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 engines.
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
2000 Automotive Notes
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