The New Cadillac Ciel Concept

Have you seen it?  This car is fucking beautiful!  Now I want one and I hope this concept becomes a reality.

Cadillac is blasting photos and videos of their Ciel concept all over the net, so I’m thinking they are judging feedback and expecting to move forward to production.  So maybe 2014?

I’m kind of a Caddy guy with my current ride being a 2008 CTS.  I love a lot of the older Caddys and can’t stand a lot of the 70s/80s big boats.

But this one has captured my imagination.

The car was developed based on the Pacific coastline.  The lines of the Ciel certainly flow and I can see the idea of the winding Caali coast as the car flows from front to rear.

Check the interior.  Hot hot hot!!!

Hand stitched leather, Itgalian Olive wood, and nickel plated trim.

I think Cadillac has another winner here.  Since the new generation of the CTS was introduced, then the V version and now the CTS V-Wagon (what a hidden beast that thing is) Caddy is back on top of the American luxury heap and challenging the Germans.

I love my CTS but give me a Ciel today and I’ll be cruising the coast from Santa Barbara to Marin.  Beautiful.

Update August 25th:  Cadillac designers talk about the Ciel concept/

Update September 1st:  Motor Trend explains Why Cadillac Needs The Ciel  @MotorTrend

This excellent article about the state (and future) of American luxury cars  and gives us this great top down view of the Ciel interior.

Also today automotive.com reveals that Cadillac is also looking at producing a Ciel inspired sedan.

Update September 23rd:

You can enter to win a CTS-V here.

Cadillac CTS-V Station Wagon Vs 911 Turbo in 1/4 Mile

OK class!  Pop quiz.  One question.

Who wins the 1/4 mile?

Cadillac station wagon with automatic tranny or the Porsche 911 Twin-Turbo?  Hint the Caddy has more HP but the Porsche weighs less and has a stick shift.

What’s your guess?  Well, don’t blink, cuz it’s over in 3.5 seconds.

Enjoy!!!

More about this beast from Motor Trend.

Thanks @MotorTrend

I drive a CTS.  I love it.  Looks good, fast and powerful, luxury everywhere and it’s a caddy.  It’s a fine car, but when I heard station wagon??  It was just a big huh??  Now I want one.  I want to take some kid to school and slam his head back against the headrest.  Sit still sucka!!  Quit ya whining.

Update September 23rd:

You can enter to win a CTS-V here.

Sr vs Jr—Vote & Bid: The Cadillac CTS motorcycles and The Final Numbers

Vote!!  Sr or Jr?

and then bid to win the bike and help the charity and help Cure Duchenne.

UPDATE:  The voting and the auction has ended.

Who won??

Aside from Daddy’s constant bad mouthing of his son which confuses the hell out of me…….

Both were nice bikes just one of them was way way nicer.

Update late August:

But why would a father be so insane as to not only bad mouth his own son on national television, but to misrepresent what he says and does.  Such as, he fired Paul Jr.  Everyone heard him and we saw it on TV and in reruns.  Then Paul Sr starts saying ON TV that Jr quit.  WTF dude??  And saying that Paul Jr will build the Cadillac bike “out of his ass”.  Well if the winning bike was built out of Jr’s ass, where was OCC‘s bike built.  Someone on Facebook posted that the vote was 95% Jr to 5% Sr, but last I saw it was like 2-1.

Enough of that, because I kind of like Sr although he tires me greatly.  That bi-polar shit gets old fast.  I’m just glad he is not my father.  But Paul Sr got pwned by Paul Jr and this guy says Discovery Channel shut the vote down to save embarrassment of their ‘star’ on the American Chopper series.  he says the vote was 96% Paul Jr when they shut the voting down and I do know the Discovery Channel has NEVER issued the results of the voting.   I dunno…

My vote?  Paul Jr, easy choice, and thx @whereispauljr.  I own a Cadillac CTS and PJD’s bike captures it perfectlySr’s bike is nice, but Jr kicked his ass.

I am lousy at hints…..

Update September 19th:

Tonight on American Chopper they finally let the cat out of the bag on the Cadillac bike builds.

It seems like we were bidding on which bike we thought should win at least a year ago.

Tonight Mikey brought his Apple laptop into PJD, brought up the Discovery Channel website and announced the winner of the public vote on which Caddillac bike won…..Sr or Jr (??)

Without any drama, the PJD (Jr’s) bike was the winner.

The vote was something like 244,000 to 9,000.

No, I’m serious.  No joke.  That was the final vote rounded down a bit.

So now I know why Discovery took the whole thing off their site and OCC (Sr) hasn’t said a word about it for months.

It is really kind of humiliating.  I mean, Jr’s bike was the best but that kind of ass whooping really has more to do with how the public is viewing Sr and his behavior toward Jr and Mikey especially the whole firing shit.

Today the Discovery Channel website put the vote & bid page backup including their final vote results, a little higher  than the numbers Mikey shared on the show.

Anyway, congratulations @whereispauljr & PJD folks, and nice build OCC staff.  It was a nice bike.  They were both nice bikes and I am glad to see that a good sum of money was raised for Cure Duchenne

Update September 23rd:

You can enter to win a CTS-V here.

The iPod Nano–gen 4 & 5 vs gen 6 and The iPod Touch

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If you saw my earlier post on what happened on my street last week you know my iPod was stolen.

I loved that gen 4 Nano.  Blue and engraved on the back “Lee’s Cadillac“.  Looked like this ‘cept the color.

iSkin Duo Case (Frost Clear)

I now bought a gen 6 Nano.  It cost basically the same as I paid for the first one.  $100 or so.  But the kicker is that my 4th gen player is selling for $300!!!

I had an iPod Touch and liked it a lot.  But the dam thing just didn’t like the water.  I said “sink or swim buddy”.  Damned if it didn’t go ahead and sink!!!

Apple 8GB Refurbished iPod nano 6th Generation (Green)

I like the old one.  This one is like 2 inches square.  So small.  incredibly so.  Thx @apple for such great products!!

Update September 19th:

So, I have had my iPod Nano for a few months now and wanted to give you an update on my experience so far.

I installed the iPod in my Cadillac CTS, replacing the stolen Gen 4 Nano that .  The Caddy, as you probably know, was one of the first cars to be iPod ready for both sound and data and allowing the steering wheel mounted controls to take over the iPod buttons and switches,

Once it installed with their special cable, you can completely control the iPod and never have to touch it again.  In fact you store it in a little cubby beneath the flip-up divider between the front seats and never even see it except when you pull it out to sync it and add some new songs.

The small size works well for the Cadillac installation.  The Gen 4 Nano fit, but not as well as the new Gen 6.

Of course the steering wheel controls work the same and the Bose sound is the same since I made no changes to the sound system.

I am happy with the Nano, but I still like my iPod Touch better.  I use it for most applications outside the car and I like  the functionality and apps.  Kind of like an iPhone without the phone.  :-)  And, of course I use my Droid smartphone as a MP3 player if that’s all I have.

Syncing the Apple products is just so much easier.  Trouble-free and simple.  In fact, that’s my standard complaint about Apple.  They make things so simple to use it is like a 6th grader designed them.  It’s good but it’s strange.

I feel comfortable recommending the Nano for installation in a car and with the accessories like the arm band holder I imagine the small size would be better appreciated in non-car applications like jogging, travel etc.

But all things considered I would say buy the iPod Touch if you are looking for a player.  The  applications that you can install and the ability to use it as an e-reader (mini-Kindle), video machine, game machine etc, make it the easier choice.  Unless it is a price decision.  Then you are better off looking for some generic MP3 player.  There are many good ones.

Interested in how Apple came up with the Gen 6 Nano design?

Click this link and you can read a good article on the process that took Apple from the design of the Gen 4/5, which was stolen from my car, to the Gen 6 Nano that I bought as a replacement.  It also discusses the iPod Shuffle, which I have not used.

The Cadillac CTS-V Station Wagon, A Red Hot Wagon

Never wanted a wagon but this Cadillac CTS-V Wagon is a hottie and gots an excellent review.

Scare the heck outta your wife and kids while you smoke that new (or old) Camaro at the light.  550 horses in EVERY GEAR??

my god…..the kids would be in the back just screaming and the wife would be plastered against the seat with that look of fear in her eyes!

Check the post and see this monster race the Porsche 911 Twin-Turbo in the 1/4 mile here.

And watch the Top Gear series on the Discovery Channel when the Cadillac CTS-V wagon races a Ferrari on a quarter mile track.

I drive a Cadillac CTS and love it.  Even in the non-V setup the 306hp direct injection engine has a ton of power and torque to boot.  The V models?  It’s like a fucking jet under your foot.  Believe me.

Better yet, go test drive your choice of the Cadillac CTS-V series.

The salesmen must be used to peeps speeding…..just a tad??

Here is the Hennessey dyno test on the CTS-V wagon.

And check out the new Cadillac Ciel concept.  it will be produced and is just beautiful.

Be safe and have fun .

Update September 23rd:

You can enter to win a CTS-V here.

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