Next CTS-V Caught Testing

Expected to go toe-to-toe with the new BMW M5 and Mercedes E63 AMG, the new CTS-V is expected to pack a supercharged 6.2l V8 similar to the one in the recently announced Z06 Corvette.

This will likely endow the V with upwards of 600hp.

Expect the new V to be available in sedan body style only, like the new CTS that has dropped its coupe and wagon variants. Sales should start in 2015 as a 2016 model.

Enjoy.

Manual Equipped ATS has Stalling Issue

It appears there is a possible new issue vexing the ATS 2.0T with the manual transmission.

As you might recall, initial reviews of the ATS largely raved about the car’s handling but panned the manual transmission’s feel. These reports sent Cadillac back to the drawing board for bushing and shifter calibration to the point of ATS manuals being unavailable during the initial weeks of sales.

Now, it appears the cars have an engine computer glitch that causes cars to unexpectedly stall in neutral or with the clutch depressed.

This is apparently corrected with a recently released software fix, but hasn’t yet made it to recall status.

If you are having stalling issues with your manual ATS, get thee to your dealer ASAP before you find yourself stuck at a light with a non-running car.

Source: Jalopnik.com

Cadillac ELR Launch Lease Deal Announced

Cadillac is pushing the ELR hard recently with Olympic advertising to get the car into the hearts and minds of luxury buyers.

Now, Cadillac has dropped the other shoe with a fairly aggressive lease deal of 699/month for 39 months with 4900/down with a 32500-mile allowance (pretty low monthly miles given a normal driver will be closer to 1000 miles per month).

This should get the attention of some people who might balk at the payment on a $75000 electric.  Specifically, this beats the Tesla Model S pricing – which bases for a $71k 60kW model at almost $1300/month).  Figure a 60-month payment on an ELR would come close to $1500/month if financed conventionally. So, a $699 deal will certainly move quite a few of Cadillac’s sexy new coupe, and we are sure Cadillac hopes word of mouth will do the rest.

Cadillac ELR Ad

Airing during the Olympics is this 60-second spot that hammers home the work ethic of the US and parlays that into the reward that is the Cadillac ELR.

It will be interesting to watch and see if the message translates into sales.

Cadillac Eyeing Other ATS Variants

It’s always fun to hear the news that flows from a major auto show…

This time, following the unveiling of the ATS Coupe, Cadillac executives have revealed that GM is looking into several other body styles for their hit ATS.

2015 Cadillac ATS CoupeIn addition to the ATS-V, Cadillac is working on the business plans to support both a convertible (apparently already designed and engineered and simply awaiting the go-ahead to hit production) and a sport wagon.

The convertible seems to be a lock for production, but the wagon is a tougher sell (literally, as the segment is approximately 11,000-strong combined in the North American market – making an ATS wagon a definite tiny seller).

More likely is an ATS-based small crossover that we’ve heard rumored for some time now that would slot below the SRX.

Hmmm, an ATS-V sport wagon sounds awfully tasty, though.