Lexus unveiled the 2013 Lexus GS 350 and Infiniti chose Pebble Beach to unveil the 2013 Infiniti JX Concept. GM also unveiled a new concept at the show, the Cadillac Ciel Concept, pronounced “C-L,” the French translation for sky.
The Cadillac Ciel concept is a four-door, four-seat convertible that takes Cadillac’s Art & Science design philosophy to new heights.
“Large, expressive luxury is innate to Cadillac and the Ciel recalls that heritage, while suggesting where the brand can go in the future,” said Clay Dean, global design director for Cadillac. “Authentic luxury is driven by experiences, not just products, and Ciel is about the experience of the journey.”
The Cadillac Ciel concept is powered by a twin-turbocharged version of Cadillac’s 3.6L direct-injection V6 mated to a hybrid system with a lithium-ion battery. The unveiling of the concept at Pebble Beach was the perfect spot since, the GM team behind the Ciel envisioned driving California’s Highway 1 in an open car while the sun sets, from Big Sur north to Monterey.
“The Ciel is about the romance of the drive,” said Dean. “It emulates the great touring cars seen on the greens at Pebble Beach, but with a modern flair that projects Cadillac’s vision for the future.”