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Over 100 years of developing the Cadillac brand (Part 1)

It’s hard to find an automaker that’s as persistent with creative work as Cadillac. Throughout its 100-year history of development, from the first electric vehicle to the V8 engine, Cadillac has always played a pioneering role in the automotive industry.

In 1992, after the latest automobile joint venture was broken down by Henry Ford, the founder of Ford Motor Corporation, shareholders turned to Henry M. Leland to list and launch the Cadillac Auto Company. At the same time, Henry Ford set about building the Ford automobile company.

There is a lot of similarity between the Ford 1903 and the first Cadillac, especially in appearance. The biggest difference is that the Ford 1903 uses a 2-cylinder engine and the Cadillac 1903 uses Oldsmobile’s single engine.

Success came quite early when Henry Leland unveiled the $ 850 Cadillac at New York Auto Show in 1903. Within a week, he received 2,286 orders and the number of car manufacturers made nearly a year nearly reached 2,500, a huge amount at the time.

Cadillac took an important step forward in 1905 by introducing another model with a four-cylinder engine, priced at $ 2,800. In 1907, Henry Leland, always a strict demander for precision, installed the Swedish quality control system. That makes it possible for the company to produce parts accurately and consistently.

As a result, Cadillac won the Thomas Dewar Cup in 1908. This is the annual award that the Royal London Club for important inventions in car technology. At that time, Cadillac surprised the professionals by dismantling three cars, and then reassembling the details. All 3 “new” cars are operating in a good way.

In 1909, General Motors acquired Cadillac and appointed Henry Leland as president. Three years later, Cadillac introduced to the world the electric car, its author is Charles F. Kettering.

The auto industry has seen many types of engines start automatically, but only Kettering is successful. This starter combines a generator with an electric motor to spin the engine flywheel. This system also includes a battery and an electrical component.