Recall Alert: 2014 Cadillac ELR

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Vehicles Affected: About 656 model-year 2014 Cadillac ELR luxury coupes not equipped with adaptive cruise control and manufactured between Sept. 26, 2013, and Feb. 14, 2014.

The Problem: The electronic stability control system software may inhibit certain diagnostics, preventing the system from alerting the driver that the system is partially or fully disabled. If the driver is not alerted to an ESC malfunction, he or she may continue driving with a disabled system, which may result in loss of directional control, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: GM will notify owners starting April 17, and dealers will recalibrate the electronic brake control module for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Cadillac at 800-458-8006, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

Cadillac Throws in Free EV Charger with 2014 ELR

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Cadillac announced Monday it will offer a free 240-volt charger — otherwise called Level 2 charging — on the new 2014 ELR, a pricey two-door coupe based on the Chevrolet Volt from parent automaker GM. The company says that depending on outside temperature, the ELR can get a full Level 2 charge in just 4.5 hours. That should enable 35 miles of all-electric range before a gasoline engine generator kicks in for another 300 or so miles.

2014 Cadillac ELR: First Drive

The ELR starts at $75,995 including the destination charge but before any tax credits. That's more than double the Volt's price of entry ($34,995, same conditions), on which the Level 2 charger is optional. (A household-outlet charger, called Level 1, comes standard.) How much does GM's charging freebie close the gap? It's hard to say. GM's supplier, Bosch, offers wired 240-volt (Level 2) charging stations from $490 to $1,195 plus installation — which can add hundreds or even thousands more, depending on complexity — but the federal Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit refunds a chunk of that in tax credits. The AFITC for electric vehicle stations expired on Dec. 31, 2013, but additional incentives exist in certain states.

By Kelsey Mays | January 28, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Cadillac ELR: First Drive

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No matter how dazzling the new 2014 Cadillac ELR extended-range electric vehicle looks inside and out, there's still a big question about what lies beneath that pretty skin.

Is the ELR just a Chevrolet Volt in luxury clothing?

After driving it through the hills of California, the short answer is yes, but there's much more to the ELR. Is it enough to sway luxury shoppers to drop nearly $76,000 on it?

By David Thomas | November 26, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Cadillac ELR Starts at $75,995

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You may save some cash on gas by buying Cadillac's extended-range electric vehicle, but you'll have to shell out a lot of money to get one. When the 2014 ELR goes on sale this January, it'll start at a hefty $75,995, including a $995 destination charge.

The gas-electric coupe is GM's second application of its extended-range electric vehicle platform, following the Chevrolet Volt. Cadillac says the ELR will have an approximate 35-mile electric-only range before the 1.4-liter four-cylinder range-extending motor kicks in, putting total range at more than 300 miles and its fuel-economy rating at 82 mpg-equivalent. It can be recharged in about 12 hours on a household 120-volt outlet or just over four hours at a 240-volt (Level 2) charging station.

By Jennifer Geiger | October 11, 2013 | Comments (10)

Talkin' 'Bout Regeneration: Cadillac ELR Lets Driver Harness Power

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A new feature set to debut next year on the Cadillac ELR puts control over energy regeneration in the driver's hands. Equipped with the Regen on Demand system, the extended-range electric compact luxury coupe uses paddle shifters that enable the driver to temporarily control the regenerative braking system, which captures and stores braking energy in the battery pack for later use.

To engage Regen on Demand, the driver removes their foot from the accelerator and pulls back on either the left or right steering-wheel paddle, according to Cadillac. That provides greater deceleration than normal coasting and is similar to when a driver downshifts with a manual transmission, Cadillac stated. Releasing the paddle disengages the feature, allowing the vehicle to coast normally; it cannot stop the vehicle.

"Regen on Demand enables ELR drivers to actively recapture energy when slowing down, such as when approaching slower traffic or setting up for a tight turn," said Chris Thomason, ELR chief engineer. "This allows the driver to take a more active role in the electric vehicle driving experience."

By Matt Schmitz | April 16, 2013 | Comments (2)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

On its first time out, the 2014 Toyota Tundra froze the popular Ford Atlas in its tracks after the concept truck's three consecutive weeks atop our most-watched videos list. The No. 1 video features PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams' introduction of the new Tundra during its unveiling this month at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Toyota's full-size pickup, Williams explains, adopts a "more dominating stance" with its new exterior design. Also showing dominance were our videos from this year's Chicago Auto Show, which accounted for all but one of the top clips and included the 2014 versions of the Cadillac ELR, Chevrolet Cruze Diesel and Nissan Juke NISMO. Here's what was popular:

1. 2014 Toyota Tundra
2. Ford Atlas Concept
3. 2014 Cadillac ELR
4. 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
5. 2013 Nissan Juke NISMO
By Matt Schmitz | February 16, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Cadillac ELR Video

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With sleek styling rivaling Cadillac's own CTS coupe and luxury flourishes you might not find in comparable plug-ins, the 2014 Cadillac ELR aims for the best of both worlds. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays explains that the new ELR uses an electric motor and a small turbocharged four-cylinder engine; the combination is good for 35 miles of electric-only range and 300 miles of total range.

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Inside, Mays says an abundance of high-quality materials — lots of leather, carbon fiber and stitching details — helps perpetuate its premium rep. Still, things such as un-Caddie-like trunk space and awkwardly positioned door handles annoy. Mays says we’ll have to wait and see if the yet-to-be-announced price will be worth it. Watch the video below.

By Matt Schmitz | February 8, 2013 | Comments (3)

2013 Chicago Auto Show: What to Expect

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The Windy City is considered one of the fan-friendliest destinations during auto-show season, and to that end the 2013 Chicago Auto Show is unlikely to disappoint. This show will give visitors a first glimpse of a few new vehicles along with a closer look at a host of exciting cars that made flashy debuts at the Detroit auto show.

The 2013 Chicago show — the 105th time the event has been held since 1901, according to organizers — will be open to the public 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 9-17 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 18, with media and charity previews Feb. 7-8, at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive. Organizers promote the Chicago show as the largest in terms of exhibit space used, as it occupies 1 million square feet of floor space and hosts about 1,000 vehicles.

For those most interested in the latest thing, the Chicago show will host the world debuts of the redesigned 2014 Toyota Tundra full-size pickup truck and the Kia Cross GT Concept. That's in addition to the North American reveal of the new Chevrolet Cruze Diesel. The 2014 Ram ProMaster van and the custom Superman-inspired Kia Optima Hybrid also are expected to be unveiled.

By Matt Schmitz | January 31, 2013 | Comments (6)

2014 Cadillac ELR: Up Close

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There is little lost in the transition from the Cadillac Converj concept car to the Cadillac ELR production car under the auto-show lights. It's a successful testimony to the efforts of GM's design and engineering staffs, who were told to basically reproduce the concept as-is.

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They have done so, and the result is striking — a low-slung, swoopy, angular coupe more reminiscent of the Lamborghini Gallardo from some angles than the Volt. LED headlamps rise into the fender that sweeps back in a wedge to muscular rear flanks housing LED taillamps, which also stretch into the fender. The look is extremely distinctive; it honestly looks like a show car for the street.

Inside, things are even more impressive.

By Aaron Bragman | January 15, 2013 | Comments (5)

2014 Cadillac ELR: Photo Gallery

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The Chevy Volt has company: Cadillac unveiled its version of the extended-range electric vehicle, the ELR, at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Like the Volt, the ELR will have an approximate 35-mile EV range before the 1.4-liter four-cylinder range-extending motor kicks in. Cadillac says it'll offer more than 300 miles of total range. The coupe, however, will have a more upscale interior than the Volt as well as a more sophisticated suspension, 20-inch wheels and Cadillac's CUE multimedia system. Check out the gallery below.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 15, 2013 | Comments (4)

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