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Engines are the next phase that needs improvement.  In last months Car and Driver comparison the ATS coupe 3.6 got a 5 out of 10 in engine NVH, and a 5.6 seconds 0-60 time.   The comparable Audi S5 did 0-60 in 4.5 seconds and got a 9 in NVH.  The 335i (now 340i) was not in that test, but you know a BMW straight six is the gold standard of NVH and the 335i and C400 can do 0-60 in 4.8 or less.

 

I'd propose removing the 2.5 L and the 2.0T from the Cadillac lineup, making the new 335 hp V6 the base engine in the $35k ATS and $45k CTS, the plugin hybrid 2.0t becomes an option for the greenies with the 3.0 tt v6 making 400 hp an option.   The coming 500 hp TT V8 would be the ATS-V and CTS V-sport.   They need to drastically increase power.  Even Infiniti dropped the G25 model in favor of making the 328 hp V6 the base engine priced against a 240 hp BMW 328i because they knew they had to have wow factor just to get sales. 

 

The ATS 3.6 is being replace by the new 3.6 for 2016. 

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Cue needs to lose the touchscreen in favor of a clicky wheel.

 

Engines are the next phase that needs improvement.  In last months Car and Driver comparison the ATS coupe 3.6 got a 5 out of 10 in engine NVH, and a 5.6 seconds 0-60 time.   The comparable Audi S5 did 0-60 in 4.5 seconds and got a 9 in NVH.  The 335i (now 340i) was not in that test, but you know a BMW straight six is the gold standard of NVH and the 335i and C400 can do 0-60 in 4.8 or less.

 

I'd propose removing the 2.5 L and the 2.0T from the Cadillac lineup, making the new 335 hp V6 the base engine in the $35k ATS and $45k CTS, the plugin hybrid 2.0t becomes an option for the greenies with the 3.0 tt v6 making 400 hp an option.   The coming 500 hp TT V8 would be the ATS-V and CTS V-sport.   They need to drastically increase power.  Even Infiniti dropped the G25 model in favor of making the 328 hp V6 the base engine priced against a 240 hp BMW 328i because they knew they had to have wow factor just to get sales. 

 

The ATS 3.6 is being replace by the new 3.6 for 2016. 

 

 

 

Yup. The only thing I wonder is WHY. JDN wants to distance the brand from GM, so why not take this opportunity to go exclusive to turbos outside of V and Escalade? 

 

2.0L TT could go from 220HP to 320HP

3.0L TT could go from 340HP detuned to 400HP

3.6L TT could go from 410 to 465HP

 

then bring in the TT V8 4.5L as a 500 to 600 HP engine.

 

My original point was why used the NA 3.6L with 335HP when they could just as easily go Cadillac exclusive with the 3.0L TT and more torque to boot 

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I would argue to replace the 200 hp 2.5 liter four cylinder and 270 hp 2.0T with the 335 hp V6 at those price points.  Make the V6 the value engine rather than the step up.  This way the least powerful Cadillac on market is 335 hp, and save the four cylinders for Chevy and Buick.

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I would argue to replace the 200 hp 2.5 liter four cylinder and 270 hp 2.0T with the 335 hp V6 at those price points.  Make the V6 the value engine rather than the step up.  This way the least powerful Cadillac on market is 335 hp, and save the four cylinders for Chevy and Buick.

 

Wait.. so BMW can peddle a 180hp 4-cylinder 320i, Audi can peddle a 220hp 4-cylinder A4, Mercedes can run a 241hp 4-cylinder C-Class.... but Cadillac must have a 335 hp V6 minimum?

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The ATS 3.6 is being replace by the new 3.6 for 2016. 

 

 

That engine is uncompetitive with the force-induced engines from the competitors.

[goalposts so far in distance, can't see 'em from here]

 

And he still soldiers on this site.

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I would argue to replace the 200 hp 2.5 liter four cylinder and 270 hp 2.0T with the 335 hp V6 at those price points.  Make the V6 the value engine rather than the step up.  This way the least powerful Cadillac on market is 335 hp, and save the four cylinders for Chevy and Buick.

 

Wait.. so BMW can peddle a 180hp 4-cylinder 320i, Audi can peddle a 220hp 4-cylinder A4, Mercedes can run a 241hp 4-cylinder C-Class.... but Cadillac must have a 335 hp V6 minimum?

 

 The bottom end Infiniti has 328 hp, so why not.  BMW doesn't have a sales problem, hey can pretty much do whatever they want and they keep on selling.  But how does Cadillac get more ATS and CTS sales?   Cadillac is already priced cheaper than Jaguar, Lexus and the Germans, they have to generate excitement some how, so why not more power.

 

And they'll probably make the alpha chassis Camaro with a standard 325 hp V6 for $25,000, yet not put a standard V6 in a Cadillac, that's whack.

 

Let's see the outrage if they put a 200 hp 4-cylinder in the Camaro and made the Camaro SS a 330 hp V6.  Because if that engine lineup is good enough for Cadillac then it should be more than enough for Chevrolet.  And the 90s Camaro had 200 hp base, 305 optional, so they can get those same numbers with better fuel economy now with smaller engines.  In the 90s the Seville/Deville had 275-300 hp, and today the CTS/XTS are making 270-304 hp, so if 90s level horsepower is okay for Cadillac, why not do the same for Chevy. 

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We traded a 2008 CTS Premium Sport model on a  a 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe (Performance) with various discounts, a good trade in, and an ultra low interest rate we feel it was an okay deal. To be  frank the problem with the new CTS and ATS are that their pricing is at least $5- 6000 too high, and the V models to come are $10- 15,000 too high.  End of story.

 

This is the typical GM buyer mentality Cadillac has to meet or overcome.

 

 

 

Mind you if they were still offering previous gen workmanship on the CTS, which wasn't bad, quite nice in fact, but not on the current car's level, then I would agree with your original assessment. They are not.

 

What original assessment?

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I would argue to replace the 200 hp 2.5 liter four cylinder and 270 hp 2.0T with the 335 hp V6 at those price points.  Make the V6 the value engine rather than the step up.  This way the least powerful Cadillac on market is 335 hp, and save the four cylinders for Chevy and Buick.

 

Wait.. so BMW can peddle a 180hp 4-cylinder 320i, Audi can peddle a 220hp 4-cylinder A4, Mercedes can run a 241hp 4-cylinder C-Class.... but Cadillac must have a 335 hp V6 minimum?

 

 The bottom end Infiniti has 328 hp, so why not.  BMW doesn't have a sales problem, hey can pretty much do whatever they want and they keep on selling.  But how does Cadillac get more ATS and CTS sales?   Cadillac is already priced cheaper than Jaguar, Lexus and the Germans, they have to generate excitement some how, so why not more power.

 

And they'll probably make the alpha chassis Camaro with a standard 325 hp V6 for $25,000, yet not put a standard V6 in a Cadillac, that's whack.

 

Let's see the outrage if they put a 200 hp 4-cylinder in the Camaro and made the Camaro SS a 330 hp V6.  Because if that engine lineup is good enough for Cadillac then it should be more than enough for Chevrolet.  And the 90s Camaro had 200 hp base, 305 optional, so they can get those same numbers with better fuel economy now with smaller engines.  In the 90s the Seville/Deville had 275-300 hp, and today the CTS/XTS are making 270-304 hp, so if 90s level horsepower is okay for Cadillac, why not do the same for Chevy. 

 

 

How's that base engine strategy worked out for Infiniti so far?

 

The alpha Camaro is almost certainly coming with a 2.0T as the base engine. Also expect it to drop massive amounts of weight.  I am completely guessing here, but I bet it will be slightly larger than the ATS but weigh about the same or less. 

 

Now.. I agree with ditching the 2.5 from the ATS, but the 2.0T as a base is fine... in fact the 2.0T is probably the best match for that car unless you're going for a V-series (and I just spent a day and a half driving the ATS-V, more on that later).  If Cadillac wants to keep something in the 200hp range they should use the new 1.6T instead. 

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The ATS 3.6 is being replace by the new 3.6 for 2016. 

 

 

That engine is uncompetitive with the force-induced engines from the competitors.

[goalposts so far in distance, can't see 'em from here]

 

And he still soldiers on this site.

 

 

There are 4 engine choices in the ATS with 2 more coming in the future. If you don't like that V6, there will be no less than 5 other engines to choose from. In my experience, the 2.0T is the best choice in the ATS, excluding the V-series, as it keeps the car lighter and still has satisfying thrust. 

 

I also want to say that you are badly pre-judging it. There is more to the powertrain than just the engine and my assessment of the new 8-speed auto coming to Cadillac is that it is a whole new level of good. In sport mode it can shift as fast or faster than the Porsche DCT and it has a wider range of gear ratios than the previous 6-speed. 

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The ATS 3.6 is being replace by the new 3.6 for 2016. 

 

 

That engine is uncompetitive with the force-induced engines from the competitors.

[goalposts so far in distance, can't see 'em from here]

 

And he still soldiers on this site.

 

 

There are 4 engine choices in the ATS with 2 more coming in the future. If you don't like that V6, there will be no less than 5 other engines to choose from. In my experience, the 2.0T is the best choice in the ATS, excluding the V-series, as it keeps the car lighter and still has satisfying thrust. 

 

I also want to say that you are badly pre-judging it. There is more to the powertrain than just the engine and my assessment of the new 8-speed auto coming to Cadillac is that it is a whole new level of good. In sport mode it can shift as fast or faster than the Porsche DCT and it has a wider range of gear ratios than the previous 6-speed. 

 

 

Drew, a transmission cannot add to what the engine lacks. The competitors are already offering 8 speeds, don't have SAE numbers to abide by, thereby providing more power than advertised. Is it cheating? Yes, you bet it is, but GM has to respond and the 3.6 is a 38 special in the battle of 45s.

 

Besides that, isn't that's what got GM into problem? The lack of full commitment. The peak torque of the new 3.6 is less than the torque of the 2.0T. That is unacceptable. The truth is this engine as much as GM claims is new, which it is possibly, is not going to be an exclusive Cadillac and therefore was "needed" by the bean counters to make financial sense.

 

"If you don't like that V6, there will be no less than 5 other engines to choose from." Why stop there? No, I will find some other company that will. And that's going to be everyone else except Cadillac. I'll give you even better, why even offer that engine? It'll save you typing to defend that decision, since ATS has already 5 other engine choices, according to you.

 

We have had this discussion before, and there's no contest that GM has messed this one up. Even the Cadillac Fan here who is supporter of the two bozos in charge at its helm claims that too.

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Let's look at this way.  The 3.6 V6 can't compete with the supercharged Audi and Jaguar V6s, the bi-turbo Merc V6 or the BMW turbo six that just got a power bump, all those engines make way more torque at a much lower rpm.

 

This leaves 2 options.  Don't even offer the 3.6 liter, go from 2.0T base engine to a 3.0 TT V6 mid range.  Or option 2 is put the 3.6 V6 against the competitors 240 hp turbo fours and and remove the 2.0T engine.

 

Cadillac doesn't need both engines.  I'd rather see them use the 3.6 V6 as the base engine, then the marketing people can promote how Cadillac has a standard V6 and has standard 335 hp, while the competition has 4 cylinders, less power, etc.  And if Chevy and Buick are using turbo 4s, it makes Cadillac look better compared to them. 

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Let's look at this way.  The 3.6 V6 can't compete with the supercharged Audi and Jaguar V6s, the bi-turbo Merc V6 or the BMW turbo six that just got a power bump, all those engines make way more torque at a much lower rpm.

 

This leaves 2 options.  Don't even offer the 3.6 liter, go from 2.0T base engine to a 3.0 TT V6 mid range.  Or option 2 is put the 3.6 V6 against the competitors 240 hp turbo fours and and remove the 2.0T engine.

 

Cadillac doesn't need both engines.  I'd rather see them use the 3.6 V6 as the base engine, then the marketing people can promote how Cadillac has a standard V6 and has standard 335 hp, while the competition has 4 cylinders, less power, etc.  And if Chevy and Buick are using turbo 4s, it makes Cadillac look better compared to them. 

That works for the US market, but what about all the Morons in Europe that allow taxing on the size of the engine. The 2.0T is perfect for that market. You OK with it being there?

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We traded a 2008 CTS Premium Sport model on a  a 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe (Performance) with various discounts, a good trade in, and an ultra low interest rate we feel it was an okay deal. To be  frank the problem with the new CTS and ATS are that their pricing is at least $5- 6000 too high, and the V models to come are $10- 15,000 too high.  End of story.

 

This is the typical GM buyer mentality Cadillac has to meet or overcome.

 

You guys are so smart.  GM is following your line, and it is sinking.  Wisdome does not come from spouting the company line it comes with seeing reality, and reacting properly.  Lexus got to be a major player by coming in lower, and giving more.  Cadillac was doing that and getting built back up in volume and transaction price.  Low and behold the geniuses come in, say that is wrong let them pay more, and they will come. Guess what, wrong again.  By the way  I can negotiate and get incentives from BMW dealers and etc., but that just flies in the face or your "logic," and you are wiser than I.  I bow to the superior marketing and sales intellect.

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That works for the US market, but what about all the Morons in Europe that allow taxing on the size of the engine. The 2.0T is perfect for that market. You OK with it being there?

 

They could use the 2.0T for foreign market, and not offer the 3.6 V6.  But without a competitive diesel (or diesels) they have no shot in Europe anyway.

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Ok, I need to throw in some sense into this conversation before I get really angry.

 

 

 

 

We traded a 2008 CTS Premium Sport model on a  a 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe (Performance) with various discounts, a good trade in, and an ultra low interest rate we feel it was an okay deal. To be  frank the problem with the new CTS and ATS are that their pricing is at least $5- 6000 too high, and the V models to come are $10- 15,000 too high.  End of story.

 

This is the typical GM buyer mentality Cadillac has to meet or overcome.

 

You guys are so smart.  GM is following your line, and it is sinking.  Wisdome does not come from spouting the company line it comes with seeing reality, and reacting properly.  Lexus got to be a major player by coming in lower, and giving more.  Cadillac was doing that and getting built back up in volume and transaction price.  Low and behold the geniuses come in, say that is wrong let them pay more, and they will come. Guess what, wrong again.  By the way  I can negotiate and get incentives from BMW dealers and etc., but that just flies in the face or your "logic," and you are wiser than I.  I bow to the superior marketing and sales intellect.

 

 

A few points:

 

1. "Lexus got to be a major player by coming in lower, and giving more."

That they did, but also they had a little bit luck as well. If Lexus was to launch before or after 1989, would they have achieved the same success? Who knows. But in due time, Lexus start to creep in price. Consider this: The 1989 LS 400 started around $38,000, while three years later, the price increased to $45,000 - inching closer to the competitors.

Also, I would argue that Lexus at the moment doesn't give more in terms of features for the price.

 

2. "GM is following your line, and it is sinking." - Wait, GM is following our line? When did we get a red telephone to de Nysschen? I need to talk to him about this great idea I had for the SRX-V.

 

Also, I don't think GM is following our line. I think they're going with what they know and learned from 'hopefully' past experiences. 

3. "Cadillac was doing that and getting built back up in volume and transaction price. Low and behold the geniuses come in, say that is wrong let them pay more, and they will come."

I don't think anyone at Cadillac is saying that. de Nysschen has said that he is planning to cut back on incentives and deals to raise Cadillac's prestige back up, along with boosting resale values. NOT TO INCREASE SALES!!!

 

4. "By the way I can negotiate and get incentives from BMW dealers and etc."

 

The reason you can negotiate and get incentives from BMW? They're currently locked in battle with Mercedes-Benz to reclaim the best selling luxury make in the U.S. Consider these numbers: In 2014, BMW outsold Mercedes-Benz by 9,347 vehicles (333,738 vs. 330,391). A lot of that came down to lease deals and incentives. 

 

 

 

 

That works for the US market, but what about all the Morons in Europe that allow taxing on the size of the engine. The 2.0T is perfect for that market. You OK with it being there?

 

They could use the 2.0T for foreign market, and not offer the 3.6 V6.  But without a competitive diesel (or diesels) they have no shot in Europe anyway.

 

 

Hmm.. about that diesel engine.

de Nysschen said a diesel is coming in 2019 at LA

Also, Cadillac's chief engineer says four and six-cylinder diesel engines are coming

 

I'm going to stop here before I start yelling at my screen, which isn't good for anyone.

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We traded a 2008 CTS Premium Sport model on a  a 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe (Performance) with various discounts, a good trade in, and an ultra low interest rate we feel it was an okay deal. To be  frank the problem with the new CTS and ATS are that their pricing is at least $5- 6000 too high, and the V models to come are $10- 15,000 too high.  End of story.

 

This is the typical GM buyer mentality Cadillac has to meet or overcome.

 

You guys are so smart.  GM is following your line, and it is sinking.  Wisdome does not come from spouting the company line it comes with seeing reality, and reacting properly.  Lexus got to be a major player by coming in lower, and giving more.  Cadillac was doing that and getting built back up in volume and transaction price.  Low and behold the geniuses come in, say that is wrong let them pay more, and they will come. Guess what, wrong again.  By the way  I can negotiate and get incentives from BMW dealers and etc., but that just flies in the face or your "logic," and you are wiser than I.  I bow to the superior marketing and sales intellect.

 

 

Those are not similar things mister. If you would have said all luxury vehicles are over-priced the comment would have not arisen. No one is doubting or caring about your Henry Kissinger like negotiating skill.

 

It was a statement that can be read either way depending on what the goal Cadillac wants, your wise-dome (sorry wise-dumb or is it wisdom) decided to Low and Behold the wrong way. And besides that go and educate yourself on my prior posts, to save your energy just go a few ones above and you can see whether I parrot what GM feeds.

 

For your uninformative Lexus comment, the only reason(s) Lexus outsells other luxury brands is/are FWD vehicles - namely two of them - ES and RX. The rest of the vehicles mostly trail behind the more expensive German competitors despite of, according to you, giving more while cuming in lower.

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The ATS 3.6 is being replace by the new 3.6 for 2016. 

 

 

That engine is uncompetitive with the force-induced engines from the competitors.

[goalposts so far in distance, can't see 'em from here]

 

And he still soldiers on this site.

 

 

There are 4 engine choices in the ATS with 2 more coming in the future. If you don't like that V6, there will be no less than 5 other engines to choose from. In my experience, the 2.0T is the best choice in the ATS, excluding the V-series, as it keeps the car lighter and still has satisfying thrust. 

 

I also want to say that you are badly pre-judging it. There is more to the powertrain than just the engine and my assessment of the new 8-speed auto coming to Cadillac is that it is a whole new level of good. In sport mode it can shift as fast or faster than the Porsche DCT and it has a wider range of gear ratios than the previous 6-speed. 

 

 

Drew, a transmission cannot add to what the engine lacks. The competitors are already offering 8 speeds, don't have SAE numbers to abide by, thereby providing more power than advertised. Is it cheating? Yes, you bet it is, but GM has to respond and the 3.6 is a 38 special in the battle of 45s.

 

Besides that, isn't that's what got GM into problem? The lack of full commitment. The peak torque of the new 3.6 is less than the torque of the 2.0T. That is unacceptable. The truth is this engine as much as GM claims is new, which it is possibly, is not going to be an exclusive Cadillac and therefore was "needed" by the bean counters to make financial sense.

 

"If you don't like that V6, there will be no less than 5 other engines to choose from." Why stop there? No, I will find some other company that will. And that's going to be everyone else except Cadillac. I'll give you even better, why even offer that engine? It'll save you typing to defend that decision, since ATS has already 5 other engine choices, according to you.

 

We have had this discussion before, and there's no contest that GM has messed this one up. Even the Cadillac Fan here who is supporter of the two bozos in charge at its helm claims that too.

 

 

2.5, 2.0T, 3.6, 3.0TT (highly likely), 3.6TT, 2.0T-Hybrid, I4-Diesel, V6-Diesel

There is nothing messed up with the 3.6 V6 as long as other options are available too.  There is nothing wrong with offering an additional option.  Don't like it? Don't buy it.

 

And yes, the engine is remaining Cadillac exclusive for now and when it does get shared will only be shared with upper end Buick... something along the lines of an Avenir and possibly Lacrosse.

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Cadillac is very intentionally NOT following the German model at this point... they are actively thumbing their nose at it.

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It appears as if the 2016 Camaro is getting the 3.6 liter V6 with 330 hp.  So it won't be a Cadillac exclusive.  The Camaro will have the 270 hp turbo four as the base engine.   Even if Cadilac drops the 2.5 liter ATS, the Camaro would have the same base engine and same step up engine as the ATS/CTS.  To me a Cadillac should be better than a Chevy. 

 

I'd make the V6 the base Cadillac engine (sort of the rental spec model) and the performance trim would jump up to a 3.0TT V6.  ATS-V and CTS/CT6 V-sport models can be a TT V8 with 475 hp and dump the 3.6TT.

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To me audi should be better than a VW, but for some reason you can get a VW 2.0 engine all the way up to an A6.

 

Or…. this is also not a problem. ;)

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Here, I'll keep it simple: The line up needs more shake up. If GM wants to keep comparing themselves to other automakers, then they will just get their asses handed to them.

 

Lincoln, for as useless as it is, at least will get some direction and a chance to go it's own way to dive into the market. It's why I think it has a chance to do something.....

 

The problem with caddy is that it is trying to be in a market that no one cares about it. Comparing it to the Benz and Beemer boys is that they are still popular and old school (style wise) Yet, I still see talks of numbers...

 

 

While there is nothing wrong with chasing benchmarks (can still check some of those boxes), some new models might help here as well. Maybe shake up the image a little.....edgy, sporty, and fun (with a little cred to that truck that still sells. Bring back some emotion to a bunch of letters...

 

 

(okay, time to get off my soapbox and get yelled at) I'm a bit emotional here, simply to the fact that I think Caddy has stalled due to lack of change......

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Cadillac is very intentionally NOT following the German model at this point... they are actively thumbing their nose at it.

 

 

Which would be a good start....

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We traded a 2008 CTS Premium Sport model on a  a 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe (Performance) with various discounts, a good trade in, and an ultra low interest rate we feel it was an okay deal. To be  frank the problem with the new CTS and ATS are that their pricing is at least $5- 6000 too high, and the V models to come are $10- 15,000 too high.  End of story.

 

This is the typical GM buyer mentality Cadillac has to meet or overcome.

 

You guys are so smart.  GM is following your line, and it is sinking.  Wisdome does not come from spouting the company line it comes with seeing reality, and reacting properly.  Lexus got to be a major player by coming in lower, and giving more.  Cadillac was doing that and getting built back up in volume and transaction price.  Low and behold the geniuses come in, say that is wrong let them pay more, and they will come. Guess what, wrong again.  By the way  I can negotiate and get incentives from BMW dealers and etc., but that just flies in the face or your "logic," and you are wiser than I.  I bow to the superior marketing and sales intellect.

 

 

 

Well good, then don't forget to stay down then. Sadly, it is marketing that is eating them alive....cause it's sure not the product. The only product I see overpriced now is the CTS, but that is more based on the fact that it was the entry level product before the ATS, so those before might have noticed the increase there. Creating an image for the cars would be nice though...

 

I'm not so sure where you see this "sinking" part of GM,as everything can be adjusted on the fly here.......

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      Cadillac's newest V-series, the CT4-V and CT5-V, disappointed fans when they debuted on May 30th by being substantially less powerful than their predecessors. The CT4-V gets a 2.7-liter turbo four cylinder producing 320 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, that's a 130 horsepower deficit compared to the ATS-V.   The story for the CT5-V is similar with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo making 355 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque compared to the 640 horsepower of the CTS-V.  GM President Mark Reuss called the previous cars "hammer" and that they intimidated customers. Thus, Cadillac responded by extending the V-series badge down to be more accessible to more customers. 
      Cadillac fans wouldn't have it, and Cadillac was quick to respond saying that more powerful versions of the CT4-V and CT5-V would be on the way, even bringing out higher potency test cars for the Detroit Grand Prix. The CT5-V was rumored to be running with the Blackwing V8, and that car getting the 4.2 Twin-Turbo V8 is not a new rumor. 
      The controversy comes down to what to call the higher powered models when they do arrive. Some fans felt that the models already shown should be V-Sports and the more powerful versions get the V moniker. However, it seems that Cadillac has settled on Blackwing as the name for the high power versions of their V-series, and that name may not be limited to just models with the Blackwing V8, making Blackwing more of a sub-brand for Cadillac like Denali is for GMC.
      What do you think? Is Blackwing a good name for the true high-performance versions of the V-series cars?
       
    • By Drew Dowdell
      The Cadillac CT6 has been in the news a lot lately.  First it was potentially canceled as its home factory in the U.S. is slated for closure. Then there was the Cadillac Blackwing V8.  Most recently it has dropped both the base 2.0T 4-cylinder and the mid-range (now that there is a V8) 3.0 twin-turbo V6. 
      With all of those changes, there is bound to be some price changes to accompany them.
      For 2020, the CT6 will see a base price rise of $8,500 over the 2019 model to $59,900. With that rise, the base engine becomes the 3.6 liter V6 and AWD standard. It is also adding about $3,500 worth of active safety equipment as standard. 
      Moving up to the Premium Luxury model will add $12,000 to the price tag but comes with Cadillac's famous Super Cruise automated driving system, the rear seat package, the Comfort and Technology package, and the 34-speaker Panaray sound system. At $75,490, that's actually a $2,500 discount on those packages over the 2019 model. 
      The top model, the CT6 Platinum will come standard with the Blackwing V8, replacing the 3.0 twin-turbo on the spec sheet. It also gains 20-inch wheels that were optional last year. 
      While the future of the CT6 is murky, the fact that GM continues to make improvements to the model gives us hope that it will live on. 

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    • By Drew Dowdell
      The Cadillac CT6 has been in the news a lot lately.  First it was potentially canceled as its home factory in the U.S. is slated for closure. Then there was the Cadillac Blackwing V8.  Most recently it has dropped both the base 2.0T 4-cylinder and the mid-range (now that there is a V8) 3.0 twin-turbo V6. 
      With all of those changes, there is bound to be some price changes to accompany them.
      For 2020, the CT6 will see a base price rise of $8,500 over the 2019 model to $59,900. With that rise, the base engine becomes the 3.6 liter V6 and AWD standard. It is also adding about $3,500 worth of active safety equipment as standard. 
      Moving up to the Premium Luxury model will add $12,000 to the price tag but comes with Cadillac's famous Super Cruise automated driving system, the rear seat package, the Comfort and Technology package, and the 34-speaker Panaray sound system. At $75,490, that's actually a $2,500 discount on those packages over the 2019 model. 
      The top model, the CT6 Platinum will come standard with the Blackwing V8, replacing the 3.0 twin-turbo on the spec sheet. It also gains 20-inch wheels that were optional last year. 
      While the future of the CT6 is murky, the fact that GM continues to make improvements to the model gives us hope that it will live on. 
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Cadillac SuperCruise will be available on over 200,000 miles of North American roadways later this year.  Cadillac is adding an additional 70,000 miles to the existing 130,000 miles already in the system by the 4th quarter 2019.  Cadillac owners will receive an over-the-air update once the system upgrade is completed. 
      On top of the increase in SuperCruise map availability, Cadillac will also make system adjustments to improve performance and enhancements to the Driver Attention system.   Last year Cadillac updated the system so that the car would automatically adjust lane centering if a large vehicle was passing close by and also added additional messages in the driver cluster to give more detail as to why SuperCruise may not be available at the moment. 
      Cadillac says that CT6 owners have driven more than 2.5 million miles with SuperCruise active since it was introduced on 2018 model year vehicles. 


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