PMD's (or WG???) latest Rant, this on the ELR (and I quote w/o permission, but anyhow...)
"This week, our "Quick Take" has us in the 2014 Cadillac ELR, Cadillac's extended-range electric vehicle. And let's get this out of the way up front: It's way overpriced. Way. Overpriced. Did I mention that it's overpriced? Okay, onward. The ELR shares its underpinnings with the Chevrolet Volt, but there's no mistaking that this is a Cadillac all the way. Based on the Converj concept vehicle from 2009, the ELR is sleek and aggressive looking, carrying Cadillac's strong, sculptural design cues from nose to tail. It feels solid and substantial (okay, maybe a bit heavy), but I like that in a luxury vehicle. And the interior is particularly tasteful, with a combination of wood, leather and microfiber suede surfaces - and all the features and blah, blah, blah that you would expect in a car in this category. (Although I must say I wasn't expecting the "vibrating pulse patterns" on either side of the seat bolster that caused a vague tingling in my thighs at various times. Once I figured out that it was the Safety Alert Seat and not a medical event, I was sort of able to adjust to it. I'm not sure if it's actually a help or a nuisance, but whatever.) There are some drawbacks, as others have noted. The backseat is a joke, and the trunk opening is exceptionally small, to the point that I found myself cramming my stuff in the passenger seat instead (which of course set off the seat belt chime because it thought my groceries were a person!). The ELR features a full driving range of 340 miles, the first 37 of them coming from the 16.5-kWh lithium-ion battery. From the pure electric mode, the ELR then seamlessly switches over to the Ecotec 1.4L gasoline engine. THIS IS THE REASON TO GET THE ELR. THERE IS NO OTHER REASON. You either buy into the elegance of the electric battery/gasoline backup system, as offered by the ELR (and the Volt) - or you don't. To the cynics who say it's just a gussied-up Volt, I say, it isn't, but fine, get a Volt then. The point here is that the technology in both the ELR and the Volt is a true game-changer. And I'm not sure why, but that message is not being delivered or received. Personally, I. Would. Love. One. -WG
"2014 Cadillac ELR: $82,135 ($75,000 Base Price; Ashen Gray Exterior; Kona Brown w/Jet Black Accents Interior, $2450; Lithium Ion Battery Propulsion; ERev electric drive unit; 1.4-liter internal combustion engine; Regen on demand; Selectable drive mode (normal/sport/mountain/hold); Adaptive Sport Suspension System; Stabilitrak stability control; Full leather seats with 20-way adjustable front seats, includes 10-way power seat adjust, 4-way power lumbar, 4-way manual adjust head restraints and 2-way manual thigh support; Full-speed range adaptive cruise control with auto collision preparation and intelligent brake assist, $1995; Luxury Package - 20" ultra-bright machined aluminum wheels w/midnight silver premium paint, IntelliBeam headlamps, rear cross traffic alert, side blind zone alert - $1695; Destination Charge, $995)"
This is basically a summary of everything that has been debated for months on this forum with the bottom line being that the car cost too much. But, hey, they liked the car, so thumbs-up for that!
You can read more here:
http://www.autoextremist.com/ (A Rant on GM marketing is on this page...)
http://www.autoextremist.com/on-the-table1/ (A continuation of the above quote is near bottom of this page.)