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Cadillac has apparently pulled a page of out of the Nissan ad playbook as they have revealed the upcoming 2016 CT6 in a new ad during the Oscars tonight.

The ad - titled The Daring: No Regrets - features a number folks the worlds of fashion, finance, technology, and film whose common beginnings are contrasted with their exceptional accomplishments. Following this, the ad asks "How dare a 112-year-old carmaker reinvent itself," and out rolls the CT6. The vehicle takes the current styling of the CTS and stretches it out length and width-wise.

We'll have more information and clearer pictures when the CT6 debuts at the New York Auto Show in April. The ad is below.

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Well... I'm not seeing anyting making me say WOW.  But I didn't expect to be wowed honestly.  I'm guessing the "wow" will come with what's under the hood/sheetmetal and on the inside.

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The commercial is not meant to be a full reveal, it is meant to shock the viewer and incite curiosity, which it does pretty well, imo.

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Looks very crisp and angular, and a little bit blocky as well, yet overall quite elegant. To be honest it reminded me of the Audi A8 which is my current favorite of the German 3 flagships. For that alone I'm leaning towards liking the CT6 a lot already. Can't wait for the April unveiling! :)

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Interesting, Have to say the commercial hit the nail on the head as I am totally intrigued with seeing more of the car.

 

What is the engine? What does the interior look like, want to see more of the body for details.

 

Over all I want more! :P

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Johan said in an interview that the 2.0 turbo 4 would be standard and the 3.6 liter twin turbo optional. Basically the same power trains in the CTS. He did say in the future there would be a twin turbo V8. I'd imagine that is their V-series.

Makes you wonder if this is more of an XTS replacement, can't be an S-class fighter with a 4-cylinder. Even the A7 and CLS have boosted sixes and eights, so what is their competitor?

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Hey dumbass, there has been a 4-cylinder S since 2010. Not a good sign for your so called world's best car.

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That 4 cylinder is a diesel with 369 lb-ft of torque though and that was five years ago. I think they pair that engine with a hybrid system now for Euro market cars.

There has been a V12 S-class since 1991. Without 12 cylinders you are a pretender, not a contender. Sorry to Lexus, Jaguar and Maserati.

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That 4 cylinder is a diesel with 369 lb-ft of torque though and that was five years ago. I think they pair that engine with a hybrid system now for Euro market cars.

There has been a V12 S-class since 1991. Without 12 cylinders you are a pretender, not a contender. Sorry to Lexus, Jaguar and Maserati.

 

Moving the goal posts again, aren't we? A 4 is a 4 doesn't matter if it's a diesel or paired with hybrid and doesn't matter if it is Euro only.

 

Got it, S-Class was a pretender before that and didn't you say it was the best vehicle since Roman Empire's existence? So a pretender was your best vehicle?

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Happening to catch some of the Oscars when this commercial came on, I knew it was the new big Caddy - I like it, I think it looks sharp. If they make one in a RWD Big Block V8 Coupe, I'm liking it even more...

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I take mine in coupe V edition with the supercharge V8. A superior engine to what MB puts out. :P

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Well some will be happy and some will be disappointed with this car when it arrives. It is a next step evolution of the styling and technology but will not be a full revolution that some expect but will not get.

 

This will be a very good car but we must remember this is not part of the new Cadillac since it was mostly done by the time GM decided to go all in and invest in Cadillac what it needs. This is why we have talk now that this is not the flagship and there will be a CT 7-8-9.

 

What we will find here is a very capable car that will have refined styling on the same theme but will be much lighter than most expect. The suspension tuning will be first class and the interior will be unlike you have ever seen in a GM car. It will see advancements not seen in quality and technology.

 

The real treat will be the TT V8 when it arrives later.

 

Now this car will help hold the segment till GM gets to the cars that will be over it. These will see really big investment and we will get much greater return in the product that will be produced. That one will be the revolutionary car. But because work has just started it will be 2020 before we see it or the  coupe.

 

The key to this car needs to be refinement. They need to get the little things right. While Cue is not a bad system it is a difficult system to grasp for many people in less than 5 mins. If they work to make system interphase easier and other small details that needed addressed on the CTS and ATS they should have a car here that can go toe to toe.

 

Now with that said the next cars to come not only need to go toe to toe but they need to clearly be the better car. GM has now gotten into the game and now they must dominate the segments. You do that and remove any question that you should be there to anyone critic or friend.

 

This is not the Dare car yet.

 

In the mean time the coming SUV's and CUV will make Cadillac even more profitable. This segment makes up 12% of car segment sales but makes 50% of the profit. That is why GM finally has gone in. These are the pick ups of the car segment but at a much lower volume.

 

This is also why Ford saved Lincoln when it was on the block. Now their problem has been no one there has fully committed to make them more than a high volume discount luxury car.

 

So far the CT6 is about what I expected a good solid step forward into the future to even better things yet to come.

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The real treat will be the TT V8 when it arrives later.

 

 

This is not the Dare car yet.

Or if you want a TT V8, you could buy a 5-series, 6-series, 7-series, E-class, CLS, S-class, S7, S8, or Panamera right now.

 

I "dare" Cadillac to keep this Dare campaign going until 2019 when the CT7 or CT8 arrives.  By then there will be a new slogan, and they will have some new plan.   Eventually one of these plans has to work, Cadillac doesn't really have infinite tries here.  I get that Rome wasn't built in a day, and I don't think Cadillac will even end up as poor off as Lincoln, but how long will GM pour money in to a brand that doesn't get sales.  Eventually the bean counters may force a Lincoln strategy where they just gloss up Chevy's and sell stuff like the Escalade and a Cadillac Equinox because those are easy and high margin.

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Didn't Cadillac sell 208,xxx vehicles in 2014? That's not worthy of turning the factory lights on?

 

5, 6, & 7 series are old, old, old and lead at nothing. Frankly, stoic & dated design is not pulling any buyers into the showroom there, either- 5 sells OK but the 6/7 is finding it rough going. With the usual turn-over @ BMW, having something new to offer the demographic is sound business. Besides smk, what would YOU propose, a triple-turbo V8?

This is the same spitball thrown against the Cadillac wall time & time again; if they don't sell a TTV8, Cadillac is "not competing", if they do, it's "why bother, other cars do". Fascinating how I never read this anywhere RE -say- a Jaguar SUV. So tiresome.

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The old 5-series still outsells the new Lexus GS and CTS.  The 7-series is bland and bloated, and of course it has terrible sales, it is up against the best car in the world.   BMW does make a triple turbo diesel inline six in Europe, but of course, they don't sell it here.  Maybe they should to add some spice to the 5 and 7 series cars.

 

Jaguar makes loads of SUVs, they are called the Land Rover.  That is why I always thought a Jaguar SUV was stupid, it is one company, and you wouldn't make a Land Rover 2-seat roadster, so why make a Jaguar SUV. 

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• Jaguar doesn't make Land Rovers, Land Rover does. These are supposed to be separate brands- who cares what other brands the corporation has, except the BoD office & the bean counters? This is like saying mercedes shouldn't build the e-class and the CLS since they share power trains & platforms ; why not (profit/losses excepted)?

 

• No one cares about sales volumes except corporate bean counters.

 

• You didn't answer my question about your suggestion for something akin to but different than a TTV8.

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The real treat will be the TT V8 when it arrives later.

 

 

This is not the Dare car yet.

Or if you want a TT V8, you could buy a 5-series, 6-series, 7-series, E-class, CLS, S-class, S7, S8, or Panamera right now.

 

I "dare" Cadillac to keep this Dare campaign going until 2019 when the CT7 or CT8 arrives.  By then there will be a new slogan, and they will have some new plan.   Eventually one of these plans has to work, Cadillac doesn't really have infinite tries here.  I get that Rome wasn't built in a day, and I don't think Cadillac will even end up as poor off as Lincoln, but how long will GM pour money in to a brand that doesn't get sales.  Eventually the bean counters may force a Lincoln strategy where they just gloss up Chevy's and sell stuff like the Escalade and a Cadillac Equinox because those are easy and high margin.

 

 

You have to realize that the key here is not total sales but profits.Cadillac is no longer a volume K mart luxury brand and does not need high volumes to survive.

What they need to do is build cars that have high enough profit margins that will make money.

 

How many years did Cadillac out sold volume wise in this country Benz and BMW but it did not run them off and they continued to build and  make money in this market.

 

The is only one future for Cadillac as there is little money in a cheap luxury car unless you move a lot of cars and that is difficult. Lincoln did it with Fleet sales of the Town Car and once those sales dropped they and floundered since with near death.

 

This is a plan you just have to give them the time to do what needs done and even if they are still number three in sales you need to look at the bottom line and if they are making a profit. I think you will find they will be. This is not one of those races where you have to have the biggest volume to still win in this segment.

 

I expect these to be the most profitable cars at GM for years to come and they will not get axed as if they are bringing more dollars per unit they will get what they need.

 

As for marketing the Dare is only the start. Their plan is like a play and this is act one. This is to challenge people to look at Cadillac and understand what their new mission is. In the past their message was just a mottled mix of a geek in a ATS, Dancing Robots and out running a mass of Arrows. Not really any true message or coherent image being displayed.

 

Now that they have Dared the public watch for them to focus on what they are doing with their models. We will see like with Benz and BMW a focus on not just performance but safety, luxury, technology, styling, image and sex.

 

The building of an image of the product and what it will do for the customer takers work to build and you have to earn the trust of the public.

 

This is why we have seen resistance to discounting the present cars as do you want to show up at the club in the car that is Discount Luxury? That would be like buying your suit at K mart. While some see you as thrifty other will see it as a sign of failure if you do not live large.

 

There is a lot of work to do and lots of things to accomplish yet. No matter where Cadillac ranks in sales by 2020-2025 the real goal is profits and if they are making money that is all that should be expected. This is the most profitable segment in the auto class and it gives you the option of just making money as a priority and if you take a sales lead all the better. On the other hand high volume low profit segments like Chevy have to move product to make the profit and they have no options here. They have to sell to make any money.

 

Also you do not want to over sell true luxury anyways as if you do you will end up with your product in places that will damage it's image. In this class you want to be seen at Ruth Chis not White Castle or Habit.

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But to make these big profits you need high prices.  The Escalade is where Cadillac's profit comes from because it has high price, and is based off an existing Chevy, and the Tahoe itself is a high margin vehicle.   I wonder if the ATS and CTS run on big margins, because they don't really command top of segment pricing, and their global volume isn't that high so they don't have the economies of scale that the Germans have.

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But they have a higher transaction price than a German (BMW), and it's growing at a faster rate. And unlike the Germans, Cadillac does not have a gun to its head to compete for Camry buyers, ala the CLA/ sub-3-series cars. The Germans only WISH they were in a similar position where cheap FWD appliances weren't necessary.

 

BTW- the Escalade is not "based on an existing Tahoe"; these vehicles are developed in the same program @ the same time, they are specific variants off of an engineering/design program. One is not an altered version of the other.

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The Tahoe and Escalade have very few shared parts.   Frame, transmission, some window glass, some wires under the dash, airbag actuators.   Not even the rear view mirror is shared anymore.   The Escalade uses better (freer rolling) wheel bearings. 

 

Oh yeah... and transaction prices on the Escalade are up... way up.... They've jumped $15k - $20k per unit. ..... and Cadillac can't build them fast enough.

 

 

Back to the CT6, from this short glimpse...  Regardless of the hardware, it doesn't look large enough to go up against the S-Class. It looks more CLS sized.   Not that it is a bad thing for Cadillac to play in that ballfield,  I was just expecting something more S-Class in size. 

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I thought I read once that the length was 200 inches, so the CT6 could be slightly smaller than the XTS.  But the CT6 doesn't have 4-door coupe styling, so it isn't really an A7 or CLS competitor.  Probably this will be sized like the standard LS460 or short wheel base Jaguar XJ.  I am curious what they position this car against.

 

It is believed it will have a new 3.0 liter twin turbo V6, which will lead to GM's new line of V6s so I'd imagine the 3.6 will start getting phased out at the end of the decade.

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The new car will have the new 3.0 TT and a V8 TT. Not sure if the 3.6 will be the base engine or not yet.

 

The 3.6 is on the way out and will be around a few more years but the end is coming. The new V6 family is lighter and more refined. They will also get a little better MPG and the TT version will have better economy and the same of better power.

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There is no such thing as a 4-door coupe, thus neither the A7 nor the CLS have it either.  The A7 is a 4-door A6 hatchback and the CLS is just a 4-door E-Class Sedan fastback or a 2-Door E-class hardtop coupe.

 

 

If there is such a thing as a 4-door coupe, then Oldsmobile beat Mercedes to the idea by a decade.


The new car will have the new 3.0 TT and a V8 TT. Not sure if the 3.6 will be the base engine or not yet.

 

The 3.6 is on the way out and will be around a few more years but the end is coming. The new V6 family is lighter and more refined. They will also get a little better MPG and the TT version will have better economy and the same of better power.

 

Pardon?  There is a new advanced version of it right around the corner.

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There's only a single example of a 4-dr coupe, but mercedes and audi don't make it. Actually, it's only found in the coach built segment. 

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      2018 is a special year for Chevrolet as it marks 100 years of building pickup trucks. What better way to commemorate this anniversary than to introduce the next-generation Silverado. Chevrolet has already revealed one version of the Silverado last month at an event in Texas, the Trail Boss. The bowtie also revealed the new Silverado would be using a mix of materials such as steel and aluminum.
      Tonight at an event in Detroit, Chevrolet has spilled more details on the 2019 Silverado. Despite the truck growing in overall length (1.6 inches) and wheelbase (3.9 inches), Chevrolet says the new Silverado has a weight reduction of up to 450 pounds. Some of this comes down to aluminum being used for the doors, hood, and tailgate.
      Chevrolet is making a big about the Silverado's bed. The bed floor is about seven inches wider which allows for the Silverado to boast more cargo volume than the competition. For example, the short-box will offer 63 cubic feet of volume - up to 20 percent more than what Ford or Ram offers. Other traits that Chevrolet is boasting about include 21 tie-downs (12 fixed and 9 moveable), 120-Volt outlet, and a power tailgate that can be operated from the keyfob.
      The interior looks to be an evolution of what is found in the current Silverado. There is a revised center stack layout with what appears to be an updated version of Chevrolet MyLink. Chevrolet has stretched out the cab to provide more interior space. This is quite noticeable in the crew cab where the back seats have three inches of additional legroom. There is also more storage with bins integrated into the seatbacks of the back seat, and a large 24-liter storage tray under the back seat.
      For power, Chevrolet will be offering updated versions of the 5.3L and 6.2L V8s with a new cylinder deactivation system that can actively turn off any number of cylinders to boost fuel economy. Yes, that means the Silverado's V8 could just be running on one cylinder technically. A new 3.0L Duramax turbodiesel inline-six will be available. Chevrolet is keeping quiet on power figures for the three engines and it is unclear if a gas V6 will be on offer as well. The turbodiesel and 6.2L V8 will come paired with a new 10-speed automatic that was jointly developed by GM and Ford. We're guessing the 5.3L will have an eight-speed automatic. 
      When the 2019 Silverado hits dealers this fall, it will be offered in eight different trims, ranging from the base Work Truck to the luxurious High Country. New for 2019 is the introduction of the RST that adds body-colored trim, full LED lighting, and up to 22-inch wheels.
      Source: Chevrolet
      Press Release is on Page 2


      INTRODUCING THE ALL-NEW 2019 CHEVROLET SILVERADO
      Most functional bed of any full-size truck, including class-leading cargo volume Up to 450 pounds lighter from mixed materials use for improved performance Six engine/transmission choices, including an all-new Duramax 3.0L inline-six diesel Eight models, each with distinct personalities for different truck customers DETROIT — Chevrolet introduced the next-generation Silverado today, exactly 100 years after the brand delivered its first trucks to customers in January 1918. The all-new Silverado sets the course for the next century of Chevy Trucks with the most functional bed of any full-size truck, weighs up to 450 pounds less for increased performance and offers a broad range of trims and engine/transmission combinations to help each customer find their ideal truck.
      “With the all-new Silverado, we've taken the best truck on the road and made it even better,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “It has a longer wheelbase, more passenger and cargo volume, and yet, thanks to our mixed materials strategy and mass reduction expertise, the new truck is 450 pounds lighter than the current model."
      Larger, more functional and more capable bed
      “Truck customers value capability and functionality above all else,” said Tim Herrick, executive chief engineer of Full-Size Trucks. “Every truck — including the luxurious High Country — is a work truck with a job to do. As such, we set out to create the best tool for the job at hand, one that makes work more productive and more enjoyable, no matter what they call ‘work.’’’
      The bed is the defining trait of every pickup, and bed construction has long been a strength of Chevy Trucks. To improve upon that strength, the 2019 Silverado 1500 bed features:
      Best-in-class cargo volume: The 2019 Silverado offers the most cargo volume in every bed length, with the short-box offering 63 cubic feet of volume — up to 20 percent more than a competitor’s short-box. Most of that volume was created by widening the maximum width of the bed floor nearly seven inches. Chevrolet Accessories will offer storage bins that fit over the wheel wells, offering nearly seven cubic feet of lockable cargo space for short-box models, while easily accommodating a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood flat on the cargo floor. Higher-strength steel floor: As before, the Silverado has a roll-formed, high-strength steel bed floor. For 2019 a higher-grade steel is used, with yield strength increased from 340 to 500 megapascals of pressure for optimal strength and mass. More and stronger tie-downs: Silverado now has 12 fixed tie-downs, and their strength has doubled to 500 pounds of force before bending. Silverado also has nine moveable tie points for even more cargo flexibility. More features: Silverado will be available with a class-exclusive power up/down tailgate that can be operated from the key fob, interior button or by hand. Other changes include available task lighting, a 120-volt power outlet and larger cutouts in the class-exclusive CornerStep bumpers to better accommodate steel-toed boots. With class-leading cargo volume and class-exclusive features, the new Silverado offers the most functional bed of any full-size truck, and more convenient hauling for cargo of virtually any size or shape.
      Larger, lighter and more agile
      The 2019 Silverado is larger than before, including a wheelbase that is up to 3.9 inches (100 mm) longer and an overall length that is 1.6 inches (41 mm) longer, enabling both more cargo volume and more interior room for all cab lengths. Remarkably, it’s also lighter, weighing 450 pounds (204 kg) less than today’s truck when comparing crew cab V-8 models.
      The weight savings comes from extensive use of mixed materials and advanced manufacturing processes throughout the next-gen truck. This allowed Chevrolet to use the right material for the application and optimize every component for mass, durability, safety and functionality to meet our customers’ needs.
      For example, the body is 88 pounds (40 kg) lighter than before due to mixed materials use. All exterior swing panels (doors, hood and tailgate) are made of aluminum while fixed panels (fenders, roof and bed) are made of steel. The underlying safety cage uses seven different grades of steel, each tailored for the specific application.
      The fully boxed steel frame is also 88 pounds (40 kg) lighter than its predecessor, while offering 10 percent greater torsional rigidity. Eighty percent of the frame is made of high-strength steel varying from 2 to 5 millimeters in thickness, and every millimeter is optimized for performance using a variety of processes, including hydroforming, roll forming, conventional stamping and tailor-rolled blanking. As a result, frame sections, gauges, grades, processes and materials strategically vary to maximize strength, durability and stiffness without adding unnecessary mass.
      Mixed materials also play a part in the all-new suspension. The front independent short/long arm suspension features new forged-aluminum upper control arms that are lighter and provide better wheel alignment than the stamped component they replace. The live-axle rear suspension is also redesigned, including new carbon-composite second-stage springs on LT models that save about 12 pounds (5 kg) per side over the steel springs they replace.
      The 2019 Silverado will be available with six engine/transmission combinations, giving customers more combinations of performance, efficiency and value to best fit their priorities. This includes new 5.3L and 6.2L V-8s with industry-first Dynamic Fuel Management that actively shuts off any number of cylinders, in a variety of combinations, depending on immediate needs to optimize fuel economy. The result of this industry-first technology is instant power when called for, and impressive efficiency.
      The Silverado will also be available with an all-new Duramax 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel. Chevrolet offers diesel engines in more segments and models than any other brand, including Equinox, Cruze, Colorado, Express, Silverado 1500, Silverado HD and upcoming Silverado medium-duty models.  
      Both the 3.0L diesel and 6.2L engines are paired with a new Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission as well as start/stop technology to improve fuel economy for optimum performance and efficiency.
      No “one size fits most” trucks
      “Truck customers told us they want the perfect truck for them and not a ‘one size fits most’ truck, compromised for the masses,” said Mike Simcoe, vice president, Global Design, General Motors. “That insight shaped our design strategy with eight distinct models, each with a unique personality to fit different customers, from the affordable Work Truck to the luxurious High Country.”
      All models introduce a modern, powerful design with a strong dose of Chevy Truck DNA. For example, the “CHEVROLET” name stamped on the tailgate recalls iconic Chevy trucks of the 1950s and ‘60s, while the integrated dual exhausts and up to 33-inch tires reflect modern customer preferences.
      The Silverado’s bold, modern design is also surprisingly aerodynamic. Key elements of the front grille are front functional air curtains, similar to those introduced on the sixth-generation Camaro, that reduce aerodynamic drag by routing air around the front wheel wells. The powerful side profile further enhances aerodynamics, including an integrated spoiler at the rear edge of the cab that directs air onto the tailgate lip, reducing wind drag from the bed. Changes like these result in a 7 percent increase in aerodynamic efficiency.
      The 2019 Silverado offers eight trims (see descriptions, next page), designed for three distinct buyer profiles:
      “High Value” customers want the capability of a full-size truck at a great value. “High Volume” customers represent the heart of the truck market, requiring the capability of a full-size truck as well as the creature comforts of a passenger vehicle. “High Feature” customers represent the fastest-growing part of the truck market and want luxury-car refinement and appointments without sacrificing capability or durability. The eight trims also reflect another key differentiator for truck buyers: chrome.
      “Chrome has become more polarizing, and more personal, than any other aspect of truck design,” said Rich Scheer, director, Exterior Design, Chevrolet Trucks. “Some customers want no chrome at all and only body-color or blacked-out trim. Others feel a truck isn’t a truck without a chrome bumper, but feel extra chrome can be too ‘flashy.’ Others want as much chrome as they can get.”
      Accordingly, the eight trims are tailored to give customers a wide range of features and levels of chrome, enabling customers to choose the best truck for their personal preferences.
      More functional and more connected interiors
      The interior design was also strongly influenced by customer feedback. Because truck owners use their vehicles for both hauling cargo and transporting people, customers’ top priorities were more comfortable seating, more interior cargo storage and more functional, easy-to-use controls.
      Accordingly, the cab has been stretched, with crew-cab models now offering 3 inches of additional rear-seat legroom for an impressive 44.5 inches of front legroom and 43.8 inches of rear legroom.
      New available storage options include two 10-liter bins integrated in the second-row seatbacks for holding small items like gloves or tie-down straps, as well as a large 24-liter storage tray under the second-row seat that can secure everything from gallons of milk to fishing rods and tackle boxes.
      Every surface has been designed for function and ergonomics, from the rotary knob textures to the infotainment screen angle. Even the luxurious High Country is subjected to stringent durability tests, including 100,000 seat-slide tests to make sure the supple seats meet the expectations of our toughest owners.
      The Silverado was already the first pickup to offer 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, Apple Car Play, Android Auto, wireless phone charging and OnStar safety and security features. For 2019, that leadership will be improved with new safety and convenience features to be announced later this year.
      Making the Most Dependable, Longest Lasting full-size trucks even more so
      “Truck customers told us they depend on their trucks for much more than just transportation,” said Herrick. “Many use their trucks to earn a paycheck, or to do what they enjoy most when they’re off the clock. Given how important trucks are to our customers, we set a lofty goal for exceeding the dependability and longevity of the current Silverado.”
      To do so, the engineering team doubled many of the key validation metrics for the next-gen truck, making it the most-tested vehicle GM has ever produced. That includes accumulating a staggering seven million miles of real-world testing before the first Silverado is delivered to customers.
      The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will be on display at the North American International Auto Show through Jan. 28 in Detroit. Production of the 2019 Silverado will begin at the Fort Wayne, Indiana Assembly plant, ranked the highest-quality plant in North America by J.D. Power and Associates, with customer deliveries beginning this fall.
      2019 Silverado 1500 Trim Levels
      High Value:
      Work Truck features “CHEVROLET” graphic across the grille and tailgate, blacked-out trim and 17-inch steel wheels for maximum durability. The interior features durable vinyl or cloth seats and 7-inch color touch screen. Custom features a body-color styling theme, 20-inch painted aluminum wheels, LED signature taillamps and available integrated dual exhaust. Custom Trailboss (new for 2019) adds off-road equipment to the Custom, including a 2-inch suspension lift and the Z71 Off Road Package with a locking rear differential, skid plates, Rancho shocks, 18-inch wheels and Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires. High Volume:
      LT features chrome accents on the bumpers, front grille and mirror caps, Chevrolet bowtie in the grille, LED reflector headlamps and signature daytime running lights. The interior features an 8-inch color touch screen and available leather seating surfaces RST (new for 2019) brings a street-performance appearance to the LT, with body-color trim, full LED lighting (foglamps, headlamps and taillamps) and up to 22-inch wheels with all-season tires. LT Trailboss (new for 2019) adds off-road equipment to the LT, including a 2-inch suspension lift and the Z71 Off Road Package, including locking rear differential, skid plates, Rancho shocks, 18-inch wheels and Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires. High Feature:
      LTZ features chrome accents on the bumpers, front grille, mirror caps, door handles and hockey-stick beltline as well as power folding and heated outside rearview mirrors. Leather interior trim is standard equipment. High Country features an exclusive front grille design with two-tone chrome and bronze finish, body-color accents plus chrome assist steps from wheel to wheel. It also includes the power up/down tailgate as standard equipment.  Note: Class-exclusive claims based on product information available at the time of publication.
    • By William Maley
      It has finally happened, the first spy shots of the upcoming 2020 Cadillac CT5 have been released.
      The first item that jumps out is the hood scoop. No, we don't think this will make it into production as it is likely part of the camouflage to disguise the vehicle. Moving past that, the CT5 takes a fair amount of inspiration from the Escala concept. This is evident along the side where there is a fastback design for the roof and extra rear quarter window.
      We're expecting an engine lineup similar to the CTS - a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder, 3.6L V6, and twin-turbo 3.0L V6.
      The CT5 will replace the ATS, CTS, and XTS when it goes into production in 2019. 
      Source: Autoblog, CarScoops
    • By William Maley
      It has finally happened, the first spy shots of the upcoming 2020 Cadillac CT5 have been released.
      The first item that jumps out is the hood scoop. No, we don't think this will make it into production as it is likely part of the camouflage to disguise the vehicle. Moving past that, the CT5 takes a fair amount of inspiration from the Escala concept. This is evident along the side where there is a fastback design for the roof and extra rear quarter window.
      We're expecting an engine lineup similar to the CTS - a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder, 3.6L V6, and twin-turbo 3.0L V6.
      The CT5 will replace the ATS, CTS, and XTS when it goes into production in 2019. 
      Source: Autoblog, CarScoops

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    • By William Maley
      Yesterday, we told you about a teaser dropped by Ford for a new ST model. We had a number of guesses ranging from the Focus to the Explorer. Earlier this morning, Ford has revealed the mysterious ST model is the 2019 Edge ST. 
      Taking the place of the Edge Sport, the ST retains the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 but gets a slight power boost - 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque vs. 315 hp and 350 pound-feet found in the Sport. This will come hooked up to a new eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. Ford isn't revealing performance specs, but we're assuming it will slightly quicker to 60 mph than the Sport - hitting 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. The Edge ST also comes with a retuned suspension, tweaked stability control system, and optional performance braking package.
      The Edge ST's exterior is more aggressive with a mesh grille, 21-inch wheels, new side skirts, and dual exhaust tips. Moving inside, Ford has installed new seats with increased bolstering and a steering wheel with ST badging.
      “Edge ST puts a new animal on the road – a performance SUV with a track mentality. From a performance standpoint, and with its SUV silhouette and versatility, it sets a new standard Edge fans will love to drive,”  said Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president of Product Development and Purchasing in a statement.
      The rest of the Edge lineup sees a number of changes for 2019. Outside, the Edge gets a wider grille, LED headlights, reshaped hood, and slightly tweaked rear tailgate. The interior features a new center console design with a rotary gear selector. Under the hood, the 2.0L EcoBoost gets a 5 horsepower bump to 250. This is paired with an eight-speed automatic and a stop-start system. Ford has also made a number of active safety features standard such as blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, pre-collision assist, and automatic high beams.
      No word on pricing, but the 2019 Edge will arrive at dealers this summer.
      Source: Ford
      Press Release is on Page 2


      REVVING UP: FORD DRIVES ALL-NEW EDGE ST INTO SHOWROOMS, ACCELERATING ITS SUV SALES MOMENTUM
      Following Ford’s best-ever U.S. SUV sales in 2017, Ford further steps up the game by introducing first performance-enhanced ST to its SUV lineup with the all-new Edge ST Edge ST features superior handling and braking, ST-tuned sport suspension, Sport Mode, new quick-shifting 8-speed transmission, standard all-wheel-drive, and the most powerful V6 engine in its class New Edge SUV lineup is Ford’s smartest ever, offering more standard driver-assist technology than any other midsize SUV and introducing to the segment new available technologies such as Post-Collision Braking, Evasive Steering Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering DETROIT, Jan. 11, 2018 – Ford begins introducing the coveted ST brand to its SUV lineup with the unveiling of the all-new Edge ST today, building on its best-ever SUV sales year in the U.S.
      The all-new Edge ST – Ford’s first SUV to be tuned by the Ford Performance team – features the most powerful V6 engine available in its class with a specially tuned 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost® engine pumping out 335 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque.
      It’s also outfitted for dynamic handling with a quick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission, standard all-wheel drive with selectable traction control, an available performance brake package, and ST-tuned sport suspension.
      “Edge ST puts a new animal on the road – a performance SUV with a track mentality,” said Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president of Product Development and Purchasing. “From a performance standpoint, and with its SUV silhouette and versatility, it sets a new standard Edge fans will love to drive.”
      A new Sport Mode allows Edge ST drivers to experience more aggressive throttle response and shifting patterns that hold gears near redline through cornering maneuvers, sharper engine braking, and a more resonant exhaust tone. Drivers can also manually shift using the steering wheel-mounted SelectShift® paddle shifters while firmly positioned in unique Edge ST seating with additional bolstering.
      To complement its performance abilities, Edge ST features new front and rear styling, a wide mesh grille for optimal cooling, deep side skirts and dual-exhaust outlets. Unique 21-inch wheels are available and interior design cues on the steering wheel, seat backs and scuff plates provide a subtle reminder that this five-passenger SUV is something special.
      Smart Vehicle for a Smart World
      The new Edge – including all-new Edge ST – is Ford’s smartest SUV ever, and every model comes standard with more driver-assist technology than any other midsize SUV. This includes Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support; Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection; BLIS® with Cross-Traffic Alert; Lane-Keeping Alert; Lane-Keeping Assist; Auto High Beams; and Hill-Start Assist. In addition, standard safety features include AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ and Curve Control, and 911 Assist®.
      For 2019, Edge introduces the following first-for-Ford and first-in-segment features as either standard or available equipment:
      Post-Collision Braking: Helps reduce the impact of a potential secondary collision by automatically applying moderate brake pressure when an initial collision event is detected; slowing the vehicle can potentially lessen injury to occupants and damage to the vehicle Evasive Steering Assist: Helps drivers steer around stopped or slower vehicles to help avoid collisions. Designed to operate at city and highway speeds, it uses radar and a camera to detect slower-moving and stationary vehicles ahead and provides steering support to enable drivers to maneuver around a vehicle if a collision is imminent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering: Helps the vehicle maintain a comfortable driving distance from vehicles ahead and helps reduce stress during long, light-traffic road trips by helping keep the vehicle centered in its lane “Edge drivers expect a sophisticated, modern driving experience,” said Cristina Aquino, Edge marketing manager. “Bringing a host of new technologies as standard and introducing these segment-first features helps ensure customers feel more confident behind the wheel.”
      Dual-stage airbags, side-curtain airbags, rain-sensing wipers, rear view camera and an innovative active glove box knee airbag are also standard, while front and rear ultrasonic sensors, 180-degree front and rear cameras and Enhanced Active Park Assist are offered as available equipment.
      Technology for a Connected World
      Inside, drivers will find an available wireless charging pad nestled in the forward media bin, and they can opt for an upgraded audio experience, HD Radio™ and a 12-speaker B&O PLAY™ Premium Audio System by HARMAN specially tuned for Edge.
      Standard on all Edge models is FordPass® Connect, with a Wi-Fi hotspot that gives internet access to up to 10 devices. Using the FordPass™ app, drivers can also use their smartphone to start, lock, unlock and locate their Edge.
      SYNC® with AppLink™, an enhanced voice-recognition communications and entertainment system, is also standard. This system supports the new Ford+Alexa app, giving users access to their favorite media content, daily appointments, smart home controls, and the ability to search for nearby points of interest and even shop for everyday items, all from the road. Drivers can also upgrade to SYNC 3 with an 8-inch touchscreen for enhanced in-vehicle experience.
      A powerfully sophisticated ride
      The new Edge comes standard with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that offers a 5 horsepower increase and improved fuel economy over the outgoing model.
      It is mated to a newly designed 8-speed transmission with Auto Start-Stop technology that efficiently turns the engine off when the vehicle is stopped and idling, then seamlessly restarts in milliseconds when the brake is released.
      Inside, a redesigned center console is accentuated by an all-new rotary gearshift dial that frees up space, allows easier access to the wireless charging pad and enhances the vehicle’s modern, sophisticated feel.
      With a wider grille and freshened fascia that create an athletic, modern appearance, the new Edge maintains the reputation for sophistication it’s carried for more than a decade. Full LED headlamps are standard, LED fog lamps and signature lighting are available and a redesigned hood imparts a wider, more planted stance.
      Built at the Oakville Assembly Plant in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, the new Ford Edge and all-new Edge ST are due to arrive in showrooms this summer.

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