March 2012

The Sky’s the Limit for Cadillac

Named for the French word for “sky,” the Ciel (pronounced “see-EL”) is a four-seat luxury convertible concept car that is quickly turning the heads of enthusiasts throughout the industry. Introduced at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the Ciel is described as a “modern interpretation of the large, expressive luxury that is innate to Cadillac.” Indeed, with its combination of classic aesthetics and cutting-edge technological features, the convertible stands out as the epitome of one-of-a-kind refinement.
While creating the Ciel, Cadillac’s design team envisioned driving California’s Highway 1 in an open car while the sun sets. The vehicle’s interior, however, had to be just as beautiful as the surrounding scenery; therefore, the Ciel’s doors are hinged at the rear, which has the added benefit of allowing an unobstructed view of the interior’s impressive nickel-plated trim and plush leather accents.
The Italian olive wood throughout the car is not only a premium material, it’s also a sustainable one – only a single fallen tree was used to craft the trim in the Ciel. Transparent gauges and brushed-aluminum accents complement the “floating” center console that runs from front to back. Within the console, hidden connectivity portals are available for each passenger, allowing for endless information and entertainment possibilities; users can make dinner reservations, check the weather, even upload photos via social media. Bluetooth technology and inductive charging capability are also included.
For the ultimate comfort while cruising, the Ciel Convertible concept features heated and cooled seats, a drawer with sun lotion, sunglasses and towels and aromatherapy that can be controlled from the rear armrest.
Outside, the car boasts bold LED headlamps and taillights. Futuristic details continue under the hood, thanks to a longitudinally placed twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 with 425 hp and 430 lb/ft of torque, combined with a lithium-ion battery system.
Cadillac sets the bar high, and once again proves it is up to the challenge with a concept car that just can’t be ignored. The beautiful Ciel exudes the flair and elegance that has earned Cadillac its world-renowned reputation.
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