 —Allante convertible is the first car with "Active Suspension" (a speed-sensing damping system)
1990 —Allante is the first production car to be fitted with electronic traction control
2000 —Cadillac is first to fit a "Night Vision" system to its cars; utilizing thermal imaging technology. Introduced on the DeVille. [More info on "Night Vision" - http://www.vxm.com/Impact.cadillac.nitevision.html ]
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