It seems that there is a general consensus that Cadillac is not being realistic in their pricing strategy, essentially saying Cadillac’s are overpriced. I personally disagree; technology, quality, and innovation are not cheap.
More specifically, when I “hear” V2 owners state that the V Sport is overpriced and subsequently the V3 will, I’m like are they serious? The V2 in all of its awesomeness lacks certain features that should be standard in 2014 and its class. I think this has resulted from its pricing strategy.
When I read this article: http://www.caranddriver.com/comparis...omparison-test
I thought “Can the V3 be competitive w/out costing at least 90-95K?
Filed under: Sedan, China, Cadillac, Luxury
To luxury automakers, long-wheelbase sedans are to China that crossovers and SUVs are to the US, so it isn't all that surprising any more when the latest sedan gets an extra couple of inches between the wheels to improve rear-seat comfort. According to Car News China, the next sedan to get the stretch will be the Cadillac ATS, which will increase the wheelbase by 10 centimeters (about four inches) to become the ATS-L.
Designed to go up against rivals like the BMW 335Li and the added-length Mercedes C-Class, the ATS-L will reportedly be built locally in China with an engine list that will grow as well. Currently, only the 2.0-liter turbo engine is offered in the ATS in China, but the ATS-L will get the full spectrum of ATS engines including the base 2.5-liter and the peppier 3.6-liter V6. This isn't the first time Cadillac has offered a China-specific stretched sedan either as the SLS dates back to 2006.Cadillac developing stretched ATS-L just for China originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 25 Jan 2014 09:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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with a friend of mine who is an executive at Cadillac. I really don't want to mention the person's title as I want to protect their identity, but wanted to point out that it's a person I've known for years and not just someone I met at a cocktail party.
This is what s/he would divulge to me:
1. There will be an ATS-V - No surprise, but s/he shared some experiences about a ride-along at the Milford proving grounds. The car will be impressive.
2. The CTS WILL NOT come in a coupe variant. The current CTS coupe is the segment leader but still low volume. The price point that the ATS is in will have more volume for coupes. Any other coupes will be at the upper end (think flagship) end of the model line. There will be a CTS-V (again no surprise), but no coupe.
3. BMW is a tough competitor, not so much just in model offerings, but in everything they do to retain customers. Dealer experience, pulling ahead leases, loyalty incentives and dealership experience. Once BMW nabs you, they generally do a very good job of retaining their customers. Notice I said "generally", there are always exceptions.
4. With respect to dealership experience s/he acknowledged that there is a bit of frustration regarding all the success Cadillac has had with new models, only to have that soured by sub-par (my words) dealers. They are working on it (wouldn't divulge what that meant).
Even said, "wouldn't it be cool if they put an gas engine in an ELR? Not sure if it was a hint. Didn't get a chance to ask about a CTS Wagon, but if they're killing the coupe, I can't see a CTS wagon making it.
If it turns out to be true that there won't be a V-Coupe, I'd be kinda bummed and glad I picked up mine.
Edit... I forgot to add the most important point.... pricing.
This individual feels that it may have been too soon to have elevated the pricing to BMW levels. This person doesn't feel yet they Caddy is viewed as synonymous with BMW yet by the buying public. Note that they didn't say the product wasn't comparable, just that people don't yet consider it a BMW alternative.
Filed under: Car Buying, SUV, Cadillac, Luxury
With the fourth-generation Cadillac Escalade set to go on sale in April, Cadillac has released the pricing data for its fullsize luxury SUV. While there's no retail configurator yet, the data posted on AOL Autos - and confirmed by Cadillac - shows that the 2015 Escalade will have a starting price of $71,695 (*not including $995 for destination).
This new starting price is about $8,000 more than the outgoing model, but Cadillac is quick to point out that the latest 'Slade is packed with more standard equipment in the new base Standard trim that actually puts it more on par with the midlevel Premium trim on the 2014 model (currently priced at $73,245). These new standard features include Magnetic Ride Control, LED headlights and taillights and 20-inch wheels.
Stepping up to the 2015 Escalade Luxury, the price increases to $75,695 and includes added equipment like 22-inch wheels, head-up display, power fold-and-tumble second-row seats and safety systems such as forward collision warning and lane departure warning. The top-rung 2015 Escalade Premium will start at $80,195 adding features such as a rear-seat entertainment system, illuminated exterior door handles and the Driver Assist Package consisting of front and rear automatic braking and adaptive cruise control.
All starting prices are for the rear-wheel-drive models, but buyers can still opt for all-wheel drive across the lineup for an additional $2,600.2015 Cadillac Escalade on sale in April priced at $71,695* originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Filed under: Spy Photos, Sedan, Cadillac, Luxury
While we still have no insight as to it being named Elmiraj, STS or some other permutation of the -TS nomenclature, new spy shots give us proof positive that Cadillac is indeed hard at work on a rear-wheel-drive flagship model. Spied for the very first time in some north country testing, these shots provide a first look at the upcoming range-topper from Cadillac.
Impressively long and large bodywork ride atop new General Motors' corporate Omega rear-drive architecture here. Heavy cladding over camouflage may discourage finding any details, but the overall, sharp-edged and blocky design is clearly reminiscent of what we've seen on the new CTS and the recently debuted ATS coupe. A strong, wheels-at-each-corner stance helps emphasize the length of this stretched Caddy, and everything about the proportions seem spot-on for a new fullsize flagship for the brand.
It's quite possible that Cadillac will ultimately festoon this large sedan with detailing reminiscent of the original Elmiraj coupe, though thus far we've only seen prototypes wearing four-doors.
Cadillac has been dropping turbocharged engines all over its range, like the 410-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 found in the XTS and CTS. We have no clue as to what mill might currently live under that broad hood, but anything from that potent V6 to any number of the company's updated V8 range would be appropriate for taking on the likes of the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
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Filed under: Detroit Auto Show, Convertible, Coupe, Wagon, Cadillac, Luxury
What we do know is that the ATS will wear at least one more bodystyle. That comes from Cadillac head Bob Ferguson, who answered "Absolutely" when Automotive News asked him about the possibility of another variant. What we don't know is what that bodystyle or styles will be.
We now have a sedan and coupe ATS, there's supposedly a V sedan coming. After that, a convertible is a likely option given that the man who just became the global product honcho at General Motors, Mark Reuss, admitted to having one already designed in 2012. The decision on it can't get out of the underworld and a wagon is the other option, but the droptop would seem to make the most sense if one considers the competitive set: the BMW 4 Series and Audi A5 convertibles are hot property and Mercedes is bringing a C-Class convertible. Meanwhile wagons are the sentimental utility vehicles that, refusing to die, seem forever destined for life support... CTS Sport Wagon, anyone?
Based on Ferguson's statements, it appears that what Cadillac definitely won't do is play model variant catch-up with the European luxury brands it has spent years hunting down, telling Automotive News, "We want to keep our focus on a limited number of vehicles and do them very well."Cadillac chief says ATS convertible, wagon on the table originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of... [Read More]
Jan 14, 2014 - 9:18 PM - by garfin
Now with the release of the 2015 corvette Zo6 with the LT4 engine that has the Eaton 1.7ish blower on top making 625hp's. I'm wondering if GM is going to put a de-tuned LT4 in the new V?? 600hp would be nice, but hell with minor mods we can have the 650-700 V package that several vender offer for a lot less money!