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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Cadillac Super Cruise: The Future of Driving

Cadillac is a leader in the industry, especially when it comes to vehicle technology. Cadillac Super Cruise is an example of the brand’s incredible innovation, as the hands-free driving system will revolutionize the way we drive. Providing safety and comfort to drivers, Cadillac Super Cruise is great for virtually anyone.

The Super Cruise system works using a combination of software to serve as your eyes and ears. There are driver assistance features like Lane Keep Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control, as well as OnStar® connectivity. Safety features can’t stand in for a driver; however, they can provide a level of safety like never before.

In order to highlight Cadillac’s Super Cruise technology during the 90th Academy Awards, the brand released an ad focused less on abstract ideas and more on the brand’s own technologies. “I kind of feel the public is tired of seeing these heavy, lofty ads,” explains Cadillac marketing director Renée Rauchut. “It just seems a little bit more honest right now in my opinion to focus on our products.”

The Super Cruise technology is only offered on certain CT6 models at the moment, although Cadillac has plans to expand the technology. This semi-autonomous system will also only work on certain divided highways, so there are a few criteria to meet before the technology will work.

Why wait for the automotive future to arrive when you can drive a Cadillac? Learn more about Super Cruise and the brand’s advanced features at ELCO Cadillac.

Cadillac CT6

New and Upgraded 2018 Cadillac XT5

2018 Cadillac XT5
Take a test drive in the new 2018 Cadillac XT5 with ELCO Cadillac!

The 2018 Cadillac XT5 is back and better-than-ever for 2018. With a handful of new innovations and improvements, you’re bound to be impressed.

The biggest change for the 2018 model year is the XT5’s heated steering wheel. This is included on most trim levels and gives you the ideal combination of luxury and comfort.

The XT5 comes in four different trim levels: Base, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum. All trim levels feature plenty of power, especially the standard 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivers 310 horsepower. All-wheel drive comes standard on the Platinum trim level while an advanced front-wheel drive system welcomes you on other trim levels.

Style is unbeatable in the 2018 XT5, starting with features like swept-back headlights and bold LED running lights. On the inside, wood accents can be found throughout your cabin, making for a stylish interior.

Something else that’s new for the 2018 XT5 is a lighter body. The new XT5 has lost a few pounds, which gives it a sporty feel and more agility on the road than before. A fully independent suspension gives you extra help on the road, too.

If you want to see what the new 2018 Cadillac XT5 is all about, come down to ELCO Cadillac and see it for yourself.

What to Expect from the 2020 Cadillac Escalade

What to Expect from the 2020 Cadillac Escalade - Ballwin, MO
Current 2018 Cadillac Escalade – what will the future 2020 Cadillac Escalade look like?

The year 2020 may seem like a big jump into the future, but it will be here in just over two years! With the change into a new decade, we will see some big updates on the Escalade. In fact, according to Automobile Magazine, the 2020 Cadillac Escalade is expected to come equipped with an independent rear suspension.

With this change, the Escalade will offer buyers a flat cargo floor once all the seats have been folded down. This means owners won’t have to detach the third-row seats anymore to get the cargo space they need.

Along with this suspension update, the new Escalade will likely borrow some styling cues from the sleek, sexy Escala concept that made its debut at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours. This would give the Escalade a curvier, yet still bold look.

Finally, by 2020, the Escalade is likely to get the latest version of Cadillac’s Super Cruise technology along with a 4.2-liter twin-turbo DOHC V8 engine that is found in the Escalade. There could even be a plug-in hybrid model to step up the Escalade’s efficiency game.

What changes would you like to see in a future Escalade model? To see the current Escalade, stop by ELCO Cadillac and take it out for a test drive today.

2017 Cadillac XT5 Replaces the Cadillac SRX

 

2017 Cadillac XT5

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 officially replaced the Cadillac SRX, currently standing as the only crossover in the revered luxury brand’s lineup. While more crossovers are slated for release in the coming years, the Cadillac XT5 arrives with more features and a better design than the model it replaced. Here’s a closer look at how the Cadillac XT5 compares to the Cadillac SRX.

Like the Cadillac SRX, the Cadillac XT5 features seating for up to five passengers in a spacious cabin designed for the modern passenger. It’s also available in front-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations.

However, many of the changes come down to what lies under the hood.

The Cadillac XT5 carries an upgraded version of the SRX’s standard engine. The new 3.6-liter V6 engine offers 310 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. That’s two more horsepower and five more lb-ft of torque than the Cadillac SRX offered.

The Cadillac XT5 also comes equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission with Electronic Precision Shift. The now-discontinued Cadillac SRX featured a standard six-speed automatic transmission.

The Cadillac XT5 features a lightweight architecture that drops 165 lb. when compared to the weight of the Cadillac SRX.

Visit us here at ELCO Cadillac today to experience the 2017 Cadillac XT5 for yourself.