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Cadillac, Lincoln Stuck in Neutral

Domestic luxury brands gain little traction in 2012.

by on Jan.04, 2013

Cadillac is hoping to see the ATS win North American Car of the Year honors, which could put its sales push back into gear.

The long-promised revival of Detroit’s two main luxury brands failed to materialize in 2012 despite the launch of some major new products that generated largely positive reviews.

Both Ford Motor Co.’s Lincoln and General Motors’ Cadillac wound up losing market share last year – 4.1% and 1.7% respectively — despite the makers’ anticipated improvements . Only the near-luxury GM brand Buick posted a modest, 1.6% gain for the year, though company officials insist the real test will come in 2013.

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That’s quite likely the case, says David Sullivan, of AutoPacific, Inc. “Looking back at 2012, I would say they were semi-disappointing and if we didn’t know there was promising new product in the pipeline it would be pretty bleak.”


Lincoln, Cadillac “Reinventing” Themselves

Will luxury import buyers notice?

by on Nov.08, 2012

The 2013 MKZ with Lincoln design chief Max Woolf.

They were once the benchmarks of the luxury market but today, Detroit’s Cadillac and Lincoln brands struggle in the shadows of better-known imports like Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and BMW, the latter now the world’s largest premium automotive manufacturer.

But the coming months could be critical for the two domestic luxury marques as they both launch critical products that could help redefine their brands – and as they prepare for the critical step of going global.

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For Caddy, the 2013 model-year brings the launch of the big XTS and, arguably more important, the ATS, a compact sedan challenging the likes of the segment-defining BMW 3-Series.

As for its cross-town rival, Ford Motor Company’s luxury division is set to launch the first of four major new products, the MKZ, which Rich Kreder, the program’s Vehicle Integration Manager, calls, “The first really important step in redefining Lincoln.”