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Cadillac rolls out next generation CUE with 2017 CTS

One of the main features that have appealed to Cadillac’s customers is its Cadillac User Experience system or CUE. This is once again expected to change as the brand recently revealed that it will be coming out with the next generation of its CUE system. Offering an interface that is more intuitive and more personalized, the new CUE is slated to make its official debut with the 2017 Cadillac CTS.

Customers in the U.S. market should expect this to arrive at their favorite dealerships within the first quarter. After the 2017 CTS, Cadillac will then be including this new system with 2018 XTS and the 2018 ATS. The brand disclosed that other product ranges will have the same system in their future model years.

Many are already familiar with this system but this next generation dynamic platform now allows modification over time in order to meet the connectivity needs of the customer, which itself is continuously evolving. In addition, it fully utilizes the Cloud to allow for better personalization. That said, connection navigation is still present and applications can be downloaded through the Collection app store.

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Cadillac reveals updates and changes for 2018 iteration of its CT6

Cadillac’s CT6 full-size prestige-luxury sedan is still somewhat new. It has been offered to the global auto market for two model years – 2016 and 2017. But for those who think that the first generation of the CT6 (short for Cadillac Touring 6) might be getting a little older, the US premium carmaker is readying a plethora of updates and upgrades for its range-topping sedan.

According to a recently published order guide, Cadillac is giving the CT6 sedan quite a number of tweaks and updates that should allow it to become more competitive while still attracting customers and delivering a better user experience.

For instance, Cadillac has deleted four exterior colors from the 2018 CT6 color palette -- Dark Emerald Metallic; Moonstone Metallic; Red Passion Tint coat; and Phantom Gray Metallic. While the premium carmaker deleted these four exterior colors, it also added three new tones as it hopes to refresh how the new 2016 looks like. These new exterior colors -- Red Horizon Tintcoat; Satin Steel Metallic; and Stone Gray Metallic – are available for a fee. When the 2018 Cadillac CT6 is availed on a Platinum grade, the Stone Gray Metallic exterior color could be specified for no additional charge.

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Book by Cadillac is a new premium car-sharing service

One of the good things about some car-sharing service is that you could switch from one vehicle type to another. For instance, a user usually prefers a coupe or a small car for the travel from home to office. But, when going to an adventure where utility is a requirement, it’s likely that there will be a switch to an SUV.

This is the kind of car-sharing service that premium carmaker Cadillac wants to offer the public. Called “Book by Cadillac,” this car-sharing service allows members full access to the carmaker’s vehicles, without worrying about the hassles and costs of leasing, buying or financing. The main difference is that Cadillac’s car-sharing fleet is composed of its current premium vehicles that offer a whole new level of luxury and comfort from non-premium cars. It primarily targets the growing number of drivers who prefer luxury. Interested individuals could enroll as members of the Book by Cadillac with a flat monthly fee – no more and no less – of just $1,500.

Once one becomes a member of Book by Cadillac’s car-sharing service, he or she could choose to drive any of the available vehicles in the fleet. These vehicles include the Cadillac XT5, CT6, Escalade and V Series – all of which are specified Platinum Level Trim and are of the current model year. Access is given on-demand, with any request pursued through an app installed in a smartphone.

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Cadillac returns to endurance racing with entry of DPi-V.R prototype in 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series

Car enthusiasts will be happy to know that after 14 years of not being seen in the tracks, Cadillac is slated to make a comeback to endurance racing. Cadillac has confirmed that starting 2017, its Daytona Prototype, the DPi-V.R, will be part of the DPi class under the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship organized by International Motor Sports Association, or IMSA. Officially, the brand will be fielding its racers again on January 28, 2017, during the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Powering it is the 6.2-liter naturally-aspirated V8 engine developed by Earnhardt Childress Racing which can deliver an output of 600 hp (447 kW). This is the very same engine that was fitted in the Dayton Prototypes of Chevrolet. It has the same displacement as those seen in the Escalade SUV and even the supercharged CTS-V sedan.

In addition, it has been fitted with the Dallara LMP2 chassis, the same component in models that race in the FIA World Endurance Championship and even the 24 Hours of Le Mans. There is one difference in that due to changes implemented to the IMSA rules, Cadillac, as well as the other brands, is now allowed to put in small improvements parts like the wheel arches in the rear, side pods, and the nose. The objective was that it would help differentiate the various racers from each other. With this, automakers can also give fans an idea of what the production versions may have.

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American premium brand Cadillac has rejoined in the hybrid green race as it announces that it will commence sales of its first plug-in hybrid vehicle in spring 2017. This is not the first time that Cadillac has offered a plug-in hybrid luxury vehicle as the premium carmaker had the Cadillac ELR in its lineup starting 2014 model year. However, low sales of just over 2,400 units (2013 to 2015) had prompted Cadillac to shell out the ELR, which ended its production February this year.

Soon enough, Cadillac will be able to reenter the green auto market with the 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid, which can be purchased at $75,095, excluding $995 in destination charges. However, this amount could further be lowered once green incentives are applied.

Basically, the vehicle is a 2017 Cadillac CT6 but with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. According to Cadillac, the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid will be offered in the United States with equipment comparable to the current Premium Luxury model, which is next-to-top in the range. In addition, the 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid is provided with standard equipment that is offered as optional in the conventional CT6. These include Rear Seat Infotainment system, a Rear Camera mirror and Enhanced Night Vision.

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Custom car builder Ringbrothers is making a splash at the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, Nevada, by unveiling three new creations derived from Chevrolet, Cadillac and Ford models. Ringbrothers is also displaying at the 2016 iteration of the famed SEMA show what it dubbed as the world’s fastest Winnebago. In addition, Jim and Mike Ring will be announcing something big with regards to their new partnership with Prestone Products Corp. at the 2016 SEMA show.

Ringbrothers’ three new builds to be shown at the 2016 SEMA Show include the 1948 Cadillac Series V fastback named “Madam V,” a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro dubbed “G-Code,” and a 1965 wide-body Mustang convertible called “Ballistic.”

Ringbrothers called Madam V – a customized model built for Wes Rydell and his wife Vivian -- a monumental feat of engineering. It is basically a fusion of vintage and modern Cadillac, employing a customized steel body of the 1948 Cadillac as well as two new 2016 Cadillac ATS-V units. Madam V is displayed at the booth of muffler maker Flowmaster (#22351) in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada.

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Cadillac has this thing where they debut their concept cars at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. In 2011, the very impressive Ciel concept was unveiled at the said event and two years later, the stunning Elmirai concept took its stage. Now just before this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Cadillac introduced the world to its newest concept car – the Cadillac Escala concept.

The Escala concept is named after the Spanish word for “scale” and even though it sounds like the Cadillac Escalade, there is nothing in common between the two. The former is actually a contrast to the latter – the Escalade is an imposing SUV while the Escala is a low, sleek styled four-door coupe.

The Escala shares the same platform as that of the CT6 but is expected to outperform the latter. It has a wheelbase stretched from 12 cm to up to 3.2mm compared to the CT6 and is longer and larger by half a foot, a total of 210.5 inches long. It was made of the same mixed-materials that have been used in the CT6 and also comes in rear wheel drive.

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Only a few people would have the guts and the money to ask for all of the customization options for a vehicle. And Dr. Dre is one of them. Dr. Dre recently received the delivery of a 2016 Cadillac Escalade ESV. This is not your ordinary Escalade, which is Cadillac’s flagship SUV. This is the ESV. This is the longer version of the Cadillac full-size SUV.

Typically, the Cadillac Escalade ESV fetches a price that does not even reach hundreds of thousands of dollars – standard trim starts at $73, 965 (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) excluding tax, title, license and dealer fees -- even when equipped with the top and latest specs and features.

However, the fully customized Cadillac Escalade – a work of custom luxury tuner Becker Automotive Design – reportedly stripped around $200,000 off Dr. Dre’s pockets. That amount would be just a penny for the man, considered that he is thought to have a net worth of around $700 million.

Read the entire article Dr. Dre’s new maxed out Cadillac Escalade ESV cost him around $200,000

As it begins hitting up showrooms by April, the carmaker announced that the 2017 Cadillac XT5 base model bears a $39,990 sticker price. Compared to its predecessor, it is relatively more expensive by nearly $1,400. However, it is considerably cheaper than other popular luxury midsize crossovers.

The price difference between the XT5 and the SRX is quite overwhelming. The top-trim Platinum model with standard all-wheel-drive comes at $63,495 while the 2016 SRX is priced at $52,725 tops. Aside from the Platinum and the base model, the XT5 is also offered in other trims: Luxury and Premium.

The former starts at $45,890 while its SRX counterpart was priced at &44,635. The Premium model, on the other hand, starts at $53,890 and is more expensive by about $5,000 than the comparable SRX trim. Built on a new platform, the XT5 features an all-new 3.6-liter, V-6 engine that is said to be more powerful and fuel-efficient than the 3.6-liter engine of the outgoing SRX.

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Cadillac has taken the covers off its latest offering -- the 2017 Crossover Touring 5 or XT5. This is the company’s first luxury crossover, which will kick off its planned expansion for the new crossover series. The XT5 premiered at the Dubai Auto Show and also appeared at the Los Angeles auto show as well.

The company says that production of the XT5 is slated to start in the spring of 2016 and these will be released to the U.S. and China markets. The “XT” designation of this crossover represents an important aspect of the Cadillac’s growth plan.

According to Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen, the XT5 will be the first of four crossovers that the brand will be releasing and expects it to enter the most popular market when it comes to luxury cars. Since the XT5 is a crucial part of its planned growth, the company developed it in its entirety from the inside out while continuing to keep in mind the need for customers to have more of everything, from efficiency, to luxury, space, and of course technology, adds de Nysschen.

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Dealers for the Cadillac have announced that they have started accepting orders for the brand’s newest luxury compact performance vehicle, the 2016 ATS-V. Production of the car had started in the spring. The new model comes in two variations, the sedan and the coupe. The 2016 ATS-V has a twin turbocharge, giving users the experience of having a luxury car with excellent performance.

It has both the sophisticated road manner expected from the Cadillac brand and the track capability. The twin turbo of the 2016 ATS-V has a 6-liter engine capable of reaching 455 horsepower and a maximum torque of 445 lb-ft. It has a maximum speed of 189 and can go from 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds.

The twin turbo is supported by a 6-speed Active Rev Match with no-lift shifting and launch control, or an 8-shift paddle automatic transmission that features both a launch control and a Performance Algorithm Shift. The 2016 ATS-V sedan has a retail price of $61,460 while the coupe version starts at $63,660. Interested buyers can order the units from their dealers or visit Cadillac’s website at

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Sales of Cadillac’s ELR Coupe, its first-ever electric vehicle, have been dismal. In the last 18 months, just 1,835 Cadillac ELR Coupes were sold in North America. TrueCar said that dealerships located in New York City have been selling the ELR for slightly lower than $50,000 – which means that 35% was cut from the sticker price.

“A great learning exercise” is how Cadillac marketing chief Uwe Ellinghaus describes the company’s experience with this car. To be fair, the ELR Coupe is only one of several electric cars that are being offered lower than their sticker prices. Presently, buyers have been flocking to larger, less frugal vehicles amid cheaper gas prices.

However, the discount on the ELR is particularly drastic. Cadillac is aware that the primary problem with the ELR is the fact that the green technology it uses, including the powertrain and the battery, is used in the Chevrolet Volt (which has a $35,170 sticker price). It’s difficult, if not impossible, to justify the price difference with only some luxurious cockpit leather, LED headlamps, and olive wood trim to make the ELR stand out.

Read the entire article Cadillac exec admits that poor-selling ELR Coupe was overpriced

Cadillac’s dealerships in the U.S. can now take your orders for the next-generation 2016 CTS-V, which is set to be launched in the later part of summer with a starting price of $83,995. The all-new 640hp high-performance sedan is the first of two V-series models to arrive in the market this year. It comes after the more compact ATS-V coupe and sedan, which is set to be launched in late spring.

The new 2016 V-Series models signify a major expansion of Cadillac’s exclusive high-performance line. The new V-Series cars can also now attract a wider range of drivers by showing off two separate personalities, price ranges, and size categories. The CTS-V can accelerate from zero to 60 in 3.7 seconds and can reach a top speed of 200mph, earning it the title of the most powerful car ever in Cadillac’s history.

Dealers are now ready to take orders for the 2016 CTS-V. For more information, go to Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen said that the V-Series stands for the “pinnacle” of the brand, which is now capable of making cars “at the highest level.”

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Cadillac’s dealers in the United States have started accepting orders for the next-generation 2016 CTS-V high-performance sedan that will be launched in late summer. The CTS-V will be the second of two all-new V-Series models that will arrive in the US this year after the smaller ATS-V coupe and sedan.

The CTS-V is powered by a 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine that offers 640 hp (477 kW) of output and 630 lb-ft (855 Nm) of torque -- essentially higher than those offered by the Mercedes-Benz 5.5L biturbo V-8 and the BMW M-series 4.4L TwinPower V-8.

The engine is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission that offers full manual control via steering wheel paddles. These high power specs allow the CTS-V to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and to achieve a top speed of 200 mph.

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Cadillac’s 2016 ELR plug-in hybrid is now priced $65,995 (including shipping costs) from $75,995. The automaker cut $10,000 from the price of the sluggish-selling model just 18 months after low sales were recorded for the sleek coupe. Majority of buyers are eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit. Cadillac said that after software updates to its battery system, the vehicle’s power and torque have received a 25% boost.

As a result, the car can now accelerate from zero to 60mph in 6.4 seconds (1.5 seconds faster). The ELR made its debut in December 2013. Since then, its high price has been criticized by both car reviewers and dealers. Its price is more than twice that of the Chevrolet Volt, which has the same underpinnings and drivetrain as the ELR.

Cadillac had always intended for this low-volume halo car to have an air of exclusivity but nevertheless, it surprised officials that its sales have been so tepid. Last year, Cadillac reported sales of 1,310 ELRs – much lower than the 2,200 cars predicted by IHS Automotive.

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The 2016 ATS-V model of Cadillac is the first in the V-series to have the Twin Turbo engine, giving it an expanded performance range and better support in terms of track capability. This is the most powerful version of the twin turbo 3.6-Liter V-6 engine that gives a SAE-certified 464 horsepower with a torque of 445 lb-ft. The engine is backed by the usual 6-speed manual transmission with the Active Rev Match coupled with the no-lift shifting and launch control.

Cadillac however gives the option of the paddle-shift and 8-speed automatic transmission which enables the ATS-V to reach a maximum speed of 189 mph and to go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. What makes the engine more unique is that the twin turbochargers are composed of low-inertia, lightweight titanium-aluminide turbines, connecting rods made up of lightweight titanium, and Cadillac’s patented low-volume and charge-air cooler.

All these combined contribute an optimal boost in the production of power and its immediate delivery. Around 90% of the engine’s maximum torque is available from a range of 2,400 to 6,000 rpm. This broad torque curve ensures that the engine is not only responsive but is able to sustain power at all the rpm levels.

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General Motors has named Andreas Schaaf as vice president of Cadillac Europe, leading the brand in the region. He will commence on his new post on July 1 and will report to brand global chief Johan de Nysschen. He is replacing Thomas Sedran, who will leave GM to pursue opportunities outside the carmaker. Les Turton, sales manager for Chevrolet Europe and managing director of the brand’s unit in the United Kingdom, leads Chevrolet in Europe.

GM is in the process of winding down Chevrolet and will stop its sales this year. Schaaf is a BMW veteran, entering the group in 1996 in product controlling, product management and strategy. He since has held several senior management positions in marketing and sales for the regions of Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe.

He was chief of BMW Group in India from April 2010 to November 2012, Schaaf was head of BMW Group in India, helping launch introduce the Mini brand in the market.

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Strong demand for the Cadillac Escalade SUV amid has prompted the carmaker to increase its output. According to Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen, production of Escalades at GM’s Arlington, Texas, assembly site will be expanded to bring over 2,000 more SUVs – which means the luxury brand has an annual supply of 32,000 trucks.

In 2013, Cadillac managed to sell 30,469 MY2014-2015 Escalade and Escalade ESV models. Supply for the Escalade has been tight since its launch last year, with dealers saying that customers who purchased the SUV had to wait for a month or more before receiving their units since the vehicles were being held at the plant for quality inspections and last-minute fixes.

GM product chief Mark Reuss remarked that the carmaker has taken extra time to get the SUV’s hand-stitched interior right. “We’re learning how to make that at rate with high quality,” Reuss said.

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Cadillac has learned the hard way that increasing the price of its CTS sedan in the United States would be a bad thing – as it contributed to the luxury brand’s sales decline last year. While the overall luxury car market surged 6 percent, Cadillac dropped 7 percent last year.

That drop came after hiked the sticker price of the MY2014 CTS by between $6,000 and $15,000. Most MY2015 CTS models will have sticker prices trimmed by between $1,000 and $3,000, according to a memo Cadillac sent to dealers.

In the memo, Cadillac said it reduced CTS prices "after receiving feedback from both dealers and customers." Dealers have complained that the luxury carmaker is trying to price its newer entries head-to-head with market leaders BMW and Mercedes-Benz, which has discouraged some returning customers for the brand.

Read the entire article Cadillac cutting prices on its CTS sedan in the US by as much as $3,000

Ahead of 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Cadillac introduced its new 2016 CTS-V a.k.a. its most powerful vehicle in the brand’s 112-year history. Powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine, the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V arrives with 640 hp (477 kW) and 855 Nm (630 lb-ft) of torque. As a result, the new high-performance sedan is able to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.7 seconds, while top speed is 200 mph or 320 km/h.

Just like the 2015MY Corvette Stingray, the new CTS-V uses the new 8L90 automatic transmission that offers full manual control via the steering wheel paddles. According to the official press release, the CTS-V uses the same 114.6-inch (2,910 mm) wheelbase used by the standard model, but has wider front and rear footprints that enhance grip and reduce body motion.

Power is delivered to the road through the 19-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Super Sport tires. Behind the wheels, there is a Brembo brake system that includes two-piece 15.3-inch-diameter (390 mm) front rotors with staggered six-piston calipers and 14.3-inch-diameter (365 mm) rear rotors with four-piston calipers.

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