Cadillac's millennium-ending 2000 lineup featured completely
restyled full-size DeVille sedans built on a much stiffened platform shared with some
other GM marques.
- The end results were somewhat shorter and slightly narrower than the 1999 models,
but rode on a 1.5-inch longer wheelbase.
- Catera received a face-lift and the addition of a Sport
version distinguished by 17-inch wheels and other exterior styling features.
- Eldorado and Seville remained
largely unchanged in appearance but received tweaks to their Northstar V-8
- While Cadillac's impressive Evoq concept car hinted at future styling for the
marque, the year's production models were characterized by technological
razzle-dazzle such as
- a thermal-imaging Night Vision system
- updates to StabiliTrak that included automatic shock-absorber dampening adjustment on individual wheels
- LED tail lights
- Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist
- a system that prevented front-passenger air bags from deploying if the seat was unoccupied or contained a small child.
||Series Prod. No.
||Body Style No.
||4-door DHS Sedan
||4-door DTS Sedan
||2-door ESC Coupe
||2-door ETC Coupe
||4-door SLS Sedan
||4-door STS Sedan
I. D. NUMBERS
|The 2000 Cadillac had a 17-symbol vehicle identification number (VIN) stamped on a metal tag attached to the upper left surface of the cowl visible through the windshield. The code was as follows:
||1 or 4
||manufacturing country (United States)
|4 & 5
||car line series
- V/R = Catera
- E/L = Eldorado ESC
- E/T = Eldorado ETC
- K/D = DeVille
- K/E = DeVille DHS
- K/F = DeVille DTS
- K/S = Seville (SLS)
- K/Y = Seville (STS)
||the body style:
- 1 = two-door coupe
- 2 = two-door
- 3 = two-door convertible
- 5 = four-door sedan
- 6 = four-door
- 8 = four-door station wagon
||the restraint code
- 2 = active (manual) belts w/dual frontal airbags
- 4 = active (manual) belts w/dual frontal and side airbags
- Y = LD8 4.6L V-8
- 9 = L37 4.6L V-8
- R = L81 3.0L V-6
||Y = 2000
||the assembly plant
||the production sequence number
2000 Cadillac Notes
- As announced during 1999, Cadillac did field an effort to compete in the 2000 24 Hours
of Le Mans endurance race.
- The four racing Cadillacs, named LMP (for Le Mans Prototype), were based on Riley &
Scott chassis fitted with a twin-turbocharged, intercooled 4.0-liter Northstar V-8s (not a
regular production item).
- While not ultimately victorious, valuable lessons were learned by the Cadillac contingent
and optimism prevailed for a better showing in 2001.
- One bright spot in Cadillac's LeMans experience was the
flawless performance of the Night Vision systems on its race cars.
- Derived from thermal-imaging technology developed for the military and proven during
the Gulf War, Night Vision was but one element of the technological wizardry
that typified production Cadillacs for 2000.
- Standard and optional features such as Night Vision, StabiliTrak,
CVRSS, PAS, Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist, OnStar, selective air bag deployment, and
hands-free cellular phone operation -- to name a few -- brought world attention to Cadillac's
state-of-the-art engineering and commitment to excellence.
200 Automotive Notes
- G. Richard Wagoner, Jr. was president of GM
- John F. Smith, Jr. was chairman of the board at GM
- Top model year production for 2000