By the way. Did anyone catch what he said about Fiat? Their model is really on borrowed time. One liberal presidential election away from Cafe laws pummeling their two trick pony, ponies, MOPonies lol
This quote stands out "Engines were generically developed with the Chevy brand in mind and, then, “Okay, well, yeah, it’s good enough for Cadillac.”" and is why I have always stated that Cadillac had to use GM's excellent LS V8 in its products and did not need a "All New" DOHC TT V8. What Cadillac needed to do was take the already excellent OHV LS V8 and modify it to "Cadillac Standards" and could create it's own "Exclusive" TT LS V8 where the rest of GM used the S/C LS V8. There is no reason that an OHV V8 cannot have premium NVH characteristics as both Rolls Royce and Bentley have used them for decades without question.
When you consider aftermarket tuners can take the current LS V8, slap Twin Turbos on it for 1,000 to 1,500 HP and still deliver a reliable 20+MPG in a Tahoe, there is no reason that GM's excellent powertrain engineers could not develop one the could do the same (or much better) and create a unique to Cadillac displacement LS based OHV V8 in NA and TT form that would be superior to any of it's competitors at a far lower cost that would easily outperform them in both performance and real world MPG. Of course GM chose to spend a small fortune on a completely new engine that was not required and was valuable capitol that should have been spent on interiors and technological advancements.
I love that GM can now stand on its own two feet and generate respectable profits. I love that they are investing in the future. This is what a company should be doing. I don't love that they don't take Cadillac (and same comment to Buick and GMC) to 10/10ths, they get it to 8/10ths and say good enough. But I still have hope based on JDN's comment I quoted in my earlier post, that the goal was to get Cadillac into mainstream luxury for today, which I think they've done. That goal shines through in the XT6 - it is mainstream and nothing more. My optimism makes me read into that comment that the future gens will delve into the upper levels of luxury.
What I'd really love is when MB decides to step down that they put JDN in her role. I think she's done a tremendous job getting the dysfunctional GM to where it is today, but I think he has the vision to further change GM's structure to where it needs to be.
Using the base engine design saves a lot of cash and any updates that Cadillac would make on the LS design detaches Chevrolet from the design. Most of the updates would be in the valve train, fuel injection and programming that do not require a "clean sheet" change of the block which would only require some stiffening and costs would be offset by offering the block for GM performance applications and would be useful for Truck applications.
Bottomline is that would have improved the LS V8 for both Cadillac usage as well as made it a better performer in the Camaro and Corvette as well as a more durable engine for HD usage AND been able to offer it for the highly lucrative Aftermarket Performance market with the introduction of a GM engineered Twin Turbo variation. GM would have made Millions of dollars (if not a Billion+) in profits for decades, just in the aftermarket.
Further confirmation that Cadillac is doomed. GM got tired of Johan telling them how stupid they were on a daily basis and they canned him after they used him up long enough to learn the blueprint. He was a great scapegoat for GM.
Nothing has changed but the weather.
Didn’t I read somewhere that Caddy has a new, dedicated factory in China (of course)? Was JdN involved? I assume Caddy quality standards could be implemented there at least. How about a dedicated factory in the USA even if it doesn’t make every model? Something you could point to and say “that’s Cadillac”, like the Vette factory.
GTP - If I'm reading you right, you are talking on a perception/psychological basis; on that regard, no you can't put the genie back in the bottle, Sierra is speaking on the physical aspects.
The fix there is design for Cadillac and use on the others down the road?..............
I don't follow all the iterations, but the HF V6 was originally a Caddy mill, correct? Some ~15 years has passed it is watered-down now.
This actually makes GM sound less chaotic than initially believed.
They're sticking to proven processes that focus on the bottom line, understandable for an industrial icon that very recently collapsed. But of course they risk becoming Nissan, a producer of soulless turds built to a low standard.