Cadillac Trademarks a Whole Set of CT and XT Names

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>

Holy Crap! – Cadillac Names Johan de Nysschen new President

JohandeNysschenOnly 2 years after being lured away from his post as Audi’s US head to re-shape Nissan’s Infiniti brand, Johan de Nysschen has been hired to lead GM’s luxury brand.

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

Manual Equipped ATS has Stalling Issue

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.

Source: Jalopnik.com

Cadillac “LTS” Spied

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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.

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