2012 Fiat 500 live photos. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
Finally, Cadillac. The CTS coupe is stunning as is the wagon. Can hardly see out of the back but I suppose the idea is they’re more focused on moving forward. The STS was there looking rather forlorn and the DTS was there looking like it shouldn’t be anymore.
But what I really came to see was the ULC. The Urban Luxury Concept is quite neat-looking, far better in person than in photos. In person it has a kinetic flow to the design that makes it look longer than it is. I just don’t know that it says “Los Angeles” as much as the press release seems to think. Our “sometimes narrow streets” and “confined parking spaces” don’t stop people from driving Range Rovers after all. Of course if I lived on narrow Lago Vista Drive and needed a super-luxury minicar to get to Whole Foods then it’s perfect. But so far I think it’s an answer to a question nobody in L.A. is asking yet.
I think the answer to that question was the Converj, but what do I know. There’s certainly room in Cadillac's lineup for small, efficient, luxurious cars, even if they sell more in Europe or China than here.
A final note--something that always kind of bugs me is when manufacturers of super-expensive cars come to the auto show, then ostentatiously rope their cars off from the hoi polloi. I mean, why bother? My license has a 90210 address so unless they ask for an income statement I could go over to the dealer and at least sit in one. Roping your supercar off from a kid who just wants to touch one doesn’t make you aspirational, it just makes you an ass.
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