Featured Articles

GM Reportedly Bringing Cadillac E-Flex To ’09 Detroit Auto Show

Posted in Cadillac, Concept Cars, Detroit Auto Show, Electric Cars, Hybrid, Hybrid Technologies by Suzanne Denbow | January 9th, 2009 | 1 Response |

Missing from the stack of press photos GM released of the vehicles it intends to showcase at the 2009 NAIAS next week is The General’s new electric-hybrid concept, the Cadillac E-Flex. Although GM sources caution that the E-Flex concept is merely a demonstration vehicle, rumors have been swirling for months that Cadillac was planning for the addition of a smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicle to its model lineup. Initially, reports indicated that the fuel sipping Caddy would be little more than a next-gen Cadillac CTS outfitted with a newly-developed 4-cylinder engine, but now all sensors seem to indicate that Caddy’s talks of a 4-banger were nothing more than The General throwing out a red herring. According to Businessweek, the Cadillac E-Flex concept will debut in Detroit next week as a dramatically-designed 2-door coupe luxury coupe, powered by the same electric-propulsion powertrain as the Chevy Volt.

In the past, we’ve experienced enough “big surprises” to know that when an automaker insists a vehicle is purely for display purposes and will never reach production, that usually means precisely the opposite (we’re looking at you, GTbyCITROEN). Given the difficulties the advancement of electric-hybrid technology has been met with, however, we seriously doubt any plug-in Cadillac’s will be hitting dealer lots anytime in the near future.

Source: Businessweek

Our Best Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

One Response

  1. Give the General credit for getting with the program, where fuel efficiency is concerned. But the last time Cadillac tried building a small car, it was called the Cimarron and it took the marque years to recover from that misstep; since most people reading this site were born since that car appeared, suffice to say it was basically a rebadged Chevrolet Cavalier, with leather seats and stiffer suspension settings.

    A friend of mine, now 84, had owned 11 Cadillacs, ranging from those powered by the flathead V8 that went on to power WWII tanks, to some smooth operators in the 1950s, powered by the overhead valve V8 that was immortalized in one of Chuck Berry’s best songs; up to the time the Cimarron appeared. He rented one, on a business trip, and ended up with a Lincoln Town Car, several years later. No Cadillacs have been on his wish list since.

    Perhaps Cadillac should have followed the Lexus playbook and simply built a hybrid version of an existing car. A hybrid CTS would have been very cool and could have been the Caddy to span the generations. It is not too later to reconsider Mr. Wagoner. Build a Cadillac that even Nancy Pelosi could love; although we won’t worry if she doesn’t.