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Cadillac taps Oscar-winning actress, director Regina King to produce new ad campaign

Actress and director Regina King has taken the helm of the automaker's new ad campaign.

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Regina King has starred alongside Hollywood heavyweights Jamie Foxx and Kiefer Sutherland. Now, she's teaming up with other weighty Hollywood-ready character, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade. She will introduce Cadillac's new "Make Your Way" ad campaign this Sunday during ABC's presentation of the 92nd Academy Awards.

Scroll down to see the commercial ahead of its broadcast.

As described by Cadillac, "King will tell the 'Make Your Way' story of success achieved through boundary-pushing strength and determination in a special spot with the all-new 2021 Cadillac Escalade, which was introduced Feb. 4 in Hollywood."

2021 Cadillac Escalade Regina King King will help introduce the Escalade to the public during the Academy Awards broadcast.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

"Cadillac has always represented success…there's a swagger, a sexiness, to the vehicles. There's also a realness and a sense of ambition that I identify with. Through sheer perseverance, I've found my way through doors some never thought possible. There's a real connection for me with Cadillac, and that is why I wanted to get involved," said King.

Two additional Cadillac commercials, "No Barriers" and "Finish Line," will air during the Oscars broadcast, each highlighting Cadillac's new vehicle lineup, which includes the new XT6 SUV and CT5 and CT4 sedans, while celebrating the grit of those who make their own way to success.

"Cadillac is inspired by those who have a passion for what's next," said Melissa Grady, Cadillac chief marketing officer. "They make their way by going through obstacles, not around them. Such unwavering self-determination pushes them to succeed and inspires others to do the same. That's the heart of 'Make Your Way' and the soul of Cadillac."

This is the seventh time Cadillac has been part of the Academy Awards broadcasts, which is second only to the Super Bowl in global viewership.

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Cadillac will be the first brand with Ultra Cruise

General Motors

Tesla has been in hot water for a while now for shenanigans pulled by owners abusing the automaker's advanced cruise control functions. While the company's Full Self Driving (FSD) tech isn't quite ready for primetime, other automakers are catching up – quickly. Today, General Motors announced Ultra Cruise, its advanced driver assistance tech that promises to allow hands-free driving in 95 percent of driving scenarios.

Ultra Cruise Ultra Cruise will build on Super Cruise functionality.General Motors

GM notes that its goal is to eventually roll the service out to all paved roads in the U.S. and Canada. When it launches, the service will work on over two million miles of roads, which could nearly double as the program expands.

Ultra Cruise will offer a host of automated driving features that build on Super Cruise:

  • Dynamic display system
  • Ability to react to permanent traffic control devices
  • Follow internal navigation routes
  • Maintain headway and follow speed limits
  • Support automatic, on-demand lane changes
  • Support left and right turns
  • Support close object avoidance
  • Support parking in residential driveways

The system uses LiDAR, radar, and cameras to build a 360-degree, three-dimensional picture of the world around it. An additional LiDAR unit is located behind the windshield. GM notes that a big part of the system is its Human Machine Interface (HMI), which communicates with the driver to alert them when they need to take control. Ultra Cruise-equipped vehicles will do this with a head-up display that helps drivers stay focused on the road, and will use the same driver monitoring cameras that are used in Super Cruise.

Ultra Cruise Ultra Cruise will enable hands-free driving in the majority of driving scenarios.General Motors

Ultra Cruise will first be available in Cadillac vehicles starting from 2023. There's no word on pricing or specific vehicle availability at this time.

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The Navigator gets several updates for 2022, including new styling and tech.

Lincoln

The Lincoln Navigator was one of the first ultra-luxury SUVs when it launched over two decades ago, which helped kickstart the big-vehicle craze that still rages on today. Lincoln has continued improving the Navigator over the years to the point that it's now a rolling showcase of the latest and most impressive tech, staggering luxury features, and actual utility vehicle functionality. The vehicle was last fully overhauled in 2018, but the 2022 model picks up revised style, even more premium features, and new themes for the range-topping Navigator Black Label model.


2022 Lincoln Navigator Black Label is Lincoln's top trim offering, and is available in several of its vehicles. Lincoln


Lincoln introduced two new themes as part of the Navigator's Black Label offering for 2022. The Central Park theme features dark walnut open-pore wood trim, luxury leather in an exclusive Urban Green color, and an available Black Label-exclusive Manhattan Green Metallic paint color. The Invitation theme brings open-pore Khaya wood, Venetian luxury black leather, special interior lighting elements, and brandy-colored stitching. Both themes feature laser etching and other intricate detail work inside the vheicle.


2022 Lincoln Navigator The Navigator Black Label is offered with two new themes: Central Park and Invitation.Lincoln


Black Label launched in 2014 and is Lincoln's top-end end model offering. It's available in the Nautilus, Aviator, and Navigator, and brings several vehicle features and auxiliary services to Lincoln owners. Black Label vehicle features and services include:

  • Concierge access: The Lincoln concierge can schedule service or cleaning, answer vehicle questions, and help schedule dinners or other experiences. Black Label owners also get a complimentary dinner for two, which can be scheduled through the concierge.
  • Special airport and rental car services: Lincoln partnered with Avis to provide guaranteed rental car access, an exclusive and dedicated phone line for Black Label owners, and free rentals at select airports. Owners also get a membership to CLEAR, which offers expedited airport security passage and other perks.
  • Extended complimentary maintenance plan: Black Label owners receive four years of free maintenance. If the owner lives within 50 miles of a dealer, they will pick up and deliver the vehicle so that the owner does not need to leave home. Free car washes and annual detailing are also part of the deal.

We don't have pricing details for the 2022 Navigator yet, but we expect its price tag to be similar to that of the 2021 Black Label model, which started at around $100,000 after destination. Lincoln says that it will release more information closer to the Navigator's expected on-sale date early in 2022.


2022 Lincoln Navigator Black Label models feature a staggering level of attention to detail.Lincoln

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