A ray of sunshine.......
A ray of sunshine.......
Pony Car: an affordable, compact, highly styled car with a sporty or performance-oriented image and an available V8.
I would much rather see the actual Blackwing V8 in the Blackwing cars being that I live in the third largest city in the USA (behind NYC and LA) and traffic can be a b*tch at times here in Chicago but I'm all for this news!!! Although the take-rate for manuals is slim, it will definitely gravitate eyes over to Caddy for a drive among the true car driving enthusiasts left.
This is a good move in my part, modern manual transmission cars are super easy to drive even though you have people who don't know how to drive a stick and are intimidated by the idea of doing so.
Hoping for a manual 2.0T CT4, but not holding my breath...
Current ride: 2015 Chevy Sonic 1.8L 5sp manual sedan
Previous ride: 1998 Subaru Legacy Wagon AWD 2.2L 5sp manual
Next ride, pre-pandemic: Maybe a 2021 2.0T CT4, weekend car, keep the Sonic as DD
Next ride, post-pandemic: Keep driving the Sonic!
Last edited by eaton53; 07-06-2019 at 09:36 AM.
1989 Merkur XR4Ti
2014 Carlisle Ford Nationals - Merkur Club of America Preservation Award
2015 Cadillac XTS Platinum... Princess Buttercup IV
2015 Chevy Cruze Diesel... Many thanks to VW for making this deal possible.
I just want GM to make cars I want again.....Nothing about GM's current product offerings stir me to want them (10-15 years ago that wasn't the case)..Cadillac was my last best hope (the ATS and CTS the finally two I would want),but Cadillac got Escala'ed and now Caddy is off the table for me as well.
I went from liking everything (mostly) GM made to nothing.
They're going to regret turning almost all the entire sedan/coupe-convertible market over to the foreign brands
2017 Soul &, Titanium
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.--Unattributed
"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."--Benjamin Franklin
"The freedom of Speech may be taken away, and, dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter."--George Washington
I myself am happy to see GM make profits and strong. I'm also happy to see Cadillac offering product that young people can like, maybe not you, but they aren't strictly old man cars. I'm really happy that Cadillac will offer lower level performance trims, I don't give a rats ass what they'll call them. My ATS may not be perfect, but I love it - it is a lot of fun to drive.
I'm also happy that when auto mags do comparisons, GM doesn't automatically end up at the bottom, they may not be #1, but they aren't the newest entrant and already the worst on the market. I do miss all of the performance variants (Z24's, GTP's, etc), but I don't think the market is looking for those cars anymore, and the financial side of me can't fault GM for not building them in today's market. If Cadillac wasn't building what I like, I don't know what I'd end up buying - maybe the Buick Regal, but I'm not crazy over the exterior and Chevy doesn't offer any cars that interest me (and the Camaro's rwd only is a deal killer for me and I'm not sure if I'd get over the high beltline).
And I do get people being unhappy - if you don't like Cadillac's styling direction, then there isn't much performance related vehicles left in GM's stable other than the Vette and Camaro. What does upset me is the attitudes on GMI - I like what Cadillac is doing, but because I like it I am labeled - and I'm not saying this to start a fight, but just to point out how many of us feel - is that I'm labeled as a pie in the sky fan, and you view yourself as a realist. I get it that you and many others don't like GM's direction and respect that, but I don't feel like it is respected that I do like Cadillac's direction. Again, I am not trying to start a fight, I am respectfully asking a question to you or anyone else that doesn't like GM's direction - why do I have to be a "GM apologist" because I like what Cadillac is doing and you guys are the "grounded sanity" because you don't? Again, not trying to start a fight, but rather throwing it out there for everyone to get a better understanding of each other. I'm not a sensitive touchy-feely guy as some have labeled me, I just like to stand up for myself and not just "take it" - I don't sit at home crying all day because of GMI (other than the time I was called a racist - that had steam coming out of my ears).
And yes, I do also agree that having differing viewpoints makes GMI a better place, I just don't like being inferred that I'm an idiot because I like something - I hope I've never made someone feel like that if my viewpoint is different.
There is clearly a group of people that lean heavily (and some exclusively) to criticism and obviously a group that goes in the other direction. Why is criticism "realistic" and liking something "unrealistic"?
For me the overall shape of the car is the most important piece, and I love the overall shape of the CT5, the details are secondary (but still important). I think for many the details come first and the overall shape is secondary. So I get it that a lot of people don't like the C pillar - but again, why is that viewpoint realistic but mine isn't?
Again, as I said in the post above, I'm not trying to get everyone all riled up and angry - I say this as a talking point for understanding.
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