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First Coast Gears: Cadillac Brings Its Ciel Concept to Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

5:06 PM, Mar 11, 2012   |    comments
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AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. - Cadillac had a big display on hand at this weekend's Concours d'Elegance at Amelia Island.

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But it wasn't just showing off the classics. The marque was looking to the future, bringing along its Ciel Concept convertible four-door.

The Ciel captures the styling essence that is distinctly American, with nods to Cadillac's past. The grand proportions bring back memories of "American land yachts" and styling cues reminiscent of such cars as the 1967 Eldorado.

But the Ciel Concept is firmly focused on the future with a hybrid system that uses lithium-ion battery technology that's paired to a twin-turbocharged 3.6-litery Direct Injection V-6. The gas/electric combination is good for 425-horsepower.

Like the Lincoln Continental convertibles from the 1960s, the Ciel is a four-door that features with so-called suicide rear doors that are hinged from the back.

Cadillac has not announced whether it will build the Ciel.
On First Coast News dot com you'll find photo slideshows on the people and the cars at the Concours this year.  Just look at the top of the homepage under First Coast News extra.

 

 

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