Archive for August, 2008
August 30, 2008 - 9:56 pm
Cadillac has issued a recall for the 2006-2008 Cadillac DTS and some versions of the 2007-2008 Cadillac Escalade.
A design flaw in the heated washer fluid system could result in a short circuit that could cause electrical malfunction or fire.
If you have one of these vehicles, you should expect a notice from Cadillac soon with details on what to do next to get the problem fixed.
August 29, 2008 - 7:12 am
I’ve seen this posted about in several places with lots of negative spin…so now it’s time for the official Caddy Edge take on the news…
Essentially, the mainstream automotive press has caught on that Cadillac is working on a sub-CTS sedan to replace the current Epsilon (front drive) BLS in Europe and to sell in the US as well. This model will be based on GM’s new Alpha platform (itself partially based on the components of the Kappa platform (Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky) and the larger Zeta platform (Pontiac G8, etc). You may notice that this is nothing we haven’t talked about here for months…welcome to the party guys.
Given that this car is expected to be a much closer match, size-wise, to the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes C-Class, etc. it is not surprising that a high-powered 4-cylinder might be a great entry-level engine. We’d expect this to be a version of the direct-injection 2.0l Ecotech that currently does duty in the Solstice GXP and Sky Red Line. Pumping out at least 260hp – this would give the Alpha cars great fuel economy with all the power that a Cadillac deserves.
Note, this is all a far cry from the Cimarron that Cadillac sold years ago (itself little more than a dressed-up Chevy Cavalier). Somehow the press has latched onto the idea that 4-cylinder = cheap, unrefined, imitation Cadillac – even though you never hear the same criticism leveled at Audi’s excellent turbo, direct-injection 2.0l in the A3 or A4.
I guess taking the cheap Cimarron shot was just too easy.
August 21, 2008 - 2:54 pm
With rising gas prices and increases in CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards set to take effect in the coming decade, the future of Cadillac’s products is in doubt.
Rumors are swirling that the STS/DTS replacement (both cars were to be replaced with a single uber-model to compete against BMW’s 7-series and Mercedes S-Class), expected to be built on a premium version of GM’s new Zeta rear-drive chassis, has been canceled. The next Escalade is up in the air. Smaller products are being considered that might never have been before.
This casts doubt onto the direction Cadillac might take in the future. Will they continue on their quest to go toe-to-toe with the luxury industry heavyweights model for model (and with the new regulatory climate, what does that mean)? Will they dial back their ambition and compete with the second tier of the luxury market? Will they find their own, distinctive, path?
Let’s take a look at what will and might happen at Cadillac in the near future:
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August 21, 2008 - 1:45 am
This didn’t take long…
Just as Cadillac is expected to release a V-Series version of the CTS Coupe, possibly at the same time as the standard car’s launch…we are now hearing that the new Sport Wagon will likely get the same treatment.
While fire-breathing wagons are, at best, a rarity on US roads. Europeans are familiar with wagon versions of the hottest sedans such as the BMW M5 and Audi RS6.
Sounds like fun to us.
Automotive News (via LeftLane News)
August 20, 2008 - 4:00 pm
A bit of a fluff piece from Cadillac showing their design head, etc waxing poetic about Cadillac’s progress from the launch of the original CTS in 2003 to the products on the horizon.
August 18, 2008 - 3:58 pm
It appears that in addition to showing off the new SRX and the production CTS Sport Wagon, Cadillac also took some select journalists aside (nope, apparently we don’t qualify) to show off the production CTS Coupe in the lead-up to its public debut at this year’s LA auto show (expect the debut on Nov 19th or 20th).
Reports have the new coupe looking almost exactly like the concept with the same radical sheet metal and only some minor detail changes. Electronic door switches have been confirmed and we now know that a rear-view camera to compensate for the body’s lack of rear visibility will be part of the package.
Powertrains were not revealed, but everything points to at least one version of the 3.6l V-6 as well as the supercharged LSA V-8 from the CTS-V sedan. Expect export versions to also have the 2.9l diesel V-6 available.
Production and sales should begin for the coupe in the second half of 2009 as a 2010 model.
August 18, 2008 - 4:00 am
Sorry for missing this one…this news dropped on the same day my first child was born…so I was a bit distracted. We’re working to get one of these for a full-blown driving review – so stay tuned.
The 2009 Escalade Hybrid (available in standard Escalade form for now, no EXT or ESV to start) is packing GM’s new two-mode hybrid drive that provides a 50% boost in highway mileage. This for a $3600 premium over a comparable non-hybrid Escalade (for a MSRP of $71,685). Power running boards and 4-wheel drive are the only options.
This should give Escalade buyers an option beyond picking a smaller vehicle for reducing their fuel bills.
Read on for the press release:
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