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November 21, 2013 - 3:36 pm
The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe is expected to be shown publicly for the first time at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan in January.
This will set the stage for the ATS Coupe to go on sale in summer of 2014 as a 2015 model. Expected power trains may mirror the sedan though it is possible Cadillac will throw us all a curve and offer a manual transmission with more than just the 2.0T
There are no rumors yet as to when the highly anticipated ATS-V will debut (a model we know will be offered in coupe form from the most recent spy shots).
The Detroit show’s press days start on Monday January 13, but GM has a habit of showing off their most anticipated models the day before in other venues.
More details as they become available.
September 30, 2013 - 11:15 pm
Looking much more the part of a Cadillac interior this time than in generations past…
Cadillac is rumored to be working on a complete re-think of their logo in the coming months.
The reports are that the laurels that surround the Cadillac shield may be on their way out. We should see the new logo applied to a concept expected to be shown in August at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Sources quoted that are familiar with the work are suggesting that Cadillac plans a simpler design that might make positioning the logo on the nose of the car (up from the grill) easier than with the current design. Simple logos are the standard if you compare against the logos from Mercedes, Audi, Lexus. In this competitive set only BMW has a logo with colors (and only white and blue at that).
Strangely, this would suggest several changes to the new CTS that goes into production later this year (if it will carry the new logo). If you go back to photos of the 3rd gen CTS, we see the current logo not only on display but portions of the front and rear styling that are designed to work around the round-ness of the laurels. This could suggest either that the new CTS will be altered to fit the new logo’s design or that the new design is also going to circular.
Source: Automotive News
Cadillac 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 über-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).
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 data courtesy GMInsideNews.com
General Motors CFO, Dan Ammann, while discussing Cadillac’s position vs their German rivals has confirmed that they are approaching the luxury market differently.
While BMW, Mercedes, and Audi are slicing and dicing the luxury market in a battle to sell the most cars at all costs, Cadillac is – to hear him tell it – being more strategic in their approach.
While the cynical might say that GM isn’t willing/able to produce all the products in all the same segments that the others compete in…it can also be read that Cadillac will attack only the most important and profitable segments. The potential up-side to this approach is not cheapening the Cadillac brand with moves downmarket (something Mercedes and BMW specifically must do to meet mileage and CO2 requirements). Audi would be the only other company in this list that has the same flexibility because it gets to share the burden with its more volume-centric brands (VW here in the US) as Cadillac can with Chevrolet. BMW’s MINI and Mercedes’ smart simply do not sell in sufficient volume (again in the US) to raise their corporate numbers to meet the regulatory requirements.
Audi, however, is committed to being the volume leader in the luxury market – so they may not possess the will to do the same as Cadillac.
It would be a smart move on Cadillac’s part to stake out a unique position as more of an aspirational brand in ways that their competition might not match.
Then again, it will be years before we see how they play this out.
Source: Automotive News
Over at Carscoops.com (previously CarScoop on Blogger)…we have this picture, that appears to have been taken at a recent presentation, giving clues into the look of the next ‘Slade.
Combining aspects of the ATS and CTS lighting with a wrap of the light into the fender line, we can also see strong connection to the current Escalade Platinum LED lighting. Could this suggest a move to standard LEDs on the next Escalade?
We should see the new flagship SUV later this year with an expected on-sale date in the first half of 2014.