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Received the February 2, 2004, issue of "Autoweek" magazine today and read the Driver's Log comments (pages 6-7) relative to the XLR. What biased remarks! "...the dash and door panel materials, while a step up from a CTS, are not of Audi, BMW or M-B texture and quality. And there are some semi-cheesy details..." Pul-eeeze!!! The XLR has far more class, luxury and performance poise than the author acknowledges. The author questions the remote key fob as unnecessary--but had it first appeared on one of the European marques, it probably would have been praiseworthy. However, in his conclusion, it cannot be denied that "The XLR is a great car, America's SL500." I would refer critics (in the automotive press) of Cadillac's Art & Science designed vehicles, such as the XLR, to the famous Cadillac advertisement (reproduced below) from "The Saturday Evening Post" magazine of January 2, 1915, and titled "The Penalty of Leadership:"

In every field of human endeavor, he that is first must perpetually live in the white light of publicity. Whether the leadership be vested in a man or in a manufactured product, emulation and envy are ever at work. In art, in literature, in music, in industry, the reward and the punishment are always the same. The reward is widespread recognition; the punishment, fierce denial and detraction. When a man's work becomes a standard for the whole world, it also becomes a target for the shafts of the envious few. If his work be merely mediocre, he will be left severely alone--if he achieve a masterpiece, it will set a million tongues a-wagging. Jealousy does not protrude its forked tongue at the artist who produces a commonplace painting. Whatsoever you write, or paint, or play, or sing, or build, no one will strive to surpass, or to slander you, unless your work be stamped with the seal of genius. Long, long after a great work or a good work has been done, those who are disappointed or envious continue to cry out that it can not be done. Spiteful little voices in the domain of art were raised against our own Whistler as mountebank, long after the big world had acclaimed him its greatest artistic genius. Multitudes flocked to Bayreuth to worship at the musical shrine of Wagner, while the little group of those whom he had dethroned and displaced argued angrily that he was no musician at all. The little world continued to protest that Fulton could never build a steamboat, while the big world flocked to the river banks to see his boat steam by. The leader is assailed because he is a leader, and the effort to equal him is merely added proof of that leadership. Failing to equal or to excel, the follower seeks to depreciate and to destroy--but only confirms once more the superiority of that which he strives to supplant. There is nothing new in this. It is as old as the world and as old as the human passions--envy, fear, greed, ambition, and the desire to surpass. And it all avails nothing. If the leader truly leads, he remains--the leader. Master-poet, master-painter, master-workman, each in his turn is assailed, and each holds his laurels through the ages. That which is good or great makes itself known, no matter how loud the clamor of denial. That which deserves to live--lives. [Cadillac Motor Car Co., Detroit, Michigan]
 

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Great post.
The 1915 Cadillac mission statement is still true today.

There will always be detractors from excellence such as the author of the critique. They usually all suffer from the N.I.H.
Factor. (NOT INVENTED HERE)

Showed my XLR to a friend yesterday. He owns a MB 500SL & a Custom Vette.
He said the interior finish was every bit as good as his Benz and liked the car so much he ordered one.

Brooks:cool
 
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