Believe it or Not, Cadillac has direct ties to the Henry Ford Company – the same company that eventually led to Ford Motor Company – the American automaker that we know today. See, Cadillac came to be when the Henry Ford Company reorganized in 1902, taking the Cadillac name to honor Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the founder of Detroit, Michigan. The first Cadillac rolled off the line in 1902, but it was essentially a Ford Model A with a few subtle differences. Seven years later, General Motors bought Cadillac, but by that time, the Cadillac name was already established as a major American manufacturer of luxury cars. Cadillac later became responsible for several advances in automotive technology, including full electrical systems, the steel roof, and even the clashless manual transmission. The brand's early V-8 even set the standard in the American industry. Despite two world wars, the Great Depression, and numerous economic roadblocks over the years, Cadillac has managed to survive, even when other GM brands like Saturn and Pontiac were executed in a time of need. Today Cadillac has a full lineup of vehicles, some of which are even capable of competing with German luxury cars from the other side of the pond. The lineup features four SUVs, six sedans, and one coupe.