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    Cadillac XT5's Platform To Underpin New Seven-Seat Crossover, Turbo 2.0L May Come to U.S.


    • Cadillac's President Talks About What Is Happening With the XT5

    Cadillac is getting ready to launch the new XT5 and it is only the beginning a new crossover offensive from the luxury brand. Speaking to Automotive News, Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen said a variation of the XT5's platform will be used for a new three-row crossover in the near future.

     

    "It's one of the benefits of having this very flexible architecture. We can expand it, make it longer and wider. That gives us the ability to develop the car very quickly, as opposed to starting from scratch," said de Nysschen.

     

    Despite some outlets reporting that Cadillac has begun testing the new crossover, de Nysschen said this project only began sometime last year.

     

    "It's not running yet. "It is a program request that we initiated with the engineers only last year. They are working at remarkable, record-breaking speed to get us the car."

     

    This platform is expected to be found under the next-generation Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse, due next year.

     

    de Nysschen also hinted that the XT5 in the U.S. could get the turbo 2.0L as an option.

     

    I actually think we would do well to consider that for the U.S.," said de Nysschen.

     

    At the moment, the Chinese market XT5 will only get turbo 2.0L. This is due to the Chinese government taxing vehicles based on engine displacement - higher displacement engines get higher taxes and vice versa.

     

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    Interesting, this will for sure drive some debates and I bet SMK will side step the GLC with a 4 banger and still push his crazy everything must have a V8 or V12 engine.

     

    Be interesting to see how they perform with a turbo 4 banger in such a large auto.

     

    Tax's on displacement is stupid. just stupid.

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    Interesting, this will for sure drive some debates and I bet SMK will side step the GLC with a 4 banger and still push his crazy everything must have a V8 or V12 engine.

     

    Be interesting to see how they perform with a turbo 4 banger in such a large auto.

     

    Tax's on displacement is stupid. just stupid.

     

    Keep in mind China is trying to reduce emissions and pollution. The displacement tax is only one part of it to make buyers consider going with a more fuel efficent vehicle.

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    A 4 cylinder in the XT5 makes total sense.  Lincoln has a turbo 4, Lexus probably will soon in the RX.  If the CT6 and CTS which are both more expensive than XT5 and more geared to performance than XT5, then I don't see why the XT5 wouldn't have the same engine.   Plus the 2.0T has a better torque curve than the 3.6 V6, and most of these crossover buyers don't care about the engine, they might prefer a 4-cylinder to get better gas mileage.

     

    The GLC 4-cylinder makes sense since the GLC is a small vehicle.  The GLC is the size of an ATS, the turbo 4 is adequate for the size vehicle and type of buyer.  There is an AMG GLC43 with a 362 hp V6 and 0-60 time of 4.8 seconds.  That probably beats any small crossover other than the Macan Turbo which is like $80,000.

     

    There have also been spy photos of them testing a GLC63 with a 500 hp V8.  Not sure why you'd want a 500 hp V8 in a compact crossover, but they'll build it, and they'll destroy the X3, Q5 and Porsche Macan.

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    As far as XT7 goes, (which reminds me of Suzuki XL7) I guess this means no alpha or omega platform crossover.  Cadillac just gets a fancier version of the Buick Enclave, to go with their fancy Acadia, and no doubt the new Equinox will shrink in size to D2xx and spawn a Cadillac XT3.  

     

    And as DeNysschen says "we can do it really quickly, rather than starting from scratch."  PR spin for badge jobs are quicker and cheaper to put out than building a Cadillac crossover on a Cadillac platform.

     

    How does Cadillac go against BMW, Mercedes-AMG, Jaguar, SVR Land Rovers, Porsche and Maserati SUVs with FWD V6 product? Any credibility gained by the ATS-V and CTS-V sort of goes out the window then the crossover side of the stable lacks performance.

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    As far as XT7 goes, (which reminds me of Suzuki XL7) I guess this means no alpha or omega platform crossover.  Cadillac just gets a fancier version of the Buick Enclave, to go with their fancy Acadia, and no doubt the new Equinox will shrink in size to D2xx and spawn a Cadillac XT3.  

     

    And as DeNysschen says "we can do it really quickly, rather than starting from scratch."  PR spin for badge jobs are quicker and cheaper to put out than building a Cadillac crossover on a Cadillac platform.

     

    How does Cadillac go against BMW, Mercedes-AMG, Jaguar, SVR Land Rovers, Porsche and Maserati SUVs with FWD V6 product? Any credibility gained by the ATS-V and CTS-V sort of goes out the window then the crossover side of the stable lacks performance.

     

    You say lacks performance and yet no one knows their road map for the XT and what the V badge might bring to the XT series. 

     

    I see no reason for not having a Sport edition and a V edition of the XT or Escalade models.

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    Will there be an LT4 V8 in the XT5 to compete with the GLE63 and X5 M?   I'd guess no V8 fits in he C1xx platform, maybe they can get the XTS V-sport engine in there, that is as good as it gets, and you still have FWD handling and FWD weight bias.

     

    You have a Grand Cherokee SRT with 475 hp, Levante with 424 hp, Range Rover SVR with 550 hp, GLE63 with 577 hp, X5 M with 560 hp, Cayenne Turbo S with 570 hp, Jaguar F-pace only has 380 hp, but you know they'll drop a V8 in there eventually.  There is a wave of performance crossovers out there, probably more coming.  Cadillac isn't in this arena, they are basically a Lexus-Lincoln fighter in the $40-50k range.

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    Will there be an LT4 V8 in the XT5 to compete with the GLE63 and X5 M?   I'd guess no V8 fits in he C1xx platform, maybe they can get the XTS V-sport engine in there, that is as good as it gets, and you still have FWD handling and FWD weight bias.

     

    You have a Grand Cherokee SRT with 475 hp, Levante with 424 hp, Range Rover SVR with 550 hp, GLE63 with 577 hp, X5 M with 560 hp, Cayenne Turbo S with 570 hp, Jaguar F-pace only has 380 hp, but you know they'll drop a V8 in there eventually.  There is a wave of performance crossovers out there, probably more coming.  Cadillac isn't in this arena, they are basically a Lexus-Lincoln fighter in the $40-50k range.

     

    WOW, You truly make an ASSumption of the FWD means FWD weight bias. I have not seen anything that would say you are right or wrong, but with all the FWD Appliances MB makes, then you have to admit that they are all FWD weight Bias and no better than Lexus/ Lincoln appliance fighters.

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    As far as XT7 goes, (which reminds me of Suzuki XL7) I guess this means no alpha or omega platform crossover.  Cadillac just gets a fancier version of the Buick Enclave, to go with their fancy Acadia, and no doubt the new Equinox will shrink in size to D2xx and spawn a Cadillac XT3.  

     

    And as DeNysschen says "we can do it really quickly, rather than starting from scratch."  PR spin for badge jobs are quicker and cheaper to put out than building a Cadillac crossover on a Cadillac platform.

     

    How does Cadillac go against BMW, Mercedes-AMG, Jaguar, SVR Land Rovers, Porsche and Maserati SUVs with FWD V6 product? Any credibility gained by the ATS-V and CTS-V sort of goes out the window then the crossover side of the stable lacks performance.

     

    Are we really going to start arguing about how front-wheel drive is the greatest evil in luxury cars again?

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    Will there be an LT4 V8 in the XT5 to compete with the GLE63 and X5 M?   I'd guess no V8 fits in he C1xx platform, maybe they can get the XTS V-sport engine in there, that is as good as it gets, and you still have FWD handling and FWD weight bias.

     

    You have a Grand Cherokee SRT with 475 hp, Levante with 424 hp, Range Rover SVR with 550 hp, GLE63 with 577 hp, X5 M with 560 hp, Cayenne Turbo S with 570 hp, Jaguar F-pace only has 380 hp, but you know they'll drop a V8 in there eventually.  There is a wave of performance crossovers out there, probably more coming.  Cadillac isn't in this arena, they are basically a Lexus-Lincoln fighter in the $40-50k range.

    Who the hell needs to compete with niche vehicles like the C63 and X5 M? Seriously? Why worry about the 0.5% volume? I love how you have to continually try to compare anything Cadillac does to the most expensive examples from the German competition, when that is just a fallacy argument.

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    Will there be an LT4 V8 in the XT5 to compete with the GLE63 and X5 M?   I'd guess no V8 fits in he C1xx platform, maybe they can get the XTS V-sport engine in there, that is as good as it gets, and you still have FWD handling and FWD weight bias.

     

    You have a Grand Cherokee SRT with 475 hp, Levante with 424 hp, Range Rover SVR with 550 hp, GLE63 with 577 hp, X5 M with 560 hp, Cayenne Turbo S with 570 hp, Jaguar F-pace only has 380 hp, but you know they'll drop a V8 in there eventually.  There is a wave of performance crossovers out there, probably more coming.  Cadillac isn't in this arena, they are basically a Lexus-Lincoln fighter in the $40-50k range.

    Who the hell needs to compete with niche vehicles like the C63 and X5 M? Seriously? Why worry about the 0.5% volume? I love how you have to continually try to compare anything Cadillac does to the most expensive examples from the German competition, when that is just a fallacy argument.

     

    So why is there an ATS-V or CTS-V, those are .5% volume cars.  Seeing as crossovers have over taken sedans in sales, there is not more volume in the crossover market than there is in the sedan market.   Since BMW built their image on the M3 and M5, while Cadillac sold front wheel drive boats, one brand soared and the other sank.  Same thing will happen with crossovers.  The luxury crossovers with the prestige will draw appeal, people will buy the better performing vehicle as well.  

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    >>...people will buy the better performing vehicle…<<

     

    So you're predicting the CT6 will outsell the e-class? Interesting.

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    Will there be an LT4 V8 in the XT5 to compete with the GLE63 and X5 M?   I'd guess no V8 fits in he C1xx platform, maybe they can get the XTS V-sport engine in there, that is as good as it gets, and you still have FWD handling and FWD weight bias.

     

    You have a Grand Cherokee SRT with 475 hp, Levante with 424 hp, Range Rover SVR with 550 hp, GLE63 with 577 hp, X5 M with 560 hp, Cayenne Turbo S with 570 hp, Jaguar F-pace only has 380 hp, but you know they'll drop a V8 in there eventually.  There is a wave of performance crossovers out there, probably more coming.  Cadillac isn't in this arena, they are basically a Lexus-Lincoln fighter in the $40-50k range.

    Who the hell needs to compete with niche vehicles like the C63 and X5 M? Seriously? Why worry about the 0.5% volume? I love how you have to continually try to compare anything Cadillac does to the most expensive examples from the German competition, when that is just a fallacy argument.

     

    So why is there an ATS-V or CTS-V, those are .5% volume cars.  Seeing as crossovers have over taken sedans in sales, there is not more volume in the crossover market than there is in the sedan market.   Since BMW built their image on the M3 and M5, while Cadillac sold front wheel drive boats, one brand soared and the other sank.  Same thing will happen with crossovers.  The luxury crossovers with the prestige will draw appeal, people will buy the better performing vehicle as well.  

     

    The presence of the V series is not the point. The point is that you ALWAYS try to compare whatever Cadillac offers to some low volume, sells 500 a year, Mercedes Benz when the argument does not apply. What exactly are you not getting? This "appeal" nonsense you keep bringing up is all fluff. Let me show you why. Here is a list of the best selling luxury cars in 2014 and 2015. Notice the CUVs on there? Notice number one on that list? They have not ONE halo CUV or SUV (do not try to count the LX because you know that is a joke) that you claim is the big draw for customers. The top three out of six are all CUVs from companies without this big draw you speak of. So, we can only deduce two things out of this. Either it is a fluke as far as these numbers goes, or that you don't know what you are talking about here. It's that simple so stop making baseless and unrelated comparison to fluff up your favorite brand. It's just old man.

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    Will there be an LT4 V8 in the XT5 to compete with the GLE63 and X5 M?   I'd guess no V8 fits in he C1xx platform, maybe they can get the XTS V-sport engine in there, that is as good as it gets, and you still have FWD handling and FWD weight bias.

     

    You have a Grand Cherokee SRT with 475 hp, Levante with 424 hp, Range Rover SVR with 550 hp, GLE63 with 577 hp, X5 M with 560 hp, Cayenne Turbo S with 570 hp, Jaguar F-pace only has 380 hp, but you know they'll drop a V8 in there eventually.  There is a wave of performance crossovers out there, probably more coming.  Cadillac isn't in this arena, they are basically a Lexus-Lincoln fighter in the $40-50k range.

    Who the hell needs to compete with niche vehicles like the C63 and X5 M? Seriously? Why worry about the 0.5% volume? I love how you have to continually try to compare anything Cadillac does to the most expensive examples from the German competition, when that is just a fallacy argument.

     

    So why is there an ATS-V or CTS-V, those are .5% volume cars.  Seeing as crossovers have over taken sedans in sales, there is not more volume in the crossover market than there is in the sedan market.   Since BMW built their image on the M3 and M5, while Cadillac sold front wheel drive boats, one brand soared and the other sank.  Same thing will happen with crossovers.  The luxury crossovers with the prestige will draw appeal, people will buy the better performing vehicle as well.  

     

     

    You have a serious issue confusing correlation and causation.   People will buy the better performing vehicle when there is no cost differential, but any luxury CUV that can get to 60 in under 8 seconds will be fine. 8 seconds is about the time it takes a 1996 Roadmaster Sedan to get to 60 and that is beyond plenty for the typical buyer.  Faster than that and most buyers become unwilling to pay more to go faster.  Yes there is a subset like you who will, but get inside of that 8 second range and people start to become more concerned with MPG than with acceleration. 

     

    Cadillac's problems in the 80's had virtually nothing to do with how sporty or not their cars were and everything to do with engine reliability issues. They were selling that 4100 boat anchor that ate intake gaskets, the 350 diesels, and the 8-6-4, but their sales volume was huge so they pissed off a lot more people who went and tried those expensive yet cheap feeling BMWs for the first time.  Had GM not made those powertrain flubs, BMW might still be an obscure Euro brand like Volvo these days. Even for as bad as those Cadillac engines were, and the general slowness of the other GM cars, I still see far more of them from that era rolling around today than Germans of the same age.

     

    Those old BMWs, Benzes, and Audis were terrible terrible back then.  They'd handle well (at least the BMW did), but their build quality was extremely sub-par.  There is absolutely nothing "luxury" about a BMW 635 aside from its original price tag.  Take away the handling and the badge and it might as well be an Accord coupe on the inside.  

    1983_BMW_635CSi_For_Sale_Interior_resize

     

    1982-Honda-Accord-Interior-626x382.jpg

     

     

    Even the lowly Toronado had a better built dash with nicer materials  and more advancements than the 6-series.... 

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    Digital dash, automatic temperature control, automatic head lamps, leather wrapped steering wheel with aluminum spokes, no exposed screw heads on the dash, no matte black plastic anywhere....

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    Will there be an LT4 V8 in the XT5 to compete with the GLE63 and X5 M?   I'd guess no V8 fits in he C1xx platform, maybe they can get the XTS V-sport engine in there, that is as good as it gets, and you still have FWD handling and FWD weight bias.

     

    You have a Grand Cherokee SRT with 475 hp, Levante with 424 hp, Range Rover SVR with 550 hp, GLE63 with 577 hp, X5 M with 560 hp, Cayenne Turbo S with 570 hp, Jaguar F-pace only has 380 hp, but you know they'll drop a V8 in there eventually.  There is a wave of performance crossovers out there, probably more coming.  Cadillac isn't in this arena, they are basically a Lexus-Lincoln fighter in the $40-50k range.

    Who the hell needs to compete with niche vehicles like the C63 and X5 M? Seriously? Why worry about the 0.5% volume? I love how you have to continually try to compare anything Cadillac does to the most expensive examples from the German competition, when that is just a fallacy argument.

     

    So why is there an ATS-V or CTS-V, those are .5% volume cars.  Seeing as crossovers have over taken sedans in sales, there is not more volume in the crossover market than there is in the sedan market.   Since BMW built their image on the M3 and M5, while Cadillac sold front wheel drive boats, one brand soared and the other sank.  Same thing will happen with crossovers.  The luxury crossovers with the prestige will draw appeal, people will buy the better performing vehicle as well.  

     

     

    You have a serious issue confusing correlation and causation.   People will buy the better performing vehicle when there is no cost differential, but any luxury CUV that can get to 60 in under 8 seconds will be fine. 8 seconds is about the time it takes a 1996 Roadmaster Sedan to get to 60 and that is beyond plenty for the typical buyer.  Faster than that and most buyers become unwilling to pay more to go faster.  Yes there is a subset like you who will, but get inside of that 8 second range and people start to become more concerned with MPG than with acceleration. 

     

    Cadillac's problems in the 80's had virtually nothing to do with how sporty or not their cars were and everything to do with engine reliability issues. They were selling that 4100 boat anchor that ate intake gaskets, the 350 diesels, and the 8-6-4, but their sales volume was huge so they pissed off a lot more people who went and tried those expensive yet cheap feeling BMWs for the first time.  Had GM not made those powertrain flubs, BMW might still be an obscure Euro brand like Volvo these days. Even for as bad as those Cadillac engines were, and the general slowness of the other GM cars, I still see far more of them from that era rolling around today than Germans of the same age.

     

    Those old BMWs, Benzes, and Audis were terrible terrible back then.  They'd handle well (at least the BMW did), but their build quality was extremely sub-par.  There is absolutely nothing "luxury" about a BMW 635 aside from its original price tag.  Take away the handling and the badge and it might as well be an Accord coupe on the inside.  

    1983_BMW_635CSi_For_Sale_Interior_resize

     

    1982-Honda-Accord-Interior-626x382.jpg

     

     

    Even the lowly Toronado had a better built dash with nicer materials  and more advancements than the 6-series.... 

    32009320002_large.jpg

     

    Digital dash, automatic temperature control, automatic head lamps, leather wrapped steering wheel with aluminum spokes, no exposed screw heads on the dash, no matte black plastic anywhere....

     

    Well said. How quickly some forget how absolutely crappy most German cars were back then when they try to bring up things like appeal and heritage.

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    >>...people will buy the better performing vehicle…<<

     

    So you're predicting the CT6 will outsell the e-class? Interesting.

    E43 will smoke that CT6 3.0TT all day long and twice on Sunday.   Has more luxury and more autonomous drive features too.

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    Will there be an LT4 V8 in the XT5 to compete with the GLE63 and X5 M?   I'd guess no V8 fits in he C1xx platform, maybe they can get the XTS V-sport engine in there, that is as good as it gets, and you still have FWD handling and FWD weight bias.

     

    You have a Grand Cherokee SRT with 475 hp, Levante with 424 hp, Range Rover SVR with 550 hp, GLE63 with 577 hp, X5 M with 560 hp, Cayenne Turbo S with 570 hp, Jaguar F-pace only has 380 hp, but you know they'll drop a V8 in there eventually.  There is a wave of performance crossovers out there, probably more coming.  Cadillac isn't in this arena, they are basically a Lexus-Lincoln fighter in the $40-50k range.

    Who the hell needs to compete with niche vehicles like the C63 and X5 M? Seriously? Why worry about the 0.5% volume? I love how you have to continually try to compare anything Cadillac does to the most expensive examples from the German competition, when that is just a fallacy argument.

     

    I think it is more for a prestige thing than actually needing those vehicles. They are for MB to say they compete with anything and EVERYTHING from any automaker out there and they will build the fastest of them all(and they pretty much do). Only BMW or Audi can even compete with their lineup. Then they throw AMGs out in pretty much everything except their work vans! Actually, now that they have a GLC63 on its way I think that is an AMG motor in everything. 

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    Funny that GM makes a Corvette Z06, a Camaro ZL1, a CTS-V, Ford makes a GT350, Dodge a Hellcat Charger, and SRT Grand Cherokee, etc.   There must be some reason they do that.  

     

    Assume the CTS-V has a 10% take rate, that is 2,000 CTS-V's a year.  That isn't very high volume, yet they build it because they want it for marketing purposes, they want all the magazines to write about it, etc.  I bet if there was an XT5-V they could sell more than 2,000 a year.

     

    Mark my words, the performance crossover market will grow, because the high dollar spenders will want the most powerful or fastest thing, just like the high dollar spenders do with sedans and sports cars. 

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    Maybe on the coupe it was 27%, but no way nearly 1 out of 3 of 2nd Gen CTS on the road are V-series

     

    But if it was 27%, then look at all the market Cadillac is missing by not having performance crossovers.  27% of SRX sales would be about 25,000 cars a year.  

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    Will there be an LT4 V8 in the XT5 to compete with the GLE63 and X5 M?   I'd guess no V8 fits in he C1xx platform, maybe they can get the XTS V-sport engine in there, that is as good as it gets, and you still have FWD handling and FWD weight bias.

     

    You have a Grand Cherokee SRT with 475 hp, Levante with 424 hp, Range Rover SVR with 550 hp, GLE63 with 577 hp, X5 M with 560 hp, Cayenne Turbo S with 570 hp, Jaguar F-pace only has 380 hp, but you know they'll drop a V8 in there eventually.  There is a wave of performance crossovers out there, probably more coming.  Cadillac isn't in this arena, they are basically a Lexus-Lincoln fighter in the $40-50k range.

    Who the hell needs to compete with niche vehicles like the C63 and X5 M? Seriously? Why worry about the 0.5% volume? I love how you have to continually try to compare anything Cadillac does to the most expensive examples from the German competition, when that is just a fallacy argument.

     

    I think it is more for a prestige thing than actually needing those vehicles. They are for MB to say they compete with anything and EVERYTHING from any automaker out there and they will build the fastest of them all(and they pretty much do). Only BMW or Audi can even compete with their lineup. Then they throw AMGs out in pretty much everything except their work vans! Actually, now that they have a GLC63 on its way I think that is an AMG motor in everything. 

     

    You're missing my bigger point to him. He is trying to overemphasize these niche low volume brands to convince people that it leads to more sales on lower end cars and CUVs. I provided a link showing the top luxury sellers and half of those have none of the halo type vehicles that he thinks is so important to one's success. Lexus has been succeeding for decades without one. Acura as well (although they have their halo NSX back). It's a fallacy argument when you see that one fact alone. That has been my one and only point here.

    Funny that GM makes a Corvette Z06, a Camaro ZL1, a CTS-V, Ford makes a GT350, Dodge a Hellcat Charger, and SRT Grand Cherokee, etc.   There must be some reason they do that.  

     

    Assume the CTS-V has a 10% take rate, that is 2,000 CTS-V's a year.  That isn't very high volume, yet they build it because they want it for marketing purposes, they want all the magazines to write about it, etc.  I bet if there was an XT5-V they could sell more than 2,000 a year.

     

    Mark my words, the performance crossover market will grow, because the high dollar spenders will want the most powerful or fastest thing, just like the high dollar spenders do with sedans and sports cars. 

    So just ignore the facts that don't support your argument? Got it.  :banghead:

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    Maybe on the coupe it was 27%, but no way nearly 1 out of 3 of 2nd Gen CTS on the road are V-series

     

    But if it was 27%, then look at all the market Cadillac is missing by not having performance crossovers.  27% of SRX sales would be about 25,000 cars a year.  

    Again. Look at the link I posted. Several those cars at the top are from companies with little to no representation in the halo car world. Point being, companies like Lexus have succeeded despite your assumption that luxury makes need these super expensive and low volume cars (their brief experiment with the LF-A aside). There is not one right formula and that is what you cannot seem to get through your head.

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    Maybe on the coupe it was 27%, but no way nearly 1 out of 3 of 2nd Gen CTS on the road are V-series

     

    But if it was 27%, then look at all the market Cadillac is missing by not having performance crossovers.  27% of SRX sales would be about 25,000 cars a year.  

    You are correct & I was not : it was 27% of 2011 CTS sales were coupes.

     

    Saw Cadillac forum-sourced numbers that said 2010 & 2011 CTS-V wagon combined production was 8.6% of those 2 year's wagons.

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      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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      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
      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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