• The first 2014 Cadillac ELR pre-production vehicle to roll off the assembly line Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Plant in Detroit, Michigan. Cadillac ELR pre-production vehicles will be used to validate manufacturing, engineering and other quality measures before production vehicles are assembled at the end of the year for sale in 2014. The Cadillac ELR features full driving range exceeding 300 miles (480 km), combining pure electric driving and an efficient, range-extending generator. (Photo by Jeffrey Sauger for Cadillac)
  • Team Chevy IndyCar Driver Simona De Silvestro poses with the first 2014 Cadillac ELR pre-production vehicle to roll off the assembly line Wednesday, May 29, 2013 while touring the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Plant in Detroit, Michigan. Cadillac ELR pre-production vehicles will be used to validate manufacturing, engineering and other quality measures before production vehicles are assembled at the end of the year for sale in 2014. The ELR features full driving range exceeding 300 miles (480 km), combining pure electric driving and an efficient, range-extending generator. De Silvestro is in town for the Detroit Grand Prix races on Belle Isle this weekend. (Photo by Jeffrey Sauger for General Motors)
Gearing up for the Belle Isle Grand Prix this weekend, General Motors invited some of the Chevrolet and Cadillac racecar drivers out to its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. While there, the racers – including IndyCar Driver and Chevrolet Volt owner, Simona De Silvestro – witnessed the very first 2014 Cadillac ELR to roll off the assembly line.

These vehicles are not destined for customers, however, but instead they are pre-production units that will be used by engineers for testing purposes. Actual production of ELR consumer models is expected to commence closer to the end of this year. As a refresher, this range-extended electric Cadillac shares much of its powertrain with the Volt but will have a sportier coupe design inspired by the Converj Concept. De Silvestro manged to snap a few images of her own, which you can see in the gallery below.


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      JP
      • 2 Years Ago
      I always find it disturbing to see comments from people who have problems with technological advances. The electric car is making huge strides in becoming cost effective while providing longer ranges. Imagine the possibilities of residential solar charging your car every night for your daily commute. Keep a gas powered car if you like for long range trips, but electric for daily commutes is smart.
      car czar
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some body got the message that electric cars don't have to be butt ugly. I know this is technically a hybrid but from what i read from most volt forums they rarely use the gas engine. This is on my test drive list for a new car. Hopefully it will be out by my birthday!!!!
      Afi Keita James
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is an electric car with bling.
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 2 Years Ago
      \"Cadillac, cadillac, big and dark, shiny and black, open up her engines let em roar, tearing up the highway like a big old dinosaur... \"James Dean in that Mercury 49, cruisin on through the Wisconsin night, your my last hope buddie, your my last chance gonna take me up to the Cadillac ranch... Cadillac, cadillac...
      vaitkusm
      • 2 Years Ago
      I grew up on Cadillac, my Father always drove these big cars. I drove Toyota for years cause I commuted to work. I put 200 thousand miles on my Camry, it turned out to be a good car. But, now, I was able to find a new DTS in 2011 it was no longer going to be built, got a great deal at Crestview Cadillac. I love my big car. the new styles are nice but, they are small inside, the seats are comfortable, but, I wanted a big comfortable car. I am very lucky to be able to afford a car like this. But, to each their own, some people are Mercedes, or BMW people or whatever they like. I am a Cadillac person. Thanks to the people at Crestview, I am not that old and they probably saw me in a smaller car. but I want that white diamond color DTS, with the great chrome rims. I love my car.
      Munkey Boi 3
      • 2 Years Ago
      SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET !... as to the "it's a Volt w/ a 25K pinch" comments - welllll; the Escalade is a Suburban with a big old bag o' chrome and a big old bag o' cash premium & that doesn't seem to hurt sales TOO much among the "I only wear labels" crowd that supports the Wreath & Crest, so.... just sayin'
      Puck
      • 2 Years Ago
      In the near future and if Cadillac doesn't mess up, they will be the leading new luxury car producer. What we are seeing here is the future of luxury cars.
        Donny Hoover
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Puck
        So what you're saying is they could very well become, well, the Cadillac of cars?
          Puck
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Donny Hoover
          @Donny Hoover You nailed it.
        Lifes a Beach
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Puck
        Absolutely Puck, Caddy's puttin it back together & this is the future of luxury cars. Silent, gearless electric propulsion is the most luxurious driveline tech on the market. Most folks haven't experienced it yet, but this is all changing.
          Puck
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Lifes a Beach
          @Lifesabeach As Donny Hoover put it: The "Cadillac" of the cars. Once again. Isn't that fabulous?
      FIDTRO
      • 2 Years Ago
      The front end looks particularly fantastic, especially with that headlight design. Definitely one of the better looking Cadillacs, second would be ATS IMO.
      ChrisH
      • 2 Years Ago
      make a convertible version!!!! soft top is just fine
      Woobie King
      • 2 Years Ago
      What was I going to say? Oh, yeah. I bet this car would look nice as a convertible.
      R Castro
      • 2 Years Ago
      I used to go to that plant as an outside contractor. They built Devilles and Lucernes there. Shout out to Mr. John Jacques (my plant contact)!
      Big_Boss
      • 2 Years Ago
      "First car I am planning to get in the future" is the right title.
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