Archive for April, 2006
April 28, 2006 - 12:35 pm
From the NHTSA(National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)’s SaferCar.org site:
2005 Cadillac SRX and STS
NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 06V125000
Mfg’s Report Date: April 19, 2006
Potential Number Of Units Affected: 23077
Certain vehicles have a left or right rear suspension toe link that could separate because of an incorrect weld. If this were to occur, the affected rear wheel would be able to turn in or out, affecting vehicle control, which could result in a crash.
The recall will begin in May 2006. Owners may contact Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339.
Edmunds’ Inside Line has had a chance to drive Cadillac’s new BLS sedan that recently went on sale in Europe.
Just for those of you not paying attention, the BLS is built alongside the Saab 9-3 and is a front-drive model equiped with either 4-cylinder gas or diesel engines or a turbo version of the same 2.8l engine that powers the base CTS.
While the writer was impressed with Cadillac’s ability to take the same Epsilon chassis that underpins the 9-3 and making it uniquely Cadillac, he was less impressed with the interior and driving dynamics – especially against the entry level competition from BMW, Audi, Mercedes, etc.
Check out the review over at Inside Line.
Something hasn’t seemed right to me since the spy photos surfaced a few days ago of the next CTS undergoing testing. Now I think I know why.
Is this not the next CTS? No, definitely not. Is Cadillac going the wrong direction stylistically – I don’t think so. What had me puzzled was the fact that the camo does absolutely nothing to actually disguise the car. Come on, camo that leaves the entire grill, headlights, and fog lights easily identifiable? I don’t think so.
My guess? This is a play by Cadillac, in the same vein as Audi plays the spy photographers with barely covered cars to generate buzz for their products. I think they are putting a lightly disguised car out with the express purpose of getting the photos taken and published.
Also, you might notice that this car has different lighting than the mock-up shown on 60 Minutes…it could be that this is not the final product, that the mock-up is of yet another, but related, product, or that the styling studio car was just the inspiration for the next CTS.
Only time, and further leaked info, will tell.
More spy photos over at Edmunds.
The Car Connection is showing spy photos that confirm that the mock-up Bob Lutz previewed on CBS’ 60 Minutes is actually the new CTS. Through this modest disguise, you can see many of the cues that were clearly shown on 60 Minutes.
It is obvious that this is not the exact car shown in the rear-views in the Cadillac styling studio – further suggesting that that car may have been a rumored coupe version of the CTS.
With more in-your-face styling than the current CTS it should be a worthy successor.
Read all about it at:
You may notice something a bit odd in the links at the top of the Caddy Edge pages. Links to some Saturn Sky info.
Well, the Sky is another car that your humble webmaster is quite fond of (and has some of that Cadillac edgy-ness as well). It appears that there is a need for a clearing-house of information for folks looking for a Saturn dealer that isn’t trying to pad their MSRP by adding required options, etc.
So, I’m adding a couple pages to the Caddy Edge for a while in order for folks to be able to better find the dealers who are ‘doing it right’ and sticking to the Saturn way of doing business.
If any of our faithful Caddy fans are also Sky fans – be sure to drop me a line and let me know what is up with your local dealer.
Details of the info we’re looking for is on the Saturn Sky MSRP Page.
We have implemented several new features and a brand new look we are sure you will love.
Be sure to check out our brand new image gallery (if you haven’t yet, be sure to send us up to 4 pictures of your Cadillac so we can add you to our ‘Member Rides’ section), our new model information database now contains all the information available from Cadillac on the Art & Science generation of their fine automobiles), as well as the always popular CaddyEdge forums.
Also, in response to user feedback, we will be posting all the latest Cadillac news and great new content to the front page on a regular basis (and make it available through a new RSS feed so you can keep up-to-date even more easily with the happenings in the Cadillac universe).
We are sure that this new site will be a great resource for all of you Cadillac fans.
It certainly has been an honor and a lot of fun to bring tCE to you for all these years.
As always, we hope you enjoy it.
GM’s Fastlane Blog has a post setting the record straight about recent reports on Cadillac’s sales targets in Europe for both the Cadillac brand as a whole as well as the new BLS sedan that just launched (finally).
In case you’ve forgotten, the BLS is a front-drive, sub-CTS Cadillac developed from the Epsilon chassis (the same platform used by the Saab 9-3, Opel Vectra, Pontiac G6, upcoming Saturn Aura, and the Chevy Malibu) It is not currently slated for the North American market – though reports are that a 2nd generation Epsilon-based BLS w/ all-wheel drive may make the trip later this decade.
Cadillac is targetting 20k sales in Europe per year by the end of the decade, 10k of which are expected to be the new BLS.
It appears that some reporters have mistakenly heard the 10k number as a suggestion that Cadillac is backing away from their previous 20k/year goal rather than a clarification of how they were going to get there…read all about it at GM’s blog for further info:
GM Fastlane Blog post