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Inside the 2014 Cadillac ELR: Beauty and Technology Unmatched

2014 Cadillac ELR Interior
Image and video courtesy of the Cadillac YouTube Channel.

What makes any one piece of art so special? While there are countless answers to this question, one of the most unmistakably prized features of any true work of art is its unique and one-of-a-kind nature. Sure, many famous pieces of art have their replications, but we all know there’s only one Mona Lisa hanging on the wall of the Louvre, and that’s the one people travel across the world to see. Like a timeless masterpiece, each and every 2014 Cadillac ELR boasts an interior that is unique in its own way.

Related: Cadillac ELR Available Now at Rippy Cadillac

ELR product manager, Darin Gesse, eloquently describes the one-of-a-kind luxury found inside Cadillac’s new EV in the video below: “Each interior becomes its own piece of original art where no two are alike. Dramatic layering of colors, textures, and materials intertwine to create the signature luxury Cadillac is known for.”

Boasting a plethora of ultra-premium materials and endless choices to customize your cabin, the 2014 Cadillac ELR offers a driver and passenger experience unlike any other. Cadillac marries innovation and technology with beauty and style in a way that no other automaker could possibly hope to do, and the result is the first ever ELR.

Check out the video below to hear the laundry list of ultra-luxe materials that make up the inside of the 2014 Cadillac ELR, and then come see us and experience it for yourself right here at Rippy Cadillac!

Minor Issue Leads to GM Announcing 2014 Cadillac ELR Recall

GM Issues 2014 Cadillac ELR Recall: No Reported Injuries or Accidents, Software Fix Available April 17If you’ve recently purchased a 2014 Cadillac ELR, you’ll want to read on. GM has announced the recall of about 656 2014 ELR models produced between September 26, 2013 and February 14, 2014 due to a fault with its electronic stability control system (ESC). The 2014 Cadillac ELR recall is announced in an effort to make sure drivers have the safest possible driving experience, and although the issue as of now is quite minor, the Cadillac brand, as well as all of us here at Rippy Cadillac, want only the best and safest driving experience for our customers.

2014 ELR models without adaptive cruise control may have diagnostics that can prevent the system from telling the driver if the electronic stability control system is on or off.  This seems to be fairly minor for the time being, as no accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of the defect.

Alan Adler, GM’s recall and legal spokesperson says that only about 55 affected cars are currently owned by individuals. The remaining cars are still on dealership lots or at the factory. Even so, Cadillac already has a software fix, and is prepared to repair effected cars beginning April 17th. The 2014 Cadillac ELR recall update should only take about 20 minutes and will recalibrate the electronic brake control module.

Interested in an ELR of your own? Stop by Rippy Cadillac today!

2014 Cadillac ELR Available Now at Rippy Cadillac

The 2014 Cadillac ELR Is Available Now at Rippy CadillacThe wait is over. Here at Rippy Cadillac, we got our hands on the all-new 2014 Cadillac ELR. It’s sitting pretty here at the dealership just waiting to find its new home.

Touted affectionately by Cadillac as the “provocative embodiment of imagination and inspiration,” the first-ever ELR has been the stuff of dreams over the past several months. Anticipation of its market release date has been growing rapidly thanks to a lot of press and attention. Now, this dream is a reality here in Wilmington because we have the ELR in the flesh.

The 2014 Cadillac ELR Is Available Now at Rippy CadillacThe 2014 Cadillac ELR demonstrates the latest and greatest in automotive technology, and the design is truly stunning. The ELR is guaranteed to turn heads, and you could be one of the first drivers on the road behind the wheel of one.

Cadillac’s ELR embodies luxury that you can feel good about. Thanks to an advanced electric drive system, you’ll be doing Mother Nature a favor without having to worry about range limitations.

Every time you step inside the ELR, you will be exiting the ordinary. The interior boasts ultra-luxe materials like satin chrome, premium leather, burl grain Olive Ash or Laurel wood, and suede microfiber. You’ll be begging for traffic jams.

Own a piece of history, and be the first to purchase the 2014 Cadillac ELR here at Rippy.

2014 Cadillac ELR Ad Sparks Major Debate

2014 Cadillac ELR Ad Stirs Up Mixed EmotionsWith its television airing debut during the Olympic opening ceremony on NBC, the 2014 Cadillac ELR ad entitled “Poolside” gained a lot of viewership right away, and who knew that one minute of a TV commercial could spark so much debate? (In case you haven’t seen it yet, watch the video below so you can form your own opinion.)

It’s not terribly hard to see why some people aren’t crazy about the ad, although we happen to enjoy it’s American-pride feel. The 2014 Cadillac ELR ad has been knocked by critics for several reasons: being geared only towards the “one percent,” making America appear obsessed with consumerism, and for what seems like arrogance and a feeling of superiority to other countries, as it explains why we work harder than other countries – “because we’re crazy driven, hard-working believers.”

To us, that description doesn’t sound so bad. We know that Cadillac drivers are hard-working, and the brand is founded on and built for those crazy driven believers. Is there really anything wrong with that? Well, although the 2014 Cadillac ELR ad is not without its negative reviews, the overall sentiment ratio is about 3:1 in favor of liking the commercial.

Regardless of how the ad makes you feel, Cadillac advertising director Craig Bierley is satisfied with the commercial’s controversial impact. Bierley explains that it’s not the “one percent” that the ad is targeting; it’s those that make over $200,000 a year and can afford to purchase an ELR. He also argues that those people work for their money, and that the 2014 Cadillac ELR ad embodies the principle that hard work pays off. And it does.

Reward yourself for all of your hard work by coming to see us at Rippy Cadillac! Be sure to check out the commercial below, and let us know what you think!

First Cadillac ELRs Will Come with Free Quick Charger

Buyers of First Cadillac ELRs Will Get Free Quick ChargerIn an effort to offset the substantial price tag boasted by the promised Cadillac ELR, the brand’s first extended-range plug-in vehicle, the luxury brand will offer a free 240-volt quick charger to the earliest buyers of the first Cadillac ELRs. We’re unsure exactly how Cadillac is defining “earliest” at this point, so check back with us here on Rippy Cadillac’s blog often for more updates. We think it’s a sound effort by the brand to sweeten the deal for potential ELR customers.

Buyers of First Cadillac ELRs Will Get Free Quick ChargerCadillac thinks so too, of course. “The ELR’s blend of leading technology with provocative design and fun-to-drive performance is set to bring new buyers to Cadillac and to electrification itself,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, Global Cadillac’s chief marketing officer. “Professional installation of the fastest home-charging unit is a natural way to mark the introduction of ELR to the luxury market.”

The ELR unites the efficiency and innovation of EVs with the luxury and prestige of the Cadillac brand. It will be able to go about 340 miles via the combination of battery and gas power, and the first Cadillac ELRs coming with the free quick charger makes the pristine, green ride all the more irresistible!

So we want to hear what you think, Caddy lovers: are you sold on the ELR?

Saks Fifth Avenue Cadillac ELR: Luxury Upon Luxury

2014 Cadillac ELRFor over a century, Saks Fifth Avenue has been the premier name in men’s and women’s luxury retail.  It should come as little surprise, then, that they would so readily lend their name to a vehicle belonging to the world’s foremost luxury automobile manufacturer, Cadillac.  But the Cadillac with the Saks Fifth Avenue branding isn’t just any Cadillac, nor is it even your average special edition: it’s a limited edition version of the groundbreaking plug-in hybrid 2014 ELR.

The Saks Fifth Avenue Cadillac ELR will be limited to a mere 100 units and will arrive by March of next year.  Decked out in an exclusive White Diamond paint and including a 240-volt charging station (with professional installation) and complimentary ELR Concierge services, this Cadillac boasts all the luxury you could expect from the combination of such power brands.

“Our partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue embraces the brand’s sharp eyes for aesthetics, and puts the all-new 2014 ELR and the Cadillac brand front and center with buyers this holiday season,” said Melody Lee, director of Global Cadillac brand and reputation strategy, according to the New York Daily News.

The 2014 Saks Fifth Avenue Cadillac ELR will cost $89,500 (including shipping and destination fees), which is a considerable $14,500 over the base ELR cost.

For luxury upon luxury in an ultra-limited package, we here at Rippy Cadillac consider the price tag to be pretty reasonable.  And with Christmas on the horizon, what better time to splurge on someone you love?  Or on yourself.  We promise we won’t tell.

Cadillac ELR Technology: Noise Cancellation in the Cabin

2014 Cadillac ELRThe 2014 Cadillac ELR has been getting a lot of attention lately—and rightfully so! We’re already excited for the 2014 ELR to go on sale this January, and now we have even more reason behind our excitement.

Cadillac, known for never resting on its laurels, has found a way to further optimize driver and passenger experience in the already-amazing upcoming ELR. The automaker is striving to make the car appear to all the senses, and its latest technology development is concerned with sound.

This may seem like an odd concept, but Cadillac is leaving no stone unturned in the production of the 2014 ELR—the automaker will be implementing noise cancellation in the cabin.

Although the ELR already houses an electric motor, the car’s gas range-extender creates a somewhat irritating buzzing via low-frequency vibrations, according to Motor Authority. Cadillac innovation to the rescue.

To counter the ELR engine’s buzzing, microphones situated throughout the cabin track unwanted noise, and the audio system plays cancelling sounds accordingly creating a tranquil and quiet riding experience.

Additionally, premium thick glass, ultra-sealed doors, and sound-stifling body materials team up with the noise cancellation in the cabin to further the peacefulness to be enjoyed inside the 2014 ELR.

What will Cadillac come up with next?

2014 Cadillac ELR Pricing Announced

2014 Cadillac ELRThe Cadillac we’re all been waiting for will finally arrive in January: the 2014 Cadillac ELR. This luxury electric vehicle will have a range of more than 300 miles when using the range-extending backup generator. Pricing for the ELR starts at $75,000.

For those interested in purchasing the 2014 Cadillac ELR, you can access a complementary “white-glove customer care” professional called an ELR Concierge Representative. You simply call 855 4 CAD ELR to connect with your concierge. This representative will help you with information about battery car, charging at home, service scheduling, news and updates.

Powering the ELR is a 16.5-kWh lithium-ion battery that is capable of giving you 35 pure-electric highway driving miles. This is the equivalent of 82 MPGe. The gasoline-powered backup generator is a 1.4-liter engine.

The ELR has the same high standard of luxury as other Cadillac models including the Cadillac CUE system with navigation. Inside you’ll find handcrafted leather upholstery paired with authentic wood grain and chrome trims.

Does the 2014 Cadillac ELR sound like the Cadillac for you?

Ultrasonic Technology Behind The Much Anticipated Cadillac ELR Battery

2014 Cadillac ELR with New Battery TechnologyGeneral Motors is hoping to make a big splash in the automotive industry with the unveiling of the new Cadillac ELR, expected to arrive early 2014. Sure to impress Cadillac enthusiasts and tech gurus alike, the ELR is already generating some buzz thanks to its utilization of ultrasonic technology during the battery welding process.

In an effort to promote the ELR battery’s ultrasonic welding method, GM explains that the technology removes the need for extremely high metal-melting temperatures, connective bolts, nails, soldering materials, or any other adhesives.  Electrode tabs are welded together on the ELR’s 16.5-kWh lithium ion battery pack employing high-frequency ultrasonic acoustic vibrations generating a solid-state weld. Other advantages of ultrasonic welding include low cycle times, optimized productivity, and the complete absence of surface finish damage as a result of the high-frequency vibrations; all of these add up to an efficiently-made and beautifully-crafted ELR battery.

Ultrasonic technology, most commonly utilized in the aerospace and medical fields, has also been applied in the manufacturing of the Chevrolet Volt. GM highlights that the new Cadillac’s 435-pound battery will provide for up to 35 miles of electric-only range due to its advanced electric drive propulsion system which features an on-board gas powered generator.

GM’s Michigan assembly line yielded the first production model of the new Cadillac in May. Complete with the iconic Cadillac grille, hidden door handles, etched LED lights, and a lavish interior, the ELR is as impressive on the outside as it is under the hood. So who’s excited for 2014 now?!

Jay Leno’s Garage-The New 2014 Cadillac ELR

cadillac logo ELRYou may have heard of the internet show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, but did you know that Jay Leno also has an internet show titled Jay Leno’s Garage? That’s right, in his spare time the television host appears in his own show, detailing the releases of new cars as well as other car related news. This time around, Leno focused on the 2014 Cadillac ELR. The new ELR will go on sale later this year, but this webisode gives us a great inside look.

Leno, along with Frank Saucedo- Director of Advanced Design for GM, describe the new ELR is great detail, starting with the powertrain. After an extensive walk-around, Leno also brings in Chris Thomason, Vehicle Chief Engineer on the ELR. Leno already owns a Cadillac and states that he drives it more than he drives his Corvette, simply because it’s more practical.

As a hybrid vehicle, the new ELR charges as you drive and with the Re-Gen padals, you can slow down without using the brakes. The newest Cadillac family member promised not to disappoint!

Look for the 2014 ELR soon on our lots.