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2019 Cadillac XT4 - Driven

2019 Cadillac XT4 - Driven

A hard-core premium competitor or living outside of its element?

Back in 2018, Cadillac finally decided that it was tired of missing out on sales in the compact SUV market and launched the XT4. This compact crossover was designed to compete against the best in the market, including the BMW X1, Mercedes GLC, Infiniti QX50, and Lexus NX, among others. Now that the XT4 has been on the market for well over a year, we decided it was time to get behind the wheel and see how it really holds up. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really seem to hold water against models from BMW, Mercedes, or Audi, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t compete in the market at all. This means there are a lot of questions to answer: How does the Cadillac XT4 drive, does it have enough passenger space, and what about cargo room? What models does the XT4 actually compete against? Well, we spent a week with the XT4, and we’re here to answer all those questions and more . This is what we’ve learned after spending a week with Cadillac’s latest compact crossover.

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Cadillac to Stop Producing the ATS Sedan After 2018

Cadillac to Stop Producing the ATS Sedan After 2018

The ATS Coupe continues into 2019

Introduced for the 2013 model year, the first-generation Cadillac ATS won’t get a replacement. The luxury automaker just confirmed that the four-door sedan will be discontinued after the 2018 model year. The ATS was developed as a competitor for the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but it wasn’t exactly successful against its German rivals in the U.S. Following sales of more than 20,000 units per year between 2013 and 2016, ATS deliveries dropped to only 13,000 examples in 2017. Cadillac will continue to offer the ATS Coupe model into the 2019 model year; a company spokesman told Motor Authority.

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2019 Cadillac XT4

2019 Cadillac XT4

The company’s smallest SUV yet goes against the BMW X3

A few years ago, Cadillac finally admitted that it’s way behind its competitors in the premium market and hired Johan de Nysschen, who devised a new strategy for America’s iconic luxury brand. The new plans includes a host of new models, of which the range-topping CT6 sedan and the XT5 crossover have already been launched. Come 2018 and Cadillac launched the XT4, an even smaller crossover that competes against the BMW X3, Audi Q5, and the Mercedes-Benz GLC. Spotted testing on public roads since early 2017, the XT4 made its public debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show.

Cadillac’s smallest crossover to date, the XT4 rides on a new platform and uses a brand-new, small-displacement engine. While the larger XT5 is a replacement for the dated SRX and aims at the midsize luxury crossover market, the XT4 is actually a brand-new entry. And it’s not surprising that Cadillac wants a piece of the compact market, as this is where a lot of car makers are making huge profits. Having missed out on sales for so many years, Caddy is finally trying to catch up. The question is, will the XT4 be good enough to give the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 a run for their money? Let’s find out in the review below.

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Cadillac Takes its Place at the Oscars Yet Again; Teases the XT4 in the Process

Cadillac Takes its Place at the Oscars Yet Again; Teases the XT4 in the Process

The Cadillac XT4 has been a sure thing for quite some time, being spotted as far back mid-2017 in heavy camo. We’ve neither seen nor heard much since then aside from a few by shots earlier this year. Now, Cadillac has finally confirmed that the new, compact XT4 will make its long-awaited debut at the New York Auto Show. Along with this announcement came a few teaser images, along with Cadillac’s round of commercials for the Oscars. That’s right; the all-new XT4 will star in its very own commercial during the Oscars.

Keep in mind that the XT4 is a big deal for Caddy. It’s an actually all-new model, meaning it doesn’t replace any model from the old lineup. It’s Caddy’s first big step into the compact crossover\SUV market, and it will compete against models like the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 – a tall order to say the least. It’ll be powered by a 2.0-liter turbo mill with some 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Built on the D2XX platform, the XT4 will undoubtedly be front-wheel drive, with an optional AWD system available if you’re willing to pay for it.

The good news is that it’s on its way, and it looks like, based on the teaser, that it will practically print money for Cadillac. All three Oscar commercials will be played on Sunday, but to sweeten the deal we’ve included all three Cadillac commercials down below.

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Cadillac Could Drop the ATS Sedan in 2019 Because Coupes Rule

Cadillac Could Drop the ATS Sedan in 2019 Because Coupes Rule

Blame poor sales for this debacle

The Cadillac ATS is a good example of a car that needs a high sales volume in order to remain relevant in a competitive market. The coupe version of the entry-level model has been able to pull its own weight in that regard. Unfortunately, the sedan version hasn’t had as much success. It’s no wonder then that Cadillac appears to be ready to cut ties with this version of the ATS as documents received by The Truth About Cars show that Caddy’s 2019 product lineup will hit the market without the ATS sedan.

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How It Works: The 2017 Cadillac XT5's AWD System

How It Works: The 2017 Cadillac XT5’s AWD System

A part-time AWD system designed for traction & economy

The 2017 XT5 is Cadillac’s clean-sheet crossover designed to compete against some stiff competition that includes the Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLE. Part of its secret sauce is its fancy all-wheel-drive system. Unlike most AWD systems, the XT5’s is actually a part-time system, meaning the driver can turn the system off manually. A Simple button near the gear shifter toggles through three modes – Tour, AWD, and Sport. In Tour, only the front wheels get power. The biggest advantage is fuel economy, of course, but I’ve found the FWD mode also heightens the liveliness of the 3.6-liter V-6 thanks to less parasitic loss in the driveline.

Being able to turn the AWD system on and off is a big deal, but it’s not the system’s crowning achievement. Rather, it’s the true torque vectoring abilities that help in vehicle control, both on slippery and dry surfaces. This isn’t some brake-activated cheater system, either. It uses a twin-clutch pack to progressively and precisely dial in the amount of power each axle gets. It’s pretty impressive, so let’s dive in.

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Cadillac Fixed CUE For The XT5

Cadillac Fixed CUE For The XT5

Real buttons make for a better user experience

The Cadillac User Experience, or CUE system, has been dragged through the dirt for not being easy to use. Specifically, it’s the touch-sensitive radio and HVAC controls that leave critics in a bad mood. Cadillac models like the ATS, CTS, and even the Escalade all have nearly identical CUE systems that require sliding a finger across gloss-black plastic to adjust the radio volume and pressing on invisible buttons marked only with labels. Well, apparently Cadillac heard the complaints and decided to address the issue.

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 crossover I’m driving this week has an updated version of the CUE system – with actual buttons! In fact, the center stack is far simpler in design and feels less cluttered. The XT5’s HVAC system has chrome toggle switches that control fan speed and temperatures for the dual zones. Yes, other features like the heated and vented seats, defrost, and recirculation functions still rely on the invisible buttons, but their operation seems improved. The same is true with the radio slider. Yeah, it’s still there, but it somehow isn’t as frustrating to use as the one in the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V I tested a few weeks back.

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2016 Cadillac ATS Black Chrome Package

2016 Cadillac ATS Black Chrome Package

Cadillac announces the Black Chrome package for two trim levels of the ATS sedan and coupe

At one point, the Cadillac CTS was the smallest offering from Cadillac. In size, it was slated to compete against models like the Mercedes C-Class and the BMW 5 Series, but it carried a price that slotted it against models like the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4. In Cadillac’s mind, customers would appreciate a larger luxury sedan for the price of small offerings on the market – in fact, the brand probably expected to sway a few consumers away from the competition. As it turned out, Caddy customers actually wanted a smaller sedan, so the brand developed the ATS and released it for the 2013 model year.

The ATS rides on GM’s newly developed Alpha platform and went through a refresh for the 2015 model year that brought updated styling to the exterior and new technology to the interior. With the 2016 model year underway, Cadillac has decided to release a new styling packaged called the Black Chrome Package. The package is available for the CTS Sedan, but for the ATS, it is available on both the sedan and the coupe. The package brings new styling to some of the exterior trim, and some new body color choices, but offers nothing for the interior.

This new package is available on 2.0T and 3.6L Luxury Collection CTS models, as well as 2.0T and 3.6L Performance Collection models, in all-wheel and rear-wheel drive variants. The package is available at dealerships and Cadillac’s online portal and is priced at $795 for the sedan and $595 for the coupe. If you’re interested in one of the three additional finishes, however, you’ll be asked to pay an additional premium. With that said, let’s take a closer look at this package.

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Mystery GM Car Will Be A New Cadillac Crossover

Mystery GM Car Will Be A New Cadillac Crossover

As much work as Cadillac has put into creating a solid lineup of luxury cars, it has all but forgotten about the ever-popular SUV/CUV market. With the exception of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade (which dominates its market), Cadillac’s only crossover is the well-aged, mid-size 2014 Cadillac SRX, and with more automakers – including Lincoln – grabbing market shares in the compact and subcompact crossover segments, Cadillac is definitely on the outside looking in.

That could all be changing soon, though, as Motor Trend is reporting that GM’s recent announcement of a new product being built at the Orion Assembly plant in Orion Township, MI will, in fact, be a new Cadillac crossover. The report source suggests that the unnamed product will have no predecessor and fill an obvious void in the lineup, making it a pretty good likelihood that the new model will slot in beneath the SRX. The only question is whether this new Cadillac will be a compact rival to the 2016 Mercedes GLC-Class or a subcompact rival to the 2015 Mercedes GLA-Class.

Cadillac is also without a three-row crossover, but since the Orion plant builds small cars such as the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic, 2016 Buick Verano and, soon, the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt, chances are the new Caddy will be a small car as well. After the redesigned and renamed replacement for the SRX (called the XT5) debuts, Cadillac will reportedly expand its crossover lineup to include two sub-XT5 crossovers and another one to slot in between the XT5 and the full-size Escalade.

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2017 Cadillac CT2

2017 Cadillac CT2

It was 2012 when Cadillac launched the ATS, its first-ever compact sedan, in an attempt to enter a market dominated by the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4. But with the luxury brand set to expand even more by the end of the decade, it seems the ATS will remain the smallest vehicle of the Cadillac stable only until 2016, when the manufacture will reportedly introduce an even smaller sedan. Likely dubbed CT2, according to Cadillac’s new naming strategy, the compact four-door will walk in the footsteps of its bigger brother by entering a segment packed with German-built, premium cars. This time around, however, Cadillac will be targeting compacts such as the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and the Audi A3 Sedan, both of which have been received with great enthusiasm in the U.S.

While the upcoming CT2 is nothing more than a trademark registered with the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office at this point, the company’s current strategy provides a great deal of info as to what this compact might bring to the market. From the already familiar design language seen on the CTS, the new in-car technology, to the powerful, yet still efficient 2.0-liter four-banger, the CT2 is far from being a mystery. I expect the new sedan, which will slot below the ATS, to debut in early 2016 and reach U.S. dealerships for the 2017 model year.

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Cadillac Confirms Sub-ATS Sedan And Compact Crossover

Cadillac Confirms Sub-ATS Sedan And Compact Crossover

With both Audi and Mercedes-Benz doing quite well in the image department after bringing small, front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive sedans to the United States, it seems that Cadillac wants to follow suit and introduce an even smaller sedan than the CTS. Not only that, but the alleged smaller sedan may also be complemented by a compact crossover, just so the Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA and BMW X1 don’t feel lonely in their segment. The information above has been confirmed by Johan de Nysschen, who recently spoke with Autoblog about the matter at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

Part of a rather ambitious offensive of new models that is expected to finally turn around the American carmaker, the two aforementioned models would be likely based on GM’s Alpha platform, therefore sharing quite a lot of parts with the ATS and CTS. According to Autoblog, which is quoting Nysschen, the compact sedan is scheduled to arrive in 2017, while the compact crossover should be launched a year later.

In terms of market segment, the sub-ATS sedan should battle with the likes of Mercedes-Benz CLA, Audi A3 sedan and the upcoming BMW 1 Series sedan, all of which use a front-wheel-drive-based architecture.The compact crossover may be either small enough to step on the toes of the Mercedes-Benz GLA, Audi Q3 and BMW X1 or a little bit larger and occupy the segment right above. Either way, these are only two of the cars with no direct predecessor that Cadillac aims to unveil in the upcoming five years.

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Cadillac Considers a Mercedes CLA Competitor

Cadillac Considers a Mercedes CLA Competitor

There’s big news coming from Cadillac these days. After revealing plans to move its global headquarters to New York City, become its own business unit, and introduce a new naming scheme for its car lineup, GM’s luxury division is also aiming to enter several new vehicle niches by the end of the decade. The announcement comes straight from Cadillac’s new global chief, Johan de Nysschen, and hints that the South African-born executive is already elbow’s deep in developing the American brand into a strong competitor for Germany’s main brands — Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi. De Nysschen’s first goal is to create a Cadillac-badged rival for the Mercedes CLA and the Audi A3 sedan.

Both compacts have been launched with great success in the United States. The CLA sold like hotcakes in its first months, resulting in low supply and a recent decision to boost U.S. stock to meet customer demand. Cadillac is aware of that de Nysschen said there "definitely" will be a compact smaller than the ATS to compete against the CLA and A3. The executive refrained from spilling more details on the compact, but added such a vehicle is essential if Cadillac is to become a strong global manufacturer.

But the CLA-rivaling sedan isn’t the only brand-new vehicle de Nysschen is pushing for. A crossover between the SRX and the Escalade, as well as something below the SRX are also being considered. He even went as far as to say Cadillac could also use a model positioned above the flagship CT6 sedan due in 2015. Of course, none of the latter are set in stone, but the compact is likely the next all-new vehicle to come from Cadillac after the CT6.

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2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

When the Cadillac CTS dropped onto the market, it was available in a variety of versions, including a sedan, a coupe and a station wagon. Now, the same recipe for success is being applied to the new ATS. Cadillac will first put out a sedan and a coupe version, but a station wagon version and a convertible are also said to be in the mix. Why? Well, Americans need cheaper alternatives to German coupes and Cadillac is ready to deliver just about anything we’re looking for in order to pick up sales.

They have the platform to build on and will more than likely make sure they get their money’s worth on it.

At the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Cadillac finally revealed the all-new 2015 ATS Coupe, and borrowed a host of features from the sedan version, except for the new body panels, the equally new Cadillac badge and the sedan’s two rear doors

The ATS Coupe is also built on the same rear-wheel-drive Alpha platform and is offered with nearly the same engine lineup as the sedan: a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder with 270 horsepower, and a 3.6-liter, V-6 with 321 horsepower. The engines are combined with either a six-speed manual transmission or an automatic transmission. There will also be an option for an all-wheel-drive system.

BMW and Audi better start prepping themselves for some competition.

Update 5/15/14: Cadillac has announced a starting price of $38,990, including the $995 delivery fee for the 2015 ATS Coupe.

Updated 07/25/2014: We added a new set of about 50 high res images to our ATS Coupe gallery. Check the new pictures in the ’Photos’ tab.

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

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.

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First-Produced Cadillac ATS Heads to Auction for Charity

First-Produced Cadillac ATS Heads to Auction for Charity

Back in late July, we received word that the ATS, Caddy’s 3-series fighter, was heading into production after lengthy speculation. At that time, apparently Cadillac had shipped the first-built ATS to a dealership, but its plans with this first model were never revealed. All we received was the canned “for later use” response about this first-production car.

We knew that the first-produced ATS would not be sold in the typical dealership and we were thinking that maybe GM would archive it somewhere, but we actually just found out that it is going to a better cause. GM is auctioning this first-run ATS off at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas event on September 20th through the 22nd.

It being auctioned isn’t the big deal, as GM has decided to donate the car to the auction and Barrett-Jackson will waive all of its commission fees, which means 100 percent of the sale will go to benefit Team Joseph, a charity that benefits Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Needless to say, this is a honorable act of kindness by two giants in their respective industry and the second time GM has stepped up to auction off a car for charity. This one, however, seems like much less of a smokescreen than the last auction.

This time, we think a tip of the hat is in order for GM and Barrett-Jackson. It’s nice to see an American automaker in recent years stepping up and showing it is willing to give back to its customers, especially one that is still in recovery mode after almost going completely belly up just a few years ago.

While the estimated auction value of the Premium-trimmed ATS is unknown, we do anticipate it pulling in much more than the $47,795 MSRP for a 320-horsepower ATS. It may even crest the $100K mark.

Click past the jump to read Cadillac’s full press release.

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Cadillac ATS Officially Hits Production

Cadillac ATS Officially Hits Production

After tons of speculation, rumors, reports, possibilities, and finally confirmation, the Cadillac ATS is finally a production vehicle. At GM’s Lansing Grand River plant, the production of the much-anticipated ATS sports sedan has finally begun, but don’t expect to see the ATS in showrooms any time this month. GM doesn’t expect to start delivering its newest addition until next month. Our estimation would be around mid-August, given the late start it got in July. Overseas delivery, on the other hand, will be shelved until later in 2012, but it will definitely make it into the global Cadillac market.

In order to bring this 3-Series competitor to Cadillac, GM had to dump $190 million into its Lansing Grand River factory. This just shows how focused GM is with its remaining brands and that it refuses to allow anymore core brands – GMC, Chevrolet, and Buick and Cadillac – to go the way of the Oldsmobile, which died at the tender age of 106 years old on April 29, 2004.

Now we just have to sit back and see if this sedan is the Mercedes and BMW compact sedan competitor that GM has been looking for, or if it is just going to be another Cimarron or Catera that gains infamy from its sub-par design and quality. With engines ranging from a 200-horsepower 2.5-liter engine to a 318-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine, and sitting on a time-tested Alpha platform, we definitely anticipate success for the ATS.

We still have yet to hear official word on an ATS-V variant, that could boast a boosted 6-cylinder of a V-8 engine. That could really toss Cadillac into the mix, giving it a competitor for the M3.

We’ll keep you updated as more information rolls down the pipe on the new ATS.

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Rumors: Cadillac Revives Talks of ATS-V and May be Considering a Coupe and Convertible

Rumors: Cadillac Revives Talks of ATS-V and May be Considering a Coupe and Convertible

There were rumors abound a while back that the new-for-2013 Cadillac ATS would be a new base for a “V” model Cadillac. Then rumors began floating around about an ATS coupe. Both rumors pretty much just faded away and we all tucked them in the back of our brains.

Well, TheDetroitBureau has renewed these rumors in a recent report, where they said that Cadillac officials are seriously discussing the ATS-V, and that its production is a near certainty. According to the report, the only squabble preventing a green light is the debate on what kind of engine to put in it. Some Cadillac brass is saying a V-8 engine is the way to go, while other swear by a V-6 engine with forced induction – supercharged or turbocharged.

Once that is all hammered out, we can start planning to see the ATS-V shortly. The ATS coupe and convertible options are still in early discussion phase, but are being considered. A convertible ATS would replace the failed XLR Roadster and the coupe version would give the luxury automaker a well-rounded list of cars to compete with Lincoln, Infiniti, Lexus and BMW.

As we said, these are still rumors and talk amongst GM higher ups, so there is still a chance that the coupe and convertible will never come. The ATS-V, on the other hand, is almost a near certainty. All the GM brass needs to do is pick an engine that’s best suited for the chassis and it’s good to go.

We’ll keep a close eye on this situation and update you as things change.

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Rumormill: Chevy Adding a Turbocharger to the Volt

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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Aston Martin One-77 and Cadillac Ciel mark their North American debut with Best in Show

Aston Martin One-77 and Cadillac Ciel mark their North American debut with Best in Show

For automakers, there’s nothing better than showing up at the debut for one of your automobiles and getting a top notch award for your hard work. Aston Martin, Cadillac, and Ford will vouch for that since their One-77, Ciel Concept, and Focus Plug-In Electric Vehicle were all given best in show awards at the 41st annual South Florida International Auto Show (SFIAS) by the Southern Automotive Media Association (SAMA). SAMA had to choose between many of the participants in Miami, but in the end, these vehicles were chosen because of their styling and marketability.

The Aston Martin One-77 was awarded the “Star of the Show” trophy because the nine-member SAMA judging panel decided it was the single vehicle on display at the show that South Floridians will most want to see. Other vehicles considered for the award were the Audi A7, the Lexus GS sedan, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Toyota Camry, the Range Rover Evoque, and the Hyundai Veloster.

The Cadillac Ciel Concept was given the Best Concept Vehicle in the Show because of its stunning beauty and because SAMA considered it a forerunner of future Cadillac styling. Meanwhile, the Ford Focus Plug-In Electric Vehicle took home the “Best Green Technology Vehicle” in the show because of the fact that it is Ford’s first non-emissions, plug-in electric car to be mass produced and marketed in the United States. Other vehicles considered were the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the Toyota Prius V, and various manufacturers’ hybrid and clean diesel technology vehicles.

The South Florida International Auto Show (SFIAS) runs until November 6, 2011, so stop by the Miami Beach Convention Center to check out these award-winning models.

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