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Is the BLS coming for 2007?

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BLS? WE don;t need no stinkin' BLS. You keep your FWD BuLi$h! cars in the past and look ahead ot a bright new future of an eclectic RWD CTS lineup.

Screw the BLS, just give us a CTS coupe, ragtop and wagon.

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HarleyEarl    1

I think the US in brackets just means it's from an American company. I like it, but maybe N America doesn't need it. I wouldn't be surprised that they try it out in Canada though.

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thegriffon    5

The country the photo is being released in, not the vehicle itself. If Toyota Motor Sales issues a release about the Tokyo show with photos, Weick will show JDM products as well. It doesn't mean they are being sold here, just that media in the US are being given information.

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If they sold that in the U.S., it would be a sales failure.

A FWD Cadillac sedan that shares some content with a Chevy (and other cars, yes)... Smells Like "Cimmaron" Spirit.

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Croc    268

The look has too much Catera and not enough CTS.  Don't bring it here.

It would do just fine if they sold it here as an entry model. Lexus is still FWD with the ES...

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^ Nope, nope, nope. Leave front-drive to Buick. They're supposed to be the "American Lexus", let them sell what they really need (and should need) to sell.

Caddy has better things to tackle.

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It would do just fine if they sold it here as an entry model.  Lexus is still FWD with the ES...

Yeah...I always forget the ES...it's the odd car out...I think of their sedan lineup strictly with the serious models--- IS, GS, LS. Though the ES is their biggest seller, I believe..

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Drew Dowdell    5,169

Yeah...I always forget the ES...it's the odd car out...I think of their sedan lineup strictly with the serious models--- IS, GS, LS. Though the ES is their biggest seller, I believe..

of the sedans... the RX is the biggest seller over all at Lexus.

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pow    106

I really like the styling of the BLS, particularly in that launch baby blue color. It's better looking than the 9-3, IMO, and its appeal is broader... it'll help introduce younger, hipper buyers to Cadillac. If GM can get the price down, which they can't, it'll take away sales from the popular Volvo S40.

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It would do just fine if they sold it here as an entry model.  Lexus is still FWD with the ES...

Not exactly-the ES is a larger, truer mid-size car-this is just a big compact as its based on the Saab 9-3. Looks nice and Cadillac-like here, and there is a market for this kind of car-Audi A4, Acura TSX, etc. I wouldn't want to see it here personally, but that's just me-I'd rather see Buick take up some of this slack so Cadillac didn't have to, but someday it may be inevitable.

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SoCalCTS    25

BLS? WE don;t need no stinkin' BLS. You keep your FWD BuLi$h! cars in the past and look ahead ot a bright new future of an eclectic RWD CTS lineup.

Screw the BLS, just give us a CTS coupe, ragtop and wagon.

I would normally agree with this but if SIGMA can't give us a coupe and convertible than bring the BLS here now. An Epsiloncoupe/convertible Caddy is better than none at all.

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rueben44    0

I say don't bring it but if they did it really makes sense. Lexus sales so many cars because they have the FWD ES...that is why they are sales leader! Also as said before Audi has FWD, and well as Acura. Really it would not be a bad choice to start out selling at 27K to 35 Full loaded. Then the CTS could start at 32K up and not have to offer any incentives to move when GM needs cash. I would buy it because to be honest it looks better than my CTS.

Oh and it is a Saab rebadge not a Chevy!

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Croc    268

Midsized or not, it fills a void in the Cadillac lineup BMW, MB, Lexus, etc all compete in. It will be fine. FWD/AWD is fine for small cars anyway.

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balthazar    2,017

I agree with those that say 'don't bring it'. It's not where Cadillac needs to go, esp. according to all those that clamor 'too much overlap at GM!!!'! And the 'saab rebadge' comments are NOT going to do Cadillac any favors in the least.

The ES is fine as a volume booster to lexus, who seems to need it to avoid being known primarily as a truck-based brand. But as moltar mentioned, it is not a 'serious' entry. Cadillac should continue being as focused as possible- the BLS is a distraction and a dilution of formula.

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Croc    268

I agree with those that say 'don't bring it'. It's not where Cadillac needs to go, esp. according to all those that clamor 'too much overlap at GM!!!'! And the 'saab rebadge' comments are NOT going to do Cadillac any favors in the least.

The ES is fine as a volume booster to lexus, who seems to need it to avoid being known primarily as a truck-based brand. But as moltar mentioned, it is not a 'serious' entry. Cadillac should continue being as focused as possible- the BLS is a distraction and a dilution of formula.

But it doesn't LOOK like a SAAB, and SAAB has so little market presence the comparison prolly won't be noticed. A BLS would not overlap anything as GM has no luxury entry in that size class.

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sciguy_0504    0

For me, it all depends on the next-gen CTS. If it gets somewhat smaller to actually compete with the 3-Series, C-Class and IS then Cadillac has no reason to bring the BLS over. However, if the CTS is still going to keep its in between 3 & 5 Series size, bring the BLS over.

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CSpec    515

Since the next CTS is bigger, I would expect the Epsilon II BLS to come here. It will have a full-time AWD system which directs more than 50% of the power to the rear wheels.

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balthazar    2,017

But it doesn't LOOK like a SAAB, and SAAB has so little market presence the comparison prolly won't be noticed.

Looks don't matter in this instance: 'saab-sourcing' ABSOLUTELY will be noticed by the media, and it's reporting would be a distinct detriment. No swedish-engineered Cadillacs- there's no advantage to it whatsoever.

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But it doesn't LOOK like a SAAB, and SAAB has so little market presence the comparison prolly won't be noticed.

Looks don't matter in this instance: 'saab-sourcing' ABSOLUTELY will be noticed by the media, and it's reporting would be a distinct detriment. No swedish-engineered Cadillacs- there's no advantage to it whatsoever.

I don't see 'Saab-sourcing' as a detriment..it's all GM however you look at it.

As far as the media, they don't seem to make a big deal out of the Lexus ES being based on a Toyota... or the Infiniti G35 sharing a platform and engine with the Nissan Z...etc etc etc.

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balthazar    2,017

Because a lexus IS a toyota and an infiniti IS a nissan; they were created largely from their respective parent's parts bins and 'separated' via marketing.

Cadillac & saab have remained autonomous in product from each other for the entire history of the automobile industry. Cadillac is a storied marque with history- saab is a failing 2nd tier 'weird' car with long-running financial & sales problems.

The Catera at least had the once-potent 'German engineered' tagline on it's side.

'Scandinavian-engineered' doesn't roll quite so readily off the tongue. In fact, the taste is horrendous.

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Croc    268

If the BLS is an excellent vehicle on its own, it won't matter. By the way, as far as being "SAAB-sourced," you are dead wrong. The BLS is on Epsilon. It is no more SAAB-sourced than the Malibu, G6 or Aura. Just because it is built in the same Epsilon plant as the 9-3 does NOT make it SAAB-sourced. These cars were globally-designed by GM.

Personally? I think you have some irrational hangup regarding SAAB. Why the passion against them?

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balthazar    2,017

I am merely referring to what was posted here:

"...this is just a big compact as its based on the Saab 9-3"

"...Oh and it is a Saab rebadge not a Chevy!"

You also failed to correct the above when you posted:

"...But it doesn't LOOK like a SAAB, and SAAB has so little market presence the comparison prolly won't be noticed."

The factor of concern here is that it's will very likely will be lambasted for being 'badge-engineered' (whether saab or Epsilon-derived) which would help Cadillac out HOW?? Media called the late '90s W-Bodies 'badge-engineered' exclusively when they shared nothing anyone could see on the exterior or interior beyond the windshield. Why (other than stupidity?)? Why did we not read "badge-engineered" in every article on either the camry or the es300 when those were so obvious?

The media.

Right now Cadillac has an exclusive in the Sigma platform & the Northstar (tho the latter's exclusivity is unfortunately eroding as we speak). The CTS and STS are unique and that's as it should be and traditionally has been. But SH!T- we all read a mention or two of the Cimarrron in reviews of the CTS!!!! -separated by TWENTY years and 100% of it's parts! How is it you cannot see what would happen to a BLS concurrently platformed with a Chevy & a saab??

I think you have some irrational hangup regarding SAAB. Why the passion against them?

You're kidding, right??

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Bimmer325    18

You're kidding, right??

Why would anyone kid?

Saab has the potential to be one of GM's strongest brands. Unfortunately, GM doesn't seem to realize that Saab won't prosper with rebadged Subarus and Trailblazers composing it's lineup. The fact is, Saab is losing it's exclusivity within GM and is quickly evolving into yet another form of GM's heirarchy of monotonous brands. Those who take part in the blind animosity toward anything Saab on these boards are ignorant to the fact that GM hasn't done anything conducive to Saab's image. If Saab's "turnaround" were composed of more than shoddy rebadges, the story would be different. But that's not the case. It's unclear how some of you expect Saab to prosper with the tasteless crap GM is shoveling at consumers. What was once a tightly focused marque with a loyal following is quickly on it's way toward becoming yet another Buick, Pontiac, or Saturn within GM. Oh well.

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