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2014 Cadillac ELR

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  • Cadillac ELR
  • Year:
    2014
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    162
  • Torque @ RPM:
    295
  • Energy:
    Sequential multi-port fuel injectors
  • Displacement:
    1.4 L
  • 0-60 time:
    7.8 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    106 mph
  • Price:
    75000
  • car fuel:
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Cadillac unveiled a first ELR concept back in 2011 and ever since then everyone was pretty sure a production will also follow. Things got pretty clear in 2012 when a leak from OnStar confirmed Cadillac will dive into the hybrid realm with a vehicle not named "Escalade." The model finally made its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and according to the first official details we have, it offers "an unprecedented combination of luxury, advanced engineering and progressive design."

However, this is not the first time in Caddy’s long history that it’s tread into the economy car world. The first one was the laughably Cavalier-like Cimarron. If you recall, Cadillac was so embarrassed by the Cimarron that the automaker refused to call it a Cadillac and instead dubbed it the “Cimarron by Cadillac” originally. GM later forced a name change to “Cadillac Cimarron.”

Needless to say Caddy does not want to relive those days, so they took things pretty serious with the ELR. The model is being powered by the latest GM EREV technology that combined a pure electric drive and an efficient, range-extending 1.4 liter gasoline-powered electric generator.

Updated 02/10/2014: Cadillac unveiled a first commercial for its new ELR electric coupe featuring actor Neil McDonough. Enjoy!

Updated 03/25/2014: Cadillac unveiled a new video for the new ELR coupe which hopes it will help it sell the electric coupe better. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read the entire review to see if the ELR will end up on TIME’s “50 Worst Cars of All Time” list alongside the Cimarron.

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Cadillac Will Drop The ELR From Its Lineup

Cadillac Will Drop The ELR From Its Lineup

The Cadillac ELR may not make it to the end of the decade.

Sometimes a car just doesn’t sell well for one reason or another, as is the case with the Cadillac ELR plug-in coupe. Maybe it was the hefty price of the ELRor maybe nobody wanted a glorified Chevy Volt – either way, the president of Cadillac, Johan de Nysschen, has confirmed that there are no plans for a successor to the ELR.

During the media drive for the CT6 sedan, Nysschen told reporters, “I plan to continue admiring it as one of the most beautiful cars on four wheels, but we don’t plan further investment.”

Even though there are no plans for a successor, Nysscen did say that it would remain on the market for as long as people want to buy it. Then again, that doesn’t mean a whole lot considering only 1,024 models were sold last year – that computes to a drop of 22 percent. Even after a $10,000 cut in price for the 2016 model year, the car still has a current sticker price of $57,500 including the $7,500 tax credit deduction. When it comes to the ELR, Cadillac is learning the hard way that it is best to just cut your losses and move on.

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2016 Cadillac ELR

2016 Cadillac ELR

Cadillac has given its ELR hybrid coupe a serious refresh for 2016, with more power and better handling, more standard interior tech, and most importantly, a $10,000 lower price. The changes are a vital lifeline for the struggling two-door, designed to bring it back from the dead in terms of sales. By all accounts, it appears as though Cadillac has addressed each of the major issues that landed the old ELR on our list of 10 Worst Cars of 2014. But the question remains: is it enough?

Cadillac claims the ELR is the “first application of extended-range electric vehicle technology by a full-time luxury automotive brand,” which means it should hold prominence in an EV market where competition grows fiercer by the day. However, that position didn’t do much good for the old model: sure, it was a stunning piece of design on the outside, incorporating much of the hard angles, raked profile and futuristic styling from the 2009 Converj concept. But once you dug into the details, things started to go wrong. The drivetrain was a carryover from the Chevy Volt, which means it was ploddingly slow. The biggest transgression, however, was the price – at $76,000, the old ELR was deep into Tesla Model S territory. Now, Cadillac hopes to rectify these mistakes for 2016.

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2014 TopSpeed Year in Review

2014 TopSpeed Year in Review

2015 is almost upon us, car lovers, and TopSpeed has one last post to close out the year that was 2014! As this little blue green ball we all inhabit completes yet another revolution around that warm spot of fusing hydrogen hanging in the sky, we tend to revert back to the time-honored tradition of summarizing a few of the big events that transpired over the course of the year. It’s a crossroads, a time to bask in the glory of past wins, as well as learn from prior mistakes in a bid to avoid such blunders in the future.

In many ways, 2014 was a time of great change and rebirth, with both exciting successes and catastrophic failures laced throughout. We’ve seen the glorious return of heroes like the Dodge Challenger, plus the emergence of exciting new technology like in the Toyota Mirai. Unfortunately, we’ve also seen a glut of niche vehicles stretched thin between a variety of purposes, like the Mercedes GLE Coupe, as well as fatal corporate mistakes in a record-breaking year for automotive recalls.

Usually, we’re a glass-half-full kind of crowd, so we’re tempted to say, overall, this most recent spin around the sun yielded a net gain for the automotive world. Perhaps, but we suppose that’s still open for debate. Regardless, it’s been a mixed bag, no doubt about that. But don’t fret: we’re here to tie it up into one neat package for you.

Click past the jump to read our list of highs and lows from 2014.

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10 Worst Cars of 2014

10 Worst Cars of 2014

While our 10 Best Cars of 2014 article was written to focus on the most newsworthy cars launched in the past year from a positive point of view, we figured that the circle could only be complete if we also take a look at some of the not-so-good vehicles that became part of our world in 2014. Obviously, the presence of some cars on the following list will probably anger a good amount of keyboard warriors and/or diehard fans out there, but that usually goes with the territory and you can’t please every reader every time.

As most of you know, no matter how much soul and poetry a carmaker exudes for some people, the automotive industry is just that, an industry. Industries, like every other business, are here to make money, because otherwise they would simply cease to exist sooner or later. Since marketing is a pretty big part of almost every business’ success, a lot of carmakers rely on intangible details such as brand or model image to sell their products, especially when talking about niche cars.

That is exactly where a lot of them go wrong sometimes, when newly-introduced cars don’t necessarily tick all the right boxes, or at least the minimum required in their brand DNA. From some points of view, this results in a bad car, while from others it simply means that one or more entities that helped to develop said car didn’t do a very good job at some point. Either way, the following list is in no way a professionally-made or objective one and each of the cars on it may very well become a best-seller and a huge success in the future.

With that being said, click past the jump to read more about the 10 Worst Cars Of 2014.

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2016 Cadillac ELR Delayed Due Tto System Integration Difficulties

2016 Cadillac ELR Delayed Due Tto System Integration Difficulties

Launched with great fanfare, the 2014 Cadillac ELR turned out to be a huge disappointment. GM sold roughly 800 examples of the plug-in hybrid coupe, with about half of the Cadillac dealers declining to place any preorders for the vehicle. With that in mind, it’s not at all surprising the manufacturer is elbows deep into rolling out a significantly updated version of the ELR. The revised coupe was initially scheduled to arrive for the 2016 model and make its public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The problem is, the ELR 2.0 didn’t show up alongside the 2016 ATS-V Sedan and Coupe in the City of Angels.

Not that many people noticed its absence, but it’s rather uncommon for such delays to happen in today’s auto industry. However, it seems Cadillac had plenty of reasons not to show the new ELR in Los Angeles, mostly due to system integration difficulties. According to GM Inside News, quoting insider sources, Caddy didn’t have enough time to refine a few of the features that are supposed to turn the ELR into a "highly autonomous vehicle."

Specifics as to what kind of features the source is referring to are scarce, but word has it Cadillac wants to debut GM’s Super Cruise feature with the next ELR. The technology takes control of steering, acceleration and braking at highway speeds or in stop-and-go traffic, which would make the ELR semi-autonomous. Apparently the system, and other features state-of-the-art features slated to find their way into the coupe, are not that easy to integrate, and the debut has been delayed with no target date for a debut. Well that’s a bummer...

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2016 Cadillac ELR-V

2016 Cadillac ELR-V

A high-performance version of the ELR has been in the rumormill ever since Cadillac introduced the plug-in hybrid, but the Detroit-based manufacturer has been rather silent on the matter. The vehicle was engulfed in even more obscurity earlier this year, when GM vice president Mark Reuss said Cadillac is looking at expanding the coupe’s "tuning envelope" without revealing any actual details.

We have no idea what that means, but we might find out by the end of the year because the manufacturer started testing an ELR that appears to be sportier than the standard version launched for the 2014 model year. The news comes via Autoblog, who revealed that a coupe fitted with larger brakes and four-piston Brembo calipers borrowed from the Buick Regal GS just hit the streets.

Details are scarce right now, but an updated brake package can only mean one thing: Cadillac is planting more horsepower under the ELR’s hood. Add the fact that it wears a new grille hidden under a camouflaged nose and a new set of wheels, and it’s evident that a brawnier ELR is starting to take shape.

What’s more, the said coupe has been spotted in the company of a Tesla Model S, the all-electric sedan that’s been smoking Dodge Vipers at the drag strip.

Still, there’s no confirmation that Cadillac is indeed prepping an ELR-V, but we’re definitely looking forward to seeing an ELR with more than 207 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque at its disposal.

Click past the jump to read more about the potential 2016 Cadillac ELR-V.

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2014 Cadillac Saks Fifth Avenue Special Edition ELR

2014 Cadillac Saks Fifth Avenue Special Edition ELR

Even though the Holiday season is about a month away, Cadillac and Saks Fifth Avenue joined forces to develop a special edition Cadillac ELR that will be displayed in the 2013 Saks Holiday Catalog. This special edition is limited to only 100 units, and you can order it now. Caddy will start delivering this limited ELR in March 2014, and it checks in at a base price of $89,500 — nearly $15k more than a base ELR, which is priced at $75,995.

So, what kind of goodies do you get for this extra cash, besides exclusivity? The 2014 Cadillac Saks Fifth Avenue Special Edition ELR features an exclusive White Diamond exterior paint combined with an interior in either Jet Black or Light Cashmere.

The ELR also comes with an upgraded 240-volt charging station with professional installation — permits included — and their own ELR Concierge Representatives to offer information on battery care, home charging, service scheduling, and news and updates.

Oh wait, you were expecting a little more for your $15k... Sorry folks, that’s about all she wrote. We don’t know about this one; exclusivity is cool and all, but $15k for a $3k charger and some exclusive colors, not impressed...

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2014 Cadillac ELR

2014 Cadillac ELR

Cadillac unveiled a first ELR concept back in 2011 and ever since then everyone was pretty sure a production will also follow. Things got pretty clear in 2012 when a leak from OnStar confirmed Cadillac will dive into the hybrid realm with a vehicle not named "Escalade." The model finally made its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and according to the first official details we have, it offers "an unprecedented combination of luxury, advanced engineering and progressive design."

However, this is not the first time in Caddy’s long history that it’s tread into the economy car world. The first one was the laughably Cavalier-like Cimarron. If you recall, Cadillac was so embarrassed by the Cimarron that the automaker refused to call it a Cadillac and instead dubbed it the “Cimarron by Cadillac” originally. GM later forced a name change to “Cadillac Cimarron.”

Needless to say Caddy does not want to relive those days, so they took things pretty serious with the ELR. The model is being powered by the latest GM EREV technology that combined a pure electric drive and an efficient, range-extending 1.4 liter gasoline-powered electric generator.

Updated 02/10/2014: Cadillac unveiled a first commercial for its new ELR electric coupe featuring actor Neil McDonough. Enjoy!

Updated 03/25/2014: Cadillac unveiled a new video for the new ELR coupe which hopes it will help it sell the electric coupe better. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read the entire review to see if the ELR will end up on TIME’s “50 Worst Cars of All Time” list alongside the Cimarron.

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Video: Jay Leno Reviews the 2014 Cadillac ELR

Video: Jay Leno Reviews the 2014 Cadillac ELR

Jay Leno is famous for reviewing classic cars, muscle cars, sports cars and supercars, but sometimes he slides into the driver’s seat of something else. This just so happens to be one of those times, as he focuses his attention on a new electric car: the Cadillac ELR.

The car was delivered to him by Frank Saucedo, Director of Advanced Design at GM, who is also offered a few more details on how the ELR was designed.

The ELR is powered by an electric drive unit, powered by a 16.5kWh T-shaped lithium-ion battery pack. This electric drive unit delivers a total of 207 horsepower and a peak torque of 295 pound-feet. Additionally, the ELR features an 84-horsepower, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that works as an electric generator. This Caddy EV delivers a range of 35 miles of pure electric driving, depending on terrain, driving techniques and temperature, and over 300 miles of total driving with a fully charged battery and a full tank of premium gasoline (9.3 gallons).

Check out the video to see if Leno was impressed how the ELR handled on the road.

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Cadillac ELR Might Get a New Three-Cylinder Engine in the Future

When Cadillac unveiled the new ELR at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, the model arrived with a four-cylinder engine and electric generator that delivered a total of 207 horsepower. In the next two years, however, both the ELR and the Volt could adopt a new three-cylinder engine. The new engine would displace 1.0- or 1.2-liters and will be much more fuel efficient than the current 1.4-liter version.

This new engine will be developed in cooperation with one of the company’s Chinese partners, which asked to remain unnamed "due to the confidential nature of the subject." If approved for production, the new engine will be used for Volt starting 2015 and for the ELR in 2016.

The company announced no specifications for its new engine, but for sure the new engine is part of the company’s strategy to reduce weight by as much as 15 percent by 2016.

There are no details up to this point if the new engine will be offered in the U.S. A GM spokesman said: "We don’t have one right now for the U.S. and I wouldn’t be able to say that we have one planned for the U.S. at this point either. We have not announced any of that."

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Cadillac ELR Testing in California

With just a few days before its official debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, Cadillac photofraphed the production-version Cadillac ELR driving through the mountains of Southern California during development testing. Cadillac was kind enough to offer us this camouflaged image along with the promise that the ELR will "change the way people think about luxury and electrification."

The production-version ELR was previewed in 2011 with the ELR Concept and will likely be offered with the same electric powertrain used in the Chevrolet Volt. However, unlike Volt, the new ELR will offer an increased level of luxury and improved interior comfort. The production version will borrow most of its design elements from the concept version, including the Cadillac’s signature vertical headlights and the vertical LED taillights.

Full details on the production version ELR will be unveiled on January 15th. The model will go on sale as a 2014 model and will be priced at about $70k.

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No Surprise Here, as GM Admits the ELR Will Be Produced

As if it wasn’t already obvious, given GM is about as good at holding its secrets as a tissue is at holding water, the Cadillac ELR has finally been confirmed for production. Production will kick off in late 2013 in the automaker’s Detroit-Hamtramck factory alongside the Chevy Volt, Opel Ampera, and Holden Volt. This will also bring about $35 million in updates to the plant in order to get it ready to handle the extra production and this high-tech extended-range EV.

There are still no exact figures on its driveline, but we all assume it will be based on the Chevy Volt’s platform. GM’s presser does let us know that the ELR will feature a T-shaped lithium-ion battery and will run primarily on electricity. Once the battery becomes discharged, a 4-cylinder engine will kick in to recharge the battery.

We’re all anticipating – maybe more like hoping – that if the ELR uses the Volt’s drivetrain, GM will retune the system to be a little more performance-oriented. Given the sporty look of the concept version of the ELR, it just wouldn’t sit right with us if the ELR takes over 9 seconds to get to 60 mph, like the Volt does.

We’ll keep an eye on the ELR’s progress and relay its official specs to you just as soon as GM leaks – err – releases them.

Click past the jump to read GM’s full presser.

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Rumormill: Chevy Adding a Turbocharger to the Volt

On the surface, the Chevy Volt is actually a pretty good looking car, if you are able to ignore the fact that it pumps out only 149 horsepower from its paltry1.4-liter engine and uses an electric motor for 30 miles before the gas engine ever kicks in. We’re not trying to say it’s a sports car, but it could certainly fall into the sports sedan area.

Unfortunately, we come right back to that 149 ponies and that immediately disqualifies this otherwise stylish car from sniffing the sports sedan segment. Well, GM obviously has noted the potential for the Volt and rumors are now swirling around that Chevy will start installing the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that the all-new Buick Verano T is receiving into the Volt.

As of now, this is still a rumor, but given that the Cadillac ELR and its sexy exterior is due to debut any time now and will likely ride on the same platform as the Volt, it only makes sense to use the powerful boosted 2.0. The ELR with only 149 horsepower would be like dumping a Civic Si engine in a Ferrari, it just doesn’t quite fit the looks.

We are uncertain if the Volt receives the full-powered version of the 2.0-liter engine, or a detuned model, it will mean that the Volt could push up to 270 horsepower, if it receives the full-power 2.0. Also floating around is a rumor that this new engine will receive a larger electric motor for a little extra gasoline-free oomph.

All we can say is that we truly hope that these rumors are true, as the Volt in its current form is underwhelming, to say the least. We’ll keep you updated as more details roll out on this possible upgrade.

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2011 Cadillac ELR

2011 Cadillac ELR

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