The Cadillac Seville was named after the city in Spain. The name was used as a trim level but the original Cadillac Seville parts were shared with GM's X-body cars. It was an important car to compete with the rising popularity of import luxury cars from Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW. The European imports tended to be smaller and better handling than the Cadillac cars and the Seville was meant to appeal to that buyer. The Seville was a big success even though it was priced as the most expensive Cadillac. The second generation was a big change with more formal Daimler-like styling and front wheel drive. Both generations were offered with an unreliable diesel engine. The 1993 model introduced the legendary Northstar V8. It remained front drive up until it was replaced by the rear drive STS in 2005.