2014 Cadillac CTS lights on Driving the Nation

Brian Smith, Cadillac’s Chief Exterior Designer and Phil Kucara, Cadillac’s Director of Interior Design, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about the 2014 Cadillac CTS exterior and interior lighting.

Smith called the headlamps the eyes of the car and said that the luxury sedan
combines light-emitting diode and high intensity discharge lights to create the new face for Cadillac.

Smith showed us the 16 indirect LED lights on each headlamp with eight LEDs beginning on the fender of the car and an additional eight LEDs continuing down the front bumper. The eight LED lights doubles as day-time running lights on the front bumper and also double as a turn indicator, helping eliminate additional lights and keeping a clean aesthetic look for the new CTS.

The main headlights, called projectors, are also multi-purpose. A single HID element acts as both low and high beams. Active Forward Lighting helps drivers see more clearly through corners by turning with steering direction. LED lights are environmentally friendlier because they last longer and use less energy than traditional lights bulbs.

“The CTS is the first Cadillac to combine DRL and turn signal under the same lens,” said Brian Smith, CTS exterior design manager. “Giving the HID projectors a dual purpose allowed us to shorten the front headlamps and give the CTS the most dramatic signature lighting of any Cadillac to date.”

Next Kucera took us inside the Cadillac for a look at all the lights and configurations in the interior. I saw this on the Chevy Corvette, each time you change the mode of travel, whether it is comfort, touring or sport, the instrument panel changes, not just the feel of the car. very cool.

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About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.