Cadillac hopes to be 100 percent electric by 2030

100 Percent Electric By 2030 | ELCO Cadillac | Ballwin, MO

Cadillac has seen the future, and it’s electric — or at least most of it is. Late last year, Reuters reported that the head of Cadillac, Steve Carlisle, announced that all – or a majority – of its vehicles would be 100 percent electric by 2030. That means that within the next decade, we’ll be able to watch the automaker that defined American luxury completely redefine the EV market and up the game for the rest of the industry.

If you follow the Cadillac brand closely, you’re probably not surprised by this news. Cadillac has dabbled in electric vehicles a fair amount up to this point, and has mentioned its plans for an all-electric future multiple times. Moreover, it just announced an all-new, fully electric crossover SUV called the Lyric.

There’s been a fair amount of speculation regarding what might happen to some beloved Cadillac models if the brand moves forward with its electric future? Cadillac was sure to say its lineup might be mostly electric by 2030, meaning fan favorites, like the Escalade, could theoretically continue as a gas model, even if an EV version is also on offer.

While you and the rest of the world wait to learn more about Cadillac’s upcoming electric crossover – as well as their future lineup – feel free to stop by ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac and experience the vehicles that represent the current pinnacle of American luxury.

Meet the Cadillac Live Virtual Showroom

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Cadillac is revolutionizing car shopping with the all-new Cadillac Live Virtual Showroom experience. Unveiled at the end of last year, Cadillac Live puts visual technology and video chat in the hands of product specialists to help customers find the car that’s right for them. Imagine shopping for a new car without ever having the leave the comfort of your home.

How does it work? So far, Cadillac has only launched the program in Canada, but it works by giving a dealership product specialists an iPhone X, an Osmo Mobile gimbal, and a Bluetooth headset to conduct a chat session with car buyers online. Not only can specialists show off ten different vehicles and their features, they also have a tablet app that lets you demo color schemes, trims, and more.

The idea behind the Cadillac Live Virtual Showroom is twofold. First, many luxury car shoppers switch automakers if the car-buying process is simpler with a different brand — one reason Cadillac is aiming to streamline the process as much as possible. Additionally, Cadillac Live appeals to those who might not live in the vicinity of a dealership but still want a personalized shopping experience.

The new virtual showroom is set to come to the US shortly as well, first to California, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York before the rest of the country. This is just one of many ways Cadillac is revolutionizing the car-buying experience, like they’ve defined the luxury vehicle market for decades.

While you’re waiting for the Cadillac Live Virtual Showroom to roll out nationwide, consider paying us a visit at ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac for a tour or a test drive.

Source: https://www.autoblog.com/2019/12/15/cadillac-live-usa/

Cadillac Launches XT6 Campaign with Russo Brothers

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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

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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.

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.

New 2019 Cadillac Escalade Offers Improved Convenience and Styling Features

2019 Cadillac Escalade

 

The top-of-the-line when it comes to luxury and refinement, the new 2019 Cadillac Escalade offers even more style, convenience, and sophistication than ever before. With updates to the Escalades exterior, along with an array of new styling options, the 2019 Escalade will be an easy choice for SUV drivers in search of the best. Read on to learn more about what’s new on the 2019 Cadillac Escalade.

 New Sport Package.

For the first time, Escalade drivers will have the option of a stunning Sport Package. Available on Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum trims, this styling package includes unique finish wheels, a Black Ice Chrom-colored front grille with black gloss daylight opening surround, rear appliqué, a lower front fascia, and striking bodyside molding.

 Hands-Free Tailgate.

The 2019 Escalade will also come standard with a convenient Hands-Free Tailgate. This feature allows you to easily open and close the tailgate by simple waving your foot under the rear bumper, making it even easier to stow items in the spacious Escalade interior. 

New Color Options. 

The 2019 Escalade will be available with some new color options, as well. 2019 Escalade drivers will be able to choose from Manhattan Noir Metallic and Shadow Metallic, in addition to many other color options previous available on the Escalade.

The Cadillac Escalade was already good to begin with, but now it’s even better! Check it out in person at ELCO Cadillac.

Father’s Day Activities in St. Louis That Dad is Sure to Love

Father's Day

If you’re in the St. Louis area and are in search of the perfect thing to do with dad this Father’s Day, look no further. We’ve rounded up the best Father’s Day activities in St. Louis so you can count on a great afternoon that shows your dad just how much you car. Don’t forget Father’s Day is June 17th!

Kimmswick Car Show

Take a trip to nearby Kimmswick this Father’s Day and treat dad to an afternoon at Kimmswick’s annual Father’s Day Car Show. It will feature a huge selection of cars and motorcycles as well as great food and music. The event will take place from noon until 3pm, so make your plans no and show up early!

Father’s Day Beer Garden

Bring dad to the terrace at Perf Marquette Lodge to enjoy a Father’s Day Beer Garden. Aside from tons of great local and national beers to try, the Beer Garden will feature live music and BBQ. What’s not to love?

Sinatra at the Symphony

This Father’s Day, the St. Louis Symphony will pay tribute to Frank Sinatra with “Sinatra: 100 Years and Beyond.” If your dad is a music fan, get your tickets to this unique performance before it’s too late!

You can never run out of things to do with your dad in St. Louis. But to make Father’s Day truly special, take him to ELCO Cadillac! Whether it’s for a new luxury car or just an oil change, he’s bound to love it.