LED taillights becoming a trend in mass market vehicles

Article by Anita Panait, on December 23, 2011

More mass-market car models now sport LED lights, which were once limited to the luxury vehicles. L.E.K. Consulting of London predicts that by 2016 model year, around 29% of vehicles made in North America will don LED taillights, up from 19% in the 2011 model year. LED headlights are another story since only a percent of North American-produced cars will sport the lights, L.E.K. forecasts.

The first to put LED lights on cars was Cadillac, with its 2000 Cadillac DeVille that has LED taillights. Other marques like Audi then joined the bandwagon. Kia gave its 2012 Soul model LED daytime running lights and taillights. Dodge made LED taillights as brand signature for its Charger vehicles. According to Steffen Pietzonka of LED light manufacturer Hella KGaA Hueck & Co, LED taillights have become a “style statement” as it offers “huge styling opportunities. “

Pietzonka forecasted that for the next four years, many entry-level and mid-sized vehicles will have LEDs.

GM brought the first major redesign of the Deville in 2000, marking the move from the K platform used since 1994 to the G platform. Production for the new Deville began in August 1999. It has a completely redesigned exterior, which features a more elegant, sportier, and more aerodynamic personality, as well as a drag coefficient of 0.30. The interior has also been revamped to include all-new door panels and seats. Meanwhile, the radio face and the dashboard only got minor facelifts.

The Deville had the Cadillac Night Vision, the first-series worldwide production night vision, which had been developed with Raytheon and which worked with the use of a passive infrared sensor camera set up behind the grille. However, this automotive night vision system was discontinued in 2004. The sensor picks up the infrared radiation, which is then processed by computer and displayed on the vehicle’s windshield through the automotive head-up display. This information is shown as a black-and-white image, where warmer objects are in white and cooler objects are in black. Because this system generates a standard NTSC composite video signal, with the used parts being easy to find, it has been used for other vehicles fitted with thermal night vision.

Moreover, the 2000 DeVille was one of the first-prod vehicles to use LED tail lamps, which has become increasingly commonplace now among family and luxury cars.

The “d'Elegance” was renamed “DeVille DHS” or DeVille High Luxury Sedan, wherein several cabin comfort features include heated or massaging rear seats and power rear window sunshade. Then there’s the performance DeVille Concours, which designation was replaced with “DeVille DTS” or DeVille Touring Sedan, and which offer stability control and a CVRSS or continuously variable road sensing suspension with MagnetRide magnetorheological dampers, and onboard navigation.

The DeVille’s final edition lasted through the major 2000 redesign yet ended production in June 2005. This was replaced by the renamed DeVille DTS for 2006.

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