The energy crisis of the 1970s spelled the end to a lot of vehicle models and styles. It signaled the end of the muscle and pony car era. The period also put an end to the large and full-size American cars. However, the oil crisis also gave rise to some new vehicle styles and vehicle models. Among them is the Cadillac Seville--Cadillac's answer to the power crisis and the European import cars domination of the 1970s.
The Cadillac Seville was a mid-size luxury sedan manufactured and sold by Cadillac from 1976 until 2004. The Seville nameplate, however, was already used by the company from 1956 until 1960, attached to the name of the expensive Cadillac Eldorado coupe and sedans manufactured during that time. The revival of the Seville nameplate was purportedly agreed upon so that Cadillac can feature the new vehicle model as another expensive Cadillac car.
The first generation Cadillac Seville was a success, sold from 1975 to 1979. A redesign in 1980 for the second generation, however, hurt the model more than it benefited the company. Due to a controversial styling and problematic engines, the second generation Cadillac Seville did not sell as well as the previous generation. The third generation Cadillac Seville, sold from 1986 to 1991, further hurt the vehicle's image, as the vehicle look blander than the previous generation. It was able to get back on track, however, for its fourth generation, a success it carried until its demise in 2004.
The last two generations of the Cadillac Seville were among the finest cars ever manufactured by Cadillac. But everything have to end, and for the mid-size Cadillac, that end was in 2004. Before its demise, the Cadillac Seville was sold only in one trim level. But equipped with high quality and high performance Cadillac Seville parts, the vehicle model did prove to the world how good a car it was.