Archive for May, 2006
AutoPacific, an automotive consulting firm, has announced the 2006 winners of their Vehicle Satisfaction Awards.
AutoPacific’s VSA establishes numerical satisfaction ratings for virtually every car and light truck in the United States. Owner satisfaction is calculated across 45 specific areas related to a vehicle’s operation, comfort, safety and the overall purchase/lease experience. – AutoPacific
Cadillac unseated Lexus this year to take the top spot in Premium/Luxury Brand segment. CTS took top honors in the Entry Luxury segment with all other Cadillac models also scoring highly.
Read the AutoPacific announcement at:
AutoPacific – 2006 Brand Satisfaction Awards
GM announced on Tuesday (May 30, 2006) a significant investment in their Ypsilanti transmission plant in order to prepare for the new 6L50 6-speed automatic.
This transmission will be used in a wide range of rear and all-wheel drive models including some 2007 STS and SRX models (note, the 6L80 – in the picture above – is the current transmission used in the STS-V)…current STS and SRX models use the 5L40 (V-6) and 5L50 (V-8) transmission.
This likely marks a move within Cadillac to standard 6-speed transmissions across the board. This should help Cadillac stay in competition with moves from Mercedes and Lexus to go to ever increasing numbers of gear ratios in their models as well.
Expect the 6L50 to be the transmission of choice in the 2007/2008 CTS when it debuts within the next year.
Read the entire press release at:
GM Media Online – General Motors Invests $170 Million To Expand Six-Speed Transmission Production In Ypsilanti
It appears from a report in ‘The Peninsula’ that the very first 2007 Escalades have completed their trip to the Middle East. 90% of this first shipment is already sold.
Mannai Trading Co, the official dealer for Cadillac in Qatar even held a reception to celebrate the arrival of the new model to Qatar and the Middle East.
Read all about it at:
The Peninsula – Qatar first in Mideast to get Cadillacâ€™s 2007 model
Automobile Magazine has a short write-up on the new, 7-passenger, Mercedes GL SUV.
Interestingly, while quiet and refined, Automobile’s author is less than impressed…
“Under hard acceleration or braking, however, the GL pitches forward and back like a headbanging teenager.”
“…the GL feels slow-and it certainly won’t get any livelier when you ask it to pull 7500 pounds, its maximum tow rating.”
“…a worthy entry in its segment, but it has none of the charisma of the Cadillac Escalade…”
Just thought you Escalade fans would like a smile today.
Read the whole review at:
Automobile Magazine – 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL450
Cadillac is expected to announce a deal they have reached with Microsoft to feature the V-Series in the new XBox 360 game Project Gotham Racing 3.
In addition to adding the CTS-V, STS-V, and XLR-V to the game, players can also compete for ‘Cadillac Elite’ status on a virtual version of the NÃ¼rburgring.
Read more about it at:
New York Times – Cadillac Models to Join the Action in Xbox 360 Game
Motortrend.com tested the Cadillac SRX V-8 with 3rd row seating against the new Mercedes R500 and the new V-8 equipped XC90.
High points for the SRX are its power and handling with knocks going to its small, hard to use 3rd row seat.
Volvo gets points for better off-roadability and lower price than the other two.
The Mercedes R500 minivan-eque thing ends up winning the comparison with a better interior and even more performance for a $70k+ price as tested.
Read the entire test at:
Motortrend.com – 2006 SRX V8 vs. 2006 Mercedes-Benz R500 vs. 2006 Volvo XC90 V8
GM announced today a Direct Injection 3.6l VVT V-6 for use in an, as yet unnamed, 2008 model year product.
Given that the new CTS is due around that time and that the BMW 3-Series coupe and Lexus IS have made 300+ hp the price of entry for thier top models – this would be a no-brainer for GM to debut in a Cadillac. Expect it to show up in the SRX and STS quickly thereafter, if not simultaneously.
GM is claiming a 15% horsepower gain over a non-direct injection 3.6l as well as 8% increase in torque, a 3% fuel economy improvement, and a 25% reduction in cold-start hydrocarbon emissions.
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