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First Drive: Cadillac XT5

Catching up to a shifting market.

by on Mar.09, 2016

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 replaces the old SRX. It will be joined by 3 other new Caddy CUVs.

A lot has changed over the last 17 years. When Cadillac launched the original Escalade, the idea of a luxury SUV seemed something of an oxymoron. Five years later, Caddy was again at the cutting edge with the debut of its car-based crossover-utility vehicle, the SRX.

Today, however, utility vehicles — whether car-based or classic “truck-trucks” — rule the road, both in the mainstream and the luxury market. And, if anything, Cadillac has fallen behind competitors like Mercedes-Benz and BMW. The Detroit maker plans to launch four new CUVs by the end of the decade, starting with the Cadillac XT5, the new replacement for the aging SRX.

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To get a sense of what Caddy’s delivered, we headed for the hills – the mountainous terrain east of San Diego, where we had a chance to check out both the luxurious side of the new Cadillac XT5 as well as to see how it handled some seriously aggressive driving maneuvers.

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First Drive: 2017 Cadillac CT6

Shooting to become the “standard of the world”…again.

by on Jan.26, 2016

The 2017 Cadillac CT6 will run from around $60,000 to $88,000 for a loaded Platinum edition.

We’ve seen some intriguing entries from Cadillac in recent years, such as the third-generation CTS and the smaller ATS line. But it’s been a seeming lifetime since the Detroit luxury brand could lay honest claim to being the “standard of the world.”

Now that it’s moved its headquarters to New York and laid down plans to roll out a procession of new models, might General Motors’ flagship brand finally be back on the right road? If any new model gives us an indication of where Cadillac is heading, it’s got to be the new CT6 sedan.

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Yes, the name is confusing, as it signals plans to tweak the brand’s alphanumeric model designations — again. But don’t get hung up on the name. The 2017 Cadillac CT6 is the maker’s first new offering we’ve seen in years that serves up an unabashed challenge to dominant import luxury marques like Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus. (more…)

Cadillac Adds New ATS Coupe to Line-Up

New 2-door expected to be nimbler, "more fun to drive."

by on Jan.14, 2014

Cadillac has beefed up the performance and handling of the new-for-2015 ATS Coupe.

Cadillac’s downsized ATS sedan is about to be joined by a new coupe – which is making its debut today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. And it promises to be a seriously fun ride.

The 2015 ATS Coupe is the smallest 2-door ever offered by Caddy, and it follows a very different design direction from the earlier, over-the-top CTS Coupe and reflects the general toning-down of the edgy Art & Science design language Cadillac first introduced more than a decade ago.

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“What you see is a clear progression for the brand,” explains Andrew Smith, Cadillac’s new executive design director, adding that the goal was to blend the familiar Cadillac hard creases on softer, more “subtle forms.”

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On the Road to the Geeks’ Final Four

Could these roboteers design a future replacement of the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon?

by on May.03, 2012

We stop for a picture outside the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis while robots do battle inside.

ST. LOUIS – Someday, the high-energy teenagers competing at the FIRST Robotics World Championship may be the ones designing some future successor to this Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon.

In fact, General Motors is counting on it. That’s why the automaker sponsors 74 teams in the international competition. In fact, the company estimates that it has reached 10,000 students – in the last year alone.

We were in St. Louis because our son is a member of the H.O.T. Team #67, which is a partnership between GM’s Milford Proving Grounds and Huron Valley Schools in Milford, Mich. Every year, proving ground engineers with the highly decorated team mentor the high school students as they build a robot to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition. FIRST introduces a new game every year so each robot has to be designed to play that year’s game.

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The goal behind FIRST is to encourage young people to study science, technology, engineering and technology (STEM). And GM is hoping some of those young people might be the next designers, engineers and technologists who will make some future generation of what is generally recognized as the automaker’s best car.

Truth be told, the current version is already pretty good.

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First drive: Cadillac CTS Coupe

New two door is sexiest Cadillac ever.

by on Dec.02, 2010

The Cadillac CTS Coupe has a sexy shape that likes strikingly different compared to the sedan.

A friend from long ago once said that he would always own two-doors. This was long before the days of children, or even taking business associates to lunch, but one has to wonder, did he ever succumb to the convenience of those extra doors?

Cadillac CTS buyers are now confronted by such decisions. If you’re in the market, do you walk past the attractive sedan – not to mention the really useful wagon – and head straight for the sexy new coupe?

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And, oh, what a luscious coupe it is. This is no mere two-door version of the CTS. Unlike some two-doors, which have very similar profiles compared to their four-door brethren, nobody will ever have to count door handles to figure out if the CTS they are looking at is a sedan or coupe. Did someone say something about door handles? Unlike other CTS models, the coupe doesn’t even have them. The doors open with the push of a recessed soft-touch button.
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