How many Cadillac Ciel were made?

I remember hearing about one of Cadillac’s concept cars years ago, the “Ciel,” and was wondering what became of the model. How many Cadillac Ciel were made?

Andrew (Andy) Biro · Answered on Jan 11, 2023
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
As the Cadillac Ciel only ever existed as a concept vehicle and never actually underwent mass production for sales, it’s believed that only one model was ever built—the model unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance automotive event in 2011.
Designed by British car-designer Niki Smart, the Cadillac Ciel (“Ciel” is French for “sky”) was a 4-seater electric hybrid concept convertible that featured an innovative twin-turbo 3.6L direct-injection V6 engine capable of producing an impressive 425 horsepower.
One of Ciel’s noteworthy features was the inclusion of rear suicide doors—or doors hinged not at the front, but at the rear—something you rarely see on modern vehicles. It’s said that the Cadillac Ciel’s interior was simple-yet-stylish, making use of smooth wooden trim and rich leather upholstery.
Cadillac toyed with the idea of moving forward with production in 2012 and 2013, but the model was ultimately scrapped and never saw the light of day—it’s rumored that the reason for this untimely demise was the model’s high cost and low-expected brand appeal, but we may never know for sure.
Had the Cadillac Ciel been greenlit for production, it likely would have become something of a novelty amongst wealthy west-coast collectors, but it probably wouldn’t have been accessible to most car-enthusiasts.
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