Cadillac ELR News

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    After a long and tortured development process and a short life, GM has quietly euthanized its Cadillac ELR range-extended electric luxury coupe. The derivative of the first-generation Chevrolet Volt was intended to sell at a higher price, to help recoup some of the development costs of the Voltec plug-in hybrid technology. But the small two-door coupe, while striking, launched in 2013 carrying a price of $75,000—and massive sticker shock doomed its chances. DON'T MISS: $75,000 Cadillac ELR Coupe Price Was 'Overestimate', Chief Marketer Says GM didn't announce the death of the ELR; it...

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    Cadillac ELR Is Walking Dead (But May Be Great, Rare Used Car)

    You almost have to pity the Cadillac ELR range-extended electric coupe: It's a very pretty car with luxurious appointments, but no one wants to buy it. And if the rumors that now-departed General Motors CEO Dan Akerson personally set its initial price at $75,000 are true, you have to wonder how it...

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    Cadillac ELR A 'Disappointment,' Plug-In Hybrids For Most Models: Marketing Chief

    When it was unveiled at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, the Cadillac Converj concept was widely lauded for its looks. That was likely the last time the car that became the Cadillac ELR range-extended electric luxury coupe won any praise. After an on-again, off-again, on-again history and a launch at...

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    $75,000 Cadillac ELR Coupe Price Was 'Overestimate', Chief Marketer Says

    The Cadillac Converj concept, a range-extended electric coupe design, debuted to favorable reviews in January 2009. That was pretty much the last time much went right for the car, which went on sale in December 2013 as the 2014 Cadillac ELR. Now Cadillac's head marketer has admitted that pricing...

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    2016 Cadillac ELR: More Performance, More Range, Lower Price

    The specifications of the updated 2016 Cadillac ELR range-extended electric car were released this morning, and one big question has been answered. The luxury coupe will not use the revised Voltec powertrain that propels the new second-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt on sale later this year. But it...

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    2016 Chevrolet Volt To Add On-Demand Regenerative Braking

    With little morethan three weeks to go until the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is revealed, its maker is dribbling out more tantalizing details on the all-new car. The latest is a YouTube video published yesterday that shows two members of the development team--familiar faces to Volt fans--demonstrating a...

  • Scion iM Concept to be shown at 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

    The Los Angeles Auto Show held every November has the reputation of being a showplace for green cars. From design exercises to "concept cars" that are thinly future disguised production models to actual new models appearing at dealers, the cars in LA are expected to have a strong green tinge. And the show built its reputation partly on being in California, by far the most aggressive state in cutting auto emissions and reducing the carbon footprint of road vehicles. But this year, so far, it's been slim pickings for green-car fans. In fact, we've got just four cars tagged as "green" that we...

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    Updated 2016 Cadillac ELR Electric Coupe For LA Auto Show

    While much of the electric-car world is anticipating the next Chevy Volt, which will launch in January, GM's other range-extended electric car will be getting some changes before then. According to Edmunds, an updated 2016 Cadillac ELR will debut in November at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. DON'T...

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    Cadillac ELR Not A Tesla Competitor, GM Exec Acknowledges

    Mark Reuss, the head of global product development for General Motors, has acknowledged that GM may not have a vehicle that competes directly with the Tesla Model S electric luxury sedan. Speaking yesterday at a business breakfast associated with the weekend's Dream Cruise event in Detroit, Reuss...

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    2014 Cadillac ELR: $75K Electric Coupe Gets Five-Figure Discounts, Already

    Ask anyone interested in the Cadillac ELR to name their biggest bone of contention and they'll say one thing: The price. At a shade under $75,000, it's a good $40,000 more expensive than the car it's heavily based on--the Chevrolet Volt. But if you walk into a dealer today and play hard ball, you...

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    'Tree Huggers Don't Buy Luxury Cars,' Says Cadillac Exec On Electric Cars

    So what IS a "tree hugger," anyway? According to a Cadillac executive quoted in The Detroit News a week ago, it's someone who never buys luxury cars. That phrase leaped out at us from an otherwise pro forma article in which General Motors executives said the company's sales hadn't been affected by...

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    2014 Cadillac ELR Recalled For Stability-Control Software Issue

    GM will recall 656 2014 Cadillac ELR coupes to fix a software glitch.

  • Ford C-Max Energi 'Upside' parody advert

    Why do we work so hard? Because hard work means "anything is possible"--and maybe you'll get a nice pool and a fancy car out of it. At least, that's the answer if Cadillac's "Poolside" ad for its ELR range-extended electric luxury coupe was to be believed. MUST SEE: Tesla Model S To Get Titanium Battery Shield, Plus Deflectors: BREAKING But Ford has different ideas. In an excellent parody of that very polarizing Cadillac ad--called "Upside"--the main character suggests that a better reason for working hard is "to make the world better". The hard-working ethos is the same, but the attitude...

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    Cadillac ELR Wasn't Originally Used In 'Provocative' Ad

    In general, getting people talking about your ad is a good way to get people talking about your car. In the case of "Poolside"--an ad for the 2014 Cadillac ELR range-extended electric luxury coupe aired during the Oscars and the Sochi Olympics--however, not all the talk has been favorable. MORE...

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    2014 Cadillac ELR: Gorgeous, Too-Pricey Electric Luxury Coupe

    Let's get one thing out of the way up front: The 2014 Cadillac ELR is rather more than a "tarted-up Volt," in the words of more than one commentator. It's a quiet, smooth, adequately powerful and very stylish coupe with a luxurious interior, and it runs on GM's most advanced range-extended electric...

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    How Financial Analysts (And Many Others) Misunderstand Tesla's Competitors

    Startup electric-car maker Tesla Motors and its sleek Model S luxury sport sedan have generated more media coverage over the last three years than many well-established car companies. But at least some of that coverage is woefully, hilariously out of touch with the actual world of real people...

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    Ominous Sign For 2014 Cadillac ELR: Half Of Dealers Turn It Down

    Sales of Cadillac's ELR range-extended luxury coupe are... well, they're not high right now. But that's okay, since Cadillac hasn't set itself huge targets for the Volt-based coupe. It's a niche product, not a volume model. Less okay is that nearly half of the brand's dealers have decided not to...

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    2014 Cadillac ELR Ad: What Does It Say About Who Buys Electric Cars? (Video)

    Well, if this is the guy who's actually going to buy a 2014 Cadillac ELR, there may be some interesting conversations to come with Nissan Leaf owners. This ELR driver is a hard-charging, self-assured, contemptuous-of-vacations, modern-home-owning middle-aged white male, as portrayed in a recent...

  • 2014 Cadillac ELR at Detroit-Hamtramck

    When the price of the 2014 Cadillac ELR range-extended luxury coupe was announced last October--it's $75,995--the gasps and shrieking could be heard throughout the plug-in electric car world. Yesterday, Cadillac sweetened the pot a bit: It said it would offer a "complimentary" 240-Volt Level 2 home charging station, and the installation to go with it, to "early buyers" of the 2014 ELR. MORE: FINAL UPDATE: Plug-In Electric Car Sales For 2013 Near Double Previous Year's We've reached out to Cadillac to get more clarity on exactly how it will define who qualifies as an early buyer--whether it's...

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    2014 Cadillac ELR Software Gives Hints Of Future Voltec Uses

    General Motors' Voltec drivetrain, the range-extended plug-in setup used on the Chevrolet Volt and the new 2014 Cadillac ELR, is among the most advanced drivetrains on the roads. That's not to say there isn't room for greater improvement though, and that's exactly what GM is doing. In fact, as...

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    2014 Cadillac ELR Luxury Electric Coupe: Now En Route To Dealers

    The 2014 Cadillac ELR is now shipping to dealers.

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    Consumer Reports Verdict: 2014 Cadillac ELR 'Priced Out Of Its League'

    The Cadillac ELR extended-range electric car is too expensive, Consumer Reports says.

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    GM: Buyers Will Compare Cadillac ELR To BMW 6-Series

    GM has offered one reason the Chevy Volt-based Cadillac ELR is so expensive, but it's not the reason you might have been expecting. Priced similarly to Tesla's Model S sedan, it's logical to think that Cadillac may be angling for undecided cross-shoppers in the "green luxury" market. Instead...

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    2014 Cadillac ELR: Faster On Gasoline Than On Electricity

    The Cadillac ELR sounds like the perfect car for green-minded buyers after a little more luxury. Underneath is the Chevrolet Volt, a car rated highly by its owners and saving the U.S. millions of gallons of gasoline. On top, a stylish Cadillac silhouette and a typically stunning cabin. The only...

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