Filed under: Concept Cars, Coupe, Performance, Cadillac, GM, Misc. Auto Shows, Design/Style, Luxury
Two years ago, Cadillac absolutely floored us with the debut of its gorgeous Ciel concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. And since that droptop four-door's debut, we've seen plenty of its design language worked into the latest Cadillac products. Now, we're seriously hoping that history will repeat itself with this stunning new Elmiraj coupe concept, which makes its first public appearance in Monterey this week.
Cadillac states that the Elmiraj concept simply showcases the next step forward for the brand's Art & Science design DNA, and doesn't necessarily preview an upcoming model. But if you told us the Elmiraj was a conceptual look at the next-generation CTS Coupe, we'd believe you. At 207 inches long, 76 inches wide and 55 inches tall, its dimensions are only slightly larger than the current two-door CTS.
Regardless of what the Elmiraj does or does not become, it's certainly a fantastic modern interpretation of the classic GT formula with its short front overhang, long hood, rakish roofline and petite rear deck. The strong character lines running along the sides and exaggerated 22-inch wheels round out the beautiful coupe, and Cadillac's signature vertical LED lighting elements are found at the front and rear. Also take note: the badge on the grille is a crest without a wreath,... [Read More]
See more Cadillac Elmiraj Concept photos at AutoGuide.com
A stunning rear-wheel drive luxury coupe powered by a twin-turbo V8 engine making 500 hp. And it’s from America? Yes, the Cadillac Elmiraj concept is so spectacular you won’t believe your eyes.
Unveiled tonight at a private event as a part of festivities surrounding the Pebble Beach concours in Monterey, California the new two-door concept car is a look forward at a potential new flagship model for the flourishing luxury brand. Showcasing a new vision for luxury driving, the Elmiraj measures in at 205 inches in length and is a four-seater coupe with presence and poise.
Essentially, the American automaker took up where it had left off with the Ciel Concept, with the Elmiraj built on a new vehicle architecture that is part of Cadillac’s ongoing development project for lightweight, rear-wheel-drive performance. Powering the Elmiraj is a 4.5-liter, twin-turbo V8 with an estimated 500 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque and is based on the new Cadillac twin-turbo V6 found in the 2014 CTS Vsport edition model, which comes with 420 horsepower.
Simply put, Cadillac wanted to make a mature statement with its newest concept with 22-inch wheels backed by large, ceramic brakes with Cadillac monoblock calipers. While the styling of the Elmiraj has new elements, it is unmistakably Cadillac. The front grille emphasizes the vehicle’s substantial road presence while the Cadillac Crest appears in conceptual form, streamlined and tailored to the overall design of the Elmiraj.
Inside, the 2+2 layout sports high-performance seats that were designed to support spirited driving while offering no-compromise luxury. According to the American automaker, the front bucket seat slides 10 inches forward while the rear buckets can recline for additional comfort. A 10-inch touchscreen navigation is concealed inside the instrument panel when it’s not in use.
“We were influenced in particular by the 1967 Eldorado, both its actual design and the fact that in its time that car was a very stark contrast and a new direction. More recent design like the CTS-V Coupe and the ELR are provocative,” said Dean, the advanced design director. “Both of these cars were major statements of performance and luxury and drove Cadillac forward into new territory.”
Filed under: SUV, Cadillac, Luxury
Cadillac will unveil the next Escalade in October, at an event in New York City. It will be the sole member of GM's large SUV family to not get a debut at the Texas State Fair, which we don't think is all that surprising, considering the kind of clientele attracted by the big Caddy.
The new truck, from the few teaser images and spy shots we've seen, has evolved with the rest of the Cadillac range. We've got a glimpse of its tall, thin headlights, which look like an evolution of what's on the current truck. Expect some kind of egg-crate grille, reminiscent of the new CTS and ATS, while Cadillac's CUE system should feature heavily in what we hope is a thoroughly revised cabin.
The event takes place on October 7, so check back then for more info on the all-new Escalade.Next-gen Cadillac Escalade debuting October 7 in NYC originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 14 Aug 2013 10:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Filed under: Hirings/Firings/Layoffs, Cadillac
The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Cadillac's vice president of global strategic development, Don Butler, has resigned. Butler has held the position since April, after a term as vice president of US marketing for General Motor's luxury brand.
As the report explains, the timing here is pretty unfortunate for Cadillac. Butler is the third high-profile member of Cadillac's brass to depart in recent months, following the firing of US sales boss Chase Hawkins and the pending departure of Susan Docherty. Cadillac spokesman David Caldwell told the Detroit paper, "Bob [Ferguson]," global boss for Cadillac, "and other leaders asked him to stay on. Don's here in the office today - and told our team that his decision is purely on a personal level. After three years of putting everything into Cadillac, he is stepping away for some personal time, and to consider new avenues in his life."
Butler says his decision is part of a decision to "recalibrate, reassess my priorities." Whatever the reason, it's an unpleasant surprise for Cadillac, which has been on a surge in 2013, with 30-percent jump in sales on the heels of the hot-selling ATS.Cadillac's Butler announces surprise departure originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 05 Aug 2013 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Filed under: Car Buying, Sedan, Cadillac, Luxury
The BMW 3 Series has long been the benchmark for small and sporty luxury vehicles, but the Cadillac ATS has come on strong in its short time on the market as a true rival in this segment. As impressive as Cadillac's new compact sedan is, however, Automotive News is reporting that the car is still lagging behind the 3 Series when it comes to actual transaction pricing.
According to the article, the average transaction price for the ATS is $39,459 while the 3 Series is at a much larger $44,764, but, just as importantly, Cadillac has about $500 more in incentives on the ATS compared to BMW. Transaction prices are much closer to cars like the Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4. Of course, this is all with the ATS trying to take on its small,sport sedan rivals with a single bodystyle and limited powertrain options compared to the numerous options available from the German automakers in this class.
This uneven battle won't last long, though, as recent spy shots have revealed that Cadillac is hard at work on a high-performance ATS-V and an ATS Coupe. No official word as to when either of these models will be unveiled, but with auto show season set to kick off, we're expecting sooner rather than later. The best news for the ATS is that the Automotive News says sales of the ATS are on target and that 74 percent of ATS buyers are new to Cadillac - two important factors for the brand as it tries to break into this tough segment.Cadillac ATS failing to command BMW 3... [Read More]
Filed under: Marketing/Advertising, Cadillac, Design/Style, Luxury
The easily recognizable Cadillac logo dates back to the company's founding in the early 1900s, but over the last 110 years, there has been an on-again, off-again love affair with the wreath surrounding the crest. Cadillac's current badge design has used the wreath since the 1980s, but Automotive News is reporting that GM's luxury division is planning to ditch the laurel wreath for a cleaner-looking logo.
The new logo could make its debut as early as next month on a new concept car that will be revealed at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, although the report also says that it might be until 2015 before it makes its way to a production car. Even then, it doesn't like anything has been finalized yet, as the article also says that plans could still change.
As Cadillac looks to improve its global presence as a luxury automaker, the report says that a simpler logo could make it easier for designers to incorporate the badge onto the car - either in the grille or above the grille (possibly in a fashion similar to Mercedes-Benz). Head on over to the AN article, which shows the Cadillac logo dating back to its earliest design.Cadillac logo losing its wreath? originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Filed under: Sedan, Cadillac, Luxury
It seems that during a recent affair showing off the 2014 Cadillac CTS, General Motors CEO Dan Akerson confirmed reports regarding a new Cadillac flagship sedan. According to USA Today, which Akerson was visiting, he said that a sedan larger than the XTS would debut within the next two years.
This matches up with what we heard earlier in the month about a Cadillac model that will go up against the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class (not a pricier, low-volume sedan also discussed in that article). But this is the first time a high-profile executive name has been attributed to such a report, and the first time a broad timeframe has been mentioned. This article adds that the unnamed car will be rear-, and all-wheel drive with a platform "loosely based" on the new CTS, with styling closer to that car than recent Cadillac concept vehicles. The XTS will continue production of course, as well. Akerson says Cadillac will get a larger sedan within two years originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Filed under: Hirings/Firings/Layoffs, Cadillac, GM
Amidst a good year for Cadillac, which is experiencing higher sales gains than any other US brand this year, the US sales chief has been fired over a policy violation, Automotive News reports.
The sales chief, Chase Hawkins, "has left effective immediately," GM spokesman David Caldwell told Automotive News. Caldwell went on to say that Hawkins' replacement would be chosen soon.
Hawkins became the US sales chief in June 2012, and before that was the regional sales director for Cadillac in the Northeast US, overseeing 168 dealerships.
In a brief phone interview, Hawkins told Automotive News that his firing had more to do with a personal issue than a company violation, and he left it at that.Cadillac sales chief fired over policy violation originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 21 Jul 2013 08:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Filed under: Europe, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GM, GMC, Opel, Vauxhall
European Concerns Drive GM, But Beware Of The French Connection
GM's bid to rationalize Europe will impact the products that will be offered domestically.It seems that Europe is defining the future of General Motors more so than its home North American market. Having axed Saturn, Pontiac and Hummer, GM has done a fairly good job of repositioning its remaining four divisions, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick and GMC. Cadillac carries the luxury banner. Chevrolet is aimed at the masses with cars and trucks along with a nod to performance thanks to Camaro and Corvette. Buick bridges the premium gap between Chevy and Cadillac, while GMC offers a hardcore work/upscale proposition.
But recent moves by GM show that many of its decisions are influenced by European competitors, as well as the company's desire to get its house in order on the other side of the Atlantic. Europe continues to bleed cash and GM's bid to rationalize those operations will have an impact on the types of products that will be offered domestically.
Matt DeLorenzo is the former editor-in-chief of
Road & Track and has covered the auto industry for 35 years, including stints at
Automotive News and
AutoWeek. He has authored books including
VW's New Beetle, Chrysler's Modern Concept Cars, and
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Filed under: Sedan, Government/Legal, Safety, Cadillac, Lincoln, Celebrities, Specialty
President Obama has used the same armored limo since his inauguration in 2008. Known by many as The Beast, the Presidential Limo was provided by Cadillac and earned its nickname in large part because of its massive size, which isn't surprising considering that its Caddy-shaped bodywork is said to sit atop a heavy-duty truck chassis.
It seems the Secret Service may be in the market for a Beast replacement, having issued a request for proposals for a new armored limo. According to Motor Trend, Obama's backup limo is a leftover from the Bush Administration, so it will be interesting to see if this new machine will serve as a replacement for The Beast or for its backup. The contract is to be awarded by September 29, 2013.
The boys from MT contacted Cadillac, Lincoln and Chrysler, and Chrysler is the only one that would confirm that it is not pursuing the contract. Cadillac may have the inside track, as it has provided Presidential limos since 1993, but Lincoln also has a long and storied history of chauffeuring the President.
Since the entire project is classified (should we even be talking about this?), we don't expect to hear any information from The White House or any automakers before actually seeing its results. That said, stay tuned for any more information if and when we hear it.Cadillac to vie for Secret Service armored car contract, new Beast? originally appeared on ... [Read More]