The Los Angeles Motor Show opened on Wednesday (November 16), providing a glimpse into the auto world’s creative rejuvenation… notably within the U.S. component.
While my preference has long been for German vehicles, backed up by my own purchases of BMW and Audi vehicles over the last decade, I have to admit that Detroit is on the move with compelling products. I have denigrated American automobiles for quite some time, but one can’t deny the tremendous progress… at least within GM and Ford (Chrysler is a story yet to be written).
Especially within the small and medium sized vehicle segment, GM and Ford are now building world-class product. The 2011 LA Auto Show indicates, however, that this dynamism is racing forward in the American large car, premium segment, as well. The new Cadillac XTS and Lincoln MKS look to be excellent examples and may be good enough to challenge the Europeans.
Judging by first impressions, I would say advantage Cadillac. The new XTS seems to contain all the visual cues and solid design normally attributed to Audi A8, Mercedes S-Class, and BMW 7-Series… with just a hint — and not too much — of “American elegance” to differentiate. The Lincoln MKS is leaps beyond the old Town Car floating highway boat, but appears to fall just a bit shy of the Cadillac in sophistication. All-in-all, though, looks to be an excellent effort by both American firms.
Cadillac XTS vs Lincoln MKS: