"No other car manufacturer can say they have been making luxury cars for over 100 years, not even Lexus. To me, Lexus makes good cars, but in my mind, they are so new at it, and everyone just jumped on these cars because of the "feeling" of quality. Now I must stop because my thoughts are wandering and I fear I may not be able to explain clearly."
Ralph, I agree with most of what you wrote except for a couple of points. Oriignally, Cadillac did not set out to make luxury cars. Cadillac was first known for making well-built, precision engineered cars. those cars eventually eveolved inot expensive, high-end, luxury cars. Second. Benz (which also started out as Cadillac, making precision, well-built cars) has been making cars longer than Cadillac. Benz has the claim as the longest-lived luxury car brand in the world.
Having said that, I agree with you 100% ont he issue of Lexus. Lexus is the new kid in town and until they can prove their worth, through sheer longevity, they will remain nothing but a tarted-up Toyota. Incidentally, Lexus is now having some of the same problems than GM has been having with brand-confusion. A top of the line toyota SUV, fully optioned, rides as well, is finished as well and has the same over-all quality feel than the top of the line Lexus SUV. Only difference between the two? Several thousands dollars
So, unless you need to have the Lexus plate attached to your vehicle, the smart shopper would (should) opt for the Toyota SUV and take the money saved and spend it on a vacation.
On the Mercedes board that I "visit" people are having the same kind of Benz vs. Lexus debate. The general consensus there is (like you Ralph) that Lexus is a nice car, but they have not been around long enough to prove their worth, over the long run.
My father likes to buy Cadillacs. He has been owning Cadillacs for a long time. My godfather also owned Cadillac. One of my fondest childhood memories was of my godfather coming to visit us driving what must have been one of the last Cadillacs imported to Cuba , before Castro went commie and the embargo set in
I like Cadillac, I like Benz--I consider myself fortunate to have been able to own both brands.