The Long Wait; Auto Writer Looks At Cadillac In The New Year

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    The Long Wait; Auto Writer Looks At Cadillac In The New Year

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    Lastly, a word about Cadillac. This one is more of a holding spot than a demerit on an actual car. Since, you see, there was no exciting new car.

    In 2017, I took a 1960 El Dorado through upstate New York as part of a digital detox. That lovely thing with crimson interiors glided down back roads like a pearlescent dream. I want back in. The time before that was in 2016, when I drove the Cadillac CT6 sedan. At the time, I wrote it was a “gentle, inoffensive” sedan; I mentioned some yawning at one point.

    In 2018 GM said it planned to end production of six cars at North American plants, including the CT6 sedan, then later said that one would remain in Cadillac’s U.S. lineup, though some variants like the CT6 Sport would end. The back-and-forth is not encouraging.

    After Cadillac announced plans in January to make a crossover electric vehicle, the brand debuted two new sedans, two new variants of existing sedans, and a new midsize crossover SUV. Nothing terribly exciting. It launched a website for online shopping and teased a new electronics screen for the next generation of the Escalade, which is expected in February.

    On Dec. 17, the company said it will skip the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in January where it had planned to show off the EV crossover.

    Instead, what made bigger news for the company in 2019 was everything other than its cars, which is a bad sign for a company that makes cars. It recalled 900,000 vehicles because of battery and brake issues. It got sued for failing to warn people about headlight defects. It announced a replacement campaign for the “Dare Greatly” tagline, which has disappointed.

    If it all feels very much like meet the new boss, same as the old boss, that’s because it is. For the eighth time in 20 years, Cadillac appointed a new CEO this year. Its own former top officer and brand bastion, Bob Lutz, railed publicly against it: “I don’t think there are enough decades left in the branded automobile business as we know it to achieve a comeback,” Lutz said.

    This isn’t to say that Cadillac isn’t entitled to a quiet year to regather itself, make some painful cuts, and renew its own reserves. GM boss Mary Barra has proven she’s comfortable taking the long view, slashing now where she must in favor of building toward sustainable growth later. Next year, Cadillac promises, we can expect that updated new Escalade and more information about the EV crossover. It has promised an array of new models (granted, they’re as distant into the future as Ursa Minor), and brand president Steve Carlisle has even said most Cadillac vehicles will be electric by 2030. Maybe Lutz will have to eat his words.

    But we are talking about 2019 right now, where we are left waiting for America’s greatest heritage brand to give us something—anything—great to drive.








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    Re: The Long Wait; Auto Writer Looks At Cadillac In The New Year

    Instead, what made bigger news for the company in 2019 was everything other than its cars, which is a bad sign for a company that makes cars.
    "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss". Yea, that about covers Cadillac as we enter a new decade.

    All in all, let's hope for the best. A great Escalade ramp-up and introduction could do wonders for the brand (and the XT6). Myself? I'm just hoping they fix the rear window treatment on the CT5, and give it a manual. My current lease ends next year, and I would like one of those in my driveway.

    One can hope, right?

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    Re: The Long Wait; Auto Writer Looks At Cadillac In The New Year

    Not exactly a comedic errors, but definitely too many unforced errors. An easy fix for the XT6 is for Cadillac to announce an optional engine or hybrid powertrain to add some excitement for that model. And seriously Cadillac, you can't find a way to use the Bkackwing V8? Hint: Escalade. Cost should almost never be a reason not to do something for Cadillac.

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    Re: The Long Wait; Auto Writer Looks At Cadillac In The New Year

    "Just wait until next year!"



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    My current lease ends next year, and I would like one of those in my driveway.




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    Re: The Long Wait; Auto Writer Looks At Cadillac In The New Year

    We always seems to be waiting for the next big thing from Cadillac. And waiting and waiting. I think that for me, the may just about be over. There's no coupes and certainly no convertibles on the horizon. Unless CT4 and CT5 shock everyone with sales success, there may not be any sedans. So for me the brand is just about dead.

    But the line about lawsuits and recalls. What brand doesn't face that? Toyota recalled almost a million vehicles in October. Just last week BMW issues a recall and a stop-sale order on many of its most expensive models. Recalls happen.
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    Awesome car, Perian!
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    The 6 is the way in would go also. Great whip!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perian View Post
    "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss". Yea, that about covers Cadillac as we enter a new decade.

    All in all, let's hope for the best. A great Escalade ramp-up and introduction could do wonders for the brand (and the XT6). Myself? I'm just hoping they fix the rear window treatment on the CT5, and give it a manual. My current lease ends next year, and I would like one of those in my driveway.
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    My guess is the Blackwing CT5 will have stick option, any interest in one of those? We should know more about the CT4/CT5 Blackwings fairly soon, the recent spy shots have very little camo which is a good sign.

    So 2020 will have the new Escalade, Caddy’s single most important product, plus production release of the CT4s and CT5s, and at least the announcement/details of the Blackwings. Maybe some EV details later in the year. Doesn’t sound so bad to me, given that I have zero interest in crossovers.

    That said I’d love to see a Coupe CT4 with stick, the ATS Coupe is my favorite recent Caddy, except for CT6-V, but not holding my breath...
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    Re: The Long Wait; Auto Writer Looks At Cadillac In The New Year

    Escalade is the only product that keeps me remotely interested in Caddy. Same as its been for quite a while now. I find nothing else very compelling.
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    Re: The Long Wait; Auto Writer Looks At Cadillac In The New Year

    I have been trying to buy/lease a Cadillac for years. I finally get excited about the CT6-v ant the new black wing engine and poof it’s gone. My lease on my panamera ends in February 2021, against all reports maybe the CT5-blackwing will retain the motor it was named after? Otherwise, back to Europe where they actually build an exciting sports sedan! Their claim Ms. barra is looking long term, seems like BS. If Cadillac was looking long they would have spent the money to incorporate their best engine in years into the Escalade and their sedans. They will likely be down to one vehicle, the Escalade in this long term plan. Sad.

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    Re: The Long Wait; Auto Writer Looks At Cadillac In The New Year

    I thought I'd add this tidbit that came by way of email this AM. http://cadillacsociety.com/2019/12/2...-quarter-2020/

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1958carnut View Post
    I thought I'd add this tidbit that came by way of email this AM. http://cadillacsociety.com/2019/12/2...-quarter-2020/
    The CT5 looks good in those shots especially in red
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    I thought I'd add this tidbit that came by way of email this AM. http://cadillacsociety.com/2019/12/2...-quarter-2020/
    Thanks! Apparently the 3.0TT models will get here in about a quarter. Initial production is 2.0T.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1958carnut View Post
    I thought I'd add this tidbit that came by way of email this AM. http://cadillacsociety.com/2019/12/2...-quarter-2020/
    That red one is a looker! Normally red isn't my color but that looks great!

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