Cadillac to debut Provoq concept and CTS-V this week
Update: Be sure to visit us first thing Tuesday morning for your first look at the Provoq with lots of details and specs. Cadillac is planning on two exciting debuts this week - one at a traditional venue, the other less so... On Tuesday, January 8th, 2008 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Cadillac will debut their Provoq concept that they are touting as 'a vision for a petroleum free future'. This is likely the rumored Cadillac version of the E-Flex powered Chevy Volt. As you may remember, the E-Flex system is essentially an electric car powertrain (electric motors and batteries) with the added trick of a supplemental 'range extender' to provide additional power once the batteries are depleted. While the Volt uses a gasoline engine to power a generator for this role - the Provoq, touted as 'petroleum and emissions free' will almost certainly slot a fuel cell into this role. A week from today (January 14th), Cadillac will also show the world the new 2009 CTS-V. Expect all the details on this M3/M5 beater as well as some idea on an actual on-sale date. Detroit will also see Cadillac showing off their new Escalade 2-mode hybrid. Sounds like fun - and expect details of both announcements as they happen here at the Caddy Edge. DETROIT - Cadillac extends its ongoing design and technology momentum with tomorrow's debut of the Provoq Concept, a vision for a petroleum-free future of luxury transportation. GM CEO Rick Wagoner will present the Cadillac Provoq concept vehicle January 8 at the influential Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, beginning a showcase of Cadillac's future performance technology and design that will continue at next week's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The Provoq Concept continues Cadillac's remarkable heritage of landmark concept vehicles, this time in a vehicle free from petroleum fuel and emissions, the ultimate luxury. Provoq will make its world premiere at one of the world's leading technology showcases at CES, appearing again at one of the foremost automotive stages in Detroit on Jan. 14. Cadillac accelerates into Detroit with another dramatic demonstration of its design and performance technology, the world premiere of the 2009 CTS-V. Cadillac's high performance V-Series represents the ultimate expression of the brand's performance and luxury, and the much-anticipated new CTS-V will include many significant technical and design enhancements aimed at placing it within the elite group of the world's most capable cars. The 2009 CTS-V extends the momentum created by Cadillac's 2008 CTS Sport Sedan, which is earning wide acclaim from critics and consumers alike. Since September, CTS sales are up 59.5% in the U.S. CTS was recently named 2008 Motor Trend Car of the Year, headlining a long list of accolades that also includes positions on Car and Driver magazine's 10Best list and as a finalist for 2008 North American Car of the Year. Also appearing in Detroit next week will be the Escalade Hybrid, featuring a fuel-saving Two Mode Hybrid system combining a gas engine with electric battery power. The Escalade Hybrid, beginning production in mid-2008, extends the desirability of the leading large luxury SUV.