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    Spying: Cadillac CTS In Europe


    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    July 10, 2012

    Cadillac has sent mules of the next-generation Cadillac CTS off to Europe for testing and some new spy photos show them in action.

    Apparently in Europe, its ok to have less camouflage on your test car and that gives us some big hints as to what designers have in mind for the CTS. The large front grille bears a striking resemblance to the Ciel concept. The front headlights, currently prototype assemblies at this time, appear to have a set of LED running lights.

    The side profile of this mule reveals the rear window is more raked than the current model, almost mimicking the CTS coupe. Most likely, this is to improve aerodynamics and help boost fuel economy.

    Speaking of which, the CTS powertrain lineup is still under a lot of speculation. Currently, the base engine will be the 2.0T from the ATS, followed by the 3.6L DI V6, and a twin-turbo V6 will be the top engine. Those wondering where an eight-cylinder CTS is need to wait for the V model.

    Source: Automobile Magazine

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

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    Looks good so far. Clearly bigger than current. I'm glad it has some sort of deck length, at least. The taillights look like they're faired in tight, like the last-gen Eldorado. I am hoping for a continuation of the current, mini-fin blade style Cadillac lights. I know they're dummies on the prototype. Interesting to see the grille backing before the chrome overlay is attached, you can really see the actual air intake part of the grille.

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    I am very excited over all, but I do have one Item I hate and it is the same Item I have found on BMW and MB. The Rear Door Design.

    The Point of the way the door flares back makes it a wide door like the old camero's that when opened you would ding everyone. I see that point on the rear door being the first place to loose paint and get bent up. I see no reason to have it that way.

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    It does look bigger which makes me fear we have STS part 2 coming, but even Cadillac can't be that dumb to repeat that mistake. The grille looks big like an Audi grille, not really a fan of massive front grilles, but maybe the final product will be more like the current CTS size grille. Looks like a fairly evolutionary design though.

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    It does look bigger which makes me fear we have STS part 2 coming, but even Cadillac can't be that dumb to repeat that mistake. The grille looks big like an Audi grille, not really a fan of massive front grilles, but maybe the final product will be more like the current CTS size grille. Looks like a fairly evolutionary design though.

    Yes it looks a bit bigger, but this is needed. If the ATS is to compete against the BMW 3 series and MB 300 series, that leaves the CTS to compete against BMW 5 series and Mercedes 400 series I believe. This leaves a new bigger car to compete against the BMW 7 series and MB 500 series for the future.

    Exciting time for Cadillac as they finally get their quality of amazing driving machines in order.

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    I like to think they are right sizing this for the market.GM often tries to set the class size only to be left as the odd one out as either too large or too small to compete on equal ground.

    The key here is while the car may grow in size it will either lose weight or not change much with the Alpha under it.

    As for the styling they are using the type that Lutz' s set while he was there full time. It is still very much A & S but with out the very hard lines that gave it that full on Oragami look. While some liked it other found it polarizing in not a good way. I think the ATS shows they have hit a good medium ground that should still appeal to the A & S fans while drawing in new fans that felt the hard edges were too much.

    The one thing we all need to understand is this car is going to evolve into a little more Luxury roll but will still not be of a boating nature as the STS fell into. Cadillac is working hard to match and beat BMW in size and content so I would expect this car to be nothing less than similar in size and performance to the 5 series. The Omega will fill the 7 series void and may even supass it.

    What will be telling are the models based on these cars. The ATS coupe sounds to be on track again vs what was reported. Also what will they do with the CTS. The things they may do could be interesting.

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    I was reading a comparison between the current CTS-v and new M5 in Road & Track last night...IIRC, the current CTS is only slightly smaller than the new 5 series..maybe 3-4 inches in length, 2 inches in width, 2 inches in wheelbase. But it's about 300 pounds lighter...not sure what the numbers are for a 6 cyl version.

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    It does look bigger which makes me fear we have STS part 2 coming, but even Cadillac can't be that dumb to repeat that mistake.

    You mean by increasing its size to match the 5-series and E-class?

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    I was reading a comparison between the current CTS-v and new M5 in Road & Track last night...IIRC, the current CTS is only slightly smaller than the new 5 series..maybe 3-4 inches in length, 2 inches in width, 2 inches in wheelbase. But it's about 300 pounds lighter...not sure what the numbers are for a 6 cyl version.

    Here are the numbers:

    2012 BMW 535i: 4090 lbs

    2012 Cadillac CTS 3.6: 3920 lbs

    Difference: 170 lbs

    2012 BMW 535i xDrive: 4233 lbs

    2012 Cadillac CTS 3.6 AWD: 4118 lbs

    Difference: 115 lbs

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    I was reading a comparison between the current CTS-v and new M5 in Road & Track last night...IIRC, the current CTS is only slightly smaller than the new 5 series..maybe 3-4 inches in length, 2 inches in width, 2 inches in wheelbase. But it's about 300 pounds lighter...not sure what the numbers are for a 6 cyl version.

    Here are the numbers:

    2012 BMW 535i: 4090 lbs

    2012 Cadillac CTS 3.6: 3920 lbs

    Difference: 170 lbs

    2012 BMW 535i xDrive: 4233 lbs

    2012 Cadillac CTS 3.6 AWD: 4118 lbs

    Difference: 115 lbs

    IIRC, the M5 was about 45xx and the CTS-v was 42xx..

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    really does look bland to me. But admittedly not much detail.

    The new ATS front end has a real nice sculpting to it, this looks way to monoform / typical midsize sedan / generic

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    According to Car and Driver numbers, 2013 M5 is 4387 lbs, and the 2012 CTS-V is 4220 lbs. The 5-series with and height are within a half inch of the CTS, the 5-series has 3.5 inches more in the wheelbase and 2 inches more overall length compared to the CTS. But I think the 5-series has gotten a bit big, although it still splits the difference between the 3 and 7.

    The current CTS on wheelbase, height, width and length is within 0.5 inches in every direction of a Mercedes E-class. The E-class is the sales champion, it's a good size car, no reason for the CTS to get bigger, it is already the same size as the heart of the segment.

    And for whatever it is worth, the CTS is already about an inch longer than the Lexus GS, though smaller than the Infiniti M37.

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    ^ This is what I've said since talk first began about the 3G CTS; it's ALREADY the perfect size to go against the 5/E siblings.

    It should not grow in size externally at all.

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    CTS doesn't need more exterior size, more interior room would be nice though. The car needs to get better, not bigger. Cadillac used to always try to do that bigger = more luxurious idea, that doesn't work anymore.

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    really does look bland to me. But admittedly not much detail.

    The new ATS front end has a real nice sculpting to it, this looks way to monoform / typical midsize sedan / generic

    Well then the camo is working :rolleyes:

    Let them uncover it and add the trim and it will transform.

    I also expect it to grow but only in a few inches here and there. Cadillac tried to match the 3 size with the ATS and I expect that is all they will do with the CTS vs the 5. They have to give the ATS some room as two nearly same size cars with one cheaper would really hurt CTS sales.

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    ATS is 182.8 inches long and the CTS is 191.3. There is already a gap there. If they want to go to a 10 inch difference to 192.8 I am sure no one would notice, but any bigger than that and the CTS is getting too big. It is still a sports sedan.

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    192 is 5 meters? they can't go over 5 meters.

    snapback.pngregfootball, on , said:

    really does look bland to me. But admittedly not much detail.

    The new ATS front end has a real nice sculpting to it, this looks way to monoform / typical midsize sedan / generic

    Well then the camo is working :rolleyes:

    Let them uncover it and add the trim and it will transform.

    I also expect it to grow but only in a few inches here and there. Cadillac tried to match the 3 size with the ATS and I expect that is all they will do with the CTS vs the 5. They have to give the ATS some room as two nearly same size cars with one cheaper would really hurt CTS sales.

    ATS has nice power bulge and lowered fenders, lots of details. The Camo shots on the CTS really at this time seem just a little plain in comparo to how nice the ATS was sculpted.

    Cadilla-ATS-3.jpg

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    192 is 5 meters? they can't go over 5 meters.

    snapback.pngregfootball, on , said:

    really does look bland to me. But admittedly not much detail.

    The new ATS front end has a real nice sculpting to it, this looks way to monoform / typical midsize sedan / generic

    Well then the camo is working :rolleyes:

    Let them uncover it and add the trim and it will transform.

    I also expect it to grow but only in a few inches here and there. Cadillac tried to match the 3 size with the ATS and I expect that is all they will do with the CTS vs the 5. They have to give the ATS some room as two nearly same size cars with one cheaper would really hurt CTS sales.

    ATS has nice power bulge and lowered fenders, lots of details. The Camo shots on the CTS really at this time seem just a little plain in comparo to how nice the ATS was sculpted.

    Cadilla-ATS-3.jpg

    Give it time and the details will appear.

    We go throught this on every camo car with incomplete interior. I remember others saying the same thing on the Malibu and coming Impala.

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    Since the 2014 CTS will be on Alpha rather than Sigma, what are the advantages of the new platform over the now-deprecated Sigma? Will Alpha spread beyond the CTS and 2014 Corvette?

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    Since the 2014 CTS will be on Alpha rather than Sigma, what are the advantages of the new platform over the now-deprecated Sigma? Will Alpha spread beyond the CTS and 2014 Corvette?

    The Corvette won't be on Alpha...the ATS is Alpha, the next Camaro will be Alpha...

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    192 is 5 meters? they can't go over 5 meters.

    192 inches is 4877mm (Euro BMW 5-Series is 4899mm long; Euro E-Class is 4868mm long - both pretty much on the 192in mark). Cadillac won't go over that length (well, maybe by an inch, but not more than that). The almost 10 inch gap to the ATS is more than enough (and emulates BMW and MB).

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    I would not be suprised to see another Alpha for Buick or Chevy down the road. For right now the ATS, CTS and Camaro are the only ones we know about.

    There was talk about the Corvette at one point but it was never centered on the C7. Now they are already working on the C8 too but it is too early to tell if the Alpha or parts of it would come into play as I would thing they are just in the first stages of their plans. At that point they are normally looking at many things and most never happen.

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    Since the 2014 CTS will be on Alpha rather than Sigma, what are the advantages of the new platform over the now-deprecated Sigma? Will Alpha spread beyond the CTS and 2014 Corvette?

    The advantages of Alpha over Sigma:

    Lighter weight at the same physical size.

    Broader range of sizes, can scale down to at least the size of the Chevrolet 130R concept and can size up to E-class size at least.

    Wide range of engine options... basically anything that GM makes other than duramax can go in here.

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    ATS has nice power bulge and lowered fenders, lots of details. The Camo shots on the CTS really at this time seem just a little plain in comparo to how nice the ATS was sculpted.

    I actually think the ATS looks a bit boring and a bit too like a Chevy. It just doesn't look all that expensive to me. I actually hope the CTS is far less plain and actually more aggressive looking than the ATS. ATS just isn't exciting to look at. The current CTS looks chunky and blocky to me, I hope they can streamline and and make it more athletic looking.

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      “This is going to be a long, arduous and challenging journey and certainly not one for the faint-hearted. Some people may choose to make life a little easier than what lies ahead,” said de Nysschen.
      de Nysschen did say while Cadillac has too many dealers compared to their rivals, the buyout program isn't meant to be seen as a way to get rid of low-volume dealers. 
      Project Pinnacle is a new incentive program that will separate dealers into five tiers based on sales volume. Each tier offers a varying level of customer perk along with different requirements for services and facilities. For example, small stores cannot stock vehicles on site. Instead, they would offer a virtual showroom for customers to explore and order a vehicle. This program has gotten backlash from dealer groups, saying it would violate franchise laws and be unfair to the smaller dealers. 
      Those who have been offered the buyout have until November 21st to either take it or move forward with Project Pinnacle, which is expected to begin January 1st.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
       

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    • By William Maley
      Cadillac is offering 400 of its smallest dealers a buyout if they don't want to be part of the ambitious and contentious Project Pinnacle.
      Automotive News reports the offers will range from $100,000 to $180,000. The dealers eligible for the buyout sold less than 50 new Cadillac models in 2015. While the 400 dealers make up 43 percent of Cadillac's total number of dealers in the U.S. (around 925), this group only made up 9 percent of total sales last year.
      Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen said the buyouts is to give those an alternative who don't want to forward with the new program.
      “This is going to be a long, arduous and challenging journey and certainly not one for the faint-hearted. Some people may choose to make life a little easier than what lies ahead,” said de Nysschen.
      de Nysschen did say while Cadillac has too many dealers compared to their rivals, the buyout program isn't meant to be seen as a way to get rid of low-volume dealers. 
      Project Pinnacle is a new incentive program that will separate dealers into five tiers based on sales volume. Each tier offers a varying level of customer perk along with different requirements for services and facilities. For example, small stores cannot stock vehicles on site. Instead, they would offer a virtual showroom for customers to explore and order a vehicle. This program has gotten backlash from dealer groups, saying it would violate franchise laws and be unfair to the smaller dealers. 
      Those who have been offered the buyout have until November 21st to either take it or move forward with Project Pinnacle, which is expected to begin January 1st.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
       
    • By William Maley
      We know that Jeep is planning to replace the Compass and Patriot with one new model later this year, and we now have our first look at it undisguised. Brazilan outlet AUTOO got their hands of the new model before a photo shoot. 
      We can't tell if the name is Compass or something else on the front door due to the poor quality of the pictures. Everyone seems to believe it is Compass so we're going with that. The design looks to be a mashup of Grand Cherokee in the front and Cherokee for the remainder. There is the iconic seven-slot grille up front, albeit somewhat narrow. 
      AUTOO says the Brazilian-spec Compass will be offered with a 2.0L Tigershark four-cylinder or 2.0L Turbodiesel. Both engines will come paired with a nine-speed automatic and the choice of front or all-wheel drive. It would be safe to assume that the U.S. version will come with the 2.4L Tigershark.
      Jeep will debut the next Compass at the at the São Paulo Auto Show in Brazil this November. Expect a debut for the U.S. sometime thereafter.
      Source: AUTOO
      Pic Credit: AUTOO

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