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Cadillac planning its own engines, halo cars,a sedan above CT6

Sep 30, 2014 - 8:24 PM - by Pellz
Cadillac is in the midst of some big changes. It's got a new chief executive. It's taking some distance from parent company General Motors and moving to a new headquarters in New York. And it's instituting a new naming scheme that will allow not only for a more clear progression in its lineup, but also for more models. But that's not the end of the story. Not by a long shot.

Speaking with Automobile magazine, Cadillac's new president Johan de Nysschen revealed his intention to develop several new models and powertrains. For starters, he does not want Cadillac to continue borrowing engines from the GM parts bin, but intends to develop a new range of engines specifically for the luxury automaker. The program will likely start with smaller-capacity engines but eventually lead to new V8s as well, taking the place of the long-serving Northstar engine that finally ended its lifespan a few years ago after some two decades of production. Along with other technologies, de Nysschen... [Read More]
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Cadillac Announces CT6 Flagship Sedan, New Naming Scheme

Sep 24, 2014 - 3:16 PM - by FenwickHockey65
Upcoming Top-End Product Named Cadillac CT6
General Motors

September 24, 2014

DETROIT – Cadillac announced today that its new, high-technology car positioned at the top of its range will be called Cadillac CT6.

“The Cadillac CT6 continues our brand’s elevation and global growth,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, Cadillac chief marketing officer. “CT6 will constitute an entirely new approach to the prestige sedan, emphasizing a dynamic driving experience and advanced technology.”

When it launches in late-2015, the CT6 will expand the Cadillac range upwards – meaning it will not replace any current product. Positioned above today’s CTS and XTS product lines, the CT6 aims to... [Read More]
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First Drive: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon

Sep 24, 2014 - 8:43 AM - by nsap
GM rolls the dice on its new midsize pickup trucks
September 23, 2014
By: Nick Saporito

While most things in America—people included—have gotten bigger over the decades, full-size trucks have grown exponentially in size. Their growth has not just been in physical size but in price. Today, the irony associated with buying a $50,000 half-ton that can’t fit in the garage is a common occurrence. Pair that with the fact that there are more than 12 million small pickups on the road, with only Toyota and Nissan offering feasible alternatives and GM sees a golden opportunity for new small trucks. Their solution to this problem has been to resurrect the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups but thankfully... [Read More]
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Colorado, Canyon 4-Cylinders Offer Best-in-Class Fuel Economy

Sep 21, 2014 - 7:17 AM - by ChevyRules
This news may just rack up even more orders for GM's new pickups.
September 21, 2014
By: Nick Saporito

According to EPA fuel economy estimates, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon will have best-in-class fuel economy for four-cylinder midsize trucks. Additionally, the duo will offer the highest payload capacity in the segment; a segment GM is hoping to inject new life into the midsize truck segment with the new pickups.

The Colorado and Canyon will be rated at 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway in two-wheel-drive form with the six-speed automatic transmission. Ratings decline slightly with four-wheel-drive to 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. When equipped with the available six-speed... [Read More]
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Now Truckin': Colorado, Canyon Shipping to Dealerships

Sep 18, 2014 - 7:30 AM - by nsap
The final trucks in GM's three-truck strategy is nearly here.
September 18, 2014
By: Nick Saporito

Beginning today General Motors is shipping their all-new midsize pickups from the American heartland to dealerships around the U.S. Chevrolet dealerships will be receiving the 2015 Colorado, while GMC stores are gaining the reencarnated Canyon. Both trucks are their brand's respective final truck in what GM calls a "three truck" strategy.

GM claims initial demand for the new trucks is "very high" with over 30,000 dealer orders for the Colorado alone. In fact, initial demand is so that that the company is adding 750 employees at their Wentzville, Mo. assembly plant to... [Read More]
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Official: Cadillac to Build Flagship in Detroit Next Year

Sep 17, 2014 - 8:07 PM - by nsap
After years of rumors, Cadillac makes their impending flagship official.
September 19, 2014
By: Nick Saporito

Cadillac announced today that the brand will build its long-rumored flagship at General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant. The car will go into production in the fourth quarter of 2015 and is expected to elevate the Cadillac brand to a new heights, according to Cadillac. The decision is also leading to a $384 Million investment into the Detroit-Hamtramck facility.

“The objective for this upcoming model is to lift the Cadillac range by entering the elite class of top-level luxury cars,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. “Currently in... [Read More]
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Cadillac to Introduce Vehicle to Vehicle Communications, Super Cruise

Sep 07, 2014 - 4:47 PM - by nsap
Intelligent and Connected Cadillacs are 2017.
September 7, 2014
By: Nick Saporito

Today Cadillac affirmed the brand's plans to offer a new vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) connectivity and Super Cruise technology on select 2017 models. The announcement affirms recent speculation that the brand was working on some form of vehicle automation, which Cadillac has hinted at in recent years. Despite the whiz-bang technology, details about it are scarce in the announcement, and worse yet, drivers won't get to experience it until the 2017 model-year.

The brand's V2V technology will launch in the 2017 CTS sedan first, according to Cadillac. The system will send out basic... [Read More]
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Gm Invests in Spring Hill; New SRX & small engines coming

Aug 27, 2014 - 6:51 PM - by NoStopN
GM Invests $233 Million for New Engines; Will Build Cadillac SRX in Spring Hill
August 27, 2014
By: GMI Staff

2015 SRX shown

SPRING HILL, Tenn. – General Motors will invest $185 million to make small gas engines at its Spring Hill manufacturing complex, retaining 390 jobs. GM also identified the next-generation Cadillac SRX as a future mid-size vehicle to be produced at Spring Hill.

An additional $48.4 million investment is planned for the Bedford, Ind. powertrain castings plant, creating or retaining 45 jobs.

Both investments support GM’s new small... [Read More]
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Cadillac Styling Project

Aug 17, 2014 - 11:19 AM - by MonaroSS
My Cadillac CT7 and CT9 Project - version 2.0
August 17th, 2014
by MonaroSS

Ten Days Ago I Let You Guys Down

I Hope Here to Make Amends

Last week I got a lot of reaction to my proposed retro styled CT7 and CT9 range, mostly negative. That may still be true with these renderings because people simply don't like the heavy retro look of the CT9; shown both as Glamour Drop Top and Neo Lead Sled (NLS) V-Coupe forms here. And people may also dislike the mild retro styling mixed with Art & Science of the CT7 Convertible, Coupe and V–Coupe, also shown here.

However I don't think either design... [Read More]
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Cadillac's CT7 v CT9 Stargazing

Aug 06, 2014 - 9:40 AM - by MonaroSS
What I would do for Cadillac's CT7 and CT9 range in the future
August 7th, 2014
by MonaroSS

Retro Design worked to restore past Glory
for Mustang and Camaro
Why not Cadillac?

We know Cadillac has an Omega sedan (let's call it CT7) on the way to take on the might of the Benz S-Class and the other Germans. But what about the Omega+ super sedan above that? We heard it was cancelled, as it was not different enough from CT7. Will new Cadillac Tsar Johan de Nysschen revive CT9, and how would he make it not only different from CT7 but also make a bold statement in that elite and rarefied market space?

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GMI Drives: Holden VF Commodore SSV Sportwagon

Jul 10, 2014 - 12:54 AM - by mikmak
Sporting Wagonlove

Michael McWilliams
Australia Correspondent

10 July 2014

Modern marketing allows many liberties to be taken in the name of desirability. Some call it "artistic license". Others, "misdirection". Our recent drives in the Cruze Sportwagon and Captiva Sport Utility Vehicle found no traces of actual sport within. Finally we uncover something that represents what it says on the label. The Holden Sportwagon is both wagon and sporting conveyance.

What a shame that the world doesn't seem to like them any more....

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Does GM need a revival?

Jun 29, 2014 - 12:47 PM - by NoStopN
As the title suggests, this is just my opinion. And, I can be long-winded.

I'll start this column by saying that from the outside looking in, GM's advertising seems to be hit & miss. Recent Buick TV ads & most of GMC's TV ads have been very good without the need to try to push a "type" of customer. What I mean is, these ads have not stereotyped a certain type of buyer for their products. Cadillac & Chevy ads have pigeon-holed their clientele into a certain class. However, advertising is a topic for another conversation.

So, what is there to fix?

I began to look over sales results for most of GM's models, & I was surprised. I don't usually pay attention to monthly sales results. That's because a new GM vehicle isn't in my driveway. Also, most of GM's vehicles aren't quite what I'm looking for. While looking over those results, I saw a common pattern. I call it the roller coaster.... [Read More]
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GMI Drives: Holden Cruze MY14 Diesel CDX Sportwagon

Jun 23, 2014 - 4:40 PM - by mikmak
Family Proportions

Michael McWilliams
Australia Correspondent

24 June 2014

Waiting for the SUV fad to end? Well I hate to tell you, but it's got some legs in it yet. For those of you less impressed with a high centre of gravity and worse fuel economy for no good reason, there are still some great wagons around.

The Holden Cruze CDX, though less contemporary in the design department, now has the tech and practicality that would have made this a classic in a non SUV focused market. It wont be a classic to everyone else, but it will be exactly the type of vehicle that will be a favourite with owners.

That's good

$30,190 for top spec is... [Read More]
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GMI Drives: Holden Captiva 7 LS

Jun 09, 2014 - 10:41 PM - by mikmak
Basic Instincts

Michael McWilliams
Australia Correspondent

10 June 2014

As manufacturers look at new ways to make their SUVs seem new and exciting, Holdens Captiva 7 makes do with solid but aging foundations.

The Good:
Torque from the 2.2 Turbo Diesel dwarfs others in this price range
Still a really good size
Electric Handbrake and Remote Central locking are useful
Entry price of $32,990 is very good for a diesel 7 seater

The Bad:
Looks are getting a bit dowdy
Interior lacks flair and technology
Too many beeps
Auto-lock locks when refueling

You can see... [Read More]
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