Cadillac debuts striking Ciel Concept

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Cadillac is one of America's best luxury car makers. Though there have been some questionable, even shameful cars in the past, there is still an air of splendour about the brand when the right car bears that iconic Cadillac crest. The Cadillac Ciel Concept is the right car, demonstrating the style and the charisma that every Cadillac should represent.

The name "Ciel" is simply the French word for sky, and the name is pronounced by saying the letters "C" and "L" in succession; "C-L". Cadillac says its Ciel Concept is an expression of historical grandeur and a celebration of open-air motoring. In keeping with this ideal, Cadillac chose to debut the Ciel Concept in the unincorporated community of Pebble Beach, California. Pebble Beach is world-renowned for its annual Concours d'Elegance car show and charity event.

With its brash, shiny front grille and angular exterior styling, the Ciel adheres to the recent styling direction of the company. Yet, its open-top layout and giant proportions are reminiscent of grandiose automobiles from decades ago.

In truth, the Ciel has a lot in common with a car built by Cadillac's American competitor, the fourth-generation Lincoln Continental convertible of the 1960s. Both vehicles are large American luxury convertibles and both feature four doors instead of the more usual two. Additionally, the rear doors on both convertibles are rear-hinged instead of being front-hinged. That means there's no B-pillar, so entry to and exit from the vehicle is made easier.

The interior of the Ciel is, in a word, sumptuous. It is accented with machined aluminum, Italian olive wood and nickel-plated trim. Seats are adorned in tasteful brown leather and all of them have heating and cooling features. The opulence is especially present for rear seat occupants who can cover themselves with built-in cashmere blankets. There's even a small cigar humidor in the rear centre console for those willing to throw modern-day health concerns to the wind.

"Large, expressive luxury is innate to Cadillac and the Ciel recalls that heritage, while suggesting where the brand can go in the future," said Clay Dean, Global Design Director for Cadillac. "Authentic luxury is driven by experiences, not just products, and Ciel is about the experience of the journey."
In order to embark on the journey, Cadillac has equipped the Ciel with a twin-turbocharged 3.6L direct injection V6 engine. The V6 is mated to a hybrid system that utilizes a lithium-ion battery. The engine's power is transferred to large 22-inch wheels which are made of milled billet aluminum and covered in brushed nickel plating. The Ciel also features carbon ceramic brakes which Cadillac says is a clue to the concept's performance foundation.

"The Ciel is about the romance of the drive," said Dean. "It emulates the great touring cars seen on the greens at Pebble Beach, but with a modern flair that projects Cadillac's vision for the future."

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Convertible, Cadillac, 2011, Ciel Concept,

Organizations: Cadillac

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