I sent this letter to Robert Lutz of General Motors:
I am writing after much soul searching over the new Cadillac STS.
First, let me compliment Cadillac on my 2004 XLR. I have owned it for a year, and every day I get compliments on it.
Now for the bad part. In June 2003, I gave my local Caddy dealer a deposit on a new STS (it was to be my eighth new Caddy), but I still have not committed to buying it. I stare at the car, and I can see the way it should have been.
The STS, at least to me, was supposed to be a logical extension of the CTS/XLR styling. What came out is just nothing, except for the front end. You took away everything that is interesting about the back. Don't believe me? Look at a CTS and an STS parked next to each other.
Frankly, I do not think that you will find another person in the United States who wanted to buy an STS more than I did, but I still do not have one. What really upsets me is that this mistake will most likely carry through the line for the next six or eight years. This year I am looking at the new Acura RL and the Mercedes-Benz CLS500.
You took some flack in the press recently for saying that the first thing you see about a car is the same as with a woman. Everybody complained, but you were right. The only problem is that you have taken this beautiful STS and dressed her in a plain paper sack.
Thank God you were not there when they designed the XLR.