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    GM Announces Pricing For The Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Spark



    William Maley

    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com

    April 5, 2012

    Today, General Motors announcing pricing for the Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Spark.

    The Spark will start at $12,995 (includes destination) for the base LS model. The base LS includes 10 airbags, air conditioning, power windows, OnStar and 15-inch alloys. Next up is the 1LT trim, costing $14,495. The 1LT will include seven-inch color touchscreen, USB connectivity, satellite radio, keyless entry, power mirrors, cruise control, Bluetooth, visor mirrors, and floor mats. The top level 2LT, costing $15,795 will include a unique set of 15-inch wheels, sportier body-color fascias, fog lamps, exterior brightwork, heated, leatherette-covered seats, and a leather-wrapped wheel.

    All models will come equipped with a 1.2L Ecotec four-cylinder and a five-speed manual. A four-speed automatic is optional.

    The Spark arrives at Chevrolet Dealers sometime later this year.


    As for the Cadillac XTS, its base price starts at $44,995 for the base, front-wheel-drive model. The base model includes dual exhaust, 10-way power front seats, passive keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel, perforated leather upholstery, eight-speaker Bose stereo, Sapele wood trim, "cut and sew" dash and trim, high-intensity-discharge headlights, rear parking sonar and 19-inch aluminum wheels.

    Also on the base model XTS is Cadillac's new CUE multimedia system with a standard 8-inch touch display. Magnetic Ride Control, a rear air suspension, and Brembo brakes.

    Instead of offering model trims, the XTS will offer "option collections". The "option collections," are Luxury, Premium and Platinum. AWD will also be available.

    The XTS will debut in May.

    Press Releases are on Page 3 & 4


    2013 Spark Packs Technology and Features into Small Price

    Mini car comes in three trim levels starting at $12,995 including destination

    DETROIT – Chevrolet is taking the guesswork out of the car-buying process with a new, simpler approach to pricing and packaging for the 2013 Spark. When the mini car goes on sale later this year, Spark will be available in three well-equipped trim levels starting at $12,995 including destination.

    Spark is a sporty, fuel-efficient, four-passenger, five-door hatch designed to excite first-time car buyers and city dwellers with bold styling, attention-grabbing colors – including Salsa, Jalapeno, Denim, Lemonade and Techno Pink – engaging driving dynamics, the personalized connectivity of MyLink, and the safety of 10 standard air bags.

    Spark also offers more passenger and cargo room than other mini cars such as the Fiat 500, Smartfortwo and Scion IQ.

    “With the Spark Chevrolet has the opportunity to connect with a new generation of car buyers who expect more from every product they purchase,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Global Marketing. “So we wanted to make the process of choosing a Spark as simple as possible by reducing the number of stand-alone options and providing more standard content to each trim level at a competitive price.”

    Spark LS starting at $12,995 includes:

    • Standard 1.2L Ecotec engine and five-speed manual transmission
    • Standard convenience features including air conditioning, power windows, rear window wiper, auxiliary input jack, outside temperature display and trip computer
    • 15-inch alloy wheels
    • 60/40 split flip-and-fold rear seat
    • Comprehensive safety package including 10 air bags, electronic stability control with traction control and brake assist
    • OnStar Directions & Connections plan standard with six-month introductory subscription

    Spark 1LT starting at $14,495 includes LS standard content and adds:

    • Standard 7-inch color touch radio with Chevrolet MyLink, Bluetooth connectivity for select phones, steering wheel audio controls, USB port and Sirius XM Radio with three-month trial subscription
    • Other standard convenience features include power door locks with remote keyless entry, theft deterent system, outside power mirrors, floor mats, visor mirrors, and cruise control

    Spark 2LT starting at $15,795 includes all 1LT standard content and adds:

    • Unique 15-inch alloy wheels
    • Fog lamps
    • Exterior appearance enhancements including silver painted roof rails; chrome lift gate handle, exhaust outlet and beltline molding; body-color lower rocker molding; front and rear body-color sport fascias with unique front upper and lower grille inserts

    On the interior, leatherette seats and heated front seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel

    A 4-speed automatic transmission is available on all models for $925. The only other available options include an engine block heater for $75 and Black Granite paint for $195.

    Chevrolet MyLink in the Spark will include Pandora internet radio and Stitcher Smart Radio apps. Later in the model year, the recently introduced GogoLink – an embedded smartphone application that delivers full-function navigation including live traffic updates – will be available. Pricing for GogoLink will be announced later.

    Spark is the only car in its segment to provide the added value of a five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty and the safety and security of OnStar.


    High-tech Cadillac XTS is New Definition of Luxury

    CUE, new in-car user experience, and Magnetic Ride Control standard

    DETROIT –The 2013 Cadillac XTSluxury sedan, Cadillac’s most technologically advanced car yet, will be available at U.S. dealerships later this spring with a starting price of $44,995 including destination

    The all-new XTS is the only car in its class with standard Magnetic Ride Control, the world’s-fastest reacting suspension technology. Also standard and making its debut in the XTS, is CUE, Cadillac’s breakthrough in-vehicle user experience for control and connectivity.

    Three option collections will be offered on the XTS: Luxury, Premium and Platinum. The XTS Platinum model represents the highest level of technology and luxury, including a unique front appearance, wheels and interior colors, materials and trim. An advanced all-wheel-drive system, using Haldex technology to transfer power front-to-back, and side-to-side along the rear axle, will be offered on all three trim levels above the standard model.

    “The all-new XTS redefines our approach to the luxury sedan by combining advanced technology, stunning design and confident performance,” said Don Butler, vice president Cadillac marketing. “XTS brings new and exclusive technology, while still delivering the space and elegance that is Cadillac’s DNA.”

    Cadillac is preparing for the debut of CUE first automotive use of capacitive touch, the technology used by many of today’s best tablets and smartphones.

    A new CUE iPad Application, which replicates the center screen that is the hub of the system, is being used to familiarize dealers with the experience as well as provide videos and information. The App will be opened to the public via the App Store in May as the XTS launches.

    “We're taking advantage of the fact that CUE is parallel technology to tablets,” Butler said. “CUE is intuitive, in part because its control and command structure aims to be consistent with popular devices millions of people already use. The App adds to this by literally putting CUE into your hands, even before you can get into the car.”

    Cadillac also will use OnStar to provide live assistance to XTS owners for CUE questions. And Cadillac dealerships will contain certified technology experts to familiarize shoppers and drivers with the system.

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    WOW, I have to say I am really impressed as this is a great starter car for many and a great car for low income people. This should really help out sales.

    Great Job Chevy, I think you truly have hit a sweet point that many people will like about it.

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    The XTS will be a selling boom for Caddy to the retiring baby boomers. The pricing I think is just right for these people and with a better driving characteristic, it should also apeal to a younger set too.

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    The price is where the town car left off and the livery guys will be all over this. I suspect the MPG will be greater and operating cost will be down from the Town Car.

    I saw where the Spark EV is reached 65% calibration. Word is they hope to get at least a reliable 80 miles or more per charge. The other Major goal is accurate readings on how many miles the car has left in it. The big complaint with the leaf and other EV cars are the reading of one so many miles left only to find it comes up short. GM hopes to avoid that. It will go into production they hope the first quarter 2013.

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    The XTS will be a selling boom for Caddy to the retiring baby boomers. The pricing I think is just right for these people and with a better driving characteristic, it should also apeal to a younger set too.

    Retiring baby boomers? You mean the generation that largely ditched GM starting in the 70s and never returned?

    Actually, XTS pricing is rather sane and the feature set is worthy for the prices offered. The only thing I would have changed is that the XTS should be the next generation Lucerne and have Cadillac get a real RWD luxury car above the CTS.

    The Spark is just fine. Maybe I am shocked by the pricing since I actually remember when cars that small retailed for under $10K. Oh well.

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    The Schpark is a well-done little scooter, although we haven't seen photos of the base model, only the top line trim. The XTS seems priced well for what it is. No objections.

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    The XTS will be a selling boom for Caddy to the retiring baby boomers. The pricing I think is just right for these people and with a better driving characteristic, it should also apeal to a younger set too.

    Retiring baby boomers? You mean the generation that largely ditched GM starting in the 70s and never returned?

    Agreed 100%. The baby boomers are buying imports for the most part, and are largely the reason GM went from 40% market share to 17% market share. Also the reason Cadillac went from #1 selling luxury car for 55 years in a row (in the USA) to 6th place last month. The baby boomers have been buying German and Japanese luxury.

    And to dfelt's point, a better driving charateristic than what? A water bed? Look at cars near $50k, E-class, 5-series, A6, XF, GS350, Genesis 5.0 R-Spec, all those would have better driving characteristics than an XTS. The XTS will be luckly outhandle the new Acura RLX.

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    You seem to think 60 year olds are looking for the same driving characteristics you are SMK. People buy the E-Class and 5-series for the badge and nothing more. A6, XF, and GS sales are in the tank. Genesis hasn't really taken off at all as most of the sales are of the coupe not the lux sedan. How many Genesis R-Specs do you really think Hyundai will sell?

    The Lacrosse doesn't handle like a waterbed... you are so insanely off base here I wonder if you are returning to your trolling roots.

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    Even if they are looking for just a smooth ride and no handling, I still think rear drivers can deliver better than the XTS. And the MKS is a little bit cheaper and Lexus ES even cheaper than that.

    I think the old folks that bought the DTS will buy the XTS but I don't see the XTS hitting it big with baby boomers and younger, or anyone looking for good driving characteristics.

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    You've driven the XTS already then? Can you share your XTS driving experience with the rest of the class? I'm interested in how the air suspension plus magnaride setup performs. Please use the "Reader Reviews" forum to post your findings.

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    I don't think the new ES is competition for the XTS or the LaCrosse. It seems to have gone over to AcuraTL/Buick Regal territory.

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    Either way, the XTS is essentially an upgraded Impala. Nothing inherently wrong with that. I still think that Cadillac needs a RWD flagship to bolster itself and the XTS is not the answer (in the long run). One thing I did not know is that the Genesis sedan is not a good seller: why is that the case?

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    Because in the end...its still a Hyundai.

    It is suffering the same fate as the VW Phaeton. The genesis is ok inside, but the VW was even nicer and could be had with a W12.

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    One thing I did not know is that the Genesis sedan is not a good seller: why is that the case?

    I think alot of this is due to the fact its such a stretch upmarket for Hyundai, with an unproven, new V8 engine hitting the market during a downturn. I think the sudden existance of the same-name Genesis Coupe and Equus also confused the situation for the buying public. I think they'll do better as time goes on.

    Not unheard of, as I don't recall any of the Japanese companies fielding new luxury models doing all that well on the first generation, except Lexus.

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    The Genesis is a stretch up market for Hyundai, so sales have been slow, but improving. In time Hyundai will start getting better sales, the car is far better than a Taurus, Avalon, Acura, Lincoln, or other front driver of equal price. More importantly, the Genesis gave Hyundai a flagship car that improved their image, and the Sonata, Elantra, Tuscon and Santa Fe are lighting up the sales chart.

    And the Genesis I think is there for the long haul, it won't be a one and done stop gap.

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    You've driven the XTS already then? Can you share your XTS driving experience with the rest of the class? I'm interested in how the air suspension plus magnaride setup performs. Please use the "Reader Reviews" forum to post your findings.

    I don't really have any interest in even driving one because it is dressed up Impala for old folks. I've driven the CTS 3.6 DI with FE2 suspension and it was fine, but didn't wow me in anyway, I thought a 5-series was much more agile, and rode just as well. The Genesis V8 was more quite and rode better than a CTS, but in the corners was a bit softer and you felt the weight. The XTS isn't going to be better in driving characteristics than a CTS, so I have no reason to bother with it.

    I wasn't impressed with the Epsilon 1 chassis, the G-body was far better. I guess the only reason I would drive an XTS or LaCrosse is to see how they compare to G-body cars like the Aurora and Seville STS of the early 2000s. But to be fair I wouldn't waste time driving a ES350 or Lincoln MKS or Acura either because all won't do what a rear drive car can do.

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    To market a Luxury car you can not use a Economy name. This would be like Chevy selling a Cadillac Flagship like car for $100,000. Most everyone but Hyundai and VW have learned that even a car with shared platforms need to have their own line and their own dealers.

    The Corvette is one of the few vehicles that can get away with the econo label. Even though they are sold at a Chevy dealer they are more a Corvette first then they are a Chevy Second anymore. Also they are still seen as the economy SuperCar.

    The XTS is the bridge to the future of Cadillac. The car is going to be the missing link to bridge those older buyers to the more modern higher priced cars.

    The future of Cadillac will lower volume models with higher profits. The XTS is the one remaining line that will incorperate the past of volume but with many features of the new Cadillac which will be sold in volume.

    Also this car will be sold as a higher volume fleet car and it will take the hit for resale for the rest of the line. Just look at the resale value of the Town Car. It did no service to those who bought the car that were not in fleet sales. In fact the Town Car was a bargin on the used car lots as you got a lot of car for the money used. Better that the one model is focused on volume and profit while the rest of the line is focused on lower volume higher quality cars as many of the German lines that are imported here.

    In Germany they have higher volume lines that see a lot of fleet sales but we never see that here. Like wise if Caddy goes back to Europe the XTC may not make the trip but cars like the ATC and coming CTS will along with the low volume flagship.

    Too many Americans have no clue that the Imports from Germany make a lot of more basic models and many see use as Police vehicles and taxis. These are the cars we never see here as over here they would like to protect their image. The fact is many car companies in this global market will be seen differently and marketed differently around the world. Some have been doing this for a long time some will need to learn

    Also there is a segment in this market that still wants a FWD car. Agree with them or not there are those buyers who want this.

    As for handling and performance it would be a little short sighted to think this car will not be a confident handling and riding car. Will it cut a 7 min lap at the ring? No! Will it drive and handle much like a normal luxury car with a good ride? Yes!

    I can see a couple here have no clue on where GM is at with the state of FWD and have never driven one of the new cars they offer and found that in some it has become more and more difficult to tell what wheels are driven unless you really tax the driveline. Most in the general public will never tell what end of the XTC is driven.

    The XTS will do fine and will provide much for Cadillac over the long haul.

    I do not see the XTS as a upgraded Buick or Chevy as much as the the new Impala is a lower grade Cadillac. This is how Chevy wanted to be seen in the late 50's and it sold a lot of cars.

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    The XTS is the bridge to the future of Cadillac. The car is going to be the missing link to bridge those older buyers to the more modern higher priced cars.

    Also there is a segment in this market that still wants a FWD car. Agree with them or not there are those buyers who want this.

    First point is true, the XTS is another bridge, but GM has had that mentality for 30 years. Why didn't Cadillac start working on a flagship in the 80s when Lexus did with the LS400? Or why not in the early 2000s when they decided to launch Sigma? Cadillac needs to bring their future to the present ASAP.

    What segment wants a huge FWD luxury car? The 1,000 people that bought an MKS last month, most of which are all wheel drive, those few dozen non-fleet DTS buyers last year. There are only 3 front wheel drive cars with a base price over $40,000: the A6 2.0T, MKS and XTS.

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    What segment wants a huge FWD luxury car? The 1,000 people that bought an MKS last month, most of which are all wheel drive, those few dozen non-fleet DTS buyers last year. There are only 3 front wheel drive cars with a base price over $40,000: the A6 2.0T, MKS and XTS.

    But the Lincoln's are underwhelming, inside and out, and on the road. People will buy an FWD luxury car if it's a good vehicle, or perceived to be one. Lexus sold over 3,000 ES' last month.

    The Cadillac will have its niche. The one at my auto show had a lot of interest. A guy in his 30's told me that it's the perfect car - it'll handle rough roads comfortably and he'll get to work and back in a classy car, with a sumptuous interior.

    It's not my kind of vehicle. But it should do fine.

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