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Cadillac’s sleek new headlamps turn when cornering

16 indirect fire LED lights are on each headlamp with eight beginning on the fender of the car and another eight continuing down the front bumper.



DETROIT—The upcoming 2014 Cadillac CTS luxury sport sedan combines light-emitting diode (LED) and high intensity discharge (HID) lights to create a “light blade” which follows the hoodline.

The CTS sedan has 16 indirect fire LED lights on each headlamp with eight LEDs beginning on the fender of the car and an additional eight LEDs continuing down the front bumper. The eight LED lights on the front bumper also double as a turn indicator.

A single HID element in the main headlights acts as both low and high beams. Active Forward Lighting helps drivers see more clearly through corners by turning with steering direction.

“The CTS is the first Cadillac to combine DRL and turn signal under the same lens,” said Brian Smith, CTS exterior design manager. “Giving the HID projectors a dual purpose allowed us to shorten the front headlamps and give the CTS the most dramatic signature lighting of any Cadillac to date.”

The third-generation CTS adopts engineering and design solutions from the award-winning architecture of the ATS sport sedan and will be the segment’s lightest car. Production of the 2014 CTS begins this fall in Lansing, Mich.

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