The Lonely Life of the Cadillac CTS
Nearly ten years after launching the Cadillac CTS and its Art & Science design language as part of a comprehensive, billion-dollar program to once again set the Standard of the World, GM's luxury division boasts three models that are among the best in their segments. Unfortunately, I'm talking about the CTS coupe, CTS sedan and CTS wagon—the unfortunate part being that Cadillac hasn't been able to develop another sustainably successful vehicle in some 10 years of trying.
The late XLR was a strikingly exotic-looking roadster with the kind of performance one would expect from a car built on the same platform as the Chevrolet Corvette, but the fact that the six-figure Cadillac shared a platform with even a vehicle as enthusiast-oriented as the 'Vette somehow turned into a negative for buyers. Combined with GM's lackluster support, the car quickly slipped into obscurity (and out of production).