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If you've got $75,995 (or so) burning a hole in your pocket and a hankering for the new Cadillac ELR, you'd better call your local dealer before you burn up shoe leather and gasoline to head down there. According to a report on Edmunds, only about 56 percent of the brand's 940 dealers have signed up to carry the premium plug-in hybrid.
As much as we'd like to see the more affluent among us driving on electricity, we can certainly understand the dealers' apparent lack of enthusiasm. The article cites costs of up to $15,000 for tools and training to sell the ELR. Show floor real estate is another consideration for dealers who aren't enthusiastic about sacrificing space for a for a vehicle with initial sales - just 46 units nationwide in the first two months, but that volume is expected to increase - that are as mediocre as our first drive impressions.
Still, for those locations that co-habitate with Chevrolet dealers who already participate in the Volt program, the extra expenditure shouldn't be too onerous. The two vehicles share the same basic electro-mechanical drivetrain, so those dealerships should have most of the needed infrastructure already in place. The bulk of ELR sales, according to Cadillac's global marketing director Jim Vurpillat, are expected to be in along the coasts, in places like California, Miami and New York.Permalink | Email this | Comments
A couple of months ago, a buddy, Zan, had me photograph one of the most epic limos I've ever seen because he was putting it up for sale. It was a restored and very custom 1987 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham limo. It rode on 24" 180 spoke Daytons and air suspension. Other crazy features like a Rolls Royce grille, a chiller for 6 champagne bottles, black mink tail and Swarovski key and keychain, and a new 290HP GM crate motor. A lot of crazy detail went into this thing.
The 2014 World Car of the Year Awards are set to be handed out at the upcoming New York International Auto Show, meaning now is about the time we can start talking about finalists. The official list has been published and we'll admit, there are some surprising entries here.
Selected by 69 jurors from around the world, the list includes some obvious entries - the new Audi A3, Cadillac CTS and Ford Fusion/Mondeo, along with some other, unexpected cars. The polarizing Jeep Cherokee and Lexus IS both made the cut.
We have the entire list of potential winners available in the official WCOTY press release, and we've assembled a gallery of the finalists at the top of the page. You can also scroll down to see the finalists for the luxury, performance, green and design awards. Three finalists will be announced from each group at the Geneva Motor Show, before the winners are announced in the Big Apple.
The 2013 World Car of the Year (shown above) was handed to the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf. Scroll down for the official press release, and then be sure to head to Comments and let us know what you agree and disagree with.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Looking at first-owner cars from the 2011 model year, the study found an average of 133 problems per 100 cars (PP100, for short), up 6 percent from 126 PP100 in last year's study, which covered 2010 model-year vehicles. Disturbingly, the bulk of the increase is being attributed to engine and transmission problems, with a 6 PP100 boost.
Interestingly, JDP notes that "the decline in quality is particularly acute for vehicles with four-cylinder engines, where problem levels increase by nearly 10 PP100." Its findings also noticed that large diesel engines also tended to be more problematic than most five- and six-cylinder engines.
Among individual brands, Lexus has taken the prize for most-dependable nameplate for the third year in a row, registering just 68 problems per 100 vehicles. Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, Acura and Buick rounded out the top of the class with 104, 107, 109 and 112 PP100, respectively.
Broken down into specific models, General Motors brands continued their success, winning eight dependability awards for its 2011 models, including prizes for the Chevrolet Volt, Cadillac Escalade and Buick Lucerne. Toyota followed that up with seven prizes split between its Lexus, Toyota and Scion nameplates, while Honda tallied six wins.
For more information, check out the official press release below.
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Today I learned that in the early to late 2000s, a number of Cadillacs were built in Kaliningrad, Russia. Take that, smoldering embers of Soviet Russia.
The defining component of the Escalade lighting is the vertical exterior lamps. Cadillac has a strong heritage with this style of lighting, which helps to create a distinct visual signature that is instantly recognizable.
We also searched for non-automotive inspiration. We found that in the Hearst Tower in N.Y. which features clean design, vertical orientation and an interplay of glass and metal. There is a strong relationship between the glass and metal in the design of the Escalade lighting features, with metal providing an essential fixed element, similarly to how the metal supports the glass for the iconic building.
This vertical design gives the sense that the lighting elements are floating in space because of the edge-lit blade technology. Each of the five rectangular parabolas in the headlamp appear to float within the lamp and are separated by metal accents. Together, they give the lens the look of fine-cut crystal.
For this car, and all Cadillac vehicles, we use LEDs because they enable our design team to create a distinctive appearance both for day and night driving. It is easy to notice a Cadillac Escalade on the road before even recognizing the sheet-metal because of the bright, white lighting.
Another unique design element that may require a few double-takes to notice is the Cadillac Crest etched into the tail lamp light blade. Intricate detailing like the etched Crest is what we like to call a “third read” — people will discover and appreciate it by spending more time with the vehicle.
There is an unambiguous design element to the lighting of the 2015 Escalade and it is undoubtedly Cadillac.
Martin Davis is a design manager in General Motors’ Lighting Studio and a vehicle lighting specialist. Appropriate lighting, he says, completes the look of a vehicle just as accessories complement good fashion.