Cadillac's Plug-In Hybrid Will Not Be Returning for a Second-Generation
As many of us suspected for a while, Cadillac has decided to not go forth with a second-generation ELR plug-in hybrid.
"I plan to continue admiring it as one of the most beautiful cars on four wheels. But we don't plan further investment" in the coupe, Cadillac CEO Johan de Nysschen told reporters at a media event for the CT6.
de Nysschen went on to say the ELR will still be sold as long as people want to buy it.
Previously, Automotive News reported the ELR would stick around till 2018.
The ELR was a victim of bad decisions. A key one pointed out by dealers was the starting price of $75,995 caused demand to drop sharply. For the 2016 model year, Cadillac slashed the price by $10,000.
Cadillac's marketing chief, Uwe Ellinghaus called the ELR a 'big disappointment' in an interview with Automobile Magazine, causing many to think the ELR's days were numbered.
Autoline has reported that Cadillac is hard at work preparing the Fairfax Assembly Plant, in Kansas City, Kansas, for the upcoming Cadillac XT3 CUV . This vehicle is slated to come in under the XT5, and be FWD based, riding on a new version of GM's Epsilon Platform (E2xx) designated "ETUL." They also note that the next ATS will be named CT3.
Correction - An earlier version of this article mentioned the CT3/ATS moving to the Epsilon platform. This is not the case.
de Nysschen is all about talking about powertrains
It has been awhile since we have heard anything on Cadillac's powertrain plans. But CEO Johan de Nysschen was in a talkative mood about it and Car and Driver was there to catch it.
First is a V8 coming the CT6. The V8 will be a 4.2L and feature twin-turbos. This engine isn't based on GM's small-block architecture. The 4.2L displacement is interesting as competitors - mostly Germans - only go up to 4.0L to avoid Chinese taxes on high-displacement engines. Cadillac doesn't expect to sell many CT6s equipped with V8 in China, focusing more on the Plug-In Hybrid version for the market.
Power is expected to be “in the upper 400s,” de Nysschen said. Car and Driver speculates this engine will only be available on the Platinum trim.
de Nysschen also talked about the luxury brand's plan for diesel engines. We reported last May that Cadillac was working on a new four and six-cylinder diesel engines that were being built with Europe in mind, but there was a chance of them being offered in the U.S. A few months later, the Volkswagen diesel emission crisis broke out.
“We pulled that trigger before the current dilemma,” said de Nysschen about the future of Cadillac's diesel plans.
“If you have gone that far in a program, you might as well carry it through.”
de Nysschen's comments echo commitments made by other automakers. Audi and BMW have said they will stick with diesel, and Land Rover has just introduced a diesel option for the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.
Cadillac May Have A Wolf Among the Sheep in the Entry-Level Luxury Class
The entry-level luxury class could be getting a model from Cadillac.
Dave Leone, Cadillac executive chief engineer said in an interview with Road & Track that they are developing a new sedan to sit under ATS.
"We are working on something below ATS," said Leone.
Leone didn't go into further details about the vehicle but did say "one of our strengths in sedans is that we are known for being rear-wheel drive."
Road & Track speculates the new sedan will use the Alpha rear-drive platform. This gives a Cadillac an edge as all of the entry-level luxury sedans are front-wheel drive based. But using Alpha introduces a big problem. As we have noted in our two ATS reviews, the back seat is quite tight for being a compact luxury sedan. Shrinking it down to something smaller could make the back seat useless.
Price is also a concern since are either below or start at the $30,000 mark. However Cadillac could make a case for using Alpha on a $30,000 vehicle since the Chevrolet Camaro - based on Alpha as well - starts at $25,700.
The Buick Envision isn't the only vehicle being exported from China
General Motors has plans to import a second vehicle from China to the U.S. It's not another Buick, but the new Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid.
Bloomberg spoke with Cadillac’s chief marketing officer, Uwe Ellinghaus who revealed that the plug-in version would only be built in China. The standard CT6 would be built in the U.S. Why build the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid in China? GM believes with government incentives that encourage people and businesses to buy plug-in hybrids, the market for CT6 Plug-In Hybrid will be much higher.
“That will be the largest market for electrified vehicles. The next generation of fuel-economy rules in China will be quite stringent at the end of this decade and into the next,” said GM President Dan Ammann.
Also, if GM was to build the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid here and import it to China, they would be facing heavy import taxes. Hence, it makes sense for Cadillac to build the hybrid in China and export to the U.S.
The first GM vehicle that will be imported from China, the Buick Envision made its debut last week at the Detroit Auto Show.
Cadillac's ATS, SRX and Escalade lead the charge to Global Sales being up for 2015.
Cadillac finishes 2015 with a year over year increase of 7.5 % globally finishing the year 277,868, or 19,000 more than 2014. Cadillac’s ATS, along with the SRX set annual sales records. The ATS moved 63,049 units in 2015, an increase 35%while the SRX totaled 99,397, an increase of 13.3%. For December 2015, Cadillac saw a 24.5% jump in sales overall, and 28.7% in the U.S., its home market. In China, Cadillac’s second largest market, sales increased 17%. Canadian Cadillac dealers saw and increase of 16.2% , while sales were boosted 19.6% in the Middle East, 27.7% in Mexico and 75.8% in South Korea.
It should also be noted that These come on the heal of a healthy $51,000 average transaction price for 2015 in the U.S., second only to Mercedes Benz. Inventory levels have been pushed below the 50-day mark as Cadillac plans to expand its line-up soon with the launch of the range topping CT6 large executive sedan in March, followed by the XT5 crossover as a replacement for the very successful SRX. The vehicles will be built in Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant and Spring Hill, Tenn. respectively.
“Cadillac’s global expansion is building momentum, driven by increasing product substance and disciplined growth strategies,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. “Not only did volume grow, but Cadillac’s transformed products earned higher transaction prices from customers, driving lower inventory levels. This creates a strong foundation for our two all-new products launching in the first half of 2016 – the CT6 prestige sedan and the XT5 luxury crossover.”
Cadillac ATS sales grew 51% to 7,825 units Cadillac CTS sales grew 1% to 3,043 units Cadillac ELR sales grew 12% to 135 units Cadillac Escalade sales grew 30% to 5,306 units Cadillac SRX sales grew 22% to 10,001 units Cadillac XTS sales grew 12% to 5,982 units
Uwe Ellinghaus Doesn't Hold Back His Thoughts On The ELR
Cadillac's chief marketing officer, Uwe Ellinghaus isn't one to mince words. In a interview with Automobile Magazine, he labels the ELR as a disappointment.
"Put it this way: The ELR's a big disappointment; there's no denying," said Ellinghaus.
Ellinghaus explained the ELR "was the niche in the niche in the niche," and therefore appealed to a small audience. Not helping matters is the way Cadillac marketed the ELR a luxurious two-seater coupe has proved unsuccessful partly due to the coupe market shrinking. Many customers compared it to the Tesla Model S which offered more practicality.
While there might not be a second-generation ELR, Ellinghaus says Cadillac will work on having plug-in hybrid variants across its lineup starting with the new CT6.
How Do You Take A Popular Model and Bring Into Line With A New Mindset? Cadillac Faces This Very Issue With the Escalade.
The Cadillac Escalade is an anomaly for the brand. The model represents everything that Cadillac would like to leave behind,
Shares the platform that Chevrolet and GMC use for their full-size SUVs
Too Much Bling
Nimble Performance is non-existant
Hasn't sold in any real volume in other countries
But the Escalade is the model that commands top dollar and brings in buyers who tend to go for German and Japanese luxury brands. According to Automotive News, buyers laid down an average of $85,000 for the long-wheelbase Escalade ESV.
The Escalade "is the one car we have that import buyers won't even bat an eye to buy," said Keith Harvey, executive manager of Gold Coast Cadillac in Oakhurst, N.J. "They don't have to worry what people will think when they pull up to the country club. It's an Escalade."
This leaves Cadillac in a precarious place. How do you bring one of your most popular models into the image you are trying to create for the brand?
In the short-term, Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen has floated the idea of doing a VSport model to possibly expand the Escalade lineup. But long-term, de Nysschen admits there is some frustration on how to evolve the model.
"How do you balance the desire to bring it into alignment with where we're taking the brand and the equally intense desire not to screw up a good thing?" he said last April.
Cadillac Embraces Plug-In Hybrids As Everyone Else Goes EVs
The hot thing for luxury automakers aside from crossovers is building electric vehicles to take on the elephant in the room, the Tesla Model. But Cadillac will not be joining this craze, at least not in the near future.
Speaking with Automotive News, Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen said the automaker will equip most of their lineup with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The decision comes down to tightening regulations, especially in China.
"For us, the avenue to ensure that we are able to play in China is going to be through plug-in hybrids," said de Nysschen.
There's also the benefit that plug-in hybrids are a bit more practical than EVs and the fear of running out of range is eliminated.
That doesn't mean Cadillac will not produce any EVs. They will appear further down the line according to de Nysschen.
The Cadillac XT5 will be the first model in a new crossover lineup for the brand. Next up is a compact crossover to take on the likes of the BMW X3 and Lexus NX according to Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. But don't expect it anytime soon. de Nysschen said it would coming out in 2018.
Following the compact crossover will be a large crossover that would take on the likes of the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90. This model is expected in either the second half of 2018 or 2019. Wrapping up the crossover lineup could be a subcompact model that would compete with the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. No word on when we could see that model.
Cadillac's biggest sedan will get a 65 MPGe rating with 30 mile EV range.
When the Cadillac CT6 was originally shown in the US back in March, we only saw the standard gasoline models while the plug-in hybrid was shown in Shanghai. Cadillac brought it to the LA Auto Show with some updated information.
First, let's review some information about the CT6 Plug-In.
The Cadillac CT6 Plug-In uses the same type of liquid cooled batteries found in the Chevrolet Volt. It packs the same number of them as well, 192 cells. Unlike the Volt's T-shape battery configuration, the CT6's are stacked on top of each other directly over the rear axle. Naturally, total battery output also matches the Volt at 18.4 kWh of juice. This is more than double the battery capacity of the Mercede-Benz S550 Plug-In hybrid's 8.7 kWh. Cadillac says that recharging the CT6 from empty will take about 5 hours on 240v service depending on ambient temperatures.
The electric drive part of the equation is handled by a new EVT (Electric Variable Transmission). The EVT has two 100 horsepower electric motors which, combined with power from the gasoline engine, channel power through three planetary gear sets via 5-clutches to the rear wheels. All-wheel drive will not be offered. Those of you who remember the details of GM's older 2-Mode hybrid system might recognize this setup and while the new EVT is not an evolution of that design, Cadillac did take lessons from the 2-mode when designing this system.
The gasoline engine is a version of the 2 liter turbo 4-cylinder found in the base model CT6. Cadillac does not quote the output of the gasoline engine independently, stating only the combined system rating of 335 horsepower and 432 lb-ft of torque. Zero to 60 mph is expected to be about 5.3 seconds. Top speed in electric only mode is 75 mph while overall top speed is 150 mph.
Cadillac says that the EPA estimated EV range for the CT6 will be about 30 miles and combined system fuel economy is estimated at 65 MPGe. These are favorable numbers compared to the S550e's EPA estimated ratings of 14 miles in EV mode and 58 MPGe.
Drivers have three drive modes available. Normal and Sport are self-explanatory, while Hold tells the system to save battery power for use later. Like in the Cadillac ELR, the driver will be able to use paddles on the steering wheel to engage regen-on-demand, a sort of hand brake combined with battery recharging.
Pricing for the 2016 Cadillac CT6 gasoline models was released two weeks ago, but pricing for the Plug-In hybrid is not yet available.
The 2016 Cadillac CT6 goes on sale in March 2016 with the Plug-In hybrid going on sale later in the year.
We finally have the details for Cadillac's XT5 replacement for the SRX.
We've seen the coming XT5 peak out from behind the curtain a few times recently, but today, Cadillac finally took the wraps off the 2017 Cadillac XT5 Crossover in Dubai, UAE.
Chassis and Power
Replacing the SRX in the lineup, the new XT5 rides on a new chassis unique to Cadillac. Using the lightweight technology first shown in the Cadillac CT6, the new XT5 is better packaged with more interior room without adding weight. Compared to the outgoing SRX, the XT5 drops 278 pounds, making it 100 pounds lighter than the Audi Q5 and 650 pounds lighter than the Mercedes-Benz GLE. The wheel base is up 2 inches and track is increased 1 inch over the SRX. Rear seat legroom has increased 3.2 inches.
While weight is down, power stays about the same. The all-new 3.6 liter V6 gets a modest bump in horsepower over the outgoing unit, up 2 to 310 horsepower, while torque increases to 270 lb-ft, an increase of 5 lb-ft. This engine also features start-stop technology to save fuel in the city, and cylinder deactivation to run in 4-cylinder mode in low load situations. In the China market, the XT5 will be offered with a 2.0 Turbo direct injected 4-cylinder, also featuring stop-start.
Both engines will be paired with a new 8-speed automatic controlled by a new gear selector that Cadillac is calling Electronic Precision Shift.
Optional will be a new all-wheel drive system with a twin clutch that can transfer up to 100 percent of torque to either the front or rear axle while 100 percent of available torque can be transferred across the rear axle via an electronically controlled limited slip differential to either rear wheel. The driver is able to control the AWD system and disconnect the rear wheels for greater fuel economy.
Standard wheels are 18 inch with 20 inch wheels optional. All XT5s equipped with 20 inch wheels come with a continuous damping control system. Rear seat passengers in Platinum models get an even more comfortable ride via additional bushings and tuning to reduce road unpleasantness.
Also shown on the Cadillac CT6, the XT5 will feature the Rear Camera Mirror system that replaces a conventional inside mirror. The system effectively removes interior and body panel obstacles in the drivers rearward vision. Rather than showing the rear view in the CUE infotainment screen, the rear picture shows up in place of the center inside rear view mirror. A birds eye Surround Vision feature is also available to help with parking.
Speaking of CUE, the system has been upgraded with a much more powerful processor, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, while also providing a slot for wireless cell phone charging.
While the SRX never had a Platinum trim, the XT5 gets one featuring unique interior and exterior materials. There will be five interior color pallets offered with carbon fiber, three types of wood, and two types of aluminum trim offered.
The Cadillac XT5 will launch in the US in the Spring of 2016 right after the 2016 March launch of the Cadillac CT6. We'll get our first hands on look at the Cadillac XT5 next week at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.
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New York, November 9, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Cadillac XT5 Initiates New Series of Cadillac Luxury Crossovers
Lightweight construction elevates efficiency and driving performance
All-new design and structure increases interior space without adding bulk
New V6 engine and advanced all-wheel drive
New tech includes rear camera mirror, Apple Carplay & Android Auto Compatibility, New CUE system
Cadillac today unveiled the first-ever 2017 Crossover Touring 5 (XT5,) a comprehensively upgraded luxury crossover and the cornerstone of a new series of crossovers in the brand’s ongoing expansion. The first-ever XT5 premieres this month at the Dubai and Los Angeles auto shows and begins production in the U.S. and China in spring 2016.
Cadillac crossovers will wear the “XT” designation, a key aspect of the brand’s product-driven global growth plan.
“The all-new XT5 not only enters the most popular segment in the worldwide luxury auto market, it is the first of four new crossovers from Cadillac,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. “It’s pivotal to our ongoing growth, which is why we’ve developed XT5 from the inside out to provide customers more space, more technology, more luxury and more efficiency.”
The new luxury crossover joins Cadillac’s lineup immediately following the new range-topping CT6 Sedan, as the brand enters a new phase of product growth. The XT5 is the next chapter in elevating the Cadillac brand: it is bold, distinctive, sophisticated with superb driving dynamics. This new crossover perfectly reflects Cadillac’s positioning in the luxury automotive marketplace, de Nysschen said.
Chassis -- Lightweight, efficient package enables more space
The Cadillac XT5 is completely new, residing on a unique chassis and structure.
Cadillac’s new crossover embodies the company’s expertise for lightweight and agile driving dynamics. The new XT5 is 278 pounds (126 kg) lighter than the current SRX , and 100 pounds (45 kg) lighter than the Audi Q5 – despite the Cadillac being seven inches longer. The new XT5 is more than 650 pounds (295 kg) lighter than the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, achieving this with no compromise to body rigidity and crash performance.
Rear-seat legroom is increased 3.2 in. (8.1 cm) in the XT5, compared to the SRX. The rear seat reclines and slides fore and aft, as well.
Interior Design -- New Cadillac interior design theme emphasizes space and craftsmanship
The XT5 brings a new level of sophistication to showcase Cadillac’s evolving design language, recently seen on the upcoming CT6 Sedan. The XT5 has a strong visual presence with proportions that convey the driving experience and the lightweight construction underneath the surface. There is a lean, taut, liquid quality to the surfaces with flowing, uninterrupted lines separated by crisp edges.
“The XT5 has a great stance, with wheels further to the corners and overhangs reduced,” said Andrew Smith, Cadillac executive director of global design. “Our team continues to evolve the design language of Cadillac.”
The XT5’s interior is based on a philosophy of clean, modern elegance and craftsmanship.
“We believe that luxury crossover customers particularly focus on interior design and materials,” said Smith. “This design direction is predicated on modern craftsmanship and the artistic integration of technology.”
Interior surfaces inside the XT5 are wider and more horizontal in orientation, emphasizing efficient use of space. Like all Cadillac models, the interior is assembled with cut-and-sewn wrapped panels, rather than molded surfaces typical of mainstream vehicles.
“Our focus for the interior was sophistication and simplicity, ensuring an economy of lines to reduce visual noise and clutter,” Smith said. “A feeling of space is the ultimate luxury, so we sought to emphasize that. We also use a greater variety of authentic materials and palette of colors to deliver expressive interiors in all trim levels.”
Powertrain -- Advanced powertrains add to efficiency and dynamics
In the U.S. market, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 will be powered by the new 3.6-liter V6 engine which debuted earlier this year on the brand’s ATS and CTS sport sedans and is featured on the CT6. This engine has been completely redesigned and features Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation technology, which allows the engine to seamlessly and automatically switch to a fuel-saving 4-cylinder mode under low or moderate loads.
With an estimated peak output of 310-horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque, the new V6 uses variable valve timing for strong response and smooth power delivery. Cadillac’s new Stop/Start technology automatically stop and start the engine when the vehicle is at rest in traffic stops, saving fuel and reducing emissions, while enhancing the quietness expected of a luxury vehicle.
In China, the XT5 will be offered with a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine. Powerful, yet compact, the 2.0T also features Stop/Start technology.
A new 8-speed automatic transmission is standard for the XT5, which also debuts Electronic Precision Shift – the first electronically controlled transmission shifter for a Cadillac. Electronic Precision Shift reduces noise and vibration, and allows further use of the cabin space with a storage space beneath the center console.
An optional new advanced “twin clutch” all-wheel drive system continuously and automatically delivers excellent traction across a variety of conditions. While engineered specifically for strong performance in wet, snowy or icy conditions, it also provides enhanced stability in dry weather.
Technology -- Advanced technology systems add luxury, safety
The first-ever XT5 includes Cadillac’s latest production systems for connectivity and safety.
Cadillac’s patented new industry-leading Rear Camera Mirror system debuts on the CT6 sedan and the XT5. The system enhances the driver’s rear vision by 300 percent, using a video display applied over the conventional inside rearview mirror. A high dynamic range camera records wider images behind the car, streams the image to video processing software which “removes” obstacles such as the roof, rear pillars and rear seat passengers, projecting an unobstructed view to a Liquid Crystal Display.
2017 Cadillac XT5 PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS (NORTH AMERICA) Model: 2017 Cadillac XT5 Body style / driveline: FWD or AWD, 5-passenger midsize luxury crossover Manufacturing location: Spring Hill Manufacturing, Spring Hill, Tennessee Engine: 3.6L V6 DI VVT – 310 hp / 231 kW (est.) Transmission : Eight-speed automatic with Electronic Precision Shift Wheels: 18-inch and 20-inch Wheelbase (in / mm): 112.5 / 2857 Length (in / mm): 189.5 / 4815 Width (in / mm): 75.0 / 1903 Height (in / mm): 66.0 / 1675 Est. curb weight (lb / kg): 3999 / 1814 (FWD) 4277 / 1940 (AWD)
Cadillac Announces Release Month and Pricing for the CT6
Cadillac has announced some details of their upcoming flagship sedan today. The 2016 CT6 will arrive at dealers in March with a starting pricetag of $54,990 (includes a $995 destination charge) for the base 2.0L turbo-four and climb to $84,460 for the top of the line Platinum trim.
At launch, Cadillac will offer three different engines. The base will be the 272 horsepower, 2.0L turbo-four paired with rear-wheel drive. Next will be a 3.6L V6 with 335 horsepower and all-wheel drive. Finally, there is the twin-turbo 3.0L V6 with 400 horsepower and all-wheel drive. Details on the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid will be revealed at a later date.
Cadillac has filled the CT6 with a a large amount of standard equipment such as full-LED exterior lighting, 14-way driver and passenger seats, an 8.0-inch digital display for the instrument cluster, 10.2-inch touchscreen with navigation, and OnStar 4G LTE.
You can also view the original article on the Cadillac CT6 plus pictures of the CT6 from the 2015 New York International Auto Show
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2016 Cadillac CT6 Range-Topping Sedan Slated for March Launch
NEW RANGE INCLUDES CT6 STARTING AT $53,495; CT6 PLATINUM PRICED FROM $83,465
Cadillac extends the top of its range with the 2016 Cadillac Touring 6 sedan, which begins production in Detroit in January, with initial shipments to dealers in March. Through the integration of new technologies, the first-ever Cadillac CT6 creates a new formula for the range-topping sedan and substantially expands the Cadillac portfolio.
Thanks to pioneering new vehicle manufacturing and design methods, the CT6 achieves dynamic performance, efficiency and agility previously unseen in large luxury cars. The CT6 product line similarly aims to refresh and broaden the range of consumers in the prestige class of luxury sedans. In the US market, the 2016 Cadillac CT6 sedan is priced from $53,495, with the highest level CT6 Platinum model starting at $83,465.
“The CT6 is an entirely new approach to prestige luxury, adding driving dynamics and technology while reducing the bulk of traditional large sedans,” said Johan de Nysschen, president of Cadillac. “With the CT6, Cadillac has a competitive edge: our use of advanced lightweight construction and innovative technology, it is prestige luxury reimagined.”
Offering three engine choices, and a broad range of high-technology systems and luxury amenities, the first-ever CT6 presents a wide range of options and price points to draw new buyers.
CT6 2.0L Turbo – Starting at $53,495
CT6 3.6L V6 with AWD – Starting at $55,495
CT6 3.0L Twin Turbo V6 with AWD – Starting at $64,395
Customers can place orders now with dealers and view additional product information at cadillac.com.
The Cadillac CT6 sedan takes drivers to a higher threshold of involvement, with technologies to enhance situational awareness, chassis systems – including active technologies – that make the most of control in all conditions, and powertrains led by an all-new Cadillac Twin Turbo engine. The Cadillac 3.0L Twin Turbo V-6 engine is rated at 400 horsepower (298 kW) and 400 lb-ft of torque (543 Nm); an all-new, 335-horsepower 3.6L V-6 and Cadillac’s award-winning 2.0T four-cylinder engine are also available. All engines are paired with eight-speed automatic transmissions.
The rigid, lightweight architecture provides a crucial foundation for the sedan’s segment-challenging agility, enhanced by active-on-demand all-wheel drive, active rear steering and Magnetic Ride Control on the available Active Chassis System.
Cadillac has made technological strides with in-cabin advances, as well, including the Rear Camera Mirror, Enhanced Night Vision technology and the pioneering 34-speaker Bose® Panaray® audio system.
Cadillac this spring announced that the CT6 will be available with plug-in hybrid electric technology, as the company continues its development of highly capable alternative powertrain vehicles. Further details for the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid model will be announced closer to that vehicle’s launch.
The 2016 Cadillac CT6 will be built at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant on the east side of Detroit. Cadillac in April auctioned the first retail production CT6 to benefit the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.
Cadillac's CEO Has Some Sharp Words For Technology Companies Working On Autonomous Vehicles
The past year has seen autonomous vehicles making headlines with a number of technology companies such as Google and Apple working on their own vehicles. But Cadillac CEO Johan de Nysschen says autonomous vehicles shouldn't take away the act of driving to those who enjoy it.
“Autonomous driving and driving passion must co-exist,” de Nysschen said to a group at the 10th annual J.D Power Automotive Marketing Roundtable in Las Vegas last week.
“We’re after balance.”
Standing in front of a picture of Google's autonomous prototype, de Nysschen said, “Many autonomous car (prototypes) emphasize sheer functionality. It would be a mind-numbing experience going from point A to B. My goodness, you might as well take the bus.”
GM's plan with autonomous vehicles is to develop ones “enhance the joy of driving, but eliminate the tedious parts," such as the hassle of stop-and-go rush hour explain de Nysschen. An example brought was the upcoming semi-autonomous Super Cruise system that will debut on the 2017 CT6 and CTS.
“The difference between Super Cruise and fully autonomous lies more in the legal than the technical arena. I’ll leave it at that,” said de Nysschen.
Minor Powertrain Changes Are Coming For the 2016 Cadillac ATS and CTS
Cadillac is giving the ATS and CTS some much needed improvements for the V6 powertrain.
2016 models will introduce a new version of 3.6L DI V6 producing 335 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque, an increase 14 and 9 respectively. Along with more power, the 3.6L will see a 9 percent increase in combined fuel economy - 24 MPG for rear-wheel drive and 22 MPG for all-wheel drive models.
The V6, along with the 2.0L turbo-four will gain the eight-speed automatic transmission.
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New Technologies Boost Efficiency for 2016
CYLINDER DEACTIVATION AND START/STOP SYSTEMS BEGIN PRODUCTION ON ATS AND CTS PRODUCT LINES
Renowned for luxury and design, Cadillac has recently added dynamic driving performance to its list of attributes. Now as 2016 model year production begins, Cadillac adds new fuel-saving technologies. Active Fuel Management and Automatic Stop/Start technologies, and widespread use of a new 8-speed transmission, are combining to raise fuel economy ratings and reduce emissions in Cadillac’s portfolio. Cadillac’s all-new six cylinder engine contains Active Fuel Management, or cylinder deactivation, technology enabling it to seamlessly switch from six-cylinder to four-cylinder operation under certain light-load conditions, while maintaining excellent performance. The new 3.6-liter engine is part of the 2016 ATS and CTS product lines. Additionally, the Cadillac Escalade luxury SUV’s V8 will shift to four-cylinder operation in many daily driving conditions, as will Cadillac’s all-new high performance CTS-V sedan. Cadillac’s advanced engine technology will accelerate in the new Twin Turbo-powered CT6 prestige sedan, which will be the world’s only six-cylinder engine to combine turbocharging with cylinder deactivation and Stop/Start technology. Cadillac’s ATS and CTS also offer a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the most popular choice among buyers. These models also see fuel economy improvements in 2016 via the use of Automatic Start/Stop, or AutoStop, technology. This system reduces emissions and fuel consumption by automatically turning off the engine when the car is stationary, such as at red light. The engine quickly and automatically resumes as soon as the driver releases the brake. Previous Start/Stop systems often relied on the car’s battery system. Cadillac employs a voltage stabilization system powered by ultracapacitors to re-start the engine. This alternative power source inside the car enables smoother and quicker re-starts compared to previous systems, while enhancing durability by reducing strain on the existing electrical systems. Cadillac’s new 8-speed transmission nets another efficiency gain, and like the new V6 engine, just started production in the 2016 ATS and CTS. “While these new systems increase efficiency, a main focus in engineering at Cadillac is to integrate these systems smoothly with no compromise to the driving experience,” says David Leone, Cadillac executive chief engineer. “Our new 8-speed transmission was developed internally for fast and smooth shifting in every situation with Cylinder Deactivation and Start/Stop are integrated in a more seamless manner than our competitors.” The result is cleaner and more fuel-efficient Cadillac models. CO2 output has been reduced up to 6 percent on 2016 ATS and CTS models.
Cadillac announced today that the XT5 - replacement for the SRX crossover - will be making its worldwide debut at the Dubai Motor Show in November. Following this, the new Cadillac crossover will head to the LA Auto Show for its North American debut.
"The XT5 will be the cornerstone of a series of crossovers bearing the 'XT' designation," the automaker said in a statement.
The XT5 has some big shoes to fill as the SRX was Cadillac's most popular model sold worldwide. Previous reports has the SRX using a 2.0T four-cylinder and 3.6L V6 for power, and being available with front or all-wheel drive.
Cadillac's boss Johan de Nysschen has a plan to rehabilitate Cadillac's image. Part of this plan deals with the dealers with tightening inventory and end the sell-at-any-cost mentality.
But as Automotive News reports, there is a slight problem as Cadillac's dealer incentive programs promote the opposite. One incentive attaches $700 in dealer bonus money to every Cadillac vehicle they order from the factory, while another has cash payouts for growing sales.
“The business model has been structured more for the bigger brands inside General Motors, rather than the small Cadillac brand,” said de Nysschen.
“The luxury business is different.”
de Nysschen instead wants to give incentives to dealers “in terms of the overall support to the brand.” This could mean meeting certain marks in customer satisfaction scores or new requirements to have an adequate recruiting process.
At the moment, Cadillac is in talks with their national dealer council “to develop the next generation of what these programs should look like for Cadillac.”
General Motors announced this week that it would be investing $245 million and adding 300 new jobs at its Orion Assembly plant - home of the Chevrolet Sonic, Buick Verano, and soon to be Chevrolet Bolt. Now this investment is for an "all-new vehicle program unlike any in the plant's 32-year history." So what could this vehicle be?
Motor Trend reports that a source says the program is "a future crossover with no predecessor" and that "the gaps in [Cadillac's] product lineup are obvious." So in other words, the possible program is a small Cadillac crossover.
Now we have been hearing and reporting that Cadillac is planning to have a range of crossovers in the next few years with the XT5 - the replacement for the SRX. There will be two crossovers sitting underneath and one sitting above the XT5. At the moment, we don't know if it will be a compact or subcompact crossover that will be built at Orion.
You don't hear a lot of executives admit when they or their company has made a blunder. When they do, it comes as a bit of a shock and helps you realize they are somewhat human. Case in point is Cadillac's marketing chief Uwe Ellinghaus telling Bloomberg they bit off bit a more than they could chew with the ELR pricing.
"The MSRP was, indeed, a mouthful. We overestimated that customers would realize our competitors were naked at that price," said Ellinghaus.
So why did Cadillac price the ELR so high? Well product planners believed if the ELR was close to the price of the Chevrolet Volt, people would go for the Volt. Also, the high price was seen as to signal this was a special car from Cadillac.
"We just wanted to make this a statement for the brand of how progressive we are," said Ellinghaus.
Sadly it hasn't worked with just 1,835 ELRs being sold in North America within the past 18 months. Also, dealers have been piling on incentives to get them off their lot.
Cadillac's Dealers Feel the Brunt as de Nysschen's plan goes into action
Imagine you are a dealer sitting in a meeting and the head of the brand that you sell tells everyone that sales will get worse before they get better. Well that was what Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac's president told dealers last summer. Now dealers are getting a first look at 'worse' looks like.
Automotive News that a number of dealers have lost on incentive cash in the first quarter because they missed sales targets set by GM. Discounts and lease offers have also dried up as well. Previously, Cadillac offered deals on the ATS and CTS to help remove the massive stock sitting on dealer lots.
This is reflected in Cadillac's sales. ATS dropped 23 percent, while the CTS saw a 47 percent drop. Cadillac's marketing chief Uwe Ellinghaus said in a interview last month that April would be "the first month where we see the natural demand for ATS and CTS."
Now the slump in sales is part of de Nysschen's plan to get Cadillac on the right footing with a smaller supply of vehicle and incentives that are modest. The plan also includes better marketing and new products through 2020.
Dealers support de Nysschen's plan, but they are worried about how long the plan will take and whether it actually works.
"The dealer council has a lot of faith in Johan's long-term plan. But the sales decline is a bit of a tough pill to swallow with the industry rocking right now," said Keith Harvey, a member of Cadillac's National Dealer Council.
Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
Even More High-Strung V-Series, and What Cadillac is looking at for powertrains in the future
Car and Driver have gotten some intriguing information about what Cadillac is looking at for the future with their V-Series and powertrains.
We'll start with V-Series. Now as we reported before, Cadillac is planning on adding more V-Series models. Some of those could be higher-performance versions of current models - something akin to Black Series for Mercedes-Benz AMG models. When asked about this, Cadillac's chief engineer David Leone said, “We might have something down the road that is a little bit more aggressive.”
A source says a we could see something with this idea in 2017. No hint was given as to what model could be in the cards. Our guess is that it would be the ATS-V Coupe.
Now onto the powertrain stuff. Leone reiterated comments made by Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen late last year about offering diesel engines.
“They are both new engines,” said Leone.
In this case, the new engines happen to be a four and six-cylinder diesel. The engines will be tailored for the products they will go into. Now these engines are being built with Europe in mind, but sources say the engines could be offered in the U.S.
Leone also talked about future technologies such as electric super/turbochargers which minimize lag when compared to conventional turbos.
“Electric charging is a novel approach, a way of getting a fast response,” Leone said, adding: “You don’t need to limit it to gasoline engines.”
Now there are some issues that need to be addressed such as adding a 48-Volt electric system and packing it into a vehicle.
Also under investigation for Cadillac? Three-cylinder engines.
“The world is ever-changing, the fuel-economy requirements are different, and those things are possible.”
Source: Car and Driver, 2
Cadillac announced today that it is opening the order books for the 2016 CTS-V which will be hitting dealers later this summer. To get your hands on one, be ready to fork over $84,990 (includes a $995 destination charge). While the price may send some of you into shock, the CTS-V still undercuts many of its German rivals.
Audi RS7: Starts at $108,900*, $23,910 Difference
BMW M5: Starts at $93,600*, $8,610 Difference
Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S 4Matic: Starts at $101,700*, $16,710 Difference
(*Note: Prices don't include a destination fee.)
“V-Series represents the pinnacle of Cadillac, a brand that now makes drivers’ cars at the highest level. The new CTS-V is essentially two cars in one: a luxury sedan with sophisticated road manners and a track-capable sports car with awe-inspiring performance. This type of car is exclusive, the domain of the few who can access this level of incredible capability. V-Series matches or overtakes the finest cars in this elite class, while being more accessible,” said Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac president.
Press Release is on Page 2
2015 will mark the launch of two Cadillac V-Series models; the ATS-V and CTS-V. But there will more V-Series models in the cars according Cadillac's chief engineer.
“The ‘V’ will be on more models than today,” said Dave Leone, chief engineer for GM's luxury brand to The Detroit Bureau.
Which cars will get the V treatment is unknown at the moment, but Leone says they will not go crazy with it.
“Don’t expect to see an Escalade-V, or an SRX-V. We will focus on platforms which lend themselves to performance driving,” said Leone.
Speculation at the moment has CT6 being the next model to get the V treatment.
Source: The Detroit Bureau
Johan stops by Facebook to give someone a talking to.
Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen is known for slipping out little bits of information. Case in point was earlier today when an analyst in a Facebook group said Cadillac would axing the V8 from most of their models aside from Cadillac CTS-V and Escalade. Johan joined the discussion and went on to correct this by stating that there will be a new V8 engine that will be purpose built for Cadillac. In Johan's words, "There absolutely will be another state -of - the -art mega powerful highly efficient new 8- cylinder from Cadillac, besides the CTS- V engine. Purpose designed for Cadillac....the V8 Cadillac is alive and well today, and will be in even better shape tomorrow."
Now, news of a forthcoming Cadillac V8 isn't breaking news. Johan has previously hinted at a twin-turbo V8 coming for the Cadillac CT6, but it was interesting to see Cadillac's President join in a Facebook discussion and give us more description of the engine. I contacted a Cadillac spokesman about the exchange and he pointed out such an engine will appear in "later in the second half of this decade". So look for Cadillac CT6 to gain a V8 in the 2017-2018 time frame.
While in general I do agree with you, however if it wouldn't be for the government regulations we wouldn't have cars today with seat belts, air bags and emission control.
I think maybe government instead of giving incentives for individual EV purchases, should invest that money into making EV friendly infrastructure, same as they invest into other infrastructure projects.
I think it will contribute much more to the increased use of EVs than individual discounts.
EVs will be the future eventually for a simple reason (even disregarding environmental impact) that they are much more efficient, they require substantially less maintenance, and they more future proof than ICE cars, as Tesla has shown. We are still in the beginning of the transfer process but it is inevitable.
Made up problem?
YOU ACCUSE ME OF NOT KNOWING WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT, YET HERE YOU ARE, WITHOUT ANY SCIENTIFIC PROOF...EIITHER, STATING THAT CARS DO NOT POLLUTE.
Nah...that is just you having an uninformed opinion. An opinion NOT based on facts or truths. But piss poor judgement.
In any case. THIS is why DISCOURSE is good.
TEACH me. LETS DISCUSS.
But nope. You are the one to be closed minded. Open yourself up to me.
Well...YOU are the one that wants to CHANGE me. With the ironic and moronic way of crying and whining WITHOUT discussing but WHINING and CRYING about it of how I wanna change you.
SHOW me how wrong I am.
No! NOT by telling me others are continuing to do what they have always done.
(I GOT REBUTTALS FOR EVERY NONSENSICAL SHYT YOU ARE YOUR ILK SPEW.)
But DISCUSS with me the HOW with TRUTH and NOT with SELFISH reasons....
This is the hypocrisy of YOUR kind and ILK.
YOU and YOUR ILK spew that line like a horny John on a hooker's face.
But I know why you dont wanna discuss things. You dont have a leg to stay on.
Your first sentence...
tells me all I need to know.
My dad once told me to never argue and discuss things with ignorant people. Its best you argue with a wall...
Ever hear THAT cliche Blu?
But you are NOT ignorant. Just selfish.
PS: I aint tryna change you.
The thing is, YOU dont want ANYBODY else to change the way we do things on planet earth.
YOU want the status quo...and THAT in effect means YOU want to change the other billions of folk that want to change NOT to change.