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2014 Cadillac CTS Will Be Bigger; So Will Price Tag

New sedan takes more direct aim at Euro imports.

by on Jun.14, 2013

The 2014 Cadillac CTS makes its debut at the recent New York International Auto Show.

In its first two incarnations, the Cadillac CTS was a so-called “tweener car,” sized somewhere between the BMW 3-Series and the bigger 5-Series.  And that was reflected in a price tag smaller than comparable European models.

Not anymore.  When the 2014 Cadillac CTS rolls into showrooms later this year it will be more directly targeted against its bigger German rival – and it will carry a larger MSRP, as well, the maker has announced, more in line with the BMW 5-Series.

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That means a starting price of $46,025 for the third-generation CTS, up from around $40,000 today – and much closer to the $48,725 base BMW 528i. The totally redesigned Caddy won’t quite reach as high as its German rival, however.  The new, high-performance CTS Vsport will go for $59,995 compared to $65,925 for the BMW 550i xDrive – the BMW term for all-wheel-drive. And the German maker’s own super-performance model, the M5 will set you back $92,425.


Cadillac Changing Game with Third-Generation CTS

No more “tweener” car.

by on Mar.26, 2013

The Vsport version of the 2014 Cadillac CTS -- shown during its NY debut -- will feature the new 420-horsepower Twin Turbo V6.

It’s been a good year, so far, for Cadillac.  The new ATS compact took honors as the North American Car of the Year and, along with the equally new XTS, Caddy sales have shown the sort of momentum General Motors’ flagship brand it hasn’t seen in years.

Yet, the real story begins this week at the Big Apple’s Jacob Javits Center, where New York Auto Show Show-goers are getting their first look at the all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS.  After years of trying to position the sedan in its own distinct niche, the new model is about to go head-to-head with some of the toughest competitors in the luxury market.

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“Cadillac has been on a journey the last 10 years,” since the original CTS debuted, introducing the marque’s distinctive Art & Science design language, says Cadillac Design Director Mark Adams, “And there’s no question the CTS has been the backbone of that journey.”


Images of New Cadillac CTS Leak Out

3rd-gen sedan set for launch in New York this week.

by on Mar.25, 2013

One of several images of the 2014 Cadillac CTS that have "leaked" out to the media.

Just days ahead of its planned unveiling at the New York Auto Show, images of the all-new, third-generation Cadillac CTS have “leaked” out on the Internet through what some suggest is a coy way for the automaker to drum up advance interest.

And it’s likely to do just that. That CTS has been Cadillac’s best-selling model for much of the past decade and is expected to undergo a significant makeover for 2014 that will result in a larger and more luxurious vehicle. Where it has been something of a “tweener” car in its first two generations, the 2014 Cadillac CTS is expected to take direct aim at some of the toughest competitors in the business, notably including the BMW 5-Series.

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Cadillac has shown an unexpected ability to take on the Germans with the smaller ATS model launched last year. The 3-Series-sized sedan has won an assortment of kudos, including being named North American Car of the Year last January.


Caddy Targets BMW with New Twin-Turbo V-6

High-output engine to power new CTS sedan, upgraded XTS.

by on Mar.18, 2013

Cadillac's new twin-turbo V-6 is the most powerful engine of its type ever at GM.

It could be a critical year for Cadillac, the U.S. luxury maker hoping to take European competitors like BMW down a peg with an assortment of new products – and a new twin-turbo V-6 powertrain that it will be introducing later this year.

The all-new engine will make its debut under the hood of the third-generation Cadillac CTS that’s also scheduled to be unveiled at the New York Auto Show later this month. A first for General Motors, the twin-turbo V-6 “will be a signature feature” for the Cadillac brand, proclaimed David Leone, the maker’s executive chief engineer, during a Monday morning preview.

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The CTS itself will undergo some major changes for the 2014 model-year, the sedan expected to grow slightly larger to create some distance from Cadillac’s base model, the ATS, and to more directly target imports like the vaunted BMW 5-Series, Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.


Spy Shots: 2014 Cadillac CTS

No more tweener.

by on Feb.19, 2013

Our spies capture the new 2014 Cadillac CTS. Photo credit: Jim Dunne CAR SPY

Look for Cadillac to unveil an all-new version of the CTS sedan at the New York Auto Show next month. These camouflaged spy shots give you a good idea what to expect.

The CTS is a critical product line for Cadillac. It originally was used to introduce the maker’s distinctive Art & Science design theme and was the maker’s first model in years to give much of a challenge to European imports like BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

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But the first two generations of the Cadillac CTS were what you might call “tweener” cars, slotted in-between key competitors like the BMW 3- and 5-Series models and the Mercedes C- and E-Class lines. Now, with the launch of the compact Caddy ATS, the Detroit maker is repositioning the 2014 CTS to go directly after the bigger and more expensive of those European offerings.


Next-Gen Cadillac CTS Debut Planned for NY Show

New sedan will be bigger, more lavish, more expensive.

by on Feb.11, 2013

The next-generation Cadillac CTS will be moved more up-market from the 2013 model shown here.

The next new entry into the expanding Cadillac line-up will make its debut at next month’s New York Auto Show, officials with the General Motors division have confirmed.

The unveiling of the next-generation Caddy CTS will follow the January introduction of the ELR plug-in at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and last year’s addition of the compact Cadillac ATS and high-line XTS models.

While the car coming to New York will replace one of Caddy’s current models, the 2014 Cadillac CTS could certainly be described as an expansion of the line-up as it is expected to be bigger, more lavish and more expensive that the outgoing sedan, taking more direct aim at the likes of the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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“We are positioning that car as a step up, so there will be a marketing challenge to reposition that car,” Bob Ferguson, the new head of Cadillac, said during an interview with the Detroit Free Press. He was one of several executives with General Motors’ flagship brand to attend the annual National Automobile Dealers Association conference in Orlando, Florida over the weekend.


Cadillac ATS to Start at $33,990

Maker will have slight advantage over BMW 3-Series.

by on May.07, 2012

Cadillac's new ATS will plug a gaping hole at the bottom of the maker's line-up.

Cadillac is betting it can win entry into the hotly competitive luxury market with a mix of styling, performance and pricing, the base model of its new 2013 ATS sedan to carry a sticker of $33,990.

That’s about $2,000 less than the MSRP for the king of the compact luxury segment, the BMW 3-Series, which starts at $35,795 for the base 328i.

But as with BMW and other competitors, the Detroit maker plans to offer a wide array of options, including all-wheel-drive and a more sporty V-6, which will let buyers nudge the price tag for the 2013 Cadillac ATS all the way up into the mid-$40,000 range.

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“The ATS enters a vehicle segment this year that’s one of the most competitive in the market, from both a price and performance standpoint,” said Cadillac’s director of marketing Don Butler. “ATS will bring a distinctive presence and compelling value while offering quick, nimble, fun-to-drive dynamics that will appeal to the lifestyles of modern luxury buyers and challenge the segment’s status quo.”

Of course, Cadillac has tried that before.


GM Likely to Give Go-Ahead to Cadillac’s Flagship Omega Project

Encouraged by strong response to Ciel concept, Caddy will get new premium-luxury sedan, along with several hybrids and other new models.

by on Aug.29, 2011

Cadillac is expecting the go-ahead to build a new flagship based on the same platform as the Ciel concept car.

General Motors is expected to give the go-ahead to Cadillac’s flagship Omega project before year-end, according to senior sources, the maker’s top management encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive reaction of the luxury division’s new Ciel concept vehicle.

It’s unclear whether a convertible or sedan version based on the big Omega platform would be first to market, but there is a clear consensus that Caddy needs a super-premium model if it is to have a chance of regaining its position as “standard to the world,” as its long-time ad slogan declared.

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Omega would be just one in a wide range of new offerings that would be added to the Cadillac line-up, officials told, helping the once-dominant marque fill in the so-called “white space” between its current model mix.  That will include not only a new plug-in hybrid – but very likely some more conventional hybrid-electric models, as well.


Cadillac Giving High-Performance V6 to SRX

Maker revamping line-up.

by on Apr.13, 2011

Caddy will drop a new, 300-hp 3.6-liter V6 into the SRX crossover for 2012.

The hot topic may be fuel economy, these days, but performance still matters, especially to luxury car buyers, it seems.

So, Cadillac is planning to put the focus on “red-blooded luxury” with a 3.6-liter direct-injection V6 that it plans to drop into the popular SRX crossover later this year.

The 2012 SRX will see horsepower jump from 265 – with the current, 3.0-liter V6 – to 300, while torque will climb from 223 lb-ft to 260.  Fuel economy is expected to be comparable to the current model’s 18 mpg City and 25 Highway, the maker says.

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The SRX was completely redesigned for the 2010 model-year and quickly saw a more than 150% increase in sales.

But it has lagged behind other models in the Cadillac line-up when it comes to performance.  General Motors’ flagship brand has added a number of new V-Series offerings, including the 2011 CTS-V Coupe, which churns 556 horsepower out of its 6.2-liter supercharged V8.


Cadillac To Build New Small Luxury Sedan

Maker gives long-awaited go to 3-Series fighter, the Caddy ATS.

by on Oct.27, 2010

Cadillac has yet to show a public version of the small ATS, but has hinted at where it's going on the big-car front with the XTS Platinum Concept.

More than a year after teasing  a select group of media with a look at a proposed small car, tentatively dubbed the ATS, Cadillac will this week announce plans to put the new model into production at a plant near Lansing, Michigan.

The sedan, smaller than the current Caddy CTS, will be aimed at the likes of the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and could be used as a replacement for the only marginally successful BLS Cadillac had hoped would give it an entry into the lucrative European luxury car market.

“We usually don’t comment on future products but we have said we will offer a new product positioned below the CTS,” said Cadillac spokesman Nick Twork.

And while it has not officially confirmed the reason for his visit to the Lansing plant, General Motors has announced that new CEO Dan Akerson will tour the facility, along with Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, on Thursday.

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Based on the same platform – and produced on the same assembly line as the current Cadillac CTS and STS models — the ATS will serve as a cornerstone of General Motors’ efforts to rebuild the once dominant Cadillac brand.  The demand for small luxury and entry-luxury models has been rapidly growing, leading makers like BMW and Mercedes to push into downsized segments long ignored by luxury brands.

Such models as the BMW 1-Series and Audi A2 are proving especially popular in Europe, though there is growing demand even in the United States, where luxury has traditionally been measured by the foot and inch.