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Cadillac Confirms Plans for CT6 Plug-In Hybrid

Fuel economy could top 40 mpg.

by on Apr.20, 2015

The Cadillac CT6 PHEV will be the first in an assortment of plug-in models to follow.

Cadillac has pulled the wraps off a second version of its new CT6 sedan, unveiling a plug-in hybrid version of the flagship model at the Shanghai Motor Show.

The announcement confirms a report by TheDetroitBureau.com earlier this month that also revealed the CT6 PHEV will be the first in a broad range of plug-in hybrids planned by Cadillac covering most of its product line-up by the end of the decade.

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Unlike the current Caddy ELR, however, the Cadillac CT6 PHEV will deliver performance equal to that of the twin-turbo V-6 that will be the top-line gasoline engine for the full-size luxury sedan. But it is also expected to double the fuel economy, which could translate into a combined city/highway rating in excess of 40 miles per gallon.

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Cadillac to Debut CT6 Plug-in Hybrid in Shanghai

Pllug-ins planned “across spectrum of Cadillac cars.”

by on Apr.01, 2015

The new Cadillac CT6 will follow its NY debut with a rollout in China of a plug-in version.

Cadillac will follow this week’s debut of the CT6, with news that its new flagship sedan will also get a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

But the PHEV system set to officially debut at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month won’t be the anemic system found in Caddy’s compact current plug-in model, the compact ELR. It will deliver similar performance to the new twin-turbo V-6 being offered in the CT6. And that system will eventually be used in a variety of other Cadillac models, the brand’s global boss told TheDetroitBureau.com.

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“We’re going to roll out plug-in hybrid technology across the spectrum of Cadillac cars,” promised Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. As a result, “we won’t need a car like the ELR.”

Though Cadillac officials were reluctant to go into extensive detail about the CT6 plug-in hybrid, hoping to maintain some secrets to reveal at the Shanghai show, TheDetroitBureau.com was able to pry loose some of the more critical information.

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First Drive: 2015 Cadillac ELR

Caddy hopes to plug into luxury battery-car market.

by on Dec.02, 2013

The Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid.

Even though U.S. motorists haven’t been all that charged up by the nascent battery-car market, there’s a flood of new products heading for showrooms in the coming month. But while most makers are struggling to drive down prices, betting that the cheaper the product the bigger the demand, a handful of manufacturers are targeting the other end of the spectrum.

Among the brands betting that even affluent buyers want to go green are Porsche, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and, of course, Tesla which has been beating even its own optimistic forecasts with the Model S electric vehicle. A few months from now, Cadillac will join the upscale list with the launch of its new ELR plug-in hybrid.

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Think of it as a mix of something old and something new.  The 2015 Cadillac ELR features the latest take on the maker’s distinctive Art & Science design language – as well as the most elegant and high-tech interior Caddy has ever offered. Under that sexy skin, however, is an updated version of the Voltec plug-in hybrid system already in use in the more mainstream Chevrolet Volt – albeit with some welcome improvements.

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Cadillac Considers More Battery-Car Options

Maker also developing business plan for Elmiraj concept.

by on Oct.31, 2013

Cadillac is looking at adding other battery-based vehicles that would follow the ELR plug-in, shown here.

Even though its new plug-in hybrid, the Cadillac ELR, is still nearly two months from launch, the Detroit luxury maker is giving serious thought to adding more battery-based vehicles to its line-up, TheDetroitBureau.com has learned.

Other models could include an even larger and more upscale offering than the compact ELR, confided Caddy’s global sales chief Bob Ferguson, who said the technology could generate significant interest among buyers – both at home and abroad – who don’t have General Motors’ flagship brand on their radar screens.

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In a wide-ranging discussion, Ferguson also told TheDetroitBureau.com that there is growing support inside GM for transforming the well-reviewed Elmiraj concept vehicle into a production vehicle – and as quickly as possible, though formal corporate approval is not yet a certainty.

“I’m so optimistic about how well (the Cadillac ELR plug-in) will do, especially on the West Coast and in the Northeast,” said Ferguson during a one-on-one discussion with TheDetroitBureau.com. “It will bring us a lot of new customers, I’m sure.”

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Cadillac’s New ELR Spotted in Camouflage

Plug-in to debut at Detroit Auto Show.

by on Jan.08, 2013

There's a Cadillac ELR under the camouflage - seen during tests on the back roads of Southern California.

With somewhere close to 60 new products set to debut at the Detroit Auto Show next week, manufacturers are looking for ways to get their own new products to stand out from the crowd, and TheDetroitBureau.com has received – and posted a number of teasers and preview images in recent days.

One of the more intriguing shots to land in our e-mailbox comes from Cadillac.  The image you see here may bring to mind some of MC Escher’s surrealist works – or perhaps an inkblot test – but under the camouflage is the all-new Caddy ELR plug-in hybrid set to debut at Detroit’s Cobo Center next week.

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The maker has been keeping an equally tight wrap on details, giving just the vaguest outline of what the ELR will bring to the market – and how it will differ from the current Chevrolet Volt plug-in.

“Cadillac customers are going to enjoy the unique features ELR will bring to the market. We’re going to change the way people think about luxury and electrification,” Chris Thomason, ELR’s chief engineer, hints.

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Detroit Plant Will Build New Cadillac ELR Plug-In

Luxury version will get better performance, more features.

by on Oct.16, 2012

Cadillac will get an upscale cousin of the Chevy Volt with next year's launch of the new ELR plug-in.

General Motors will invest $35 million in a Detroit assembly plant so it can begin production of the new Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid about this time next year.

The ELR will be a luxury version of the more mainstream Chevrolet Volt and the European Opel Ampera. Though the maker didn’t reveal specific details, the Cadillac plug-in is expected to not only feature a more luxurious interior but also an upgrade to its battery-based driveline that will deliver improved performance and possibly enhanced range.

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“The ELR will be in a class by itself, further proof of our commitment to electric vehicles and advanced technology,” Mark Reuss, president of General Motors North America, said during an industry trade conference. “People will instantly recognize it as a Cadillac by its distinctive, signature look and true-to-concept exterior design.”

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