Cadillac design looks to the future

Cadillac has pulled the wraps off a far-flung concept car called the Ciel at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, said to be the world’s premier celebration of the automobile in California.

The four-door, four-seat dreamliner is simultaneously a homage to Cadillacs of a similar stature from the 1950s and ‘60s and an indication of the aspirations GM has for its premium brand over the next five to 10 years, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The name (pronounced ‘See-El’) means ‘sky’ in French, a fact relayed by GM’s interior design manager Gael Buzyn and senior creative designer Charles LeFranc, both of whom are French.

The pair said the car was conceived, styled and built by hand in GM’s Burbank design studio and will be working the auto show circuit around the world for the next several months as GM uses markets like Europe and China to gauge consumer interest.

Buzyn said that the goal of the Ciel was to “redefine optimism” both for the Cadillac brand as a whole and for the type of relaxed, top-down touring that large cars like this once represented.

He said the design team used California in particular as a point of inspiration and imagined occupants cruising from Los Angeles to Northern California’s wine country for a long weekend.

This led the team behind the Ciel to develop the ‘Cabernet’ colour of the exterior and a similar colour for Ciel’s leather. Italian olive wood also lines the cabin.

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