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Mary Kay’s Pink Cadillacs Were Nearly Lincolns

In 1967, Mary Kay Ash walked into a Lincoln dealership in Dallas, Texas. She and her husband Mel had just launched Mary Kay Cosmetics just four years ago, and now she was looking for a car that could suit her newfound success. She wanted it customized, something in a powdery pink, a light shade that matched the shade of blush in the cosmetics compact she carried. A salesman approached. Before she could even open up the compact, he stopped her: “Little lady,” he said, “go home and get your husband. And when you come back, we’ll get you into that Lincoln.”

So the story goes, as oft-repeated by corporate spokespeople as necessary. (To be fair, Mary Kay never mentioned Lincoln by name.) The year she founded her own business, Mary Kay had quit her job of 25 years when she found herself passed up for a

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The Cadillac ELR Will Die in its First Generation

The Cadillac ELR has long been considered a failure for Caddy, and now it looks like the company is finally going to give it the Old Yeller treatment. According to Automotive News, Cadillac’s CEO  Johan de Nysschen has confirmed that the brand is killing off the plug-in hybrid coupe after this generation’s run is complete, likely around 2018. 

Since its introduction in 2013, the ELR’s sales have struggled. Much of the blame for this has been put on its costly original price tag of $75,995 and the fact that it lacked the performance associated with the rest of the brand. Being a coupe probably didn’t help either. In response, last year Cadillac added more power to the ELR and dropped the price by $10,000 for the 2016 model year. Alas, it was too little too late—Cadillac only sold 1,024 examples of the ELR in 2015. 

While the demise of the ELR isn’t surprising, it is kind of a shame. The ELR had major issues, but

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