2016 Cadillac ELR Fails To Appear At 2014 LA Auto Show – Here’s Why


The Only ELR Shown In LA Was This 2014 Cadillac ELR - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

The Only ELR Shown In LA Was This 2014 Cadillac ELR – Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

2014 Cadillac ELR - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

2014 Cadillac ELR – Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

The most anticipated plug-in vehicle debut scheduled for the 2014 LA Auto Show was the revamped 2016 Cadillac ELR.

But it was a no-show.

Our man on the scene captured the only ELR in LA (a Model Year 2014) and wondered where the heck was the long-promised 2016 ELR.

Well, we now have our answer via GM Inside News:

In discussing with Cadillac insiders what they refer to as ELR 2.0, GMI has learned that the debut was delayed due to system integration difficulties. According to GMI’s sources, the ELR 2.0 will be a “highly autonomous vehicle” and that a few of the features planned for the car are taking longer to refine than was originally planned. Indeed, some may be delayed indefinitely. As a result, Cadillac decided to delay the debut until the production feature-set is finalized, so as of now, there’s no target date for when this car will debut.

Sounds to us like Cadillac is trying to offer a feature set similar to the autopilot Tesla recently announced for the Model S.  Did Tesla really force Cadillac’s hand?  Is that why Cadillac made the last-minute decision to pull the 2016 ELR out of the show?

“…a week before the show, the car [2016 ELR] was removed from the LAIAS website’s world debut page.”

GM Inside News adds:

No information was given regarding the nature of the range-extending engine, nor was anything new shared about ELR 2.0’s potential electric range.

Source: GM Inside News

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19 Comments on "2016 Cadillac ELR Fails To Appear At 2014 LA Auto Show – Here’s Why"

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The only change needed for the current ELR is a $25k price drop.

More bells and whistles won’t make a Cadillac version of the Volt worth $25k more. At max there can be a $10k premium, but that’s before discounts.

Pushing the EV range up to 50 miles still holds the value at $10k more than the 2016 Volt with the same 50 EV miles.

Even as a 200 mile EV the $75k price tag is out of line.

The ELR has adaptive cruise, where the Tesla does not. Who’s catching up, on this one?

The relative success of ELR vs Model S tells you what the market thinks of ELR’s ACC vs Tesla Auto Pilot hardware and expectations for future wireless software upgrades in the coming months.


Yes, the market has given a resounding answer.

But likely it is not due to the Model S’s boutique features, but rather its >200-mile purely electric range, Supercharger network, and accommodating 5-7 passengers.

That’s fine. So where are the other manufacturers’ answers to all those features?

who the f*ck cares about cruise control? LOL

These cars excel in dense traffic. At this point, I don’t think that’s a matter of opinion. ACC is a nice feature to have on any car that might spend hours per day averaging <30mph.

It’s the big tease.

Works for me though. I agree a 10K drop in price would be nice but you will likely get all the good stuff in a Volt…. in the power train dept any way for a lot less.

Yes, we already know what the 2016 ELR drivetrain looks like because we’ve seen the Volt 2 in some detail.

But the ELR target customers are probably influenced highly by electronic goodies, so I can see why Cadillac delayed any annoucement until they sort out what they can and cannot offer on that front. It’s not related to the drivetrain.

ELR should be a $50K car and Volt should be a $30K car, then they would be a good sellers…

ELR with $50K tag should be better equipped and has “significant” performance upgrade over the Volt.

There’s a lot of complexity in the Volt design. It ain’t cheap. Two electric motors. Three clutches. 17kWh of battery power. An ICE. 10 million lines of software code. That comes at a price.

That’s where EVs will eventually excel: They’re much simpler. A single electric motor (for most), a large battery, and hopefully fewer than 10 million lines of software code. 🙂

Lots of complexity? In what way? Electric motors are simple. Typical ICE has 2 electric motors (alternators and starter).

Prius has 2 electric motors. Volt’s planetary gear box is simpler than a 4 speed automatic and the ICE is cheap to build.

Most BEV fans think ICE are expensive to build. In contrary a 100HP ICE engine is typically cheaper than a 100HP Motor controller on the EVs…

SW is cheap to produce.

GM trying to polish that turd? Don’t waste your time. Build SUV PHEVs.

Cadillac anounced it before Tesla.

Can’t get excited over a car that is obsoleted by GM’s poor decision to power the car by IC and not fully electric. Tesla’s S car has turned Cadillacs into relics.

I agree with the sentiments above that the ELR is currently too bloody expensive given the perceived differences between it and a Volt. GM screwed up on the pricing, and now they have to find a way to fix it without triggering a flurry of “GM backpeddles on Cadillac ELR pricing” stories.

As for Tesla’s success, I think it’s dangerous to try to credit one thing for their sales numbers. The high range certainly plays a big part, but so does the overall sex appeal of the car. And don’t forget the exclusivity factor that car magazines sometimes refer to as “not passing three similar cars on your way to the grocery store”. My Leaf is rare by being an EV, but there are countless Nissans on the road; I’ve only seen 2 or 3 Teslas, and that factor appeals to some people.

By the rarity test, the ELR wins. I’ve seen two on the road. Both are great cars, just different. GM just way overpriced the ELR. It’s a very competitive $50k-$60k car with its feature set and luxury elements. It’s very nice looking. A fully equipped at $55k is comparable in the marketplace. At MSRP, not at all.

The Model S is still the Holy Grail if you’re interested in an EV.

I don’t know anyone who seriously expected a new version of the ELR at the LA Auto Show. Production of the current one started less than one year ago!

The expectation was because GM said it would reveal the 2016 ELR (with significant “engineering enhancements”) at the LA Auto Show. So, yeah, it was somewhat reasonable for people to expect it.