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    2014 Cadillac XTS Gets VSport Package, Starts At $63,020



    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    June 24, 2013

    As we reported back in May, the 2014 Cadillac XTS will now be available the option of the twin-turbo 3.6L V6 with 410 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Now, we know which models will be getting this engine and the pricing.

    The TT 3.6L V6 will be a part of the VSport package on the Premium and Platinum Collection XTS models and will start at $63,020 (includes destination).

    “The addition of the new Cadillac Twin Turbo expands and elevates the XTS luxury sedan. This is a compelling enhancement to what is already one of the most technically advanced sedans in our history,” said Bob Ferguson, vice president Global Cadillac.

    The 2014 Cadillac XTS begins rolling off the assembly line in August.

    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


    2014 Cadillac XTS Packs Twin Turbo Power

    • New V-6 engine option produces 410 horsepower

    DETROIT – Cadillac will add a new option to its XTS luxury sedan: More power and torque. Starting in August, the all-new Cadillac Twin Turbo V6 will go into production as an optional engine for the 2014 XTS.

    The new Cadillac Twin Turbo V6 is also a signature feature of the upcoming all-new 2014 CTS luxury performance sedan. In the XTS, the twin turbo will produce an 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 among luxury cars. The engine delivers 105 lb-ft more torque over the standard V-6 from1900 to 5600 rpm, providing seemingly endless torque for vehicle responsiveness.

    “The addition of the new Cadillac Twin Turbo expands and elevates the XTS luxury sedan,” said Bob Ferguson, vice president Global Cadillac. “This is a compelling enhancement to what is already one of the most technically advanced sedans in our history.”

    In both the CTS and XTS product lines, the twin turbo will be the centerpiece of a new model offering called Vsport. The new Vsport is inspired by and slotted “underneath” Cadillac’s elite high-performance V-Series models. Vsport includes the best-performing technical elements inside the “regular” car line in a single model, headlined by Twin Turbo engine.

    The new Cadillac Twin Turbo is a comprehensive upgrade to the 3.6L dual overhead cam V6 that is standard in the XTS in the U.S. market. Almost every component is unique, including:

    • 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 producing 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 quietness and smoothness.

    The cylinder heads are also unique. 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.

    Pricing for the 2014 XTS starts at $45,525, including destination fees, unchanged from 2013, with standard equipment including the 3.6L V6 engine that makes 306 hp, CUE, intelligent brake assist and Magnetic Ride Control. Three option packages are available: Luxury, Premium and Platinum Collections.

    The XTS Vsport model will be offered only in the up-level Premium and Platinum Collections. In addition to the twin turbo engine, Vsport offers upgraded 20-inch wheels and a unique grille, with pricing starting at $63,020 including destination fees.

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    So V-Sport is to Cadillac what the M-Package is to BMW... Nice enhancements to offer, and a way to squeeze a few more USD per vehicle... :AH-HA:

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    CTS V-sport is cheaper than this. Interesting that they make this AWD and the CTS V-sport is rear wheel drive as to try to make them not compete against each other. I think no one is going to buy the XTS V-sport, why pay more for a heavier car with less power, less gears, and worse handling than the CTS V-sport.

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    ^ HA, you also said 'no one will buy the XTS' and you were quite wrong there. Consumers don't buy cars on the singular factoid of which wheels are driven. Most mercedes & BMW owners have no idea which do.

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    It will be interesting to see who buys and how many new CTS vs. XTS.



    The XTS is not my kind of car but It is very comfortable and with the new engine they have made it interesting. I love the drivers seat.



    I am trying to bet my in laws to look at one to dump their DTS for it. They have had so many nagging issues with that car I would like to see them dump it. I think it was that car you always heard was built on a Friday.


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    It will be interesting to see who buys and how many new CTS vs. XTS.

    The XTS is not my kind of car but It is very comfortable and with the new engine they have made it interesting. I love the drivers seat.

    I am trying to bet my in laws to look at one to dump their DTS for it. They have had so many nagging issues with that car I would like to see them dump it. I think it was that car you always heard was built on a Friday.

    Hyper, I hope you in-laws will go and look at the XTS. While I know many happy DTS owners here in Seattle, I have also run into many who want American luxury but are put off by the poor quality of the older generation cars.

    I am hoping the XTS will rebuild the faithful in Cadillac as a stepping stone to greater things to come.

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    The DTS has been issues with Oil burning, Air pump, AC, BCM, Fuels purge system and now converter issues. I am shocked the CEL has not burned out with as much as it has been on. I am glad I have a good engine scanner so we could figure out what many of the issues were. From what I have read on the Cadillac site many were common.

    They have had a series of Lincolns and now the Cadillac and have had bad luck with all of them.

    She just uses it to go shopping a lot.

    I recommended that they check out the Impala too as the car just gets beat up in mall parking anyways.

    I really never liked the DTS but then it is not really my kind of car.

    The XTS is good in her eyes for the chrome but she does not like the slope to the back. She likes here cars like boxes and I have advised here other than the 300 Boxes are pretty much gone. I do not think the father in law will go Chrysler as they have had several on that side of the family and many blown head gaskets and other issues with them. But most were driven in WV and beat to death too with 50 mile plus trips to work and 50 miles home over the mountains.

    They are also looking as SUV's too. She really likes out Terrain and I told her to check out the SRX.

    She buys cars not for performance or even the comfort it is the image she seeks.

    On a side note my resident Ford guy at work about fell all over himself over the Impala. He could not believe how sweet it was. I told him last Feb it blows the Taurus away in styling and now that he saw it he agreed. He said if he had not just bought a new Ford he would have looked at one.

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    ^ HA, you also said 'no one will buy the XTS' and you were quite wrong there. Consumers don't buy cars on the singular factoid of which wheels are driven. Most mercedes & BMW owners have no idea which do.

    I thought the XTS would sell around 2,000 to 2,500 a month, and that is sort of where it is. It should be able to sell 30,000 a year when the Town Car is gone, the MKS isn't very good and it basically replaced STS and DTS. There is still a segment of buyer that wants a big cushy American car, and there is the Livery market. You can get 30,000 sales a year there. I don't see the livery market or 70+ year olds wanting 410 hp, or spending $65k to get it.

    I am curious how the new CTS will sell and what will happen to XTS sales once it comes out, because they are priced nearly the same.

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    b-b-b-but they cannot remotely compete with each other, because -as you have illustrated ad nauseum- one is FWD(/AWD) & one is RWD(/AWD).

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    b-b-b-but they cannot remotely compete with each other, because -as you have illustrated ad nauseum- one is FWD(/AWD) & one is RWD(/AWD).

    Most car companies don't put 2 cars of equal price and similar size against one another. They will cater to different markets yes. But RWD beats FWD in the luxury game. The CTS should be able to cut into XTS sales big time, because of the superior ride and handling, and the interiors are basically the same.

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    I'm curious how you know the ride of the CTS is better... and more to the fact... how the ride has anything to do with which wheels drive the car?

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    I'm curious how you know the ride of the CTS is better... and more to the fact... how the ride has anything to do with which wheels drive the car?

    Rear drive cars ride and handle better than front wheel drive. CTS has a better chassis, Alpha vs Epsilon 2, CTS will have the same magnetic shocks. If Cadillac can't make the CTS have better ride and handling than a dressed up Impala, how are they going to go against Mercedes.

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    Ride & handling are 2 different criteria.

    Ride has zero to do with which wheels are driven and everything to due with suspension/rolling stock. No problem to have a worse-riding RWD car than a FWD car.

    Handling is another matter, which -all else being equal- is generally true (that RWD will handle better).

    CTS is already on par with the 5-series & e-class in handling & ride and is notably lighter, so your theoretical backpedaling to the handling of your nebulous, so-called 'dressed up Impala' isn't even a legitimate concern.

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    It's not like the vehicles we're talking about are 70/30. The XTS is 58/42, the 550 is 53/47, and the way both are driven, owners are very unlikely to see any plowing differences during braking in turns. These are NOT hard-driven sedans and are very close in spec, esp vs. decades ago. I'd be very interested to see how the XTS with it's MRC 'feels' vs. the older suspension tech on the 5-series.

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    I'm curious how you know the ride of the CTS is better... and more to the fact... how the ride has anything to do with which wheels drive the car?

    Rear drive cars ride and handle better than front wheel drive. CTS has a better chassis, Alpha vs Epsilon 2, CTS will have the same magnetic shocks. If Cadillac can't make the CTS have better ride and handling than a dressed up Impala, how are they going to go against Mercedes.

    Ride (firmness or softness) is not the same as handling (ability to maintain control at 9/10ths). Ride has nothing to do with which wheels drive the car. The old DTS "rides" way better than the new (any) CTS.. regardless of how well each one does in the corners.

    The XTS in AWD handles extremely well for the car that it is with far less body roll than an E or S class. It is also substantially firmer than either.

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    A nose-heavy FWD car will tend to plow more during braking, upsetting the ride.... a RWD car with better balance should plow less..

    Magnetic ride control and Hi-Per strut mitigate that.

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      Starting at $33,590, the Atlas SE builds off of the S trim. Features include heated door mirrors; automatic headlights; rain-sensing windshield wipers; Blind Spot Monitor w/Rear Traffic Alert; foglights; KESSY® keyless access w/push-button start; multi-function leather-wrapped steering wheel; V-Tex leatherette seating surface; heated front seats; rear sunshades; and 10-way power driver seats. The SE trim also features the 8.0-inch Composition Media touchscreen infotainment system with SiriusXM® Satellite Radio; 8 speakers; and 3 additional USB ports. A 3.6-liter V6 SE FWD model is available for $34,990. A 3.6-liter V6 S AWD model is available for $36,790.
      Atlas SE with Technology
      The Atlas SE with Technology model starts at $35,690, and includes a slate of modern convenience and advanced connectivity and driver assistance features, including: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC); Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist); Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), which actively helps the driver steer the car back into its lane if the driver takes his or her hands off the wheel for a defined period of time, or the vehicle crosses a lane marking without use of a turn signal; power liftgate; remote start; Climatronic® 3-zone automatic air conditioning; and an autodimming rearview mirror. A 3.6-liter V6 SE with Technology FWD model is available for $37,090. A 3.6-liter V6 SE with Technology AWD model is available for $38,890.
      Atlas SEL
      The Atlas SEL builds on the specifications of the SE with Technology model. For a starting price of $39,160, customers can enjoy even more upscale features: a panoramic sunroof; Easy Open liftgate; 8-way power passenger seat; memory function for driver’s seat and exterior mirrors; front and rear Park Distance Control and a convenient 115v power outlet in the second row (rear of the center console). VR6 models are equipped with a factory-installed tow hitch. A 3.6-liter V6 SEL FWD model is available for $40,890. A 3.6-liter V6 SEL AWD model is available for $42,690.
      Atlas SEL Premium
      Available only with 4Motion AWD system and 3.6-liter VR6 engine, the Atlas SEL Premium starts at $48,490. This top-of-the-line model increases the luxury quotient with: the sophisticated 12.3-inch Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, allowing drivers to reconfigure how they view vehicle information; 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; navigation; LED taillights; power-folding door mirrors; door mirrors with puddle lights; leather seating surfaces; ventilated front seats; heated rear seats; heated steering wheel; automatic High Beam Control (Light Assist); and ambient lighting. The Atlas SEL Premium also adds the following driver assistance and infotainment features: Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist); Area View camera; and the Fender® Premium Audio System, with a 12-channel, 480-watt amplifier and 12 speakers.
      Option Packages
      Captain’s Chairs. Replacing a second-row bench seat, for a total seating capacity of six, Captain’s Chairs will be available in the SE, SE w/ Technology, SEL and SEL Premium models for $625. (Late availability)
      R-Line. A performance-inspired R-Line package will be available on Atlas SE and SEL trims for $1,960, and augments the SUV with exterior and interior design elements that give it an even sportier appearance. (Late availability)
      Black Wheels. Black 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are available on the SEL model for $995 and on the SEL Premium model for $235.
    • By William Maley
      GM Was the Fastest Growing Automaker in March, Driven by Chevrolet and Buick
      Strong Retail Share Gain for the First Quarter DETROIT — General Motors (NYSE: GM), which grew its retail sales faster than any other full-line automaker in 2016, outpaced the industry once again in March. The company also gained retail share in the first quarter of 2017.
      “The economy is strong and we see more growth ahead for our brands,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president of sales operations. “More people are working, consumer confidence is at a 16-year high, fuel prices are low and Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac have a wave of new crossovers to compete in the industry’s biggest and hottest segments.”
      At Buick, crossovers are expected to account for more than 75 percent of retail deliveries in 2017, up from 66 percent in 2016, driven by the Encore, Envision and Enclave. GMC, which has the highest average transaction prices (ATPs) of any non-luxury brand, will launch the all-new 2018 Terrain in late summer, complementing the redesigned Acadia that went on sale in late summer 2016. Cadillac will benefit from a full year of production of the new XT5 crossover, which is now the second best-selling vehicle in its segment. Chevrolet, which grew retail market share in 2015 and was the industry’s fastest-growing brand in 2016, is particularly well positioned. Chevrolet had its best March and first quarter retail sales since 2007.
      “Chevrolet will have the industry’s broadest and freshest lineup of utility vehicles led by the all-new 2018 Equinox and Traverse, plus we have a unique three-truck pickup strategy and a dominant position in large SUVs,” McNeil said. “We also have a first-mover advantage in many segments. It will be years before key competitors are able to launch rivals to the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Colorado and Trax.”
      Highlights (vs. 2016)
      First Quarter Overview
      GM’s retail sales were 546,838 units, up 1.9 percent, and retail market share was up 0.2 percentage points to an estimated 16.8 percent. The gains were primarily driven by crossovers, which were up 21 percent. Truck deliveries were up half a percentage point. Chevrolet increased its first quarter retail share by an estimated 0.1 percentage point, as did GMC. Commercial deliveries were up 4 percent, and daily rental deliveries were down 8 percent, or about 6,000 units. Total fleet sales were down 3 percent. Total sales were 689,521 units, up 1 percent, and market share was up an estimated 0.3 percentage points to an estimated 16.7 percent. Average transaction prices were approximately $34,000, in line with last year’s first quarter. March Overview
      Retail sales were 203,113 units, up 5 percent, and market share was up 0.6 percentage points to an estimated 16.1 percent. Chevrolet’s estimated retail market share increased 0.4 percentage points and Buick was up 0.3 percentage points. Total sales were 256,224 units, up 2 percent, and market share was up an estimated 0.4 percentage points to 15.9 percent. Commercial deliveries were up 3 percent driven by a 67 percent increase in Malibu deliveries and strong pickup and large van sales. Daily rental sales down 18 percent, or more than 5,100 units. Fleet sales were down 9 percent. Brand Highlights (vs. 2016)
      Chevrolet Crossovers
      On a retail basis in March, the Trax was up 51 percent, the Equinox was up 26 percent and the Traverse was up 24 percent. For the quarter, Trax retail sales were up 54 percent, the Equinox was up 16 percent and the Traverse was up 7 percent.  Bolt EV sales in the quarter were 3,092 units, with limited availability. The days to turn is exceptionally low at 14 days. Chevrolet Trucks
      Chevrolet had its best first quarter truck sales since 2008, up 6 percent. Key drivers were the Suburban, up 26 percent; the Tahoe, up 11 percent; and strong full-size van sales to small business customers and fleets. Silverado sales were essentially equal to a year ago. Chevrolet retail truck sales in the first quarter were up 2 percent, with the Tahoe up 9 percent, the Colorado up 7 percent and the Suburban up 5 percent. Silverado sales were essentially equal to a year ago. The Tahoe and Suburban had their best March total sales since 2008, and their best first quarter total and retail sales since 2008. The Colorado had its best first quarter retail sales since 2005.   Chevrolet Cars
      Retail deliveries were very strong in March, up 9 percent. The drivers were the Cruze, up 63 percent; the Sonic, up 14 percent; the Spark, up 50 percent; the Volt, up 15 percent; and the Camaro, up 2 percent.  During the quarter, retail car deliveries were down 11 percent, reflecting industry-wide changes in customer demand. However, Cruze retail sales were up 22 percent during the quarter; the Spark was up 37 percent; and the Volt was up 39 percent. The Volt had its best first quarter total and retail sales ever.  Buick Sales
      Buick had its best March retail sales since 2005, with sales up 22 percent. The LaCrosse was up 60 percent on a retail basis in March, the Encore was up 17 percent and Regal was up 7 percent. On a total sales basis, it was Buick’s best March since 2006, with deliveries up 15 percent. First quarter retail deliveries were the highest since 2004, driven by a 29 percent increase in crossover sales. The Encore has posted seven consecutive months of year-over-year sales gains, and it had its best-ever March and first quarter sales. The Envision had its best month since launch. GMC Sales
      Total GMC sales were up 12 percent in March, driven by a 47 percent increase in crossover deliveries. The Acadia, which was redesigned last year, was up 84 percent and the Terrain was up 14 percent. The Yukon XL was up 17 percent. March was the highest-ever month for Denali models, at 29 percent of GMC retail sales. Total GMC sales for the first quarter were the best since 2000, with deliveries up 10 percent. First quarter retail deliveries were up 4 percent, with the Acadia up 30 percent and Sierra HD models up 22 percent. Cadillac Sales
      Cadillac XT5 retail sales in March were 22 percent higher than the outgoing SRX, and ATPs were about 9 percent higher. Cadillac’s ATPs continue to be in the upper echelon of luxury brands at more than $54,000. Full-year Guidance
      We believe strong car-buying fundamentals are reflected in the retail component of the light vehicle SAAR (seasonally-adjusted annual rate), which was 14 million in March, up 0.3 million versus a year ago. The retail SAAR for the first quarter was 14.3 million, up 0.1 million. Ten all-new or recently redesigned crossovers are expected to drive GM’s sales and share higher in 2017. GM’s deliveries to daily rental companies are expected to decline for the third year in a row. The company expects inventory in the second quarter to be lower than the first quarter, in a range around 90 days’ supply. The decline reflects strong sales, lower car production and strategic, launch-related growth in truck and crossover stocks. The company expects to end 2017 at essentially the same inventory levels as 2016 on a days’ supply basis, but with fewer cars and more trucks and crossovers in stock. As expected, incentives were down sharply from February 2017, according to J.D Power PIN estimates. Spending as a percentage of average transaction price (ATP) declined from approximately 14.9 percent to about 13.5 percent. The launches of new crossovers and adjustments to passenger car inventories will help moderate incentive spending going forward.
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