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Cadillac signs Regina King to be the new, human face of redesigned 2021 Escalade

A new ad campaign features the Cadillac Escalade alongside Emmy- and Oscar-winning actress and director Regina King.

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Emmy and Academy Award winning director and actress Regina King has been tapped as the new, human face of the Cadillac Escalade. King served as a brand ambassador to assist in the debut of the 2021 Escalade earlier this year alongside Spike Lee.

The first part of the campaign, dubbed "Never Stop Arriving", features King and will center around Cadillac's first-to-market technologies and bold design. This includes Super Cruise hands-free driving technology and a long OLED driver information and infotainment screen. This aspect of the marketing push begins in October.

Regina King Cadillac Escalade Never Stop Arriving Regina King worked with two other powerhouse women in the film industry on the campPhoto courtesy of Cadillac

King – who recently won an Emmy for her performance in "Watchmen," also won an Oscar in 2019 for her performance in "If Beale Street Could Talk" makes her directorial debut in her forthcoming film, "One Night in Miami", set to open on Christmas Day.

"The Cadillac experience is all about ambition, being hopeful and being relentless as you work toward your goals," said King. "Cadillac looks to make every journey extraordinary, and we all should be striving for that."

Dee Rees, the campaign's director, says that the campaign is all about the theme of bravery, resilience, and overcoming obstacles. Cadillac's new marketing initiative brings together three women who exemplify those traits: Reese, King, and award-winning Director of Photography Rachel Morrison.

"This is a new era for Cadillac – fearless, innovative and one where we never stop pushing boundaries, and Regina King reflects all those facets and so much more," said Melissa Grady, Cadillac chief marketing officer. "King's unique ability to defy convention and look toward the future are how we approach the opportunities ahead of us at Cadillac."

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The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is arriving at dealerships now, but it's not the only thing Cadillac has been busy doing. The company launched Cadillac Live, an interactive virtual vehicle shopping experience, earlier this year. The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq was unveiled and promised to be riding on the new General Motors platform technology, which includes the Ultium battery.

The company confirmed that the -iq ending as part of its vehicle names will expand in the coming years, including in the Cadillac Celestiq ultra-luxury electric car. One thing the company has not confirmed is the rumored plans to add an all-electric Escalde to the lineup by 2025.

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The 2022 Acura TLX has the technology enabled.

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Toyota and Lexus announced that the WarnerMedia RIDE app would be coming to their models earlier this year. Now, Honda and Acura will be offering the same.

On certain Wi-Fi enabled Honda and Acura vehicles, AT&T unlimited in-car Wi-Fi users will have access to the WarnerMedia RIDE app. The app allows users to connect multiple devices in their vehicles to browse, stream and share premium content from the WarnerMedia library while on the road.

Honda and Acura vehicle owners have been able to use their on-board modem as a hot spot for connecting up to seven devices since 2017. Models compatible for the new tech include the Acura RDX (2019-present), Acura TLX (2021), and Acura MDX (2022) across all trim levels. Honda vehicles with the tech include Accord (2018-present, Touring), Odyssey (2018-present; Touring, Elite), Insight (2019-present, Touring)., Passport (2019-present; Touring, Elite)., and Pilot (2019-present; Touring, Elite, Black Edition).

The WarnerMedia RIDE App allows passengers to access 1,000+ hours of live and on-demand entertainment. The app includes hit TV shows and movies from top brands such as Cartoon Network, CNN, HBO Max, TBS, TNT and TruTV, spanning animation, entertainment, news, sports and more.

WarnerMedia RIDE app The WarnerMedia RIDE app allows users to choose their own avatar.Photo courtesy of Acura

Users can set up profiles and personalize their user exerpience with an avatar from the WarnerMedia library. Profiles also ensure age-appropriate content with options for adults to restrict access to their profiles with an access code.

"Wireless connectivity and connected car services continue to be key features for customers and our long-standing relationship with AT&T continues to be one way we deliver exciting new content to Honda and Acura owners," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of North American Auto Strategy for American Honda. "Honda will continue working to enhance the in-car experience, including the capabilities of the AT&T network and access to top content with WarnerMedia RIDE."

"We're always looking for new and innovative ways to elevate the connected car experience for our customers. With WarnerMedia RIDE, we are delivering a connected experience that's perfect for journeys," said Joe Mosele, vice president, Mobility & Internet of Things, AT&T. "Our collaboration is keeping Honda and Acura owners connected wherever they travel with hours of news and entertainment for the whole family."

WarnerMedia RIDE is available now in the App Store and on Google Play for all U.S. unlimited data plan subscribers. WarnerMedia RIDE is included at no additional cost for existing and new unlimited subscribers.

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Musical artist H.E.R. has worked with Honda designers to customize a Civic Type R.

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H.E.R. graced the stage at the 2021 Honda Civic Tour but before that happens, the R&B singer-songwriter has put her stamp on a custom-designed Honda Civic Type R. This one-off is part of a longstanding tradition of Civic Tour headliners designing a custom Civic.

The unique-looking model is a reflection of H.E.R.'s personal values. Nuance, subtlety, and "sharing your heart" are held high. This all starts with the car's exterior where a deep black matte finish washes over the model while chameleon-tinted headlamps and windows, purple brake calipers and nebula painted trim are presented as intriguing highlights.

Designers worked to customize the cabin as well, adding nebula painted accents and special LED interior lighting that changes colors based on music and sound inside the vehicle by featuring custom colors, moods, brightness levels and rotating color patterns, adjustable by a smartphone.

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"One of the things that drew me toward the Honda Civic Tour was knowing that I'd be able to design my own vehicle, and out of all Civics, I picked the pinnacle Civic Type R," said H.E.R. "Infusing my personality into all aspects of my performances, and also expressing it through my favorite products, is something that I am passionate about. So being able to create and share my custom Honda Civic Type R with my fans is just so special to me."

H.E.R.'s custom Civic Type R joins Honda vehicles designed by past Civic Tour headliners, including Maroon 5, OneRepublic, Demi Lovato, blink-182, Black Eyed Peas, One Direction, Charlie Puth and more.

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