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I've just run across another 9-3SC review from ITV, which I've posted. The kicker was the quote at the end:

There's a lot more to come from this charismatic Scandinavian car maker. Let's hope their American masters in GM have the wit to realise their potential as a stand-alone producer and not, as is rumoured, just a convenient assembly facility for their tasteless, but sadly Europe-bound, Cadillac range.
Ooooh. Got Bob right in the cohunas with that one!

Can't wait to see these babies on the road (but unfortunately they're not Oz-bound until well into next year :cry: )
 
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Cadillac, tasteless? 10 years ago definetely, but not now. The new Caddys are great, much more distinctive than the commonplace Mercedes, BMW, and Lexus. What kills it a little in the US is the fact little things like the key and minor controls are shared with lesser GMs, but I guess in Europe where our lesser GMs aren't sold, it would seem ok, or at least cheap. With Saab becoming more popular in Europe, I guess Cadillac will be the little niche brand, the way Saab is here in the US.:roll:
 

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Cadillac, tasteless? 10 years ago definetely, but not now. The new Caddys are great, much more distinctive than the commonplace Mercedes, BMW, and Lexus.
Generally I agree with you. Gone are the days of Opera Lamps, Padded Vinyl Roofs, Whitewall tires, and Faux Wire Wheel Covers. I still have slightly mixed feelings about the "Art & Science" knife edge styling, but it has been growing on me. I've considered purchasing a V-Series CTS even. While I may not love the "Art & Science" styling, it is very distinctive whatever you think. Tasteless is not a word that comes to mind.

That being said, the Escalade and the other Cadillac SUVs and SUTs are about as tasteless as I can imagine. Say all you want about how well those monstrosities are selling, but I think they are gaudy, tasteless and ugly.
 
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Rob in Atlanta said:
That being said, the Escalade and the other Cadillac SUVs and SUTs are about as tasteless as I can imagine. Say all you want about how well those monstrosities are selling, but I think they are gaudy, tasteless and ugly.
Well there, I agree with you. I don't get why so many people are buying the Escalade. It's an absolutely hideous vehicle. There's a tacky Cadillac front smacked on it, a few chrome touches, and a cheesy wood dash with some logos and fancy pieces on the inside. And the top-line model is $70,000?:eek: No ****ing way! The smaller SRX makes more sense, but only a little.

Cadillac's sedans and the XLR are pretty good and compete well with certain luxury models. They're not BMW material, but I think a Mercedes-Benz has a serious run for its money if you don't mind not having the cachet of a three-pointed star.
 

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I can't vouch for the rest of the world, but I doubt Cadillacs will ever be take seriously here (they are coming though). American cars are not held in high regard downunder. A novelty at the best. Come to think of it so are Saabs:roll:
 

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American cars are not held in high regard downunder. A novelty at the best. Come to think of it so are Saabs:roll:
Saabs are waaay more accepted here in Tassie. It's a Saab spotter's paradise.

Yank tanks: 'novelty at best' is spot on.
 
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