Cadillac

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Cadillac is a division of the American automobile manufacturer General Motors (GM) that designs and builds luxury vehicles.wikipedia
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Cadillac is among the first automobile brands in the world, second in the United States only to fellow GM marque Buick. It became positioned at the top of GM's vehicle hierarchy, above Buick, Oldsmobile, Oakland, and later, Chevrolet.
For much of its existence in the North American market, Buick has been marketed as a premium automobile brand, selling luxury vehicles positioned above GM's mainstream brands, while below the flagship luxury Cadillac division.

V8 engine

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The brand developed three engines, with its V8 setting the standard for the American automotive industry. The fledgling automotive magazine Motor Trend awarded its first "Motor Trend Car of the Year" to Cadillac in 1949 for its innovative overhead valve V8 engine.
The first marque to equip its cars with electric starter motors was Cadillac, in 1912, and Cadillac consequently was the first production automobile with V8s, introduced 2 years later.

Henry M. Leland

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Ford's financial backers William Murphy and Lemuel Bowen called in engineer Henry M. Leland of Leland & Faulconer Manufacturing Company to appraise the plant and equipment in preparation for liquidating the company's assets.
He founded the two premier American luxury automotive marques, Cadillac and Lincoln.

Cadillac Runabout and Tonneau

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Cadillac's first automobiles, the Runabout and Tonneau, were completed in October 1902.
The first Cadillac automobiles were the 1903 Model built in the last quarter, 1902.

Automotive industry in the United States

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The brand developed three engines, with its V8 setting the standard for the American automotive industry.
The next year GM acquired Cadillac, along with a number of other car companies and parts suppliers.

Oldsmobile

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It became positioned at the top of GM's vehicle hierarchy, above Buick, Oldsmobile, Oakland, and later, Chevrolet. 1941 also saw introduction of optional Hydra-Matic, the first mass-produced fully automatic transmission, offered the previous year on the Oldsmobile.
During its time as a division of General Motors, it slotted into the middle of GM's five divisions (above Chevrolet and Pontiac, beside Buick, but below Cadillac), and was noted for its testing of groundbreaking technology and designs, most notably the "Rocket V8" engine.

Dewar Trophy

Cadillac had the first U.S. car to win the Royal Automobile Club of the United Kingdom's Dewar Trophy by successfully demonstrating the interchangeability of its component parts during a reliability test in 1908; this spawned the firm's slogan "Standard of the World".

Henry Ford

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After a dispute between Henry Ford and his investors, Ford left the company along with several of his key partners in March 1902.
With Ford gone, Murphy renamed the company the Cadillac Automobile Company.

Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac

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It was named after Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, who founded Detroit, Michigan.
William H. Murphy and Henry M. Leland founded the Cadillac auto company and paid homage to him by using his name for their company and his self-created armorial bearings as its logo in 1902.

Hearse

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The Cadillac line was also GM's default marque for "commercial chassis" institutional vehicles, such as limousines, ambulances, hearses and funeral home flower cars, the last three of which were custom-built by aftermarket manufacturers.
Usually more luxurious automobile brands are used as a base for funeral cars; since the mid 20th century, the vast majority of hearses in the United States and Canada have been Cadillacs and less frequently, Lincolns.

LaSalle (automobile)

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The first car he designed was the LaSalle, a new, smaller "companion marque" car, named after another French explorer and founder of Detroit, René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle.
LaSalle was an American brand of luxury automobiles manufactured and marketed by General Motors' Cadillac division from 1927 through 1940.

Oakland Motor Car Company

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It became positioned at the top of GM's vehicle hierarchy, above Buick, Oldsmobile, Oakland, and later, Chevrolet.
This design by Alanson Partridge Brush, inventor of the single-cylinder Cadillac and Brush Runabout, also featured a planetary transmission.

Cadillac Series 60

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In 1936, Dreystadt released the Series 60 as Cadillac's entry into the mid-priced vehicle market.
The Cadillac Series 60 was Cadillac's mid-priced entry in the luxury vehicle market when it appeared in 1936.

Henry Ford Company

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The firm was founded from the remnants of the Henry Ford Company in 1902.
The Henry Ford Company reorganized that year as Cadillac in honor of Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the founder of Detroit.

Crossplane

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Cadillac pioneered the dual-plane V8 crankshaft in 1918.
The crossplane design was first proposed in 1915, and developed by Cadillac and Peerless, both of whom produced flatplane V8s before introducing the crossplane design.

Hydramatic

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1941 also saw introduction of optional Hydra-Matic, the first mass-produced fully automatic transmission, offered the previous year on the Oldsmobile.
Hydramatic (also known as Hydra-Matic) is an automatic transmission developed by both General Motors' Cadillac and Oldsmobile divisions.

V16 engine

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In the 1930s, Cadillac added cars with V12 and V16 engines to their range, many of which were fitted with custom coach-built bodies.
By that time, Cadillac had already introduced their V16, designed by ex-Marmon engineer Owen Nacker.

Starter (engine)

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In 1912, Cadillac was the first automobile manufacturer to incorporate an electrical system enabling starting, ignition, and lighting.
The starters were first installed by Cadillac on production models in 1912, with the same system being adopted by Lanchester later that year.

Car tailfin

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Incorporating many of the ideas of then General Motors styling chief Harley J. Earl, these included tailfins, wraparound windshields, and extensive use of chrome.
General Motors design chief Harley Earl is often credited for the automobile tailfin, introducing small fins on the 1948 Cadillac, but according to many sources the actual inventor/designer of the tailfin for the 1948 Cadillac was Franklin Quick Hershey, who at the time the 1948 Cadillac was being designed was chief of the GM Special Car Design Studio.

Mass production

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The complete interchangeability of its precision parts had allowed it to lay the foundation for the modern mass production of automobiles.
Although after leaving the Henry Ford Company which was rebranded as Cadillac and later was awarded the Dewar Trophy in 1908 for creating interchangeable mass-produced precision engine parts, Henry Ford downplayed the role of Taylorism in the development of mass production at his company.

Motor Trend Car of the Year

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The fledgling automotive magazine Motor Trend awarded its first "Motor Trend Car of the Year" to Cadillac in 1949 for its innovative overhead valve V8 engine.
The inaugural Motor Trend Car of the Year award recognized Cadillac's V8 engine in 1949.

M41 Walker Bulldog

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In 1951, Cadillac began production of the M41 Walker Bulldog army tank, which saw service in the Korean and Vietnam war s.
It was produced by Cadillac between 1951 and 1954 and marketed successfully to the United States Army as a replacement for its aging fleet of World War II vintage M24 Chaffee tanks.

Ignition system

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In 1912, Cadillac was the first automobile manufacturer to incorporate an electrical system enabling starting, ignition, and lighting.
An improved ignition system was developed by the Dayton Engineering Laboratories Co. (Delco) and introduced in the 1910 Cadillac.

Automatic transmission

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1941 also saw introduction of optional Hydra-Matic, the first mass-produced fully automatic transmission, offered the previous year on the Oldsmobile.
Available as an option on 1940 Oldsmobiles and later Cadillacs, the Hydra-Matic combined a fluid coupling with three hydraulically controlled planetary gearsets to produce four forward speeds plus reverse.

Lincoln Motor Company

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Cadillac's success grew against rivals Lincoln and Imperial, which had division sales topping all of Chrysler for the first time in 1970.
Marketed among the top luxury brands in the United States, Lincoln has competed closely against Cadillac for nearly its entire existence.