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Cadillac ‘LTS’ to be Built in Detroit Starting 4Q2015

Cadillac LTSRecently, we found out that Cadillac would be showing off their new flagship car at the New York Auto Show in April.  Now, Cadillac has announced not only the production timeframe but also the factory that will be tasked with building the new car.

GM’s recent $384 Million investment in their Detroit-Hamtramck plant, that also builds the Cadillac ELR among other GM products, will enable the factory to produce the new flagship starting in the 4th quarter of 2015.

Built on GM’s new Omega platform, designed exclusively for this uber-Cadillac, the new car’s name will be announced in the coming months (though rumors abound of it being called ‘LTS’).  Additionally, Cadillac confirmed that the new car, expected to be a large 4-door sedan, will slot above the XTS in the lineup.  For at least some time, the XTS will remain (likely as a hedge against seeing a drop in overall sales to Cadillac traditionalists if the XTS disappeared).

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XTS Recalled for Parking Brake Software Problem

2014 Cadillac XTS TurboCadillac is recalling 2013-2015 XTS models for an issue with the electronic parking brake.

There are reports of the brake staying partially engaged after being released. This could lead to premature brake wear as well as leading to excessive heat and risk of fire at the parking brake wheels.

Dealers will apply a software update to correct this issue.

XTS owners should keep an eye out for an official notice in the mail in the coming weeks.

ATS-V to Debut at Los Angeles Auto Show

It’s going to be a Cadillac auto show season this year.

After the recent revelation that the Cadillac flagship is expected at the NY show which caps the US auto show season, we have now heard that the first show of the season, the Los Angeles show in November will feature the debut of Cadillac’s M3 fighter, the ATS-V.

Expected to pack a twin-turbo V-6, the ATS-V has been rumored to out-power the new M3 handily.

Press conferences are scheduled on November 18-20, so we’ll know on one of those days a lot more about the new hot Cadillac.

We can’t wait.

Omega Cadillac to Bow at NY Auto Show

Cadillac has confirmed to Car and Driver that their S-Class/7-Series competitor will be officially unveiled at the 2015 New York auto show.

Press days for this show are likely April 1-2, so we will see the new big Caddy on one of those days (unless Cadillac decides to show the car off at a special event away from the show – likely given the range-topping nature of the car).

What isn’t confirmed is the car’s name. Cadillac trademarked LTS a while back, but the new head of the brand means that plan could easily change before April.

An April unveiling would suggest an on-sale date in fall 2015 as a 2016 model.

Source: Car and Driver

Lambda-Based ‘Escalade’ Scrapped

Cadillac has been considering a unibody crossover based on GM’s Lambda platform (Chevy Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia) for some time.

Lambda CadillacRumor had them waiting for the next major re-engineering of the platform so they could have more freedom to add power trains beyond the current chassis’ 3.6 V-6.

There were even rumors that they would abandon the body-on-frame chassis and badge the new entry Escalade.

However, latest rumors have Cadillac management walking away from that plan largely due to expectations that they would be too late to that party to be a serious player.

So, with this change, we expect an ATS-based small crossover, the SRX, and the Escalade to be Cadillac’s ultimate people-mover lineup.

Expect the new small entry and new SRX to bow in the next 2-3 years.

Source: Autoblog.com

CTS Getting New Cadillac Badge

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Cadillac’s wreath-less badge debuted on the, not yet for sale, ATS coupe.

It appears from these shots over at AutoEvolution that the new badge may quickly make it across the line.
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This is the less than one year old CTS and it is already sporting a new grill featuring the new badge.

We expect that Cadillac will quickly move to update the grill and interior of all the models (perhaps all this year) to reflect the new logo. Continue Reading →

Cadillac Takes ELR on a California Tour

Cadillac is taking their range extended show on the road in California in an effort to introduce trend setters to the benefits of GM’s take on electric-powered luxury.

The ELR will be available for test drives in an outdoor lounge setting where customers can learn about the coupé while enjoying refreshments.

Dates and locations are:

Los Angeles
May 3-4 The Grove
May 9-10 Americana at Brand
June 20 – 21 Dwell on Design

San Francisco Bay Area
May 15 Google Campus
May 17-18 Santana Row
May 24-25 Village at Corte Madera
June 7-8 Union Street Festival

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