Archive for December, 2006
December 28, 2006 - 8:19 am
Apparently, GM has been blabbing to Automotive News again.
Yesterday, we heard that the Sixteen-inspired ultra sedan was nixed…now we hear through the grapevine further confirmation of something we’ve been talking about for a while over here at the Caddy Edge…additional variants of the CTS.
We practically know that a CTS based coupe will appear a year after the new sedan. It had been a while since we’d heard of any other possible body styles…now Automotive News is reporting that a wagon is also under consideration, something we hadn’t heard in a while.
Additional body styles would each need to have world-wide sales of at least 20000 units a year to make the investment worthwhile (the coupe is a slam dunk for this many sales) which means that the prognosticators at GM will have to determine if a CTS wagon in Europe would sell well enough to bring total sales of the model to the magic number.
Apparently all that is needed is the go-ahead from management as the models are developed and waiting to be added to the mix.
Now, if they’d just add a convertible – they’d really have a complete 3-series competitor.
Expect either or both models to reach showrooms about a year after the sedan’s on-sale date.
December 27, 2006 - 12:02 pm
All of you waiting, checkbooks in hand, for Cadillac to release their $100k-plus uber-sedan are out of luck.
According to Automotive News, GM has officially put the project on the shelf after spending quite a bit of time judging the market. Ultimately, they decided the world isn’t quite ready for a Maybach / Rolls Royce / Bentley competitor from a US automaker.
So, no production version of the Sixteen concept after all.
December 19, 2006 - 1:33 pm
GM, true to their word, put out this preview photo of the new 2008 CTS today.
Note the similarity (as in practically identical) to the styling buck Bob Lutz previewed on 60 Minutes. You can also see here a nod given to that appearance (pulling a similar blue tarp back in much the same way as in that preview).
Read on for the whole press release.
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December 19, 2006 - 9:40 am
I’m not terribly familiar with the “luxury automotive and lifestyle website AutoSpies.com”, but GM certainly seems proud to have them name the Escalade ESV their 2007 Luxury SUV of the Year.
Read the press release below:
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December 18, 2006 - 6:37 pm
GM put out word today that they will publish a preview photo of the 2008 CTS on December 19th (tomorrow).
Come back tomorrow to see the photo and any official info.
December 17, 2006 - 2:42 pm
It’s really amazing how good the generally available rending packages have gotten. Eariler, we saw what a BLS would look like as a touring car racer. Now, courtesy of CGTalk.com we have this great CTS rendering from Snehal Gopal in Mumbai, India.
Except for some inaccuracies in the grill, this is an amazing example of what you can do with some easily available tools.
Take a look at the whole render at:
CGTalk.com – Cadillac CTS, Snehal Gopal (3D)
December 4, 2006 - 2:07 pm
Sales have been slow of the new BLS. Based on GM’s front-drive Epsilon chassis and built along-side the Saab 9-3, the BLS is a nice looking car if not quite a solid competitor to the Audi A4, BMW 3-series, and Mercedes C-classes of the world.
Now 20-year old Emanuel Oliveira of Portugal has spent some time and electrons giving us a glimpse of what a heavily mod-ed BLS, perhaps for a touring car race series, might look like.
Maybe they’d sell more if they copied this and took them racing – it certainly couldn’t hurt the BLS’ credibility as a sports sedan.
See the full image and other virtual cars over at: