RIP: Cadillac ELR Plug-In Hybrid Bites Dust   

2016 Cadillac ELR

I said it wouldn’t make it when I reviewed it.  This car made no sense at the price they offered it at.  So, Cadillac has ended production of the ELR plug-in hybrid, the striking coupe that never recovered from an initial $79,995 price tag many consumers and dealers deemed exorbitant.

Cadillac confirmed in a statement that production of the ELR at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Michigan ended a few months ago and that “a very small quantity of ELR units remain available at dealers today.”

There were about 100 of them in dealer inventory as of May 1, according to an estimate from the Automotive News Data Center.

Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen confirmed to Automotive News in January the ELR would not be extended for a second generation, but he declined to peg a time frame for when it would be discontinued.

Before its late 2013 launch, Cadillac executives touted the ELR as a halo car that would have an air of exclusivity.

“We’re only going to make so many,” former Cadillac chief Bob Ferguson told Automotive News in August 2013. “I actually think you’re going to see a scramble for that vehicle.”  That scramble never actually happened.

The coupe proved a bit too exclusive. It tallied U.S. sales of just 2,334 in 2014 and 2015 combined, an average of fewer than 100 a month. That’s a paltry sum even for a car meant to be a low-volume star for the brand.

Cadillac slashed the ELR’s price by about $10,000 for the 2016 model year, but the coupe never overcame its inflated launch price. Its sticker was roughly double that of the Chevrolet Volt, even though the two shared a platform. Detroit bureau chief Aaron Bragman might have written the most fitting epitaph for the ELR in his initial review two years ago.

Cadillac “surprised the world” with the coupe’s knockout styling, he wrote. “Then it surprised the world again by pricing it out of consideration for anyone who’d likely buy one.”


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