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Cadillac BLS Attacks Fuel Efficiency

1.9-liter direct-injected, turbocharged diesel engine averaged 6.1 L/100km (38.5 mpg) compared to CTS 2.8L American-made Caddy that consumed 11.7 L/100km (20.1 mpg)

Published: 22-Jun-2006

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PARIS -- As gas prices continue to skyrocket, U.S. Cadillac buyers may well cast an envious eye across the Atlantic, where the luxury automaker's first European-made model is setting new companywide benchmarks in mileage and handling.

In many respects, the first European-made Caddy is a Saab with a Cadillac body. Not only is the BLS produced at General Motors' Saab headquarters in Trollhättan, Sweden; it also has the same platform as the Saab 9-3.

While driving along the often-curvy roads between Paris and the Brittany Coast in France, the Cadillac BLS certainly did not feel like any other Caddy I had driven in the past. Conspicuously absent are the floating-sensation and lack of handling for which Caddys, as well other American luxury cars, are famous. Instead, the BLS' steering is crisp, clean and direct. I felt comfortable taking the BLS around curves at great speeds while remaining in firm control. I would have been much less inclined to race along France's windy roads behind the wheel of a U.S.-made Cadillac, and would not even consider such a feat in the more top-heavy Escalade SUV.

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