5 Classic Nameplates That Cadillac Could Use for Its New Vehicles
Cadillac could always benefit from reviving these classy, classic nameplates for its contemporary lineup
In recent years, Cadillac has opted for an alphanumeric naming scheme for its vehicles, a departure from tradition for the brand. Still, top brass at Cadillac says that certain models, like the Escalade, will continue to carry specialized nameplates.
What other monikers from Cadillac’s history might the brand revive? These five Cadillac nameplates would certainly revive a sense of nostalgia for the automaker.
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Named after the fabled city of gold, the Cadillac Eldorado was a part of the Cadillac lineup for half a century. As you can imagine, the Eldorado acquired quite the fanbase during that time.
The Eldorado nameplate has become the stuff of legends, easily applicable to a top-of-the-line luxury model. Since Cadillac seems to be relegating traditional nameplates to its most opulent vehicles, this name would certainly fit the bill.
The Cadillac DeVille was in production for almost as long as the Eldorado. The first Cadillac DeVille rolled off of the assembly line back in 1958, with the last model produced in 2005.
The name DeVille is derived from the French “de la ville,” meaning “of the town.” If there were any nameplate the Cadillac drivers would best suit a luxurious drive out on the town, it would certainly have to be the DeVille title.
Similar sounding to the Cadillac DeVille, the Cadillac Seville is named after the capital of Spain’s Andalusia region. A city known for its beautiful splendor, Seville was the perfect namesake for the affordable, yet refined ride.
Today, the Cadillac XT4 is the brand’s most affordable model. Yet, if the day does come when Cadillac wishes to shift away from an alphanumeric naming scheme, the Seville nameplate will be at the ready for use.
While Cadillacs certainly carry a reputation for being luxurious, they are also known for their power. The Cadillac Cimarron carried a moniker that reflected that spirit of power, with a name meaning “wild” or “untamed” in Spanish.
Unfortunately, the Cadillac Cimarron’s first run was not as successful as Cadillac had hoped. Still, the nameplate could still work for an upcoming Cadillac performance model.
The Fleetwood title wasn’t just used for one Cadillac model. Instead, it denoted an entire line of luxury vehicles from the brand.
Cadillac is getting ready to introduce a whole line of specialty models in the form of its upcoming EVs. Could the Fleetwood name be used for this fleet of electric vehicles in the near future?
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Although it would seem that Cadillac is sticking with alphanumeric for now, these nameplates could always show up at some point in Cadillac’s future lineup, especially as that lineup expands.
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