Cadillac had announced the name of their new top sedan, and previewed a new name scheme with the CT6.
Recently we have also heard that the SUV portion of their lineup will rock names starting with XT.
Well, as if to drive the point home, Cadillac has filed for trademark protection for the following names:
CT2, CT3, CT4, CT5, CT7, and CT8 as well as
XT2, XT3, XT4, XT5, XT6, XT7, and XT8.
This suggests that the previous flagship car, the CT6, will, in fact, fall below two additional models. This could see the top sedan overshadowed by a rakish 4-door coupe in the CT7 and under an, as yet unknown body style CT8.
The XT lineup is more in flux with rumor having the Escalade keeping its name and only 3 other crossovers on deck (SRX replacement as well as a model smaller and larger). This leaves 4 names for indeterminate products. Could Cadillac be planning coupe-esque crossovers like BMW’s X4 and X6?
Source: <a href=”http://blog.caranddriver.com/if-a-vehicle-badge-involves-ct-or-xt-followed-by-a-number-cadillac-just-trademarked-it/“>Car and Driver</a>
He will replace Bob Ferguson, who will return to his post at GM as their chief lobbyist. This is a win for Cadillac as the main criticism of Mr. Ferguson has been that he was not a ‘product guy’ and de Nysschen certainly is.
In his departure from Infiniti, he cited a desire to move back to the United States from the Asian brand’s Hong Kong headquarters.
There is a very good chance that Cadillac will be a better fit and will take advantage of Mr de Nysschen’s knowledge of the US market, buyer’s desires, as well as positioning Cadillac more powerfully against the German rivals. Continue Reading →
It appears there is a possible new issue vexing the ATS 2.0T with the manual transmission.
As you might recall, initial reviews of the ATS largely raved about the car’s handling but panned the manual transmission’s feel. These reports sent Cadillac back to the drawing board for bushing and shifter calibration to the point of ATS manuals being unavailable during the initial weeks of sales.
Now, it appears the cars have an engine computer glitch that causes cars to unexpectedly stall in neutral or with the clutch depressed.
This is apparently corrected with a recently released software fix, but hasn’t yet made it to recall status.
If you are having stalling issues with your manual ATS, get thee to your dealer ASAP before you find yourself stuck at a light with a non-running car.
Chris Doane and Car and Driver have spied the new Cadilac large sedan undergoing testing.
This is not the new XTS (a car expected to see no second generation). Instead, Cadillac is building a new large rear-drive platform dubbed “Omega” and styled in some ways to resemble the recent Elmiraj concept. Cadillac trademarked the LTS name some time ago, so that may be how they will christen this new sedan, despite some desire among fans that they return to ‘real’ names. We won’t hold our breath for that sort of wholesale change.
Cadillac has announced pricing of the 2015 Escalade and it follows their recent trend toward pricing in line with competition rather than trying to compete on price.
Starting price of the latest Escalade is $72,690 (including destination), an increase over the prior generation of $3725. This places the Escalade in the thick of the luxury SUV market with only the starting price of Lexus’ LX being higher. Yep, Escalade is going to have a higher starting price than the Mercedes GL and Land Rover’s Range Rover offerings. We will have to wait closer to launch to get more detailed pricing, as it may turn out that the Escalade is a bargain compared to a fully optioned example of the competition.
Arguably, the Escalade does come with 20″ wheels, full LED lighting, as well as Magnetic Ride Control – all standard. Time will tell if the market will accept this bump in price.
The 2015 Escalade should be available this summer, once the factories finish their change-over for the new models.
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.