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Cadillac to Launch All-New, Ultra-Premium V-8

“Developed more for refinement…than pure horsepower.”

by on Jan.22, 2016

Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen.

As part of its ongoing push to rebuild its image and challenge the best of its import luxury competitors, Cadillac will launch an all-new twin-turbo V-8 engine in models like the new CT6 sedan and the even more upscale CT8 to follow later in the decade.

The launch of the new 4.2-liter powerplant is still “a few years off,” Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen told TheDetroitBureau.com during an exclusive interview, and final details have yet to be resolved, including the transmission it will be paired with and whether it will be packaged in an all-wheel-drive configuration.

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The new V-8 is being “developed more for refinement, sophistication and torque, rather than for pure horsepower,” explained de Nysschen during an interview in Los Angeles where he is attending the first media drive of the 2017 Cadillac CT6.

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Caddy Cuts CTS Price – Setback for Maker’s New Strategy

Luxury maker moved too fast in brand repositioning.

by on Jan.08, 2015

Cadillac is cutting the prices on the CTS after sales slumped 3.8% this year.

Hoping to reverse a sharp slump in sales of an otherwise well-reviewed new model, Cadillac is slashing the price of its midsize CTS sedan by as much as $3,000, while also adding more standard features.

The move comes as a rebuke to the strategy the maker had laid out with the hiring of new global President Johan de Nysschen just last summer. The goal was to nudge prices of new models upwards, more in line with those of competing European brands, such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and de Nysschen’s old employer, Audi.

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But with sales sliding at a time when the rest of the auto industry – and the luxury market, in particular – is booming, General Motors officials apparently blinked, taking steps to put sales of the third-generation CTS back on track. (more…)

Update – Cadillac Flagship Gets a Name: CT6

Caddy to adopt new product naming structure.

by on Sep.24, 2014

Cadillac will call its new flagship the CT6, while it begins to adopt a new naming plan for future products.

Cadillac is adding a significant detail to the various headlines it has made over the last two weeks, announcing that its planned flagship sedan will be emblazoned with the name, CT6 – not to be confused with the midrange Cadillac CTS.

The latest news follows up on Caddy’s confirmation it will be moving its headquarters to NYC in the near future as part of an effort to come in closer contact with the sort of luxury car buyers it hopes to win over to the struggling brand. Word of the flagship sedan was first revealed by General Motors CEO Mary Barra earlier this month. But, as TheDetroitBureau.com reported this week, new Cadillac brand boss Johan de Nysschen is giving strong consideration to a model that would rise even higher into the luxury spectrum.

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As for the CT6, “This Cadillac will be the lightest and most agile car in the class of top-level large luxury sedans,” said Travis Hester, the project’s executive chief engineer. “Using the lessons learned from our dynamic ATS and CTS product lines, we have developed an entirely new vehicle architecture for the CT6. It will employ a mixed material philosophy that combines the best and most efficient components optimized for each area of this new top-of-the-range car.”

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Cadillac to Offer Nearly Autonomous Car by 2017

Vehicle will be capable of driving itself on highways.

by on Sep.08, 2014

Mary Barra meets with reporters at the opening of the annual ITS conference in Detroit.

Hoping to steal a march on its competition, General Motors CEO Mary Barra has announced plans to produce an all but fully autonomous Cadillac model in 2017, while also introducing new features that will allow Caddy vehicles to “talk” to other cars and to a highway infrastructure system.

While Barra did not specifically name which vehicle will get the new Super Cruise system, it is expected to appear in the all-new flagship sedan Cadillac is planning to launch for 2017. It would not only allow a driver to take their foot off the gas – as with the most advanced Active Cruise Control systems now on the road – but also take their hands off the wheel.

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And Super Cruise could position GM as one of the leaders in the fast-emerging field of autonomous driving. Other manufacturers, notably including Nissan, as well as Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota, are working on various forms of self-driving vehicles, as well. And tech giant Google is planning to launch a fleet of autonomous vehicle prototypes over the coming year using technology the maker hopes to license to the auto industry.

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New Car Sales Booming, But Good Deals Abound

KBB.com points out best August offers.

by on Aug.14, 2014

Looking for a good deal this month? The Fiat 500 can be gotten for as little as $99 a month, according to KBB.com.

New car and truck sales are still humming along in 2014, but if you’re searching for a deal, compact and midsize sedans are the segments where you should start the hunting.

There are deals for those looking to lease or buy, especially for the Fiat 500. Right now, according to KBB.com, a 2014 Fiat 500 can be had for as little as $99 a month for 24 months. It requires nearly $2,400 down. However, if you’re looking to buy, the same car can be had for $265 a month for 60 months using the $3,000 cash back the automaker is offering buyers.

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“Compact and midsize sedans are among the most popular segments in the United States, and this month consumers will be able to find red-hot deals on the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Cruze,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. (more…)

Cadillac Counting on New Product to Reverse Slump

New Caddy boss expected to accelerate product expansion plans.

by on Jul.30, 2014

The new Cadillac crest - minus the wreath - debuts on the 2015 ATS Coupe.

“New product is the lifeblood of any brand,” said Jim Vurpillat, the marketing director for Cadillac, as he took a break during a media drive of the luxury maker’s new ATS Coupe.  He and the rest of Cadillac’s management team certainly have to hope so after the unexpected slide the General Motors division has taken so far this year.

The ATS Coupe, a new line of performance models, a flagship sedan, a compact crossover and other new products are moving their way through the Caddy pipeline. But the brand could see the pace of that rollout accelerate in the near future under the guidance of a new global brand boss who will officially join the Caddy team later this week.

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Johan de Nysschen, most recently the CEO of Nissan’s Infiniti division and before that head of Audi of America, was brought in as part of a plan to give Cadillac more independence from GM. And company insiders suggest that the South African-born executive negotiated a deal that will also give Caddy more of the product it needs to compete against aggressive German rivals Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi, as well as Infiniti, Lexus, Lincoln and luxury upstart Hyundai.

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Sales in a Slump, Cadillac Loses Another Key Executive

Global chief Ferguson returns to Washington as top lobbyist.

by on Jul.11, 2014

Cadillac's global chief Bob Ferguson with the 2015 Escalade during its NYC debut.

General Motors is looking for an executive to head up the Cadillac division, following the announcement that the luxury brand’s current leader Robert Ferguson has been named Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy.

It’s the latest in a string of top management departures for Cadillac, and comes at a critical time for the brand which is struggling to regain momentum as it rolls out key new products in a bid to reverse a sharp and unexpected sales dip.

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A veteran Washington hand who spent 10 years in the nation’s capital as AT&T’s top lobbyist, Ferguson had spent only two years as Cadillac’s global chief. But his departure isn’t entirely unexpected, as he has been splitting his time between the luxury brand and a key role as part of the management team responding to the recall crisis that has engulfed GM since February.

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How Low Can They Go? Competition Heats up for Entry-Lux Buyers

Audi debuting A3 at $29,900 to take on Mercedes CLA.

by on Jan.17, 2014

The all-new 2015 Audi A3 is coming to America in four different versions.

Audi will introduce its completely redesigned 2015 A3 sedan at a starting price of just $29,900, about $4,000 lower than the maker’s current base model, the A4.  That means Audi also will match the price of the new Mercedes-Benz CLA, currently one of the hottest products on the U.S. market.

The Audi A3 and Mercedes CLA are part of a wave of new entry-lux vehicles – a list also including makers like Lincoln, Cadillac and Lexus – that are meant to attract buyers who might traditionally opt for mainstream brand offerings but who would like a vehicle with a more upscale cache.

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“We’re seeing buyers we’ve never seen before in our stores,” Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, says about the impact of the new CLA coupe-like sedan. The model is perhaps the German maker’s biggest success story in the U.S. ever, with an estimated 80% of its buyers coming from outside the Mercedes brand.

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CTS Captures Motor Trend’s Car of the Year Award

Caddy one of five GM vehicles in the running for NACTOY.

by on Nov.07, 2013

Motor Trend announced today that the 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan is its Car of the Year for 2014. It's the second time the CTS has won the award.

For the second time since its introduction, the Cadillac CTS is Motor Trend’s Car of the Year. It captured the honor in 2008 as well.

Not only did it win for a second time in less than a decade, but also it beat out two other finalists – the much-hyped Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Mazda3 – as well as the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series, which did not make the finals, to do so.

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“It had to beat [Mercedes and BMW] on style, on performance, on comfort, and on quality. It has,” the magazine said. (more…)

Cadillac Still Has Plans for Halo Car

Full-size premium model still a go; several halo alternatives under study.

by on Jul.03, 2013

The debut of the Cadillac Ciel concept led many Caddy fans to hope the maker would soon launch one or more "halo" cars.

Were Mark Twain covering the auto beat he might begin by declaring that reports of the death of Cadillac’s planned “halo” car have been greatly exaggerated.

There’ve been several widely discussed stories over the past few days suggesting that Cadillac has given up on a planned $100,000 “show-stopper,” possibly based on the Cadillac Ciel concept vehicle because General Motors bean-counters couldn’t pencil in an appropriate business case to justify the necessary investment.

TheDetroitBureau.com has been advised that, indeed, a “large luxury” model has been scrapped from the Cadillac plan. But several sources have stressed that the decision had more to do with the potential for that specific design than anything else.

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That does not impact the ongoing development of a large, rear-wheel-drive model that will sit atop the current Caddy lineup-topping XTS model. And preliminary work continues on several other possible halo vehicles that would be based off that big car’s platform.

It’s likely the luxury maker will reveal more when it unveils a large luxury concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, TheDetroitBureau.com has learned.

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