2012 Chicago Auto Show:
Cadillac Ciel Concept

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One of the highlights (besides  the stunning styling and Cadillac’s traditional tailfins) of the Cadillac Ciel is its interior’s use of olive wood. Of course it’s real wood, as is the case on most high profile concept cars. However, unlike almost all other cars that use real wood trim, the Ciel doesn’t use veneers applied over metal or plastic forms. The design of the Ciel required solid wood, not a veneer. This eventually led to using a 300 year old olive tree that had fallen naturally in a storm (satisfying those concerned about sustainability). A number of companies were involved in acquiring, processing, and shaping the wood, using a combination of computer related technologies and traditional woodworking. Cool Hunting outlined how the wood was machined.

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