Cadillac really is ready to challenge all comers in the luxury automobile segment, then Mercedes-Benz is a great target to shoot for. As such, perhaps it's not surprising that Caddy put together a video showing how it can easily dispatch one of the German automaker's products. The battleground is a straight stretch of asphalt with a starting line, finish line and hit-the-gas-now light tree. Sounds like the perfect recipe for a little bit of America versus Germany automotive action, no? Problem is, from our vantage point, Cadillac isn't exactly fighting fair.

General Motors' luxury arm picked out a Mercedes-Benz C300 as its desired target. There's really nothing in Cadillac's stable right now that lines up directly with the C300 (the CTS is too large and the ATS isn't here yet), so the American automaker decided to trot out... an Escalade.

Now, we're all for vehicles of different shapes and sizes lining up in one-on-one motorsports combat, but there's nothing fair about this fight. The C300 is an entry-level luxury sedan powered by a modest 228-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine (it's not even the most powerful 'regular' C-Class – that distinction belongs to the 302-hp C350). In the other line sits a gurgling, much more expensive luxury SUV with its 6.2-liter 403-horsepower V8 power plant loping eagerly under the hood.

Why not put an Escalade Hybrid up against an SLS AMG? If the 'Slade managed to beat that, then we'd really have something to talk about, eh?

Click past the jump to watch Cadillac show up a Mercedes-Benz that didn't deserve it.



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      Leather Bear
      • 3 Years Ago
      And on a related note, Cadillac Escalade's towing capacity beats that of a BMW 328i. [Yawn!]
        Zavier Dewayne Nettl
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Leather Bear
        It also has more rear leg room than the Audi A4. We should all buy Escalades because of this commercial.
      Rapid Monkey93
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thieves rejoice! That Escalade you just jacked can outrun a base C300. Perfect for those quick getaways.
      breakfastburrito
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pretty funny, that with all the pomp and luxury, it's still just about pissing matches. You can't buy "classy".
      th0mb0ne
      • 3 Years Ago
      .....aaaand as soon as they reach a gentle-turn the Escalade rolls over half a dozen times and explodes into a giant ball of fire. What a pointless comparison.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mercedes should do a commercial showing how they will take care of customers with 5+ year old vehicles. In comparison, GM tells their customers to basically get f____d. http://www.autoblog.com/2011/09/28/2007-2008-chevrolet-impala-owners-suing-old-gm-over-suspension-w/ Oh GM, you've learned NOTHING, haven't you? Keep on piling on the reasons why I'll never in my life, purchase a GM vehicle.
      dystroglycan
      • 3 Years Ago
      the escalade needs a redesign badly
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Duk3ofN3rd5
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, a 430HP V8 beats a 300HP V6 and only cost another $30k More? I gotta get myself one of these. How about putting it against a MB costing about the same money, say a C63 AMG and how how embarrassing you can make yourself look. Stupids do what stupids do ...
        Duk3ofN3rd5
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Duk3ofN3rd5
        Correction, it was the 228 HP car. I was thinking they at least have the balls to test against a C350 :)
      Alan
      • 3 Years Ago
      awesome!! that proves absolutely nothing.
      iimprezu
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cadillac, this makes you look cheesy. Very cheesy. It reeks of used car salesman. Nobody cares about how fast your rental cars can go in a straight line. And yes, you guys do read this stuff. I hope you realize I do not intend to buy your low-quality rental cars. Nothing says enterprise rent-a-car more than a GM product.
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, that was completely pointless...if they want to do a fair comparison then put it up against a Navigator or something of the like.
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