Detroit, Michigan – Nicola Bulgari, vice-chairman of the Bulgari luxury goods company and an avid car collector, has purchased the last Cadillac DTS. The company has ceased production of the front-wheel drive, V8-powered full-size sedan.
The DTS was introduced for the 2006 model year to replace the DeVille; the final one was made at GM’s assembly plant in Detroit-Hamtramck.
“I like the DTS because it’s a great sedan,” Bulgari said. “It’s the last of an era. I thought it would be wonderful to own the last Northstar (V8) in a DTS. It’s one of the best engines ever designed, reliable and a performer.”
GM said that last year the DTS outsold all other large luxury cars in the United States, topping the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, Lexus LS and Lincoln Town Car. A version of the DTS was used as the presidential limousine until 2009, when it was replaced with a new Cadillac model.
Cadillac said that it plans to introduce a vehicle larger than the CTS, which would fill the DTS’ space, but timing has not been determined. The company showed the XTS Platinum Concept at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which it said provides “an indication of the brand’s direction.”
The DTS will join Bulgari’s collection, housed in facilities in Rome and in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and which contains every GM model made in 1941, the year he was born.
Bulgari is a global network of 293 stores selling high-end jewellery, watches, leather goods, perfume and fashion accessories.