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Hands-Free, Semi-Autonomous Driving from... Cadillac??

The 2018 Cadillac CT6 will be the first car to offer true hands-free driving

Self-driving cars are coming. There’s no way around it, and come 2018, you’ll be able to get a Cadillac that lets you go truly hands-free. This new technology is being called “Super Cruise” and uses lidar map data along with onboard radar sensors, cameras, and GPS to navigate most limited-access highways in the U.S. and Canada. When activated on a road that is determined to be safe for use, drivers of the 2018 Cadillac CT6 Prestige will be able to take their hands off of the wheel, and the car will navigate the highway on its own – just like Tesla does. But, there’s a twist.

See, while Tesla’s AutoPilot system uses steering wheel feedback to determine if the driver is paying attention, GM took another big step towards the big-brother mindset. You won’t need to keep your hands on the wheel because the car will keep tabs on you via a small camera built into the top of the steering wheel. To be more specific, the camera system, which uses infrared light, will monitor the driver’s head position to determine when the driver is looking while the system is activated. This is what makes Super Cruise “more technologically advanced” than other systems currently available.

Should the system determine that the driver isn’t paying attention, it will issue a mild prompt to tell the driver to pay attention. If that doesn’t work, there are other visual alerts (light bar on the steering wheel and instrument cluster) and tactile alerts from the driver’s seat. If that doesn’t get your eyes back on the road, the CT6 will bring the car to a controlled stop and even contact OnStar so that it can alert first responders, if necessary.

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Have you noticed how today’s automotive strategy is built around gibberish? I swear cars are more about PR talk than anything else. Take Cadillac, for instance, which spent recent years blabbing about how it will get back on the horse in the luxury market with new vehicles with better everything. Well, it’s 2017 and Cadillac still sucks. It sucks so bad that the XT5 crossover outsells the company’s entire sedan lineup. In march, it sold 5,280 XT5 crossovers compared to 4,701 ATS, CTS, XTS, and CT6 sedans combined.

Yeah, I know, crossovers are a big deal now. But you know what? The XT5 isn’t much of a Cadillac. It’s just a bigger hatchback Chevrolet thingy with fancier styling and extra features inside. The CT6 is a true Cadillac, but 1,000 units a month ain’t gonna cut the mustard. But hey, 1,000 CT6s sold in the U.S. in one month is definitely better than sales of 761 examples in Europe in 2016. Even Lamborghini sold more cars on the old continent. A better chance of running into a Lambo then a Cadillac in Europe, now that’s how you know you have a problem buddy!

Another thing that grinds my gears these days is the hypocrisy surrounding Ferrari. Just a few days ago Sergio Marchionne said an all-electric Ferrari may become reality in the future, with the brand looking to join the Formula E series. This comes from the same man that labeled the Ferrari EV as an "obscene concept" a while back. He also said "you’d have to shoot me first" before such a supercar would be developed. Well, he just pointed a shotgun at himself. It goes to show that you can no longer trust company executives these days. And what’s the deal with banning the pink color from the lineup? It’s not fitting for your "whole ethos" you say? What does that even mean? Are you talking about the same ethos that sold Ferraris to Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton? In that case, pink would definitely hurt the ethos. And a few butts...

Speaking of which, what’s the deal with the new Civic Si? Is this thing supposed to fill the gap between the regular model and the Type R? Sounds like a fine idea, but this isn’t something you can do with 205 horsepower. Especially when the Type R has 306 horses. The really annoying thing is that the new engine is only as powerful as the one in the previous Si. And we’re talking about a turbocharger here. Yeah, so the new Civic is lighter and performance is better, but come on Honda, give people that can’t afford the Type R something to work with. It’s like the executives voted to frustrate Civic Si owners with just a mild improvement on a car that’s significantly better chassis- and tech-wise. For the first Si to use turbocharging, this car is a big disappointment. I don’t know about you, but I’m fed up with this strategy of keeping things tempered. A 250-horsepower Si wouldn’t kill the Type R, but it would make customers happier and render the Golf GTi and Fiesta ST useless.

If I wouldn’t be so lazy in the morning I’d definitely accept heading Honda’s market strategy department.

You know what else seems cool but we won’t get to enjoy it to its full potential? Lynk & Co.’s new concept sedan. Lynk & Co. is a Chinese brand own by Geely, the same firm that acquired Volvo a few years ago, and it’s about to unveil this crazy four-door. When it comes to Chinese products I’d rather stick to Zhajiangmian (Google it!), but this concept sedan is one I’d very much like to drive. Just look at it! It’s got so much muscle, suicide doors all around, and a sporty silhouette. And it’s all built around Volvo’s latest architecture. But you know what? I won’t get to drive this thing and neither will you. Because concept cars either remain concepts or go into production looking like crap. And like Trump likes to say, you can’t trust the Chinese anyway!

Finally, the healthy discounts that Chevy is offering for the SS nowadays remind me that the sedan has been discontinued and there won’t be a successor since the Holden Commodore it is based on is dead. Well screw you Chevrolet! You finally had THE performance sedan and you just screwed things up. "But, but Holden is no longer building cars in Australia," you might say. Shut up, that’s a lame excuse! There’s plenty of ways to develop one here in the States, but no, GM would rather do a Corvette SUV instead. And don’t get me started on the new front-wheel drive Commodore... It’s a good thing Dodge keeps milking the Challenger and Charger to deliver no-nonsense muscle cars.

Posted on by Kevin Harrison  

Here’s how you know that the Korean automakers are truly making a splash: when a brand that has been around for 114 years starts to take their concept and run with it.

The Korean twins have propelled themselves into many podium finishes when it comes to comparison tests, awards, and more crucially, sales. Arguably the key to this success, achieved within a relatively short period of time, is their focus on value. That means making certain features standard that would otherwise be optional with the competition without raising the price point much if at all. It means adding an aura quality on the base or mid trim levels of that would otherwise be reserved for top trims. And, recently, it means taking on brands that would otherwise be well outside the realm of typical competition.

For Cadillac, it has always been associated with the likes of premium German and Japanese brands. But it seems like it may be taking a page from the Koreans when it comes to competing with the rest of the established players – at least in terms of value. And it is evidenced in the all-new CT6; a model meant to be the flag bearer of the brand – at least for now.

If you want a large, executive sedan the big three come to mind: the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the BMW 7 Series, and the Audi A8. You might even consider the Lexus LS. Those are large sedans that can easily crack the $100,000 mark once you option them out.

The CT6 is a large sedan, but it starts well below the aforementioned rivals. Sure, the DTS and XTS did too, but in terms of style, drivability, and tech – they were nowhere near the levels of Cadillac’s rival brands. Cadillac says it has remedied that, all while keeping the price comparatively low with the CT6. Have they succeeded?

2018 Cadillac XT3

The company’s smallest SUV yet is in the making

A few years ago, Cadillac finally admitted that it’s way behind its competitors in the premium market and hired Johan de Nysschen, who devised a new strategy for America’s iconic luxury brand. The new plans includes a host of new models, of which the range-topping CT6 sedan and the XT5 crossover have already been launched. Come 2017 and Cadillac is readying the XT3, an even smaller crossover that will compete against the BMW X1, Audi Q3, and the Mercedes-Benz GLA.

Spotted testing on public roads in February 2017, the XT3 is set to make its global debut in the first half of 2018. When that happens, it will slot beneath the XT5. It will also become Cadillac’s third SUV and complete the largest crossover lineup ever alongside the XT5 and the massive Escalade.

While the larger XT5 is a replacement for the dated SRX and aims at the midsize luxury crossover market, the XT3 is actually a brand-new entry. And it’s not surprising that Cadillac wants a piece of the compact market, as this is where a lot of car makers are making huge profits. Having missed out on sales for so many years, Caddy is finally trying to catch up. The question is, will the XT3 be good enough to give the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 a run for their money?

We will find out soon enough, but until then, let’s have a look at what we already know about the upcoming XT3.

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2017 Cadillac CTS

A mid-life refresh for America’s luxury four-door

The first-generation Cadillac CTS mid-size executive sedan debuted in 2002, heralding the luxury brand’s return to a RWD platform and becoming the first Cadillac model to offer a manual transmission in roughly 15 years. Initially offered as a sedan, the second-generation CTS debuted for the 2008 model year at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show, adding a two-door coupe and a five-door sport wagon body style to the lineup, while also adding width and length to the exterior dimensions. The current third-generation model was revealed in March of 2013, with the coupe and wagon dropped in favor of a sedan body style only. Engine options for the third-gen include a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter V-6, as well as a new twin-turbo V-6 for the V-Sport model to fill the gap behind the high-performance supercharged CTS-V. Essentially designed to compete head-to-head with popular German rivals like the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 line, and Mercedes E-Class, the Cadillac CTS mixes opulence and comfort with speed and attitude, tempting buyers with an all-American alternative to the Euro status quo. To keep it fresh, Caddy updated the CTS for the 2017 model year with a slightly revamped exterior look, new interior technology, and a more “streamlined” approach to the various trim grades.

You could call it a mild refresh, with the usual facelift gloss all present and correct. So far, the critics have lauded the CTS for its luxurious cabin and fun factor behind the wheel, with Motor Trend giving the CTS its Car of the Year award in 2014, and Car and Driver awarding the model a spot on its 10 Best list three years running. But customers continue to pass it up in favor of a product from across the pond, which begs the question – is the CTS truly a worthy alternative?

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Book By Cadillac Provides Access To Caddys Without Actually Owning One

Why own one Caddy when you can subscribe to an entire fleet of models

If owning a Cadillac has become too much of a burden, the American automaker is promising a new “ownership” method that provides people the opportunity to drive a handful of Cadillac models without actually owning any one of them. It’s called the Book by Cadillac and it’s a new monthly subscription service cooked up by General Motors as a way to invite customers to pay for the service instead of actually paying for the models.

For those familiar with Zipcar, the Book by Cadillac largely runs on the same premise. Members don’t actually need to own a car because all they have to do is pay a flat fee of $1,500 per month and that amount gives them access to drive any of the V Series Cadillacs they want, as well as the XT5, CT6, and even the new Escalade. The Book’s goal is to free owners from the complications of actually owning a car, so instead of having one for themselves, they can just use whatever model Cadillac has at its disposal for them by simply scheduling what model they want to drive, as well as when and where they want to drive it. Once their done driving it, Cadillac gets the cars back until such a time that members need another one, at which point, the company sends them another model for them to use.

While there is novelty to the idea, the cost of subscribing to the service is actually pretty steep considering that a three-year subscription adds up to around $54,000, which would already amount to the cost of an entry level 2017 CT6 sedan. But according to Caddy (and it’s got a point on this one), another selling point of the Book by Cadillac is the variety of Caddy models that members can use. Instead of simply owning a CT6 for three years, a member of the car-sharing service can drive an ATS-V Coupe in the summer and then switch over to an Escalade SUV in the winter.

The appeal is certainly there and the idea of not being committed to one model for an extended period of time is intriguing. Cadillac spokesman Eneuri Acosta even said that a test program the company did in 2016 returned overwhelmingly positive results, which is a big reason why the company decided to open the service up to a bigger audience. As such, the Book by Cadillac will find its way in New York first before plans begin of expanding the service in other regions in the U.S.

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2017 Cadillac DPi-V.R

The luxury brand returns to prototype racing after 14 years

Cadillac’s much rumored return to prototype racing has become reality in late 2016, when the American luxury brand unveiled its new race car for the IMSA series. Dubbed DPi-V.R, it’s Cadillac’s first prototype race car in 14 years and will compete in IMSA’s new DPi class starting early 2017.

The new category replaces last year’s Prototype class in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and brings revised regulations to the series. One of the most important changes is that the IMSA now allows automakers to produce their own designs, meaning prototypes can have their own identities instead of sharing almost identical body shells. Mazda has already taken advantage of this with the RT24-P, which uses the company’s Kodo styling language, but Cadillac has also used cues seen on its road cars for the DPi racer.

“The DPi-V.R race car was an exciting new canvas for the Cadillac design and sculpting team,” said Andrew Smith, Global Cadillac Design executive director. “The studio embraced the opportunity to interpret the Cadillac form language, line work and graphic signature for this premier prototype racing application. Every detail of the final design was selected to support the car’s on-track performance and unmistakable Cadillac presence.”

Cadillac will join the 2017 IMSA series with three cars, two run by Action Express Racing and one by Wayne Taylor Racing. The No. 5 car of Action Express will be driven by Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi, while the No. 31 vehicle will be handled by Dane Cameron and Eric Curran. Wayne Taylor Racing’s No. 10 will be driven by Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor, and Max Angelelli, but former NASCAR star Jeff Gordon will join in for the first race of the season.

The 2017 IMSA is set to commence on January 28 at Daytona and will include events at Sebring, Long Beach, Circuit of the Americas, Watkins Glen, Road America, and Laguna Seca. The final race will take place on October 7 at Road Atlanta with the 10-hour Petit Le Mans.

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2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid

The big Caddy goes green

A few years ago, GM decided that Cadillac needs a makeover and brought new staff to the brand, which devised a new strategy that included several new models. One of them if the CT6, which arrived in early 2016 as Cadillac’s flagship vehicle. Placed above the XTS in the lineup, the CT6 is somewhat of a successor to the Fleetwood, which was phased out in 1999. The new sedan is pretty innovative for Cadillac, using a lightweight platfrom and construction that makes the base model weigh as little as 3,657 pounds. On top of that, it is loaded with an impressive amount of convenience features, as well as enough state-of-the-art tech to give the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series a run for their money. For 2017, Cadillac also unveiled a hybrid version of the full-size sedan.

Introduced at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid grants Cadillac access to a tiny niche of full-size sedans using a gasoline and electric drivetrain. Essentially an answer to the Mercedes-Benz S550e Plug-In Hybrid, the CT6 will also compete against the BMW 740e iPerformance, and in some markets the Lexus LS 600h L. Using the same underpinnings and construction as the gasoline CT6, the hybrid arrives as one of the most versatile full-size four-doors, bringing together stout performance, range-topping technology, and unrivaled fuel economy.

“The CT6 is a technological showcase throughout, and by far the lightest car in its class, making it an ideal platform for electrification,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. “In the CT6, Cadillac presents a new formula for prestige luxury. The advanced Plug-In Hybrid system is a key addition, providing a combination of exceptional fuel economy, crisp acceleration and strong electric-driving range.”

De Nysschen’s statement may sound like yet another dose of solid PR, but it’s not. There’s a lot of truth in there, and I’ll explain why in the review below.

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When Cadillac unveiled the CT6 in 2015, it promised that the executive sedan will also get a plug-in hybrid version. The more efficient and environmentally friendly model has just broken cover at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, marking Caddy’s entry in the full-size hybrid market alongside Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

Much like its competitors, the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid isn’t all that different compared to its gasoline siblings inside and out, but stands out when it comes to what’s under the shell. Specifically, the massive hybrid pairs the already familiar and efficient 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine with a two-motor EVT system. The motors add 100 horsepower each, taking the total system output to 335 horses and 432 pound-feet of torque.

Together with a new electric variable transmission, the drivetrain enables the CT6 to travel for 400 miles on a single charge and a single tank of gasoline. This translates into 65 MPGe. The all-electric range is estimated at 30 miles, which might not sound like a lot, but it’s more than what its competitors are capable of. When running on electricity alone, the car’s top speed is limited to 78 mph. However, those figures increase to a more respectable 150 mph when the gasoline engine kicks in. Charging from 0 to 60 mph takes 5.2 seconds, yet another impressive figure relative to the competition.

How much does it cost, you ask? Well, it’s common knowledge that hybrids are more expensive than their conventional siblings, so it’s far from shocking that the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid starts from $75,095. That’s a $10,530 premium over the CT6 Premium Luxury trim it is based on, but significantly lower than the competition.

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Donald Trump will officially become President of the United States of American on January 20, 2017. Love or hate him, he’ll be living in the White House and riding around in Cadillac’s latest version of the Beast.

Trump’s new ride hasn’t officially been debuted or even confirmed, but spy photographers sleuthing around GM’s Milford proving grounds this past summer captured the world’s first look at the all-new Caddy.

The car’s overall design is clearly visible through the camouflage. Cadillac’s current designs are used, including the front clip reminiscent of the new CT-6 sedan. It features a grille with three horizontal bars and Caddy’s new crest. Vertical LED headlights and flared front fenders further solidify the look. The car’s long wheelbase is an obvious change from a conventional CT-6, as is the oddly square windows and roof. The rear of the car features more Cadillac cues, including the vertical taillights.

Despite all the Cadillac detailing, this isn’t a Cadillac. If this presidential limo is anything like President Obama’s 2009 Cadillac, Trump’s car will ride on a medium-duty GM frame and might be powered by GM’s 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V-8. Then again, the car could be riding on a modified version of the Silverado HD’s fully boxed steel frame, since GM doesn’t currently make a medium-duty truck like the TopKick of the late 2000s.

Either ways, the car will surely be filled with James Bond-like gadgets and technology, including life support to thwart bio-weapons, secure telecommunications, countermeasures for protection, and a cabin secure enough to absorb a direct impact from explosives. It’s even rumored cases of the President’s blood are carried aboard should he need an emergency transfusion. All this adds a tremendous amount of weight, hence the need for a medium-duty chassis and super huge tires. It’s no wonder Obama’s limo earned its nickname of “The Beast.”

Cadillac’s reign of providing presidential limousines dates back to 1984 when Ronald Reagan broke the long tradition of using Lincolns. The 1983 Cadillac Fleetwood featured a 17-inch stretch and a raised roof three inches taller than stock. Bulletproof glass and the extra length necessitated heavy-duty brakes, oversized tires, and an air-ride suspension system. Otherwise, the car was mostly stock.

We’d expect Trump’s ride to feature all the modern luxuries the billionaire is accustomed to. Perhaps he’ll even help pay for any personalized upgrades he’s requesting. Just don’t count on knowing anything about it – the Secret Service keep details about the president’s limo classified as top secret.

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Source: FoxNews

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