A True Automotive Icon: Cadillac Coupe de Ville Voted Best Classic Car

Cadillac is one of the most iconic brands in the world, with several classic models that have become a part of American history. The 1954 Cadillac Coupe de Ville recently won the Classiccars.com award for the Best Classic Car at the famous 2016 Arizona Concours d’Elegance, cementing the legacy of the Cadillac brand.

The Cadillac Coupe de Ville is no longer in production, though it was originally built in 1949 as a specialty trim level. The name comes from the French for “of the town,” making it a great car to cruise around the city in. The 1954 Coupe de Ville design was one of the most expensive the brand had to offer, with an unforgettable grille and headlight setup, as well as classic bumper guards and a long body.

The car that won the Best Classic Car award at the recent, prestigious Arizona Concours d’Elegance had been under restoration for 12 years before it saw sunlight. Ironically, the model is not a concours; however, the competition has a special class for Iconic Postwar American models. The Cadillac was voted a favorite in that category.

Although Cadillac is doing things a little differently now, it still retains the same air of elegance and sophistication that the Coupe de Ville has. It’s no wonder the 1954 model year was voted the Best Classic Car.

Cadillac Marketing Officer Says Brand’s Strength Is Individuality

The publication Automobile recently had the chance to sit down with Cadillac Marketing Officer Uwe Ellinghaus and discuss the brand’s future. With plans to spread the company’s influence abroad and revive the brand’s popularity, Cadillac is focusing on a younger age demographic in order to build a lasting consumer base and boost sales.

Now, with the brand’s first-ever international debut in the form of the Cadillac XT5 crossover, Cadillac is putting that plan into action.

During the interview, Ellinghaus touched on many subjects, such as the ongoing passion and loyalty of Cadillac’s returning customers and progressive leaps in the brand’s quality of engineering. He mentioned that many more popular luxury brands all have similar appearances and follow the beat of the same drum, whereas new Cadillacs, while improved upon, have a more distinctive design that allows the brand’s lineup to stand apart.

With the release of the ATS, Cadillac doubled its amount of customers under the age of 35, proving that Cadillac’s plan in working. The Cadillac Marketing Officer touched on this subject as well, mentioning the reveal of the XT5 at the fashion house Public School in Dubai, which drew throngs of younger crowds to the event. Cadillac is strategically reinventing its brand on step at a time, and we like where it’s headed.

 

2015 Cadillac ATS

Cadillac Plug-In Hybrids to Precede Electric Vehicles

Cadillac LogoCadillac has been unraveling a slow, gradual strategy for reasserting itself in an increasingly competitive automobile market, and the company’s foray into the realm of alternative-fuel vehicles is just one more step in the process. The brand recently confirmed that before venturing into the growing potential of the EV segment, it plans to offer Cadillac plug-in hybrids as variations of existing models in the lineup.

Over the course of 2015, Cadillac tested the waters by bringing the new CT6 sedan to several automobile shows, building anticipation for the release of the luxurious plug-in hybrid model. The CT6 already has a traditional gas option, but Cadillac’s plan in showing off the hybrid version was to show potential consumers that hybrids can be just as stylish and elegant as traditional vehicles. The CT6 will also implement the same battery pack as the new Chevrolet Volt, a powertrain that has a proven success rate among buyers.

As Cadillac plug-in hybrids become more commonplace, hybrids will no longer be an unusual gimmick, but another option for car buyers—the same way many vehicles allow customers the choice between different engines, features, and trim levels. With plug-in hybrids becoming so commonplace, Cadillac’s focus on implementing more models of this variety is a clever business move.

Before You Leave, Read These Family Roadtrip Tips

travelHave a family roadtrip coming up? Whether you’re on a holiday trek to grandma’s, taking the long route to the beach, or perhaps even re-locating – we recommend you check out these family roadtrip tips:

  • Plan your breaks, meals, and gas station stops ahead of time, based on locations that will hold the family’s interest.
  • Consider your kids’ personal attention spans and preferences, and choose a few car games for families to play ahead of time.
  • Consider printing out some maps or directions–just in case your GPS falls through–or so you can pass them back when your kids want to know “how much longer.”
  • Pack plenty of snacks, and not the sugary kind that would make the whole family more jittery than they already were.
  • Lastly, be sure to have a fully stocked first aid kit and plenty of fresh water available in case of an emergency.

For more tips, and to check out our roadtrip-ready vehicles, visit us anytime at DeVoe Cadillac.

Sopranos Cadillac Escalade, Signed by Gandolfini, Sells for Nearly $120 Thousand

How much money is too much money for a used 2003 Cadillac Escalade? According to one television fan, certainly not $119,780–which is exactly how much money the 2003 Escalade used in HBO’s The Sopranos recently was purchased for.

The Sopranos Cadillac Escalade was auctioned off at RR Auction in Boston, years after it was driven around in the last three seasons of The Sopranos, which had its series finale back in 2007.

However, the 2003 Escalade is particularly meaningful, as it was driven and signed multiple times by the late James Gandolfini, star of the HBO show. We don’t know much about the buyer, other than to guess that this collector is a huge fan of the program.

To put it in perspective, the Escalade sold for $9,000 more than the 1999 Chevrolet Suburban from The Sopranos, which was also auctioned off a few years ago.

What kind of money would you put down for such a collector’s item? Let us know what you think, and if you’d like to check out a regularly priced Cadillac, visit us anytime at DeVoe Cadillac.

2016 Cadillac Escalade

Cadillac CT6 Rearview Mirror Offers Hi-Res Video

Cadillac is changing the way with think about rearview mirrors, unveiling its hi-res video rearview mirror which promises to offer an unprecedented view of the world outside the car. Available in the 2016 Cadillac CT6, the new rearview mirror will feature high-res video streaming from the outside of the car, and displayed for the driver to see.

Cadillac says the new Cadillac CT6 rearview mirror will improve rearward visibility by more than four times that of a standard rearview mirror. And, in the event the rear-mounted camera is blocked by rain, snow, or mud, the mirror can function as a conventional mirror using the switch on the underside of the mirror.

“The closest comparison to this kind of rear vision would be driving a convertible with the top down,” Travis Hester, executive chief engineer for the CT6, said in a statement.

Because the mirror streams video from outside, there are no obstructions – like headrests or A-pillars – eliminating blind spots and making it easier for drivers to see everything that is happening behind the car.

To learn more about the upcoming Cadillac CT6 and all of its exciting technology, stop by DeVoe Cadillac!

Best Dash Cam Apps

Cadillac DashIf you’re in search of a dash cam for your car, you might want to consider a dash cam app. These apps turn your smartphone into a dash cam while you’re on-the-go, and will save you the big price tag associated with true dash cams. Here is a rundown of the three best dash cam apps so you can find the right fit for your car.

AutoGuard. Offered in both a free version and a paid version ($2.99), this camera app provides all the same basic functionality of a dash cam. The premium version allows you to sync videos to YouTube and can run at the same time as other apps – otherwise the two versions are about the same. The app runs in the background, so you can use navigation or other apps while the dash cam continues to record.

CamOnRoad. This dash cam is only offered in one (free) version, and offers 2GB of cloud storage space for its users to store videos. CamOnRoad uses your phone’s built-in GPS functionality to record where you are in the even an incident happens.

CaroO. This app has both a free and premium version ($4.99), both of which offer a ton of functionality. The free version only allows 100 uses before you need to upgrade, but that allows users to decide if it’s a good fit before paying. This dash cam app features the ability to connect to an OBD2 Bluetooth scanner to pull information straight from your car’s computer–a feature most other dash cams don’t have.

To learn more about dash cam apps, visit gizmodo.com.

It’s Time to Fake the Fall Season in Florida

When you think about fall, most people imagine a rainbow of crunchy leaves, cozy sweaters, delicious smells, and pumpkin everything. Here in Florida, fall is something a little different—palm trees, warm breezes, and white sandy beaches.

fall foliageBut, if you’re in the mood for a classic fall, here are some tips to fake the fall season in Florida:

  • Visit local farmers markets to enjoy the bounty of the autumn harvest.
  • Have a northern neighbor mail you a box of brightly-colored fall leaves. Use them as decorations, or you can even burn them to create a wonderful smell
  • Keep a pot of simmering water on your stove filled with fragrant spices like cinnamon sticks, cloves, and orange slices.
  • Cook lots of fall foods, like pumpkin cookies and apple pie.
  • Turn your air conditioning down nice and cold and then put on your favorite fall outfit and cozy up with a pumpkin spice latte and your favorite book.

How do you celebrate fall in your home?

September Cadillac Sales Are Up Across the Globe

2015 is turning into a great year for Cadillac and it just keeps getting better. September Cadillac sales rose 10% around the world, including substantial gains in the United States, China, and Canada.

“Following a disciplined strategy led by increasing product substance, stronger transaction prices and lower incentives, we have a stronger foundation for growth,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen, in a statement.

Here in the United States, sales rose 7.8% over last year, while China and Canada saw jumps of 14.7% and 34.6%, respectively. Leading the September sales were the popular ATS sedan and coupe and the SRX crossover.

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

Year-to-date, global Cadillac sales are up 3.2%.

Here at DeVoe Cadillac, we love sharing in the success of this brand that we love. If you’ve been considering adding a luxurious Cadillac to your lineup, stop by today and we’ll show you all the benefits of owning a Cadillac. Help us end 2015 on a high note.

What to Do When Your Car Breaks Down

break downNoticing that you’re having car trouble while on the road can be scary, so it’s important to know what to do when your car breaks down to keep yourself and other drivers safe from harm.

The first thing you should do is pull over to a safe location. If you’re on the freeway, the shoulder is usually a safe bet, but try to pull off as far from the lanes as possible. In cities, finding somewhere to pull over can be more difficult, and if you can’t get off the road, stop and turn your hazard lights on so that other drivers know to get around you.

Next, if you have a cell phone or some kind of fancy tech in your car to contact help, now is the time to use it. Call your roadside assistance or a tow truck. If you have a problem you know how to fix, like a loose cable or a flat tire, that’s one thing, but more complicated fixes should be left to professionals.

Stay with your car, and stay far from the traffic lanes. It’s easy to get sideswiped in speeding traffic!