Archive for January, 2007
January 29, 2007 - 12:38 pm
January 24, 2007 - 1:20 pm
Team Cadillac announced today that they have signed Lawson Aschenbach, 2006 SPEED GT champion to drive a CTS-V during the 2007 season.
Also announced was a new paint scheme for the CTS-V race cars.
Read the whole press release below:
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January 22, 2007 - 8:30 am
In Europe, the majority (58-70%) of luxury cars in the CTS’ segment are powered by ultra-efficient, high-tech diesel engines.
So, a few months after the introduction of the 2nd generation CTS to Europe, Cadillac will add a 3.0l diesel V-6 sourced from Italy’s VM Motori. Expected to put out around 245hp – this powertrain should go a long way to increase CTS’ acceptance in Europe.
“We expect at least 50% of CTS sales to be diesels,” – Dick Braakhekke, Cadillac Europe spokesman.
With the expected addition of a CTS wagon (another body style that is quite popular in Europe, if not so much in the US) – the CTS is poised to make a strong showing in the coming years.
Automotive News: Cadillac will offer diesel-powered CTS sedan Subscription Required
January 18, 2007 - 4:26 pm
Over at the GM FYI Blog, Dave Silcox of Clear!Blue Communications discusses their decision as part of the 2008 CTS reveal to use a pair of up-and-coming hip-hop violin (!?) players.
It’s an interesting insight into how Cadillac sees itself and its products and how advertising and PR people try to put that vision into action.
FYI Blog: Nuttin’ but Cadillac
January 18, 2007 - 9:32 am
For those of you lucky enough to get either Detroit Public Television or Speed Channel, this weekend will bring an interview with Cadillac General Manager, Jim Taylor on Autoline Detroit.
For those of you unfamiliar with the show, it is a locally produced Detroit news program that often interviews executives in the industry with a journalist panel moderated by host John McElroy.
So, if you are interested in hearing what the head of Cadillac has to say about the direction of the brand and its products, tune in at:
Detroit Public Television
Sunday, January 21 @ 10:30AM EST
Sunday, January 21 @ 7:30AM EST
Monday, January 22 @ 10:30AM EST
Afterward, you should be able to check out the episode online (and maybe even an extended length interview) at:
January 17, 2007 - 2:31 pm
In today’s Detroit News, we have a blurb about a $300 million investment in the Tonawanda engine plant in New York state.
The money is earmarked to update the plant to begin production of a new “dual-overhead cam V-8″ that John Buttermore, GM Powertrain vice president of global manufacturing says, “This all-new engine will play a critical role in GM’s exciting future luxury vehicle portfolio.”.
Sounds like a new Northstar. It would also likely be designed to accommodate larger displacements and power than the current mill that is available in just 4.6l and 4.4l (in supercharged form). The current shortfall makes it difficult to compete with the likes of Mercedes which have V-8′s in sizes exceeding 6.2l (especially in their AMG models).
Production of the new V-8 should begin in 2009 and find its way under the hood of many Cadillacs in the 2010 model year.
Detroit News: GM to build new V-8 engine in Tonawanda, N.Y.
January 16, 2007 - 7:56 pm
Automotive Rhythms Communications has named their 2007 Urban Elite car and SUV of the year.
Criteria for the Urban Elite award are:
- Urban Appeal: Is it suited for tough and trendy urban environments?
- Price Point: Does it represent the best value in its segment?
- Ability to Customize: How easy is it to “Flip?”
- Showroom Looks: Does it have influence as a base model?
- Street Buzz: What type of “Street Cred” and respect does it command?
Read all about it at:
Automotive Rhythms: 2007 Urban Elite Vehicles of the Year