DETROIT - Cadillac lives up to at least half of its new 'Art and Science' focus in the 2000 DeVille.
The car, which debuted here Tuesday, July 27, oozes technology. Its features include an infrared camera for night vision, ultrasonic rear parking assist and taillamps illuminated by light-emitting diodes.
'We have the science part nailed,' said Dave Whittaker, General Motors vehicle line executive for the DeVille and Buick Park Avenue.
But don't look here for the 'art' Cadillac promised when it unveiled its Evoq concept car last January. That won't appear until Cadillac introduces the new Catera and a sport wagon, probably when Cadillac celebrates its centennial in 2002.
Cadillac readily admits that the DeVille, which was designed before Cadillac found its new focus, lacks the art of the Evoq. Instead, the DeVille takes its styling cues from last year's redesigned Seville.
Still, Whittaker said 'there isn't any doubt that this (design) is a departure for DeVille.'
John Smith, Cadillac general manager, wants to incorporate Evoq styling points throughout his future vehicle lineup. That will begin modestly next year with the new Escalade.