Archive for March, 2010
Today, Cadillac made it official…
The CTS-V Sportwagon is heading our way.
Packing the same aggressive looks of the V-series CTS’ we’ve come to know and love, but with the sleek looks and cargo-hauling capability of the Sportwagon body-style. The V-wagon goes into production in late 2010 with initial sales in North America with Europe and the Middle East to follow.
Here you see the show car version that Cadillac will be putting on display at the New York auto show. Of note is the Midnight Silver paint, first seen on the Cadillac Sixteen Concept.
Expect sales to start by the end of 2010 as a 2011 model with pricing to match that of the CTS-V models already on sale.
Press release below.
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Looking over at Ford’s EcoBoost 3.5 (in the Taurus SHO, Lincoln MKS, Ford Flex, etc) with a certain amount of envy?
Well, GMI is reporting that GM’s working toward a twin-turbo, direct injection version of the 3.0 V-6 (the base engine for the CTS and SRX) that will rival the EcoBoost 3.5 for power while delivering equal or better economy.
Given the 3.5 from Ford is pumping out over 350hp – this would be a great engine for the XTS as well as perhaps for a M3 fighting ATS. It would do wonders for bridging the gap in the CTS line between the 3.6 and the CTS-V as well.
Of course, a turbo Northstar would have been pretty sweet as well.
Source: GM Inside News
Following by a day some questionable ‘up-skirt’ shots of the upcoming CTS-V wagon, is this full-monty version.
This smacks of an intentional leak – especially given the highly posed look of this.
That said – we WANT one!
March 18, 2010 - 12:29 pm
There appears to be but one thing wrong with the new XTS that even the most skilled designers couldn’t fix…
The platform is front-drive, leading to a much shorter front than any ‘flagship’ should possess in this segment.
Read the design critique over at:
Automobile Magazine XTS Design Review
Sorry for the delays, but the SRX interior and performance review sections should be ready to go early next week.
Thanks for sticking with us while we get the sections completed.
GM did what everyone was whispering about for the past few days…they shook up the leadership of their brands in a major shift of the sales and marketing power structure.
Now, instead of a single brand head, the brands now have a VP of marketing as well as a VP of sales and service.
Cadillac now has Don Butler, in the new position of U.S. marketing VP and Kurt McNeil as U.S. sales and service VP. McNeil was previously general sales manager, Chevrolet.
Bryan Nesbitt is returning to design as executive director, advanced concept group, reporting to Ed Welburn, VP of global design.
Rumors are swirling that GM has axed plans to bring out a Cadillac version of the Chevrolet Volt extended range EV.
Apparently (according to reports) the requirements to make a real Cadillac out of this platform would have cut EV range in half and possibly almost doubled the price of the Volt (expected to have an MSRP in the high 30′s with an effective price right around 30k.
So, the prospects of a 60k compact electric Cadillac coupe with a 20-mile EV range, combined with slow sales of hybrid luxury vehicles in general, caused GM to back off on this project – at least for now.
Expect GM and Cadillac to focus on more cost-effective options, such as traditional two-mode hybrid systems in cars like the new ATS, the next CTS, as well as the production XTS.