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Detroit Auto Show: Cadillac debuts its ELR plug-in luxury car

8:41 AM, Jan 15, 2013   |    comments
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It's the 2014 Cadillac ELR, being unveiled today at the North American International Auto Show here. It's an extended-range hybrid, meaning its a plug-in electric with a backup gas engine.

But as a luxury car, it's more likely to sell at a price that its customers expect than the plain-Jane, $39,995 Chevy Volt.

"ELR is an unprecedented combination of luxury, advanced engineering and progressive design in a coupe that is both sporty and environmentally friendly," says Bob Ferguson, Cadillac global vice president, in a statement. "This is a pivotal moment in Cadillac's history, as we continue our product-driven expansion."

If its range ends up like the Volt, the ELR can be plugged in overnight for electric-only driving -- about 35 miles in the Volt -- before the gas engine takes over. ELR, however, is likely to be heavier because of all the luxury gear onboard, which could cut its mileage a bit.

It's going have LED lighting, including daytime running lights, and 20-inch wheels. It will have fancy leather seats and Cadillac's CUE navigation system. There will also be a full-suite of Cadillac's advanced system systems, including forward collision alert, blind-spot detection and cross-traffic alert.

ELR production begins later this year, starting with the U.S. and expanding next year to global markets like China and Europe.

(Copyright © 2013 USA TODAY)

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