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    2014 Cadillac CTS To Start At $46,025*, VSport To Start At $59,995*



    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    June 13, 2013

    Cadillac has release the initial pricing information for the new 2014 CTS. For $46,025 (includes $925 destination charge), you get a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, six-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive.

    Standard equipment includes a eight-inch touch-screen with Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system, Bose 11-speaker audio system with Sirius XM and HD Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, a 5.7-inch LCD screen in the gauge cluster, remote start, and keyless entry and start.

    Cadillac has also announced the pricing for the CTS VSport which begins at $59,995. The VSport comes equipped with a twin-turbo 3.6L V6, eight-speed automatic, electronic limited-slip differential, and rear-wheel drive.

    Cadillac is staying quiet on the pricing on the Luxury, Performance, and Premium Collection trim packages; 3.6L V6 and all-wheel drive. We'll learn that when we get closer to the launch of the CTS.

    Source: Cadillac

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    All-New CTS Sedan Ascends into Midsize Luxury Segment

    • More than 20 new features come standard with all-new model launching this fall

    DETROIT – When the all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan arrives in dealerships this fall, it will offer more interior space, power and technology with more than 20 new standard features compared with the current model.

    Inside and out, the third-generation CTS sedan grows, ascending into the heart of the midsize luxury market, with an all-new design that is longer, lower and leaner. The new CTS is five inches longer, expanding interior space, but also 244 pounds lighter than the previous model. It is expected to be the lightest car in its segment.

    “CTS has always been Cadillac’s centerpiece, and as our brand expands and elevates the car properly grows to its true place” said David Leone, CTS executive chief engineer. “With last year’s addition of the award-winning ATS compact luxury sedan, CTS will directly challenge the luxury midsize competition with uncompromised performance, luxury and technology.”

    The 2014 CTS standard model will start at $46,025, including $925 destination. Three Collections of option packages – Luxury, Performance and Premium – will be offered with either the 2.0T turbocharged four cylinder or 3.6L naturally aspirated V6 engine in either rear- or all-wheel drive.

    CTS will be offered with a choice of three powertrains, including a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 272 horsepower and goes from zero to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds – 1.5 seconds faster than the outgoing model. Standard front Brembo brakes with ferritic-nitro carburizing, or FNC, anti-corrosion rotors give CTS braking performance that Cadillac expects to be best in the segment. Magnetic Ride Control, the world’s fastest-reacting suspension and a hallmark of V-Series models, is now standard on base models with 18-inch wheels.

    Selectable drive modes will allow drivers to adjust the vehicle’s performance dynamics for touring, ice and snow, or sport driving. The CTS Vsport model features the new Cadillac Twin-Turbo 3.6L V6 engine with an SAE-certified 420 horsepower and a “track” drive mode with specific Magnetic Ride Control calibration and enhanced throttle progression for greater track performance.

    The Vsport model contains the highest-performing components, led by the all-new Twin Turbo V6. The CTS Vsport model starts at $59,995, including $925 destination, and comes equipped with an electronic limited slip differential and eight-speed automatic transmission in RWD only.

    Inside, all CTS models are equipped with CUE, Cadillac’s breakthrough system for connectivity and control featuring an eight-inch fully reconfigurable touch screen. CUE brings tablet-like functionality into the CTS with functions such as haptic feedback to confirm selections, proximity sensing to reveal hidden icons, gesture recognition and capacitive touch. A 5.7-inch display in the instrument cluster allows the driver to control radio, phone and navigation functions through steering wheel controls without having to take his eyes off the road.

    CTS will come with an 11-speaker Bose premium audio system with HD radio capability. Users will have several options for streaming portable media devices with three USB ports and one auxiliary and SD card port.

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    And the Higher Prices have arrived. I expect the V will be in the $80K+ range this time around.

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    And the Higher Prices have arrived. I expect the V will be in the $80K+ range this time around.

    I share the expectation. GM appears to be on the right path with the core (read RWD/AWD) Cadillac models. It will take a while for the image building at Cadillac to be complete, but GM is doing it right (except for no AWD on the CTS V-Sport, IMHO). Also, the moving of Cadillac to pricing levels closer to (eventually equal to) the German trio means Buick gets more breathing room. As long as GM doesn't try to make Chevrolet an all-things-to-all-folks brand, that is...

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    While everything looks and sounds right and I was expecting a powerful turbo 4, I still think it sucks that we have gone down this road. Turbo and small engines do not make for long lasting power plants in my humble opinion. But then I grew up on big v8 engines.

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    i don't have an issue with 46k to start. we all know it will be under 40k by the end of the model year when discounts and incentives are in the mix.

    it's a healthy enough gap between buick + the ATS and this. And it's low enough to compete with the competition.

    I just hope the rear seat has room.......probably not...........

    I really do think the V Sport will sell like hotcakes.

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    And the Higher Prices have arrived. I expect the V will be in the $80K+ range this time around.

    I share the expectation. GM appears to be on the right path with the core (read RWD/AWD) Cadillac models. It will take a while for the image building at Cadillac to be complete, but GM is doing it right (except for no AWD on the CTS V-Sport, IMHO). Also, the moving of Cadillac to pricing levels closer to (eventually equal to) the German trio means Buick gets more breathing room. As long as GM doesn't try to make Chevrolet an all-things-to-all-folks brand, that is...

    I have been preaching the space being cleared for Buick to thrive with out stepping on Chevy or Cadillac.

    I ponder that the V could be in line for a strong AWD system since the price would give GM the ability to do it right. This would also set them apart form Buick and Chevy even more. I expect the V to have over 600 HP and they may need all 4 tires to put it down. The Extra Hp is useless if you can put it down or have to have the computer kill the power to get the car to hook up.

    AWD in the V would not surprise me at all. It also would give the reason to step up from the V sport.

    It would be good big picture marketing.

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    This is what I expected, pretty close to Audi A6 or Infiniti M pricing, and a little below BMW and Benz. If it sells, I wouldn't be surprised if they push the price up another $2,000 in year 2. It will be interesting to see what the sales are like, since the Lexus GS, A6 and Infiniti M aren't strong sellers in this class.

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    A good start. I hope GM does not chase the Germans by offering equipments that should be standard for this price range as options and charging arms, legs and crotches for them. Put the base priced directly in line with Germans, but offer tremendous value that should be the mantra.

    Like the 2014 Corvette, this car is another 99.9% (nothing is perfect) effort from GM unlike the other compromises we have seen.

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    no doubt it's a great car, but w/i ~10% of a vette w/o a v8? are they trying to limit the crowd for these new, when they obviously should have the most markup to see what the public wants anyway?

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    The 4-cylinder 5-series will start over $50k for 2014. I wouldn't pay $50k for a 4 cylinder either (assuming I could afford $50k to begin with), but people will. If it were me, I'd want my car in this class to have at least 6 cylinders. I love V8s, but the A6 3.0 and 535i have 0-60 times around 5.2 seconds, that is quick, a V8 isn't much quicker in everyday driving and is much thirstier.

    I know people will fork out $50k for the BMW, the question is will they pay $46k 4-cylinder Cadillac and over $50k I assume for 320 hp V6.

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    The 4-cylinder 5-series will start over $50k for 2014. I wouldn't pay $50k for a 4 cylinder either (assuming I could afford $50k to begin with), but people will. If it were me, I'd want my car in this class to have at least 6 cylinders. I love V8s, but the A6 3.0 and 535i have 0-60 times around 5.2 seconds, that is quick, a V8 isn't much quicker in everyday driving and is much thirstier.

    I know people will fork out $50k for the BMW, the question is will they pay $46k 4-cylinder Cadillac and over $50k I assume for 320 hp V6.

    I couldn't imagine paying $30k or more for a 4 cylinder. When I was younger, 4 cylinders were for cheap econoboxes. Times have changed, just very strange to see 4 cylinders--which were the very definition of 'low end'--- being in premium priced cars. At least they aren't FWD...

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    The Jaguar XF 2.0 is $47,000, but $50,000 will get you the 340 hp supercharged V6. I don't know if these car companies are putting the 4-cylinders in for CAFE or to keep the price under $50k, or as a way to say $47k gets you the crap engine, so pay $3,000 more for the good one. Perhaps it is all of the above, but I wouldn't want a 4-banger in a mid-level luxury car even if the 8-speed tranny makes it accelerate like a V6.

    The only exception I can see is a diesel 4-cylinder because it has loads of torque and possibly 40 mpg, that makes it a sensible buy especially for people that do a lot of highway driving.

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    The pricing puts it at about $1600~3200 less than an equivalent 5-series. Not out of place as a "sticketr price"

    The real question is how much discount GM will end up bribing customers with... nobody pays MSRP... not even for BMWs.

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    The Jaguar XF 2.0 is $47,000, but $50,000 will get you the 340 hp supercharged V6. I don't know if these car companies are putting the 4-cylinders in for CAFE or to keep the price under $50k, or as a way to say $47k gets you the crap engine, so pay $3,000 more for the good one. Perhaps it is all of the above, but I wouldn't want a 4-banger in a mid-level luxury car even if the 8-speed tranny makes it accelerate like a V6.

    The only exception I can see is a diesel 4-cylinder because it has loads of torque and possibly 40 mpg, that makes it a sensible buy especially for people that do a lot of highway driving.

    Jaguar doesn't care about CAFE, it's a small fine (per car) and they actually itemized it added it to the sticker (really*)! When the XF first came out it had two V8 powerplants -- with or without supercharging -- that's it. It stayed that way from the 2009 through 2011 model year, although the 2010 and 2011 V8s are 5.0L vs 4.2L in the 2009 cars. 2012s actually got a face lift and the new engines but NOT the 8-speed. 2013 brought the 8-speed online. Under Tata, Jaguar has a progressive product upgrade strategy, every year brings something new instead of waiting 4~5 years for a major overhaul of the model.

    *I just acquired a 2010 XF Supercharged (5.0L SC w/ 470 bhp) to replace the 2005 C55 AMG... they kept the original window sticker.

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    The Jaguar XF 2.0 is $47,000, but $50,000 will get you the 340 hp supercharged V6. I don't know if these car companies are putting the 4-cylinders in for CAFE or to keep the price under $50k, or as a way to say $47k gets you the crap engine, so pay $3,000 more for the good one. Perhaps it is all of the above, but I wouldn't want a 4-banger in a mid-level luxury car even if the 8-speed tranny makes it accelerate like a V6.

    The only exception I can see is a diesel 4-cylinder because it has loads of torque and possibly 40 mpg, that makes it a sensible buy especially for people that do a lot of highway driving.

    Jaguar doesn't care about CAFE, it's a small fine (per car) and they actually itemized it added it to the sticker (really*)! When the XF first came out it had two V8 powerplants -- with or without supercharging -- that's it. It stayed that way from the 2009 through 2011 model year, although the 2010 and 2011 V8s are 5.0L vs 4.2L in the 2009 cars. 2012s actually got a face lift and the new engines but NOT the 8-speed. 2013 brought the 8-speed online. Under Tata, Jaguar has a progressive product upgrade strategy, every year brings something new instead of waiting 4~5 years for a major overhaul of the model.

    *I just acquired a 2010 XF Supercharged (5.0L SC w/ 470 bhp) to replace the 2005 C55 AMG... they kept the original window sticker.

    How do you like the Jaguar? I drove a 2009 XF, not supercharged, and it was nice but it feels cramped because of the high belt line. I think even the 09's will be out of my price range, unless it has 90k miles or something, and I don't want that.

    Jaguar probably doesn't care about CAFE, but they do care about getting buyers, and I think V8 and Super V8 was overkill for most people. Offering 4 and 6 cylinders gives adequate performance and fuel economy that people want, because 15/23 might turn a lot of people away too.

    The turbo 4 is hitting all these luxury cars because an engine like that can make 250-270 lb-ft of torque at a low rpm and with an 8 speed transmission that can get a 0-60 time under 7 seconds which is more than adequate for most. But like Cubical, I still wouldn't want one, I'd want a 6-cylinder at least.

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    How do you like the Jaguar? I drove a 2009 XF, not supercharged, and it was nice but it feels cramped because of the high belt line. I think even the 09's will be out of my price range, unless it has 90k miles or something, and I don't want that.

    Jaguar probably doesn't care about CAFE, but they do care about getting buyers, and I think V8 and Super V8 was overkill for most people. Offering 4 and 6 cylinders gives adequate performance and fuel economy that people want, because 15/23 might turn a lot of people away too.

    The turbo 4 is hitting all these luxury cars because an engine like that can make 250-270 lb-ft of torque at a low rpm and with an 8 speed transmission that can get a 0-60 time under 7 seconds which is more than adequate for most. But like Cubical, I still wouldn't want one, I'd want a 6-cylinder at least.

    The 2009 has the "old" 4.2 V8. For 2010 through 2012 they had the 5.0 VVT/VVL DI V8s -- both supercharged @ 470~510hp and NA @ 385 hp. The engine is smooth enough and pretty quick revving (for a cross plane V8), but it is a little noisier than the 4.2 due to Direct Injection. Mileage is not bad for the kind of car and engine that they are... 15/21 is actually NOT BAD considering that you are talking about a 4300 lbs car with a 470 or 510 hp engine. The M5 which is in a similar weight and output bracket is 11/17 MPG. For 2013 they added the 2.0T and 3.0 S/C.

    The 2013 2.0T is 7.9 secs to 60 mph. I had one as a loaner during warranty service of the XF (audible belt noise / tensioner issue). Driving experience is mixed. It is surprising peppy once it gets in its game or if you keep the revs up above 3000 rpm. The car feels faster than it actually is when driven hard and the I4 is in fact quieter than the V8. The problem with the 2.0T is that at idle or when lugging around at 1500~2000 rpm (which the 8-speed tranny likes to do) stepping on the gas brings a almost 1 sec of slug like acceleration before load builds and the turbo spools enough to get the car moving with enthusiasm. Also, the I4 revs slower than the V8 (even when you just blip the throttle in neutral). With a $3K price difference which covers not just the engine but also additional cabin equipment I'll say the 3.0 S/C is a much better buy. Anyone looking at a $50K car is not going to car much about whether it is 19/30 or 17/28 mpg.

    The 2.0T BTW is a Ford engine except for the dress cover. It is the same exact power plant as you will find in the Focus ST or the Fusion in exactly the same tune making the same torque and 2 hp less than Ford's applications mainly due to the XF's quieter exhaust.

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      One item that we were disappointed not to have on our test ATS-V was blind spot monitoring. This is part of a $1,500 Safety and Security package that also adds lane keep assist, forward collision alert, rear-cross traffic alert, and more. For a vehicle that begins that begins just a hair over $62,000, you think blind spot monitor would be standard. It should.
      Cadillac has been making great strides since the first-generation CTS-V and the ATS-V is the beneficiary of it. The powertrains will nail you to your seats and the handling can match or surpass the class leaders. But Cadillac is still stumbling over some simple things such as the interior materials and the infotainment system. It is an amazing driving vehicle, but it is let down by the interior.
      At the end of the week, I couldn’t deny this is an impressive vehicle even with the interior issues. It was very much worth the long wait.
      Cheers: Jaw-Dropping performance, Sharp handling, Looks that make it stand out from the crowd
      Jeers: Carbon Fiber package isn't worth the money or worry, Interior doesn't feel like it is worth the price, CUE
      Disclaimer: Cadillac Provided the ATS-V, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2016
      Make: Cadillac
      Model: ATS-V Coupe
      Trim: N/A
      Engine: 3.6L SIDI DOHC Twin-Turbo V6
      Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, Rear-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 464 @ 5,850
      Torque @ RPM: 445 @ 3,500
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 16/24/19
      Curb Weight: 3,803 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Lansing, MI
      Base Price: $62,665
      As Tested Price: $79,205 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Carbon Fiber Package - $5,000.00
      Recaro Performance Seats - $2,300.00
      Luxury Package - $2,100.00
      8-Speed Automatic Transmission - $2,000.00
      Performance Data Recorder - $1,300.00
      Power Sunroof - $1,050.00
      18-inch Polished Wheels - $900.00
      Dark Gold Brembo Calipers - $595.00
      Sueded Microfiber Steering Wheels and Shifter - $300.00
    • By William Maley
      Cadillac is offering 400 of its smallest dealers a buyout if they don't want to be part of the ambitious and contentious Project Pinnacle.
      Automotive News reports the offers will range from $100,000 to $180,000. The dealers eligible for the buyout sold less than 50 new Cadillac models in 2015. While the 400 dealers make up 43 percent of Cadillac's total number of dealers in the U.S. (around 925), this group only made up 9 percent of total sales last year.
      Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen said the buyouts is to give those an alternative who don't want to forward with the new program.
      “This is going to be a long, arduous and challenging journey and certainly not one for the faint-hearted. Some people may choose to make life a little easier than what lies ahead,” said de Nysschen.
      de Nysschen did say while Cadillac has too many dealers compared to their rivals, the buyout program isn't meant to be seen as a way to get rid of low-volume dealers. 
      Project Pinnacle is a new incentive program that will separate dealers into five tiers based on sales volume. Each tier offers a varying level of customer perk along with different requirements for services and facilities. For example, small stores cannot stock vehicles on site. Instead, they would offer a virtual showroom for customers to explore and order a vehicle. This program has gotten backlash from dealer groups, saying it would violate franchise laws and be unfair to the smaller dealers. 
      Those who have been offered the buyout have until November 21st to either take it or move forward with Project Pinnacle, which is expected to begin January 1st.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
       

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    • By William Maley
      Cadillac is offering 400 of its smallest dealers a buyout if they don't want to be part of the ambitious and contentious Project Pinnacle.
      Automotive News reports the offers will range from $100,000 to $180,000. The dealers eligible for the buyout sold less than 50 new Cadillac models in 2015. While the 400 dealers make up 43 percent of Cadillac's total number of dealers in the U.S. (around 925), this group only made up 9 percent of total sales last year.
      Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen said the buyouts is to give those an alternative who don't want to forward with the new program.
      “This is going to be a long, arduous and challenging journey and certainly not one for the faint-hearted. Some people may choose to make life a little easier than what lies ahead,” said de Nysschen.
      de Nysschen did say while Cadillac has too many dealers compared to their rivals, the buyout program isn't meant to be seen as a way to get rid of low-volume dealers. 
      Project Pinnacle is a new incentive program that will separate dealers into five tiers based on sales volume. Each tier offers a varying level of customer perk along with different requirements for services and facilities. For example, small stores cannot stock vehicles on site. Instead, they would offer a virtual showroom for customers to explore and order a vehicle. This program has gotten backlash from dealer groups, saying it would violate franchise laws and be unfair to the smaller dealers. 
      Those who have been offered the buyout have until November 21st to either take it or move forward with Project Pinnacle, which is expected to begin January 1st.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
       
    • By William Maley
      When Chevrolet announced the 2017 Bolt's range last week, they hinted that the model would have a price tag of under $37,500 and would qualify for the maximum $7,500 tax credit. Today, Chevrolet announced the starting price for the Bolt will be $37,495 when it arrives at dealers later this year. The company is quick to point out that the price drops to $29,995 once you add in the $7,500 federal tax credit. But we need to stress that this tax credit cannot be used during the purchase of the Bolt, so you're still paying the $37,495.

      The base Bolt LT will come equipped with a regen-on-demand steering wheel paddle, 10.2-inch touchscreen, backup camera, and more. Premier models feature leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, surround view camera, and the rear camera mirror. Chevrolet hasn't announced pricing for Premier at this time.
      Source: Chevrolet
      Press Release is on Page 2


      DETROIT – The Chevrolet Bolt EV set the range benchmark for an affordable EV capable of going the distance by offering an EPA-rated 238 miles on a full charge. Now, Chevrolet is keeping its promise to offer the Bolt EV at an affordable price by confirming a base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $37,495 including destination charge. Depending on individual tax situations, customers may receive an available federal tax credit of up to $7,500 for a net value of $29,995.
      “Value is a hallmark for Chevrolet and the pricing of the Bolt EV proves we’re serious about delivering the first affordable EV with plenty of range for our customers,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and leader of Global Chevrolet. “We have kept our promise yet again, first on range and now on price.”
      Bolt EV buyers will find range, cargo space, technology and safety features standard in a great vehicle with crossover proportions. The thrill of driving an EV, along with the sales and service support of a nationwide network of Bolt EV certified Chevrolet dealers, makes the Bolt EV a smart buy for any customer.
      The well-equipped LT trim starts at $37,495 and comes with standard features that include, among others, Regen on Demand™ steering wheel paddle, rear vision camera, 10.2-inch diagonal color touch screen and MICHELIN™ Self-sealing tires (in certain circumstances). The top trim Premier includes all LT equipment plus additional standard features such as leather-appointed seats, front and rear heated seats, surround camera and rear camera mirror. Pricing includes destination and freight charges and excludes tax, title, license and dealer fees. The Bolt EV will be available at select dealerships in late 2016.

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