Cadillac Launches XT6 Campaign with Russo Brothers

XT6 Russo Brothers

The Russo brothers, best known for directing several “Avengers” films, recently partnered with Cadillac to unveil to the long-awaited XT6. Cadillac knows XT6 customers are ready for an adventure, and what better way to kick off the adventurous XT6’s campaign than with the highest ever grossing film directors of all time.

Deborah Wahl, Cadillac’s chief marketing officer, said of their decision to team with the Russo brothers, it “was the perfect way to bring this vision to life.”

Cadillac offers a wide array of paint and interior schemes on the XT6, but the Russo brothers seemed to have their eyes on the striking Shadow Metallic finish with a tan leather interior.

The title for the project, “Crew Ready,” seems to indicate the XT6 is ready to take you and your “crew,” anywhere you need to go. All set to the tune of Diplo’s “Welcome to the Party,” the video highlights the vehicle’s highly capable 310 horsepower, 3.6L V6 engine.

While one unfortunate guitarist gets left out of the XT6 because of a child’s car seat in the Russo production, Cadillac is proud to boast about the XT6’s segment-leading 37.2-inch standard third-row headroom and 78.7 cubic feet of max cargo space behind the first row.

Cadillac offers two trim levels for the XT6. The Premium Luxury option comes decked out with interior décor upgrades, including wooden accents, the Sport package receives upgraded wheels and a twin-clutch sport control AWD system.

With “Crew Ready,” Cadillac and the Russo brothers have shown that Cadillac may be synonymous with luxury, but that doesn’t mean their cars aren’t fun. To get up close and personal with all of Cadillac’s extraordinary vehicles, look no further than ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac.

5 Things to Love about the 2019 Cadillac XT4

2019 Cadillac XT4
The 2019 Cadillac XT4 luxury SUV stands out in its segment for its sophisticated styling, impressive performance, and advanced technology.

The 2019 Cadillac XT4 luxury SUV stands out in its segment for its sophisticated styling, impressive performance, and advanced technology. Here are five things we love about the new Cadillac XT4:

  1. The powerful turbocharged engine: The Cadillac XT4 takes its power from a turbocharged four-cylinder that cranks out 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.
  2. An intuitive infotainment system: Cadillac’s User Experience infotainment system is miles ahead of its competitors. Cadillac’s system uses physical buttons and knobs instead of using unreliable touchscreen controls. The system, with an 8-inch screen, is very easy to use and comes with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility.
  3. More rear space: Rear-seat passengers can enjoy more room in the back than they could in competing compact and subcompact SUVs. The XT4 boasts best-in-class rear legroom at 39.5 inches.
  4. Maximum comfort: The inviting leather seating and advanced climate system make the ride in the XT4 highly pleasant. But the comfortable ride depends on more than just that. The 2019 Cadillac XT4 also includes available Active Sport Suspension with adaptive shock absorbers, which make the ride even more smooth and calm.
  5. Excellent fuel economy: The 2019 Cadillac XT4 earns up to 30 miles per gallon on the highway.*

You can come see why we love the new Cadillac XT4 here at ELCO Cadillac in Ballwin. We have plenty of these impressive vehicles on our lot for you to take on a test drive.

*EPA estimated. Actual mileage will vary.

Festivals in the St. Louis and Ballwin Area

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There’s no shortage of summer fun in the St. Louis and Ballwin area. From cultural celebrations to free concerts, here are just a few of the exciting festivals you can enjoy this summer.

There’s no shortage of summer fun in the St. Louis and Ballwin area. From cultural celebrations to free concerts, here are just a few of the exciting festivals you can enjoy this summer.

Blues at the Arch

Lauded as the “Best Way to Celebrate St. Louis” by the Riverfront Times, this festival brings renowned Blues artists from across the nation for a series of free concerts in August. Head to the Gateway Arch National Park on Aug. 9, 16, 23, and 30 to take in some soulful tunes.

The Art Fair at Queeny Park

Admire skilled handiwork and fine craftsmanship at the Art Fair at Queeny Park in Ballwin. Since the event in held indoors at the Greensfelder Recreation Center, it will be held regardless of weather conditions. You can browse the booths and mingle with the artists from Aug. 30-Sept. 1.

Festival of Nations

At the International Institute’s Festival of Nations, you can enjoy the region’s largest multicultural celebration. Featuring live dance demonstrations, non-stop music, folk art, and more than 40 vendor booths, this festival offers fun for revelers of all ages. Join the festivities from Aug. 24-25.

Japanese Festival

Come to the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis to experience this annual celebration of Japanese culture. You can enjoy a tour of the Japanese garden, arts and crafts, authentic cuisine, and cultural demonstrations. The event runs from Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, starting at 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday.

At ELCO Cadillac, we’re proud to be a part of the Ballwin and St. Louis community.

Celebrate National Superhero Day at Comic Book Stores near Ballwin, MO

Comic Book Stores Near Ballwin
National Superhero Day is April 28 this year, and the best way to celebrate it is to head over to these comic book stores near Ballwin, MO.

Everyone has a favorite superhero movie, and true fans have a love that you can trace back to the pages of the comic books in their bedroom closet. National Superhero Day is April 28 this year, and the best way to celebrate it is to head over to these comic book stores near Ballwin, MO.

Comic Relief (St. Charles)

Comic Relief has new and older comic books in stock. It also features graphic novels and a range of kid-friendly comics and action figures.

New Castle Comics and Games (Maryland Heights)

New Castle Comics and Games offers comic books as well as an array of card/table top games. It also hosts table top gaming events, so consider checking them out, if you are a gamer.

The Wizard’s Wagon (St. Louis)

The Wizard’s Wagon includes all your favorite comic books, as well as a large assortment of collectibles. This shop also hosts gaming tournaments, so keep an eye on the events schedule if you have a taste for a challenge.

Fantasy Shop Comics and Games (St. Charles)

For everything fantasy and superhero-related, Fantasy Shop Comics and Games has you covered. From comic books to “Geeky Yard Sales,” you will findyour next imaginary world to visit.

Come talk comics with us at ELCO Cadillac, and take a test drive in one of our new cars fit for a superhero like you.

Most Famous Cadillacs Featured in Movies

Famous Cadillacs featured in movies

When it came to lookin’ good in classic American movies, filmmakers knew a surefire way how to do it: shine a spotlight on a cool and classy Cadillac vehicle. Few vehicles have gained as much fame from the movies as Cadillacs, where they have been driven by Hollywood’s greatest actors. Here are some of the most famous Cadillacs featured in movies.

The Big Wheel (1949)

The Big Wheel pays homage to American auto racing with its main character, Mickey Rooney, gunning for a career in motorsports. In a movie that heavily features cars, one stands out in particular — Rooney’s sleek 1941 Cadillac Series 62 convertible coupe.

Pink Cadillac (1989)

The Big Wheel is not the only film to feature a Series 62 convertible. Pink Cadillac refers to the same model. In this film, Clint Eastwood — as a bounty hunter — pursues a woman on the run in her husband’s pink Cadillac.

Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

In Driving Miss Daisy, one of Daisy’s cars is a white 1970 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special.

Ghostbusters (1984)

This comedy involves the titular group employing a 1959 Cadillac ambulance to travel to all their ghostbusting endeavors.

Feel like a celebrity yourself when you stop in at ELCO Cadillac for a test-drive.

Winter Driving Tips for Your Ballwin, MO Commute

Winter Driving

Whether you’re visiting friends or family for the holiday season or driving your daily commute to work, your time on wet, icy roads is as certain as you hitting the morning snooze. Stay safe this season and follow these winter driving tips.

Accelerate Slowly

If you are driving on snow and ice, one of the best ways to maintain traction between your car’s tires and the road is to accelerate slowly. Starting up quickly can cause your vehicle to slip, so give yourself some time to get up to speed gradually.

Leave Early

Leave early for work, appointments, and other engagements to give yourself extra time to adjust your driving to the weather conditions. Severe winter weather calls for slower driving, so take your time when you turn, start, and stop.

Stock Up On Gas

In cold weather, it’s important to keep the gas tank half full. A low fuel tank can cause the gas line to freeze up.

Skip the Cruise Control

If you are using cruise control and come across an icy patch, the cruise control could be your worst enemy, as it may keep your vehicle accelerating when it shouldn’t. Avoid using this feature on slick surfaces so you can maintain control over your vehicle.

We know that you will use common sense out on the roadways. However, if the weather is not kind to your vehicle, you can bring it to for maintenance and repairs.

How to Use Toothpaste to Remove Minor Scratches from Your Car

Remove Minor Scratches From Your Car
Over time, minor scratches can accumulate on your vehicle. Remarkably, you can use toothpaste to remove minor scratches from your car, and here’s how.

Over time, minor scratches can accumulate on your vehicle, but we have some good news. There are several ways you can remove scratches from your car’s paint that are affordable and effective so you don’t have to pay for a touch-up or whole new coat of paint. Remarkably, you can use toothpaste to remove minor scratches from your car, and here’s how.

  • Evaluate the scratch. Toothpaste is less effective at combating deeper scratches. If the scratch appears buried, pursue other scratch removal methods.
  • Wash the area. Use water and a cleaning product designed for car exteriors.
  • Prepare cloth with toothpaste. Get a microfiber towel, dampen it with water, and add about a quarter-sized amount of toothpaste.
  • Apply toothpaste to scratch. Firmly rub the toothpaste into the scratch using circular motions.
  • Rinse off toothpaste using water and re-evaluate the scratch. If necessary, you can reapply toothpaste one or two more times, evaluating after each application. Applying toothpaste more than three times might damage the clear coat on your vehicle’s paint.

Next time you are at your bathroom sink, remember that your toothpaste does more than clean your teeth. If you would like more tips and tricks on caring for your vehicle, visit us at ELCO Cadillac.

Aretha Franklin’s Cadillac LaSalle Hearse Also Once Transported Her Father and Rosa Parks

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Aretha Franklin’s Cadillac LaSalle hearse has also been used in ceremonies for her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin; for David Ruffin, and Rosa Parks.

Not all Cadillac vehicles are meant for everyday use. One the rare occasion, a special one might be tucked away for very particular intentions. One such vehicle lives in Detroit, where it has been stored safely for decades when not in use. This special Cadillac is a white, vintage LaSalle hearse. Cadillac built this hearse in 1940, with two doors, three speeds, and a shifter in the steering column.

The vintage Cadillac LaSalle hearse is a gorgeous vehicle that has been dusted off for use in honoring some remarkable lives. Most recently, the LaSalle hearse was used to transport Aretha Franklin during her public viewing and memorial in Detroit. Aretha Franklin’s Cadillac LaSalle hearse has also been used in ceremonies for her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin; for David Ruffin, a member of Motown vocal group the Temptations; and Rosa Parks.

The Cadillac LaSalle hearse is owned by the Swanson Funeral Home, who purchased the vehicle back in 1958. The same driver typically drives the vehicle throughout the past 30 years, though on this particular event, it was O’Neil D. Swanson, the president of the funeral home, who took the wheel.

The Cadillac LaSalle is a beautiful and classic Detroit icon just as the Queen of Soul was a Detroit icon herself, so many viewers — including us at ELCO Cadillac — were touched to see this perfect fit come together for her public viewing.

Take a Fall Road Trip in Missouri and Enjoy the Season

Fall Road Trip in Missouri
If you want a great vehicle to take on a fall road trip in Missouri, check out our selection of new and used vehicles at ELCO Cadillac.

Autumn is right around the corner, which means that now is the perfect time for a fall road trip. Missouri has many great routes for those who want to appreciate the natural beauty this state has to offer. You can take a tour of wine country, watch the leaves change, and enjoy the crisp, autumn air as you drive.

The Lake of the Ozarks Loop is one of the best scenic drives in the fall, according to Missouri Howell. Covering 130 miles, you will go past the hills of the Osage River Valley and the scenic Lake of the Ozarks. There are several state parks and conservation areas along the way, including smaller roads off the beaten path for those who want to go on an adventure.

Next, take a tour of wine country. While Napa and Sonoma Valleys are the best-known spots in the US for wine, Missouri has a lot to offer in terms of vino buono—“the good wine.” You can take a 125-mile tour of places just outside St. Louis and as far as Hermann. There are several wineries in the area, but be sure to take a designated driver along if you plan on drinking. If you prefer beer, check out the Hermann Oktoberfest.

The St. Francois Loop is perfect for those who want a romantic getaway. Covering 70 miles of mountainous scenery and striking colors, the beautiful regions includes Johnson’s Shut-Ins and the Mark Twain National Forest.

If you want a great vehicle to take on a fall road trip in Missouri, check out our selection of new and used vehicles at ELCO Cadillac.

Three Classic Country Songs Inspired by Cadillac

Three Classic Country Songs Inspired by Cadillac

Few brands have captured the American imagination quite like Cadillac. From film to literature, Cadillac vehicles have appeared in high places — and sometimes low ones — across the country’s cultural history. It might be in the rich world of country music that the Cadillac shines brightest.

We’re all big fans of both good ol’ Americana country and a classic Cadillac here at ELCO Cadillac, so here’s our three favorite country songs inspired by Cadillac vehicles:

“The Ride” by David Allen Coe

Mr. Coe is “thumbing from Montgomery” when a stranger picks him up in an “antique Cadillac,” and the rest is country music history. From its deep, Southern riffs to its old-fashioned country-gothic lyrics, American music doesn’t get much better than “The Ride.”

“One Piece at a Time” by Johnny Cash

What list of Americana music would be complete without an entry from the one-and-only Johnny Cash? In this beloved hit, he pines for a “long and black” Cadillac of his own so deeply that he sneaks the car out of the factory in which he works, you guessed it, “one piece at a time.”

“Cadillac Red” by The Judds

Ladies, if you’re “full of high octane,” this one is for you. The Judds’ song is an homage to a mysterious and powerful red-haired woman, lovingly called “Cadillac Red,” and her adventures with her female comrades behind the wheel of a Cadillac of her very own.

If you also love these songs and find that their longing for a Cadillac calls out to you, visit us at ELCO Cadillac and take a look at our showroom