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Last Cadillac DTS Goes to Luxury Designer

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author photo by Autotrader June 2011

The final Cadillac DTS rolled off the line this week with some fanfare – and special attention from one of the most famous luxury retailers in the world.

Nicolai Bulgari purchased the final DTS, finished in black with a beige interior and chrome wheels. The car will join his impressive collection, which already features 14 Cadillacs ranging from a 1932 V-12 Fleetwood limousine to a CTS-V Wagon. And despite owning a large number of cars from many different brands, Bulgari's passion is Cadillac – particularly the DTS.

"I like the DTS because it's a great sedan," said Bulgari, vice chairman of the famous high-end jewelry and luxury goods firm bearing his name, founded in 1884 by his grandfather. "It's the last of an era. I thought it would be wonderful to own the last Northstar in a DTS. It's one of the best engines ever designed – reliable and a performer."

Bulgari isn't the only one who believes in the DTS. President Barack Obama's state limousine is based on DTS architecture, and the large sedan was one of the most popular luxury cars in the United States for several years running before changing its name from DeVille in 2006. But sales waned in recent years thanks to an aging design and greater interest in rear-wheel drive cars – something even Bulgari admits.

"I've seen the XTS Concept," Bulgari said, describing the DTS's likely successor. "I know it's superior. The DTS was a great sedan for its time, but it's a different world, a new period. It's time for something different."

The XTS Concept is something different indeed. Reportedly meant to replace both the DTS and the recently cancelled STS, the XTS, which debuted at last year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, features all-wheel drive, a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, and more contemporary styling. While General Motors has yet to confirm any details, industry insiders expect it early next year.

Until then, we'll have to make do with the remaining DTS models on dealer's lots. But if you pick one up, you can rest easily knowing it's endorsed by one of the top luxury connoisseurs in the world.

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Last Cadillac DTS Goes to Luxury Designer - Autotrader