SAN FRANCISCO: The 2000 Cadillac Seville is a fine example of
Cadillac's core marketing philosophy - which centers on positively impacting the
"global prestige luxury sedan" segment. Cars like Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, BMW,
Jaguar, Acura and Infinity all compete here for market share, even though the "world
prestige" taxonomy is at times difficult to define. Nevertheless, the major players
look at this "prestige" class very seriously, and worldwide success is a tribute
to both manufacturer and employees.
Cadillac's Seville for 2000 receives significant vehicle and system enhancements to
keep it "world" competitive while still attracting consumers statewide.
AutoWire.Net feels Cadillac has done its homework in all areas, and its strict autonomy
from other GM brands continues to allow the marquee to be one of the most exciting brands
on the road today.
Under the hood the 2000 Seville features its nucleus 4.6-liter, 32-valve V8 Northstar
engine/driveline system. A revamp for 2000 finds lower emissions, quieter operation and
improved fuel economy numbers (17 city and 28 highway). Most important, Cadillac engineers
have lowered the compression ratio a bit to allow running on regular fuel. Virtually all
components of the engine have been changed or tweaked, including pistons, valves,
connecting rods, cylinder heads and cams. The STS, which we drove for a week, comes with a
300-horsepower design Northstar, while the SLS arrives at dealers in a slightly detuned
Safety wise, Seville continues to set industry standards, much like Mercedes-Benz. The
2000 Seville features a first-of-its-kind passenger side frontal air bag system with
sensors that are intended to keep the air bag from deploying if a small child occupies the
front passenger seat, or if the seat is not occupied.
We especially like this option, as children have fallen prey to powerful airbag
deployment in the past. Safety benefits to children are not realized with dual-stage or
multi-stage inflation systems, which deploy with varying degrees of force depending upon
the size of the passenger and the severity of the crash. For ease of mind, a display tells
the driver if the air bag system is activated or not. (Cadillac still recommends the back
seat as the safest place for children. However, customer research studied by Cadillac
indicates that people want - when absolutely necessary - the ability to properly restrain
children in the front seat.)
An advanced navigation system, produced by GM company spin-off Delphi Automotive, is an
available option for 2000. A five-inch color display screen, centrally located in the
instrument panel, is integrated into a Bose 4.0 music system with touch screen controls.
The CD-ROM based system offers turn-by-turn or map assistance while traveling. It can also
speak five languages. Several times during the week while transporting 10-year old
baseball players to practice, the kids figured out how to work the navigation system, much
to the delight of all in the cockpit.
This is a worthy option, and recommended by AutoWire.Net. (Guys: You'll never, ever,
have to stop for directions again-which we hate to do anyway! Girls: This option will
could well save you from countless arguments with the stubborn and often lost, male
driver!) Seville also offers a simplified, integrated three-button OnStar communications
system that allows drivers to benefit from all of OnStar's safety, security, and
convenience features without the need of a handset.
Seville's styling is sporty yet sophisticated. Cadillac designers refer to Seville's
powerful appearance as "controlled sculpting." The exterior design is forward
thinking, providing a cleaner, more aerodynamic interpretation of the hard-hitting look of
the 1992-97 models. For 2000, Seville's offers two new exterior colors: Midnight Blue and
Bronzemist. (Our test model was absolutely beautiful in Crimson Pearl with Shale
Seville's interior sets a new standard for opulence and function. Independent third
party testing found the usability in Seville's cockpit better than the usual leader in
this area, the Lexus LS400. All of Seville's controls are purposefully placed, with the
controls that are most frequently used closest to the driver. Supple leather is a no-cost
feature in four interior colors of Shale, Black, Wheat and Pewter.
Adaptive seating remains a Seville exclusive technology, available as an option on SLS
and STS for driver and front seat passenger. Initially used in hospital burn units,
adaptive seating technology automatically recognizes occupant position and adjusts the
seat's support to "custom fit" every individual. The technology uses a network
of 10 air cells, located between the leather upholstery and foam in the seat cushion and
back. Sensors then measure internal pressure and supply information to a control module,
which compares the measurements to an optimal pressure pattern stored in its memory. If a
discrepancy exists, pressure inside the air cells is adjusted.
Few cars in the world can match Seville's overall road manners, and that includes all
of those "world class prestige" models we spoke of earlier. With its unique
StabiliTrak 2.0 "driver sensor" system, this car is more
than capable on any road in the world. StabiliTrak actually corrects driver mistakes by
a complex computer sensor system, all of which, due to space restraints in this column can
be explained at Cadillac dealers. The comfort level is all-Cadillac, although Seville
differs from DeVille in overall road adhesion. Seville is a bit firmer and more nimble
than its larger brother, which is expected. In summary, Seville offers a top notch driving
experience that AutoWire.Net has lauded many times before.
Seville for 2000 is a world-class GM technological wonder. And the price reflects its
position where a delivered retail of $55,952 MSRP is listed on the window. Still, the
Cadillac Seville is a better buy than most of the competition, which equates to merit of
ownership. The new 2000 Seville is awaiting Prestige Consumers at Cadillac dealers
everywhere and is listed as an AutoWire.Net Best Buy in the Luxury Performance
Class. By Greg Zyla © AutoWire.Net - San Francisco
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Column Name: "Improvements Keep Seville Viable In Global Market"
Topic: 2000 Cadillac Seville STS
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