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 Post subject: Cadillac ELR plug-in luxury car makes debut
PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:29 pm 
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At long last, General Motors will have a luxury car that uses the same technology as its breakthrough Chevrolet Volt.

It's the 2014 Cadillac ELR, being unveiled today at the North American International Auto Show here. It's an extended-range hybrid, meaning it's a plug-in electric with a backup gas engine.

But as a luxury car, it's more likely to sell at a price that its customers expect than the plain-Jane, $39,995 Chevy Volt.

"ELR is an unprecedented combination of luxury, advanced engineering and progressive design in a coupe that is both sporty and environmentally friendly," says Bob Ferguson, Cadillac global vice president, in a statement. "This is a pivotal moment in Cadillac's history, as we continue our product-driven expansion."

If its range ends up like the Volt, the ELR can be plugged in overnight for electric-only driving -- about 35 miles in the Volt -- before the gas engine takes over. ELR, however, is likely to be heavier because of all the luxury gear on board, which could cut its mileage a bit.

It's going have LED lighting, including daytime running lights, and 20-inch wheels. It will have fancy leather seats and Cadillac's CUE navigation system. There will also be a full suite of Cadillac's advanced systems, including forward collision alert, blind-spot detection and cross-traffic alert.

ELR production begins later this year, starting with the U.S. and expanding next year to global markets such as China and Europe.
Read more in Cadillac ELR Forum.


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