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Cadillac Announces Pricing of XTS Vsport

Cadillac XTS VsportCadillac announced today the pricing of the new XTS Vsport as well as when it will go into production.

At $63,020 including destination fees, the Cadillac XTS Vsport packs a unique grill, standard 20″ wheels as well as Cadillac’s new 3.6l direct-injection, twin-turbo V-6. Packing 410hp and 369 lb*ft in XTS tune, the new V-6 is heavily upgraded from the non-turbo version and provides the top-shelf XTS plenty of power through an up-rated 6-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.

Cadillac made clear in their latest announcement that the Vsport is intended to slot between the max-performance V-Series cars and the standard offerings. This will, as in the case of the XTS, allow a performance line that is short of full V-Series performance…especially as it pertains to cars that would be simply silly in a V-Series trim (think Escalade, SRX, XTS). It also allows the V-Series to stay pure to their ├╝ber-performance mission without also having to encompass (and be diminished by) cars like this XTS.

Production of the XTS Vsport will begin in August (along with the rest of the 2014 Cadillac line).

Cadillac’s May Sales See Largest Increase Since 1976

With sales up 38% year over year, Cadillac is the fastest growing major auto brand in the US market.

Lead by sales of the new ATS, which is seeing 70% of its buyers coming from other brands. With the XTS sales thrown in, Cadillac saw sales of their sedan lineup 112% up over last year.

Escalade saw its highest sales since 2008.

Sales in Jan, Feb, March, April, May, and Year to Date

Sales in Jan, Feb, March, April, May, and Year to Date

Sales data courtesy GMInsideNews.com

Cadillac Announces Changes for 2014 XTS

2014 Cadillac XTS TurboCadillac recently revealed the details of the planned changes to the XTS large sedan.

As announced earlier this year when the CTS Vsport model debuted – the XTS will get a new top engine in the form of a twin-turbo 3.6l Direct Injection V-6. In this application, it will be backed exclusively by a 6-speed automatic and the XTS’ all-wheel drive system.

Output is down slightly from its application in the CTS, with the XTS packing 410hp and 369lb*ft – torque is constant from 1900-5600 (down from the CTS Vsport’s 420hp and 430lb*ft – torque peak in this application ranges from 2500-5500rpm).

In addition to the new top engine, the turbo XTS also gets a unique grill treatment (shown in the photo above).

Other new features of the 2014 Cadillac XTS include: Continue Reading →

Cadillac Debuts Capless Fuel Filling on XTS

Cadillac XTS Capless Fuel FillingOne of the new technologies that Cadillac is bringing to their line in the new XTS is capless fuel filling.

In this implementation, there is no removable fuel cap. Instead there is a build in flap that seals the fuel neck except when a fuel nozzle is inserted. The advantages include a smaller fuel door as well as eliminating the long-standing issue where a cap is not put back on or not tightened sufficiently and results in a check-engine light (because a lack of a sealed fuel system is an emissions problem that triggers the light).

Now, if Cadillac could only lick the ‘I forgot to close the door’ problem next.

CUE Software Update on the Way

Cadillac has heard some complaints from owners and the press on its new CUE infotainment system.

Cadillac User Experience - CUEIssues center on the responsiveness of the system (something we experienced ourselves with the ATS we recently drove) to both individual touches (haptic feedback can be somewhat hit-or-miss, sometimes happening right away, other times after a bit of lag) as well as responsiveness to gestures (pinch on the Nav screen was decidedly not working as advertised and swipes from one page of icons to another lagged way behind what we have come to expect from tablets).

The software update to address these shortcomings will ship to dealers later this year as owners will have to schedule a visit to allow their service department to install the update (unlike the recent update Ford sent to owners of Sync equipped vehicles that came on a USB drive for self-install).

Also as a nod to buyer feedback, Cadillac announced a plan to re-introduce some physical knobs and buttons in future products to help with the most commonly accessed controls.

This is good news, but we will note that the CUE system is still significantly more usable than the prior infotainment system Cadillac put in their products. But plans to make it better are certainly welcome.

Source: Engadget.com

Recall Announced of Over 12000 Cadillac XTS

GM announced that, beginning on november 12th, that they are recalling 12,626 Cadillac XTS’ built between October 12, 2011 and August 30, 2012 for a defect in the rear headrests.

The headrests might exhibit a fault that prevents them from remaining in their upright position and therefore does not meet the mandated minimum height requirement.

Cadillac Sees Sales Increase in October Thanks to ATS and XTS

GM has released results of their October sales and Cadillac is up 14.5% over last October. However, there are interesting points to pull out of the sales data that show that the XTS and ATS are helping cover for significant softness in older products.

For instance, the CTS is down by 1574 units (40.2%) year over year while the Escalade (due for replacement in about a year) is down 20.6%, heavily weighted-down by a 30% drop in the non-ESV/non-EXT variants.

Loss of the 477 Escalade units, 1574 CTSes, as well as 403 DTSes and 179 STSes is offset by a solid 2540 XTS and 1266 ATS that are both probably pulling some sales from CTS though exact impact is hard to calculate from this data.

SRX, which is in the middle of its cycle but just got a freshening is showing some strength with a 10.8% bump (537 units up from last year). If ever you wanted to know what the emphasis on crossovers is about – check out how the SRX is actually Cadillac’s strongest seller by over 2:1 over the second best-selling XTS.

Below is the sales data released by GM for the Cadillac brand. Columns in this table are: Model, Oct 2012 sales, Oct 2011 sales, % Change Oct 2012 vs 2011, ’2012 Year-to-date (YTD)’, ’2011 YTD’, and % Change 2012 vs 2011.

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