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 Post subject: Cadillac sells 152 ELRs in October
PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 10:11 am 
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Last month, in October, the Cadillac ELR sold 152 copies - which brings the 2014 total to 1037 so far!

However, this means overall ELR inventory levels are dropping, and GM has already said there will be no 2015 model year ELR, but a refreshed ELR will appear in the following year.

Actually, the refreshed ELR will be shown later this month at the LA Auto Show.


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 Post subject: Re: Cadillac sells 152 ELRs in October
PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 12:13 am 
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The 2016 Cadillac ELR is slated to be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week. As noted above by klaus, Cadillac is skipping the 2015 model year because it's going to take until the release of the 2016 model to unload all the 2014 inventory still sitting on dealer lots.

It's expected that the 2016 ELR will have the same base price as the 2014 ELR, namely $75,000 plus a $995 delivery charge. Considering that the 2014 ELR required discounts of up to $25,000 to move a majority of those cars, what would the 2016 ELR need to have to convince you to buy it at full price?

Here's my own list of upgrades that might convince me to trade in my 2014 model for the new 2016 ELR:

1) In EV mode, 0-60 in 6.5 seconds; in Extended Range mode, 0-60 in 5.5 seconds
2) Sport+ Mode that combines Hold mode with Sport mode in order to achieve faster acceleration before the battery is depleted
3) Cooled front seats
4) A 17.1 kWh battery (or better, since a 19.2 kWh battery is rumored for the Gen II Volt) for 39-45 average miles of electric-only range
5) A quieter (or better sound insulated) range extender engine (preferably the 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine being used in the Gen II Volt)
6) All the sluggishness, bugs, illogical interface issues, music track sorting problems, and annoyances with the C.U.E. system resolved
7) Includes a setting to disable the vehicle's intrusive and irritating "vehicle left on" triple-honk (also know as the "vehicle has been remote started for preconditioning and you opened and closed the trunk or passenger door" alert), just as the 2014 ELR allows the driver to disable the similar "keyfob left in vehicle" alert.
8) A reverse camera that doesn't look like a 75% Gaussian blur has been applied to the image at night, and one that displays at full illumination even when the illumination control thumbwheel is dialed all the way down for normal driving
9) Ability of the illumination control thumbwheel to dial down the brightness of the center stack display at night by an additional 50% of what is possible in the too-bright 2015 ELR
10) Ability to manually enable the illumination control thumbwheel on dim, cloudy days that aren't quite dark enough to switch the car to night mode
11) All the various little vehicle annoyances that add up to be frustrating in general, such as doors that won't let the driver or passenger exit without first pressing the unlock button, a passenger door sill that always blocks a portion of the driver's view of the side mirror, the inability to adjust the rearview mirror without a portion of the view being blocked by the overhead console, etc.
12) A hatchback instead of a trunk.
13) All Wheel Drive, or at least Rear-Wheel Drive (as unlikely as both are)

Naturally, if none of the above "engineering enhancements" are included in the 2016 model, and Cadillac inexplicably refuses to budge on the base price, then look for a continuation of those steep $25k discounts a few months after the 2016 goes on sale!


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 Post subject: Re: Cadillac sells 152 ELRs in October
PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 11:13 am 
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The LA Auto Show press schedule shows Cadillac debuting new vehicles on Wednesday (November 19, 2014) at 9:30 a.m.

One of those will be the ATS-V; hopefully the 2016 ELR will also be revealed at that time.


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