British designer Niki Smart provided the creative impetus behind the Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept, whose raked windscreen and scissor doors impressed recent Los Angeles show-goers.
Speaking exclusively to Autocar, Smart said the ULC is Caddy’s Mini. “The time is ripe for Cadillac to make this car,” he said. “We need a bigger spread of models, particularly for Europe. The Mini’s success is proof of people’s open-mindedness.”
Smart is best known as the co-creator of the Ariel Atom, which he part-designed in 1998. Now a designer at GM’s advanced studio in LA, he said many of the ULC’s unique features could be productionised. “The doors make a graceful way of getting in the back and we have found a way of engineering them for production.”
Smart concedes that the ULC is a challenging design for a brand best known for traditional saloons with big bonnets.