Much has been said about Cadillac’s Art & Science design language and its eventual evolution presented by the Cadillac Escala concept, but very little (if not anything at all) has been said about the brand’s line weighting technique.
Look closely at the aluminum trim surrounding the side windows (daylight window openings, or DLOs) on current Cadillacs, and you’ll see that it is thicker in some areas, as it flows from the front of the car to the rear. That’s line weighting.
Cadillac says that it employs line weighting for higher levels of detail, thereby reinforcing the high levels of craftsmanship in its vehicles, and to further emphasize their different proportions, front to back.
The technique came to be when a designer’s sketch was meticulously turned into a design study. The artist used a pencil for the sketch, and the transfer from sketch to prototype was so detailed, that it carried over the variations in line thickness.
Though line weighting is not exclusive to Cadillac (some BMW and Mercedes-Benz use it, too) we believe Cadillac has mastered the method over the various A&S iterations.