Cadillac Ciel Premiers at LA Auto Show
The popularity of new Cadillac vehicles like the Cadillac CTS-V is evident by the vast number of sales seen lately. Available in a sporty two door coupe, the people at Cadillac of Novi can barely keep these vehicles on their lot! If the Cadillac CTS-V is looking for a little company in the popularity slot, Cadillac's Ciel (pronounced C-L) was officially unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
While this concept car will be a huge hit, it also comes with a bigger price tag, rumored to be starting around $100,000 if it ever reaches the production phase. That is a whole lot of luxury!
Built by GM's Advanced Design Center in Southern California, the vehicle itself was was designed to drive down highways with the sun beating on it. Its name, which translates into 'sky' or 'heaven', is a modern take on classic roadster drop tops of the 1940's and 50's. The 3.6-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 and hybrid lithium-ion battery power the LAAS version, which is one-of-a-kind - its olive wood interior came from a 300-year-old tree that fell during a storm outside Naples, Italy. You can't make this stuff up.
"The Ciel is an exploration into the flagship vehicle for Cadillac," stated Niki Smart, exterior design manager at GM. "We're able to spend the entire project duration here in researching and executing the design of the car in the environment it was intended for."1
"We've got independent rear access doors so you can get in and out of the car without bothering the front row," Smart added.2
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