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    2014 Cadillac XTS Coming With An Optional Twin Turbo V6



    By William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    May 15, 2013

    As General Motors told us back in March and is now fact: The 2014 Cadillac XTS will get twin-turbocharged 3.6L V6 engine that premiered in the 2014 CTS. In the XTS, the twin-turbo 3.6L produces 410 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque (down 10 horsepower and 61 pound-feet compared to the CTS). The twin-turbo 3.6L will be paired with a six-speed automatic. Models equipped with the twin-turbo will have a unique grille and deck lid identification. The current DI 3.6L V6 will remain as the XTS' base engine.

    Also new for the 2014 XTS is an optional Automatic Parking Assist which uses a ultrasonic sensors to find a spot and then the vehicle takes control of moving the vehicle into place. The driver controls the accelerator, brake, and transmission.

    Other changes for the 2014 XTS include electric power steering, Intellibeam headlights that automatically switch between high- and low-beam, optional rear-seat entertainment system, and number of other items.

    No word yet if the 2014 Cadillac XTS will see a price increase or not.

    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.

    Press Release is on Page 2


    Cadillac XTS - 2014

    New for 2014

    - Cadillac Twin-Turbo V-6 with 410 hp (306 kW) – SAE certified

    - Automatic Parking Assist (FWD models)

    - Electric power steering (FWD models)

    - Intellibeam headlamps

    - Rear-seat entertainment system

    - Front passenger seat memory feature

    - Revised rear-seat armrest with wood trim, radio controls and sunshade control (if equipped)

    - Opaque sunroof sunshade

    2014 CADILLAC XTS OFFERS TWIN-TURBO V-6, AUTOMATIC PARKING ASSIST

    The Cadillac XTS is one of the most technologically advanced production cars in the brand's history, delivering the space, elegance and dramatic presence that are brand signatures in a unique package tuned for a new generation of luxury customers.

    Cadillac's all-new, power-dense Twin-Turbo V-6 engine highlights new features for 2014, along with technologies including available Automatic Parking Assist and Intellibeam, as well as electric power steering on all front-wheel-drive models. Additional new and revised features include:

    - An available rear-seat entertainment system with twin DVD screens that fold out of the backs of the front seats

    - Available front passenger seat memory feature

    - Revised rear-seat armrest with wood trim, radio controls and sunshade control (if equipped)

    - Opaque sunroof sunshade.

    XTS is offered in a well-equipped standard model and three optional collections: Luxury, Premium and Platinum. The XTS Platinum represents the highest level of technology and luxury, including a unique front appearance, wheels and interior colors, materials and trim.

    Highlights for all collections include:

    - Standard direct-injected 3.6L V-6 with lightweight features, including integrated cylinder heads/exhaust manifolds

    - Available advanced all-wheel-drive system with electronically controlled limited-slip differential

    - Magnetic Ride Control, rear air springs, HiPer Strut front suspension and Brembo front brakes – all standard

    - Standard 19-inch wheels and available 20-inch wheels

    - Capless fuel tank filler for easier, cleaner refueling

    - Folding rear-seat head restraints that enhance rear visibility

    - Safety Alert Seat that pulses to alert the driver

    - Intervening braking system that lessens or avoids potential collisions

    - Short- and long-range radar systems that support adaptive cruise control, front/rear automatic brakes and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

    XTS is the only luxury sedan with standard Magnetic Ride Control – the world's fastest-reacting suspension – while the advanced all-wheel-drive system uses Haldex technology with an electronic limited-slip differential to transfer power front-to-back, and side-to-side, along the rear axle. It is available on all three collections.

    The XTS is also the most spacious Cadillac sedan, tailored to provide roominess in a more efficiently sized package. It offers more interior space than midsize luxury cars and is comparable to full-size sedans, particularly in the rear seat area, where it has 40 inches (1,016 mm) of rear legroom. That's about four more inches than the BMW 5 Series, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and about two more inches than the Audi A6.

    And when it comes to trunk space, the XTS is in a league of its own, with 18 cubic feet (509 L), exceeding both midsize and full-size competitors – more than Audi A6 and A8L, BMW 5 and 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz E- and S-Class. For XTS customers, the cargo advantage means room for five or more suitcases.

    XTS design and exterior features

    XTS's hardware and spatial dimensions are the foundational layers that support exceptional surface detail. Multidimensional elements, including the grille, headlamps and accent lighting, coalesce to give the XTS a presence and attention to detail unlike any Cadillac that has come before it.

    The XTS's surface details also convey a more nuanced design philosophy, bringing elegance with refined, graceful forms and surfaces working harmoniously with established Cadillac linear forms. Additional features include:

    - Unique "Twin-Turbo" grille and deck lid identification on models equipped with the 3.6L twin-turbo engine

    - Premium chrome/satin-chrome grille finish on Platinum Collection

    - Intellibeam automatic headlamp control is standard on Luxury, Premium and Platinum Collections

    - Illuminating door handles are standard on all Luxury, Premium and Platinum Collections

    - Capless fuel-filling system is standard on all models

    - High-intensity discharge headlamps with Twilight Sentinel are standard on all models

    - Adaptive Forward Lighting is standard on Premium and Platinum collections

    - LED center high-mounted rear stop lamp is standard on all models

    - Heated outside mirrors with auto-dimming feature, turn-signal indicators and puddle lamps are standard on all models

    - Rainsense automatic windshield wipers are standard on Luxury, Premium and Platinum collections

    - Nineteen-inch polished aluminum wheels are standard on Luxury and Premium Collections

    - Twenty-inch aluminum wheels with polished finish and chrome inserts are standard on the Platinum Collection

    - Eight exterior color choices: Radiant Silver Metallic, Black Raven, Crystal Red Tintcoat, White Diamond Tricoat, Graphite Metallic, Black Diamond Tricoat, Silver Coast Metallic and Sapphire Blue Metallic.

    XTS interior features

    Like the exterior, the XTS's cabin extolls a multidimensional philosophy in a bold, elegant design that is also very efficient in the ways it encompasses passengers and cargo. It represents Cadillac's new expression of luxury also in its use of authentic materials and unprecedented connectivity. Platinum Collection models feature a fully wrapped leather interior with microfiber sueded headliner, as well as premium wood trim on the steering wheel, console, center stack, instrument panel and door panels.

    Seating trim is offered with Soleil Keisel surfaces or premium Opus full leather – both with perforated detailing. Heated and ventilated seats are also offered. Additional interior features include:

    - Adaptive remote start is standard on all models

    - Audio system with Bose premium eight-speaker sound is standard on the base model and Luxury Collection

    - Bose Studio Surround Sound with 14-speaker system with energy-efficient amplifier is standard on Premium and Platinum Collections

    - Rear-seat entertainment system is available on Premium and Platinum Collections

    - SiriusXM Satellite Radio (with free trial period) and HD radio are standard on all models

    - Tri-zone automatic climate control is standard on Premium and Platinum Collections Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard on the base model and Luxury Collection

    - Leather-wrapped IP and door trim top pad, along with the center console, is standard on the Platinum Collection

    - Color, reconfigurable 12.3-inch gauge cluster with driver information center is standard on Premium and Platinum Collections

    - Head-Up Display with color readouts is standard on the Premium and Platinum Collections

    - Illuminated entry and courtesy lighting is standard on all models

    - Accent lighting, including LED spotlights with light pipes, is standard on Luxury, Premium and Platinum Collections

    - Soleil Keisel leather seating surfaces with mini-perforated inserts are standard on the Standard model, Luxury and Premium Collections

    - Opus full-leather seats with mini-perforated inserts are standard on the Platinum Collection

    - Heated driver/front passenger and outboard rear passenger seats and vented driver/front passenger seats are standard on Luxury, Premium and Platinum Collections

    - Leather-accented steering wheel with wood accents and tap up/tap down transmission controls is standard

    - Heated steering wheel is standard on Luxury, Premium and Platinum Collections

    - Power rear window shade and manual rear side window shades are available on the Premium Collection and standard on the Platinum Collection

    - Real wood trim is incorporated on all models

    - Six interior color/trim combinations: Jet Black, Shale with Cocoa accents, Medium Titanium with Jet Black accents, Caramel with Jet Black accents, Jet Black with Light Wheat accents and Very Light Platinum with Dark Urban and Cocoa accents.

    CUE details

    Cadillac CUE is standard on all models. Its heart is the standard eight-inch (203 mm) screen in the center stack, the faceplate below the screen and the steering wheel controls. Features include capacitive-touch control with proximity sensing, haptic feedback, gesture recognition and natural voice recognition.

    A 12.3-inch (312 mm) reconfigurable instrument cluster is standard on Premium and Platinum Collections. It features vibrant graphic displays showcased among four driver-selectable themes, ranging from minimal to extensive information. And while it is the prominent element in the XTS's technological character, CUE is part of a more comprehensive and layered approach to the car's design, capabilities and performance.

    XTS powertrains

    The new Cadillac Twin-Turbo 3.6L V-6 is available in the XTS, delivering SAE-certified 410 horsepower (306 kW) and 369 lb.-ft. of torque (500 Nm), making it one of the most power-dense six-cylinder engines in the segment. A pair of smaller turbochargers and an efficient charge air cooler help provide more immediate power delivery, while peak torque is sustained over a broad range – 1,900 to 5,600 rpm – for a confident feeling of power in almost all driving conditions, such as accelerating or overtaking traffic on the highway.

    The twin-turbo engine is a comprehensive upgrade on the 60-degree, 3.6L DOHC V-6 that is offered as the standard engine in the XTS. However, almost every component is unique. New features include:

    - All-new cylinder block casting

    - Strengthened connecting rods

    - Machined, domed aluminum pistons with top steel ring carrier for greater strength

    - 10.2:1 compression ratio

    - Patented, integrated charge air cooler system with low-volume air ducts

    - Two turbochargers produce more than 12 pounds of boost (80 kPa)

    - Vacuum-actuated wastegates with electronic control valves

    - All-new direct injection fuel system

    - Tuned air inlet and outlet resonators, aluminum cam covers and other features that contribute to exceptional quietness and smoothness.

    The cylinder heads are also unique to the Cadillac Twin-Turbo. They feature a high-tumble intake port design that enhances the motion of the air charge for a more-efficient burn when it is mixed with the direct-injected fuel and ignited in the combustion chamber.

    The XTS's standard 3.6L V-6 is rated at 304 horsepower (224 kW) and 264 lb.-ft. of torque (355 Nm). Lightweight features help reduce overall weight for greater efficiency and a more favorable front-to-rear weight balance. Examples include a composite intake manifold that saves approximately 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg) over the weight of a comparable aluminum intake and an integrated cylinder head/exhaust manifold design that saves approximately 13 pounds (6 kg) per engine.

    The engines are matched with six-speed automatic transmissions with tap-shift control.

    XTS driving experience

    A layered approach to the driving experience relies on new and established technologies – all rooted in a stiff structure. The body is infused with strategically placed, ultra-high-strength steel for strength and crash protection, and serves as the foundation for the advanced chassis system.

    A smart all-wheel-drive system with Haldex technology – with an electronic limited-slip differential that splits torque between the rear wheels – complements an advanced HiPer Strut front suspension and standard Magnetic Ride Control real-time damping to give the XTS sure-footed, confident and comfortable ride and handling traits. A linked H-arm design with "air springs" comprises the rear suspension.

    HiPer Strut is based on the MacPherson strut front suspension design and features dual-path top mountings that separate the transfer of spring and damper loads to the body structure. It improves ride-and-handling characteristics in four significant ways:

    - Provides more linear and communicative steering through improved camber control

    - Improves impact isolation on bumps and rough surfaces

    - Reduces torque steer

    - Improves vehicle sensitivity to tire irregularities and wheel imbalance.

    Magnetic Ride Control delivers precise body motion control – "reading" the road every millisecond and changing damping in just five milliseconds. It replaces conventional mechanical-valve shocks with electronically controlled shocks filled with a magneto-rheological fluid containing minute iron particles. Under the presence of magnetic charge, the iron particles align to provide damping resistance almost instantly.

    New for 2014, a premium electric, variable-assist power steering gear is employed with all front-wheel-drive models. It is designed to deliver excellent response and on-center characteristics, while enhancing efficiency by drawing energy only when the wheels are turned.

    StabiliTrak electronic stability control is standard on all models, along with variable-effort steering and four-wheel disc brakes (front Brembo brakes) with four-channel antilock brakes – all features that add important layers of control to the driving experience. Like Magnetic Ride Control, XTS borrows the Brembo braking technology from Cadillac's V-Series of high-performance models.

    XTS safety

    The XTS's technology fundamentally supports a range of advanced safety features, based on a "control and alert" strategy that extends the vision around the vehicle. It helps drivers identify potential crash situations and even intervenes when a crash threat appears more imminent, employing visual, audible and tactile (vibration) alerts, depending on the feature.

    The alerts are designed to identify obstacles with sufficient warning to give the driver time to react and make changes – including the Safety Alert Seat feature, which vibrates either the left or right side of the driver's seat cushion, depending on the location of the impending concern. The intervening features, including Automatic Collision Preparation and front and rear automatic brakes, take over if the threat appears more immediate or the driver does not react to previous alerts.

    The Driver Awareness Packageis standard on the Premium and Platinum Collections and available on the Luxury Collection. It includes:

    - Lane Departure Warning

    - Forward Collision Alert

    - Safety Alert Seat

    - Side Blind Zone Alert

    - Rear Cross Traffic Alert

    - Reflected LED display.

    The new Intellibeam feature automatically deploys high-beam headlamps when needed and instantly turns them down when oncoming traffic is detected.

    The Driver Assist Package is standard on the Platinum and available on Premium Collections. It includes:

    - The Driver Awareness Package

    - Adaptive Cruise Control

    - Front Automatic Brake

    - Rear Automatic Brake

    - Automatic Collision Preparation.

    Additional safety features include dual-stage frontal air bags, knee air bags, side-impact air bags, head-curtain air bags and seat side-impact air bags for outboard rear passengers. Also, a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines is standard on Luxury, Premium and Platinum Collections. Head-up display and full-speed adaptive cruise control are available.

    The XTS also offers Automatic Parking Assist, which enables the car to parks itself in parallel spaces. It uses ultrasonic sensors to locate a suitable space and maneuver the car into the space. The driver is required to only engage reverse and apply the accelerator and brake pedals.

    XTS and OnStar

    One year of OnStar Directions and Connections service is standard on XTS. OnStar is the global leading provider of connected safety, security and mobility solutions and advanced information technology.

    OnStar's RemoteLink Mobile App allows smartphone users to control vehicle functions, access vehicle information and send directions directly to the vehicle. An opt-in service called FamilyLink allows subscribers to stay connected to loved ones by checking the location of their vehicle online or by signing up for vehicle location alerts.

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    I don't really see the point when it will still have over 60% of the weight on the front axle. Power doesn't fix FWD weight distribution. Although there are probably some old guys reliving the muscle car era that will pay the price premium for more power and like how it is fast in a straight line. So from a money making standpoint, it makes sense.

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    I agree with Drew, I drove both a FWD and AWD model and I was really surprised. This is not your Grandfathers FWD. The FWD is really well controlled and the AWD is amazingly well balanced.

    I would say that many could not tell the difference between the AWD XTS and an Audi.

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    I have not driven one, but it seems to me like making a twin turbo Lexus ES or the MKS Ecoboost is the best comparison. In the MKS's case the power is nice for more straight line power, but you still don't have handling. 400 hp makes sense in the CTS since it has the chassis to handle it, it makes less sense in an XTS. A driving enthusiast is going to pick the CTS over the XTS because the CTS will always handle better due to less weight, 50/50 balance, rwd, etc. Acura could make a 420 hp RLX, yet it won't be as good as a CTS or 5-series because it is a FWD Accord underneath. Putting 400 hp in an Acura, Lincoln, Volvo or XTS is basically pointless from a driving standpoint, from a business standpoint it makes sense because there are always people that will pay the extra $5000 for power they can't really use.

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    To all the people that say GM can not make this a great handling car let me remind them what GM did with FWD cars like the Cobalt SS and Buick GS. I get very interested in this car thinking of what GM could do with an AWD system on it.

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    GM has a pretty good handle on the torque steer.
    Also since GM closed down the GM Performance division they have put these good people to work on the new platforms from the start vs. just tuning a single performance version. This is one of the greatest moves GM has done. That is why the regular non performance cars are so well tuned and when the performance version like the CTS V and ATS V it will only get better.

    Hell my HHR SS was tuned by them and I can drive circles around most cars on some of the bumpiest roads. No more of this GM performance tuning where it has to be a dead smooth surface to get great performance. GM can tune a car with any of the best in the world now. That includes this car. It also shows in the Impala too.

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    I have not driven one, but it seems to me like making a twin turbo Lexus ES or the MKS Ecoboost is the best comparison. In the MKS's case the power is nice for more straight line power, but you still don't have handling. 400 hp makes sense in the CTS since it has the chassis to handle it, it makes less sense in an XTS. A driving enthusiast is going to pick the CTS over the XTS because the CTS will always handle better due to less weight, 50/50 balance, rwd, etc. Acura could make a 420 hp RLX, yet it won't be as good as a CTS or 5-series because it is a FWD Accord underneath. Putting 400 hp in an Acura, Lincoln, Volvo or XTS is basically pointless from a driving standpoint, from a business standpoint it makes sense because there are always people that will pay the extra $5000 for power they can't really use.

    The XTS is a far better handler than the MKS Ecoboost and a universe beyond the ES. With the Magnetic ride control and AWD that can and does bias to the rear, GM can make the platform do whatever they want. You really need to drive the car aggressively like I've had the chance to, back to back with an E-Class.

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    I have not driven one, but it seems to me like making a twin turbo Lexus ES or the MKS Ecoboost is the best comparison. In the MKS's case the power is nice for more straight line power, but you still don't have handling. 400 hp makes sense in the CTS since it has the chassis to handle it, it makes less sense in an XTS. A driving enthusiast is going to pick the CTS over the XTS because the CTS will always handle better due to less weight, 50/50 balance, rwd, etc. Acura could make a 420 hp RLX, yet it won't be as good as a CTS or 5-series because it is a FWD Accord underneath. Putting 400 hp in an Acura, Lincoln, Volvo or XTS is basically pointless from a driving standpoint, from a business standpoint it makes sense because there are always people that will pay the extra $5000 for power they can't really use.

    The XTS is a far better handler than the MKS Ecoboost and a universe beyond the ES. With the Magnetic ride control and AWD that can and does bias to the rear, GM can make the platform do whatever they want. You really need to drive the car aggressively like I've had the chance to, back to back with an E-Class.

    I really hope GM develops a performance AWD system now that AMG has shown how effective one can be.

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    Cadillac, Opel and now Buick are using Haldex sustems. I am sure they will continue to improve this or replace it with a better one. Haldex is world class is used by many of the best cars in including Audi.

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    Regardless of what they do with the XTS, it won't ever out handle the 3700 lb CTS with 50/50 weight distribution and the same magnetic shocks and RWD. FWD/AWD can't do it. So the enthusiast buyer is going to pick the CTS, because the 2014 models of XTS and CTS will probably be priced the same, and the CTS got bigger and on the inside should be nearly as roomy.

    To me, a 410 hp XTS is like a 350 hp Chevy Malibu, you could do it, but it just doesn't make a lot of sense. Most XTS buyers are probably 70 and don't even use the full 300 hp, but I know for marketing purposes it looks good when you have a big horsepower number next to your car. And having a 410 hp engine helps change the image that the XTS is for 70 year olds.

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    An optional TTV6 for an XTS? Questionable. An optional TTV6 on a CTS for perhaps a CTS-V (or close to one)? Brilliant.

    Right idea for the wrong car. TTV6 should go into the CTS and ATS stat!

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    The problem here is the 6T75 transmission -- can't handle the torque so boost control has to be trimmed to limit the torque output. But, on the bright side the engine will be more linear in its torque mapping. Torque at the power peak will be similar, with the top of the plateau chopped off below that.

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    Regardless of what they do with the XTS, it won't ever out handle the 3700 lb CTS with 50/50 weight distribution and the same magnetic shocks and RWD.

    It's not supposed to, either. That's not its purpose.

    Just like a ZR1 won't out-tow the Silverado.

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    An optional TTV6 for an XTS? Questionable. An optional TTV6 on a CTS for perhaps a CTS-V (or close to one)? Brilliant.

    Right idea for the wrong car. TTV6 should go into the CTS and ATS stat!

    CTS is getting it, and my guess is the ATS-V also.

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    An optional TTV6 for an XTS? Questionable. An optional TTV6 on a CTS for perhaps a CTS-V (or close to one)? Brilliant.

    Right idea for the wrong car. TTV6 should go into the CTS and ATS stat!

    As General Motors told us back in March and is now fact: The 2014 Cadillac XTS will get twin-turbocharged 3.6L V6 engine that premiered in the 2014 CTS. In the XTS, the twin-turbo 3.6L produces 410 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque (down 10 horsepower and 61 pound-feet compared to the CTS).

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    Regardless of what they do with the XTS, it won't ever out handle the 3700 lb CTS with 50/50 weight distribution and the same magnetic shocks and RWD. FWD/AWD can't do it. So the enthusiast buyer is going to pick the CTS, because the 2014 models of XTS and CTS will probably be priced the same, and the CTS got bigger and on the inside should be nearly as roomy.

    Um... No.

    2013 XTS | 2014 CTS

    Front Leg Room 45.83 | 42.60

    Rear Leg Room 40.00 | 35.40

    Front Hip Room 55.12 | 53.80

    Rear Hip Room 54.29 | 53.30

    Front Shoulder Room 57.87 | 56.90

    Rear Shoulder Room 56.34 | 54.80

    Front Head Room 40.08 | 39.20

    Rear Head Room 37.80 | 37.50

    Trunk (cu.ft.) 18.00 | 13.70

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    XTS does not feel roomy like the devilles of a few years ago.

    Cadillac across the board has tighter interiors, although the XTS is good sized. ATS is tiny in back. CTS I would hope is an improvement over the ATS.

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    XTS does not feel roomy like the devilles of a few years ago.

    Cadillac across the board has tighter interiors, although the XTS is good sized. ATS is tiny in back. CTS I would hope is an improvement over the ATS.

    I sat in the XTS at a car show a few months ago, definitely feels small inside compared to my sister's '00 DTS. Part of the problem is the XTS wheelbase is 4 inches shorter than the DTS and width is 2-3 inches narrower, IIRC.

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    Epsilon disease! That's why! Although I am sure it feels less huge driving it.

    My folks are visiting this weekend and thought brought the DTS. Cars like that, very few and far between.. I am not sure the XTS replaces that experience.

    That's ok thought I guess. I saw a killer looking XTS today. It's sleek look is a nice alternative to the more traditional silhouette of the new CTS. It should be interesting to see which sells better!

    The XTS is the one I think someone buys if they came to the Cadillac show room looking for an SRX. The Lexus RX / ES crowd.

    I am guessing that over time, the XTS will be the one that gets discounted the most, also. They may position it for the volume model.

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    I really like the XTS and could drive one daily no problem... that said, I have but one complaint. The low end torque of the 3.6 just isn't sufficient for that car. I wish there was another V6 in between the base 3.6 and the 3.6TT with a Goldilocks torque rating. Somewhere around 350 lb-ft, but kick in at a lower RPM would be quite satisfactory I think.

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    I like how you think Drew! I would agree that they could go for a torque V6 or even offer the XTS with the 2.9L Duramax Diesel.

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      More and more automakers are beginning to roll out high-performance driving schools to those who purchase one of their performance vehicles. Cadillac is the latest one.
      Starting with the 2017 Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V, buyers will be eligible for a two-day course at Cadillac's V-Performance Academy. The Academy is based at Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club near Las Vegas, Nevada. The course "is designed for drivers of all experience levels and includes dynamic car control exercises, visual skill development, and proper cornering techniques." There will also be time in the classroom to explain various things.
      We'll admit Cadillac's V-Performance Academy is quite the steal as the brand will cover a two-night stay in one of the Spring Mountain on-site condos, along with breakfast and lunch. All you need to do is buy the plane ticket to get to Las Vegas.
      Source: Cadillac
      Press Release is on Page 2


      Cadillac Announces V-Performance Academy
      Two-day driver training included with every 2017 V-Series Cadillac today announced the Cadillac V-Performance Academy driving experience at Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club near Las Vegas, Nevada. The two-day driver training program will be included in the purchase of any of Cadillac’s high-performance V-Series models: 2017 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan, 2017 ATS-V Coupe and 2017 Cadillac CTS-V sedan.
      Cadillac is the only luxury automotive brand offering a two-day driver training with the purchase of a high-performance vehicle. Customers will register online for the experience after taking delivery of a 2017 V-Series model. The V-Performance Academy program may also be purchased as a stand-alone experience.
      “Cadillac is a brand for passionate people, by passionate people,” said Nathan Tan, associate director of Brand Partnerships and Experiences for Cadillac. “V-Series customers are in many ways nearest the core of the Cadillac brand, and we are proud to offer this valuable training with our thrilling products.”
      The V-Performance Academy includes:
      Ground transportation to and from Las Vegas McCarren International Airport — customers are responsible for airfare Two days of intensive driver training in the model of purchase for 2017 V-Series owners and the model of choice for stand-alone customers Two nights’ lodging in the Spring Mountain luxury condominiums Breakfast and lunch on both training days General admission access for one designated guest — add a driving guest for an additional fee On-site courtesy vehicles will be provided There are now two opportunities for enthusiasts to drive new V-Series models on a racetrack: the two-day V-Performance Academy driver training held exclusively at Spring Mountain and the single-day V-Performance Lab, which travels to different racetracks around the country. In 2016, the V-Performance Labs will be held at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut, and Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The development of the V-Performance Academy curriculum was overseen by V-Series engineers. The tailored driver training enables attendees to extract maximum performance from the V-Series vehicles.
      “The V-Series are the most-track capable Cadillac models ever, using exclusive technologies tuned by a select group of dedicated engineers,” said Brandon Vivian, Cadillac executive chief engineer. “These technologies, such as Magnetic Ride Control, Performance Traction Management software and the Performance Data Recorder, set the Cadillac ATS-V and Cadillac CTS-V apart from all other luxury cars and are the tools drivers will experience at the V-Performance Academy.”

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    • By William Maley
      More and more automakers are beginning to roll out high-performance driving schools to those who purchase one of their performance vehicles. Cadillac is the latest one.
      Starting with the 2017 Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V, buyers will be eligible for a two-day course at Cadillac's V-Performance Academy. The Academy is based at Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club near Las Vegas, Nevada. The course "is designed for drivers of all experience levels and includes dynamic car control exercises, visual skill development, and proper cornering techniques." There will also be time in the classroom to explain various things.
      We'll admit Cadillac's V-Performance Academy is quite the steal as the brand will cover a two-night stay in one of the Spring Mountain on-site condos, along with breakfast and lunch. All you need to do is buy the plane ticket to get to Las Vegas.
      Source: Cadillac
      Press Release is on Page 2


      Cadillac Announces V-Performance Academy
      Two-day driver training included with every 2017 V-Series Cadillac today announced the Cadillac V-Performance Academy driving experience at Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club near Las Vegas, Nevada. The two-day driver training program will be included in the purchase of any of Cadillac’s high-performance V-Series models: 2017 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan, 2017 ATS-V Coupe and 2017 Cadillac CTS-V sedan.
      Cadillac is the only luxury automotive brand offering a two-day driver training with the purchase of a high-performance vehicle. Customers will register online for the experience after taking delivery of a 2017 V-Series model. The V-Performance Academy program may also be purchased as a stand-alone experience.
      “Cadillac is a brand for passionate people, by passionate people,” said Nathan Tan, associate director of Brand Partnerships and Experiences for Cadillac. “V-Series customers are in many ways nearest the core of the Cadillac brand, and we are proud to offer this valuable training with our thrilling products.”
      The V-Performance Academy includes:
      Ground transportation to and from Las Vegas McCarren International Airport — customers are responsible for airfare Two days of intensive driver training in the model of purchase for 2017 V-Series owners and the model of choice for stand-alone customers Two nights’ lodging in the Spring Mountain luxury condominiums Breakfast and lunch on both training days General admission access for one designated guest — add a driving guest for an additional fee On-site courtesy vehicles will be provided There are now two opportunities for enthusiasts to drive new V-Series models on a racetrack: the two-day V-Performance Academy driver training held exclusively at Spring Mountain and the single-day V-Performance Lab, which travels to different racetracks around the country. In 2016, the V-Performance Labs will be held at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut, and Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The development of the V-Performance Academy curriculum was overseen by V-Series engineers. The tailored driver training enables attendees to extract maximum performance from the V-Series vehicles.
      “The V-Series are the most-track capable Cadillac models ever, using exclusive technologies tuned by a select group of dedicated engineers,” said Brandon Vivian, Cadillac executive chief engineer. “These technologies, such as Magnetic Ride Control, Performance Traction Management software and the Performance Data Recorder, set the Cadillac ATS-V and Cadillac CTS-V apart from all other luxury cars and are the tools drivers will experience at the V-Performance Academy.”
    • By William Maley
      Chevrolet Retail Share Up in August and 7 Out of 8 Months This Year
      Record ATPs reflect retail strength and strong mix Disciplined incentive spending significantly below industry average Inventories low but growing on all-new Buick Envision, GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5 Cadillac gains retail share DETROIT – Despite very tight dealer inventories, General Motors (NYSE: GM) sold 212,915 vehicles to individual or “retail” customers in August, down about 5 percent from last year, but in line with the industry’s retail performance for the month. 
      Based on initial estimates, Chevrolet’s retail market share rose 0.4 percentage points in August to 11.0 percent.  Chevrolet has gained retail market share in seven out of eight months this year, and remains the industry’s fastest growing full-line brand.    
      GM’s total sales in August were down about 5 percent year over year to 256,429 vehicles.
      Year to date, GM’s performance is reflecting a very strong retail business.  
      Retail share up 0.5 percentage points Average transaction prices up more than $2,500 Disciplined incentive spending, in line with 2015 Daily rental deliveries down 34 percent Disciplined inventory levels and growing availability of key launch products Through the first eight months of the year, GM retail sales are up 1 percent, which continues to be the largest retail share gain of any full-line automaker.  Year to date, Chevrolet retail sales are up more than 2 percent and the brand’s retail share has grown 0.5 percentage points. Year to date, Buick retail deliveries have grown 3 percent and Buick has gained 0.1 percentage points of retail share.
      “Despite tighter dealer inventories, we had a solid retail performance in August led by Chevrolet, which gained retail share in eight different segments,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president of Sales Operations. “Our retail strength is reflected in our record ATPs in August, which were up more than $1,600 from last month and nearly $5,800 above the industry average while our incentive spending was below the industry average and well below our domestic competitors.”
      In addition, GM continues to take advantage of a strong, stable U.S. economy and industry.
      “All the economic factors continue to point toward a strong second half of the year and another potential record year for the industry,” said Mustafa Mohatarem, GM’s chief economist. “We think the industry is well positioned for a sustainable high level of customer demand.”
      August Retail Sales and Business Highlights vs. 2015 (except as noted)

      Chevrolet
      Malibu, Cruze, Trax, Silverado, Colorado, Spark, Tahoe and Suburban, and Corvette all gained retail share in their respective segments Colorado, Suburban, Tahoe and Trax were up 35 percent, 42 percent, 29 percent and 17 percent, respectively Cruze, Malibu, Corvette and Volt were up 18 percent, 9 percent, 16 percent and 52 percent, respectively Year to date, Chevrolet posted its best retail sales performance since 2007 Year to date, Malibu had its best performance since 1981 Corvette had its best August since 2008 Tahoe and Suburban had their best August since 2008 Colorado had its best August ever Crew Cab Silverado had its best August ever HD Silverado had its best August since 2007 GMC
      Canyon, Yukon and Yukon XL were up 39 percent, 43 percent and 66 percent, respectively The brand had its highest monthly ATP on record at $45,000 Denali penetration reached more than 28 percent, the highest on record Sierra had its best year to date sales since 2006 Canyon had its best August ever Yukon and Yukon XL had their best August since 2007 Yukon had its 12th consecutive month of year over year growth Buick
      Buick dealers delivered 1,531 Envisions, in line with plan All-new Lacrosse began shipping to dealers in late August Year to date, Encore up 21 percent Six out of 10 Cascada buyers and more than half of Encore buyers are new to GM Cadillac
      Escalade was up 8 percent Cadillac dealers delivered 4,839 XT5s CT6 had its best month since launch Average Transaction Prices (ATP)/Incentives (J.D. Power PIN estimates)
      GM’s ATPs, which reflect retail transaction prices after sales incentives, were $36,730, nearly $5,800 above the industry average and more than $2,500 above last August’s performance GM’s incentive spending as a percentage of ATP was 11.1 percent, below the industry average of 11.5 percent and well below other domestic and select Asian competitors. Fleet and Commercial
      GM’s fleet mix in August was 17 percent of total sales, below the company’s full-year guidance of 20 percent and 19 percent year to date According to plan, daily rental sales were 10 percent of GM’s total sales for August and 10 percent year to date with deliveries up 4 percent in August Large vans were up 18 percent for August Sales to small business are up 3 percent year to date Industry Sales
      GM estimates that the seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles in August was approximately 17.2 million units. On a calendar year-to-date basis, GM estimates the light-vehicle SAAR was 17.3 million units
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