1988 Cadillac Voyage and 1989 Cadillac Solitaire Concept Cars

1988 Cadillac Voyage Concept Car Development
Getting lost became history with the ETAK navigational system aboard the 1988 Cadillac Voyage concept car.
Getting lost became history with the ETAK navigational system aboard the 1988 Cadillac Voyage concept car.
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The 1988 Cadillac Voyage concept car development by no means ignored the big sedan's luxurious cabin. The same attention was lavished on the interrior of the 1989 Cadillac Solitaire concept car, too.

For example, once inside the Voyage, cold wintry mornings could quickly be forgotten as the pre-heated seats emitted their warmth to back and backside. And if that weren't enough, a little massage was available to get the blood going before the day got underway; or get rid of those annoying "pins and needles" feelings during a long drive. Business calls could be handled without even touching the built-in phone, since it recognized the driver's voice and dialed numbers automatically.

Unfamiliar with where you're going? Not a problem. The ETAK navigation system was ready to display a present location and destination within a map on a color video screen, even picking out the best route to follow.

Created under the direction of Vice President Charles M. Jordan, the Cadillac Voyage concept car was more than a mere styling exercise from the General Motors Design Staff. It was created as a working prototype that could hold four passengers. Cadillac chief John O. Grettenberger called it "a rolling laboratory designed to evaluate future Cadillac vehicle concepts." An electronic 4-speed transmission delivered power to all four wheels.

If a four-door concept car for the future attracted so many enthusiastic gapers, why not a similarly stimulating two-door coupe? Thus arrived the Cadillac Solitaire concept car, which toured the 1989 show circuit. Both its electronic/mechanical features and form evolved from the prior Voyage. Shifting to a deep maroon color scheme helped disguise the fact that the grille, the front and rear movable skirts, and a host of other details were little more than carryovers.

The Voyage dashboard continued the theme of elegant, futuristic travel.
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An expansive dome of tinted, safety net glass stretched from the Cadillac Solitaire's windshield base to the rear passenger area, intended to provide not only superior visibility but the feeling of a convertible.

The windshield darkened automatically as soon as the bright sun came out, while the dome was controlled by the driver to block out a portion of the sun's rays. That way, the interior could stay cooler on hot, sunny days, and use the sun's warmth to keep the interior warm on cold days.

Keep reading to learn more about the Cadillac Solitaire concept car.

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