Lets just say that strictly talking about design, your "more plebeian" Cadillac is an inmensly better car than the XLR, in my opinion of course. The CTS much more authentic and that for me is of great value and permeates very easily to tthe collective contience of the buying public. The CTS is its own thing while the XLR is a not a not too happy attempt to fly where it doesn't belong. The new CTS only makes things better for Cadillac, although not that much better.
If I recall, the XLR more than held its own in tests aganist the Blue bloods of Europe ... outperforming them becouse its covertte heritage.... and trashed the SC.. when it came out.
It was critisized for interior quality.. for not being up to snuff.. but that has been fixed by adding wood.. and whiter colors and leather on all surfaces in the platinum edition..
But.. perceptions have not changed.. Alas.. But.. the XLR is due for replacement like now.. they should not push it to 2010
Remember some of these cars, some of us may never afford.. unless its a tired 12 year old...
What was this discussion about? Tired Buick Models??