Filed under: Motorsports, Coupe, Cadillac, Racing
Cadillac has been racking up victories with the CTS.V.R in Pirelli World Challenge racing for two model generations now, including recent GT class championships in 2012 and 2013. However, even winning racers eventually have to retire, and it looks like the CTS may be taking a bow at the end of the season. In its place, Caddy is reportedly working on a new racecar based on the ATS Coupe, and it might even get to compete internationally.
According to Racer, Pratt & Miller Engineering is leading the development and is already lapping the ATS racecar in Michigan for testing. It reportedly drops the CTS' V8 in favor of a twin-turbocharged V6 powering the rear wheels. Since this is the same team behind the hugely successful Corvette Racing program and the current CTS.V.R, the latest car appears to be in good hands.
The new model would also adhere to GT3 rules, according to Racer, and that might signal a big change for Cadillac's motorsports program. It means that the ATS could be sold to teams in the numerous series around the world that accept these vehicles. That would broaden the luxury coupe's exposure and put it up against GT3 racecars from premium brands, like Bentley, Porsche and McLaren. If it wins, the change could be a marketing bonanza for the brand.
Autoblog spoke to Cadillac spokesperson Brian Corbett about the brand's future in motorsports. He wouldn't confirm any details about the company's plans for next season, but he confirmed that "there's no plan to leave" Pirelli World Challenge racing. He said there would be more specifics at a... [Read More]
Filed under: SUV, Plants/Manufacturing, Cadillac, Luxury
Lincoln went through it during the launch of the MKZ last year, Jeep went through something similar with its Cherokee launch, and now the 2015 Cadillac Escalade has apparently caught the bug: dealer delivery delays because of quality control checks. Automotive News reports that Cadillac dealers have been waiting three times longer than usual - a month or more - from the time an Escalade leaves the assembly line to when it gets delivered. Worse, dealers are saying they don't always know where their vehicles are in transit, or when they are set to arrive. The situation has upset customers who have put down deposits and things have gotten so bad that some dealers have reportedly stopped taking pre-orders.
Cadillac says it has the delay, called "dwell time," down to two weeks, and it expects to cut that to a week by the beginning of September. The company said "a lengthy quality-assurance process on some interior parts" has caused the lag, the report citing additional issues with figuring out which vehicles should be delivered first. A spokesman said that more trucks have been put in the distribution system to work through the backlog, but it's clear it's still going to take some time to set things right, with one dealer telling AN that cars ordered in February and March still haven't arrived.
Brand chief Kurt McNeil said additional personnel are at the Escalade's Arlington, Texas factory to speed up the checks, and spreadsheets tracking every order have been distributed to field staff. Even with the snafu, though, the Escalade is Cadillac's best seller through July.Cadillac dealers frustrated over Escalade production snarls originally... [Read More]
Filed under: Sedan, Cadillac, Luxury
Compact luxury sedans are fast becoming the trend among upscale automakers. Mercedes has the new CLA (and its many platform-mates), BMW has the 1 Series and 2 Series, Audi has the A3 and, though Lexus apparently isn't interested in anything smaller than its CT 200h, Infiniti is getting in on the action with a compact model of its own. It would only follow logically, then, that Cadillac should launch a competitor, and according to the latest reports, that's just what it has in store.
Speaking with Car and Driver, Cadillac marketing chief Uwe Ellinghaus confirmed that such a project is in the works. But unlike its rivals, Cadillac aims to go with a rear-wheel-drive layout. This despite research that apparently indicates that a surprising 80 percent of owners think that their BMW 1 Series is front-drive. It's the driving dynamics and styling proportions that motivate Ellinghaus and his colleagues to stick with rear-drive, however.
The new model would in all likelihood be based on the same GM Alpha architecture that underpins the ATS and CTS - a platform that has helped Cadillac keep the weight down on both models and which is expected to underpin the next-generation Chevy Camaro, as well. The sub-ATS could be positioned as a four-door 2+2, however, as the ATS grows a little larger in its next iteration in order to make room for its new baby brother.
Expect four-cylinder engines - including the 2.0-liter turbo four and a replacement... [Read More]
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Filed under: SUV, Cadillac, Design/Style, Luxury
The redesigned 2015 Cadillac Escalade is still quite fresh on the market, but the luxury brand has a host of mid-model-year updates for its massive luxury SUV that should make it an even better driver. The range-topping Platinum Collection (pictured above) is also all set to ensconce drivers in leather when it hits the road in the fourth quarter of 2014.
The entire Escalade range now gets an eight-speed automatic to replace the previous six-speed, and four-wheel drive models also get a two-speed transfer case to go along with it. New standard features include a Surround View camera system, 4G LTE connectivity, and the electric tailgate also now closes hands-free, in addition to opening that way.
To make riding in the Escalade an even more luxurious experience, Cadillac is adding a Platinum trim. Exterior changes add even more shine to the behemoth SUV with a grille wearing the redesigned brand crest, additional chrome trim, 22-inch wheels and Platinum badges. However, the interior is where things really get plush. The first and second row of seats are wrapped in Nappa, semi-aniline leather in a choice of either beige or gray. The dashboard, upper door panels and center console also get hand-stitched and wrapped leather, plus a suede microfiber headliner. Both front seats are heated and cooled with 18-way power adjustments, and the driver even gets a massaging function. Rear passengers are hardly left out, either, with 7-inch LCD screens in the headrests and a 9-inch screen in the center.
All of these upgrades do have an effect on the 'Slade's price, which is now $1,275 higher to start at $73,965, including destination. The top-spec Platinum with all of its extra high-quality leather goes for $90,270, including the $995 destination fee. Scroll down to read the complete announcement.Continue reading 2015 Cadillac Escalade gets 8-speed auto, range-topping... [Read More]
Filed under: Sedan, Cadillac, Luxury
Cadillac is in the process of applying the new wreathless emblem across its range one model at a time, but rather than simply slap the new logo on the existing models, it's taking the opportunity to roll out some revisions as well. First came the ATS coupe, followed by the updated ATS sedan, and now the flagship brand in the General Motors portfolio has quietly announced some revisions for the CTS sedan as well.
For the 2015 model year, the CTS - which was just introduced last year - gets a revised front end with that wreathless crest but also a new chrome grille with active aero elements on standard models and a black-chrome grille on the Vsport. The revised grille is flanked by new headlights, but behind them the engine lineup carries over: a 2.0-liter turbo four with 272 horsepower, a 3.6-liter V6 with 321 hp or - in the Vsport performance model - a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 with 420 hp that's still the most powerful V6 GM has ever made. All engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission (ditching the six-speed auto on previous versions) and (apart from the RWD Vsport) can be had in rear- or all-wheel-drive flavors.
Cadillac has also given the updated CTS some new electronics (including inductive smartphone charging, onboard wifi, and more advanced parking and lane assist systems) as well as new wheels, trims and color options, details on which you can read in the press release below.Continue reading Cadillac releases updated 2015 CTS
Cadillac releases updated 2015 CTS originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 10 Aug 2014 13:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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I debated posting this given how ugly the "Nurbergring" thread turned, but thought it was pretty telling.
Essentially many in Cadillac feel that GM's requirement for margins is the cause of slow sales. So even Cadillac them self feels that they still need to undercut the competition.
Happen to know a pretty high ranking executive at GM powertrain.
When the Hellcat came out I sent a note teasing, saying, "you gonna take that?" The response I got was, "we got a few tricks up our sleeve".
This morning I drop off my car for service. After the initial small talk and the SM asking how I like the car and a couple of guys chit chatting about how awesome the car is (never ceases to amaze me the conversations this car strikes up), I ask if there is any information out on the next CTS-V.
The SM told me, TT LT4 putting out over 700 HP and it will be priced accordingly.
I was surprised and questioned that it would put out more HP than the Z06. He nodded and said, "yep, but not more than the ZR-1.
So.... A couple surprises. If this is true... As they say, "it's on!!!" Cadillac/GM are in this fight. Secondly a ZR-1 is coming.
As someone said, it's like the late '60s/early '70s again and the muscle car era all over again.
BTW. Took it in for oil change, wheel clicking, hopefully a software update for the occasional lagging on Bluetooth and have them check the Recaros.
They said that they might keep it over night. I'm already going through withdrawals.