GM tells its dealers to stop delivery of 2014 Cadillac CTS sedans

Article by Christian A., on July 21, 2014

Things are not working quite well for General Motors as the American carmaker recalled millions of vehicles in order to fix a defective ignition switch. And the bad news continue to come because General Motors has just told its dealers to halt sales of some Cadillac models, most used cars.

The reason is that the company doesn’t yet have a fix in place for the defective ignition switch. GM issued an urgent order on July 8 when it stopped delivery of 2014 Cadillac CTS sedans fitted with a standard key ignition. The models using the new push-button start system have no problem.

In the notice that became public after NHTSA posted the document as part of its continuing investigation of GM vehicle recalls, the American company also told its dealers not to sell 2003-2013 CTS models but also 2004-2006 Cadillac SRX models.

If you have been living under a rock, you’d better know that General Motors recalled 8.45 million vehicle at the end of June and the total number of the vehicle recalled is a whooping 25.7 million. This means that GM holds a negative record, overtaking Ford’s 23.3 million recall in 2001.

The United States has currently 64.6 million cars and trucks on the roads, which means that General Motors is recalling 40 percent of the vehicles. According to the July 16 letter to NHTSA, only 258 Cadillacs from the 2014MY are affected by the stop-delivery order.

The third generation of the Cadillac CTS sedan is underpinned by the high-performing rear-drive architecture that also underpins the ATS sport sedan. It is set to become the lightest car in the segment, allowing the CTS to become the most agile in its class. Its high-performance nature is made possible by an array of power-dense powertrains, like the all-new Cadillac Twin-Turbo engine and the eight-speed automatic gearbox.

New CTS sedan now features longer and lower proportions, marking an evolution of the brand's Art & Science design philosophy. While the CTS sedan’s overall length and wheelbase have expanded by five inches (127 mm) and 1.2 inches, respectively, the roofline and cowl are now lower by around an inch – giving the sedan a lower yet longer exterior.

Although the new CTS sedan has expanded in terms of overall length and wheelbase, its curb weight is lower than its predecessor. Moreover, the new CTS sedan is around 200 lbs (90 kg) lighter than the BMW 528i. This lower weight is thanks to a number of lightweight features -- like Cadillac's first aluminum door structures – which also contribute to its nearly 50/50 load. Base versions of the CTS are now available with the Magnetic Ride Control real-time damping system.

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