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1 minute ago, smk4565 said:

So will a CT4 cost less than an XT4?  SUV’s usually cost more than similar size sedans.  I have to imagine CT5 starts around $40k.

*Pricing has yet to be announced.

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10 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

*Pricing has yet to be announced.

I know, but if a CT6 starts at $50k, it has to be less than that.  And GM has some crazy pricing on some product, but even they are not foolish enough to price the CT5 on par with an E-class.  And the CT6 is cheaper than an XT6.  CT5 could cost less than XT5.

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25 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

Cadillac is on record saying that there is a CT4 coming. It's only going to be an ATS replacement in price. 

It gets 38mpg highway without being a hybrid and they give you 4 more powerful engine choices if 0-60 is your priority over fuel economy. 

sheesh.... you get choices and then complain about them. 

So... U see why I've gotten a bad rep around here now? Craziness people come up with to complain about.

I wouldn't buy the 2.0L. but I enjoy the fact that they at least offer the choice. I see why they downgraded in power too.  Even from a marketing standpoint it made very little sense to go and buy a 3.6L with 321HP/275ft-ib before when the 2.0L was 272HP/260ft-lb.. . NOW.. look at the distance. Perfect. And I see a VSport being in the 470-500 range with a VSeries in the 600s. AWD at that. 

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19 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

I know, but if a CT6 starts at $50k, it has to be less than that.  And GM has some crazy pricing on some product, but even they are not foolish enough to price the CT5 on par with an E-class.  And the CT6 is cheaper than an XT6.  CT5 could cost less than XT5.

CAdillac is doing what it wants now with pricing. Fine with me as they seem to be putting out an entry level vehicle with a lessor than German car price.. then trimming it upward to the point that it is on par with said German vehicle. Look right at the CT6. That car starts off with a base engine that not even available with the 7Series, then by the time the 740i is matched par for par.. its almost spot on in pricing. In fact BMW would have to have a 720i on sale in the US to have a similar vehicle. Bottom line.. unless U are just a person who want to spend more for silly reasons.. the CT6 is not only a better value, but most people who compare the CT6 to the 7Series will most likely say the CT6 was more expensive if they are not already in the know.

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1 hour ago, Drew Dowdell said:

Cadillac is on record saying that there is a CT4 coming. It's only going to be an ATS replacement in price. 

It gets 38mpg highway without being a hybrid and they give you 4 more powerful engine choices if 0-60 is your priority over fuel economy. 

sheesh.... you get choices and then complain about them. 

point me to the '38 mpg highway'.  What did i miss...... XT4 gets 24/30, no way the highway goes up to 38 from the XT4 with the same powertrain.  Malibu with CVT and 400 pounds less and smaller engine only can manage 36 mpg highway.  10 speed tranny not gonna net 38 mpg highway on RWD or AWD version.  Cadillac really should have introduced this motor in this car with at least the same specs as the older 2.0.

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5 minutes ago, regfootball said:

point me to the '38 mpg highway'.  What did i miss...... XT4 gets 24/30, no way the highway goes up to 38 from the XT4 with the same powertrain.  Malibu with CVT and 400 pounds less and smaller engine only can manage 36 mpg highway.  10 speed tranny not gonna net 38 mpg highway on RWD or AWD version.  Cadillac really should have introduced this motor in this car with at least the same specs as the older 2.0.

Rated for 24/34. Got 23.5/38.5 

https://www.motortrend.com/cars/cadillac/ct6/2019/2019-cadillac-ct6-20-first-test-review/

The Malibu's engine doesn't shut down to 2 cylinders during highway cruise.... the CT6 does. 

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The epa ratings for highway for CT5 (AWD) are not going to be 38. And for AWD probably not even 34. And I do love mpg but Lux marque cars should be about performance too. Even the most base bmw 3 with crap HP ratings will do a sub 6 0-60. The XT4 and CT6 with the same engine were over 7 seconds, more like 7.5. That’s good for a Chevy. The 14-19 CTS cracked sub 6 seconds I believe. To go from 6 seconds to 7.5 for the ‘sport sedan’ in your stable is not good for showroom traffic or sales. 

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30 minutes ago, regfootball said:

The epa ratings for highway for CT5 (AWD) are not going to be 38. And for AWD probably not even 34. And I do love mpg but Lux marque cars should be about performance too. Even the most base bmw 3 with crap HP ratings will do a sub 6 0-60. The XT4 and CT6 with the same engine were over 7 seconds, more like 7.5. That’s good for a Chevy. The 14-19 CTS cracked sub 6 seconds I believe. To go from 6 seconds to 7.5 for the ‘sport sedan’ in your stable is not good for showroom traffic or sales. 

The CT5 is larger than a 3 series. It is a 5 series competitor. 

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6 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

The CT5 is larger than a 3 series. It is a 5 series competitor. 

It is 5-series size, but I was reading some rumors that it is 3-series price.  Which I think is actually a good strategy, the first CTS was 5-series size for 3-series money and that was the only CTS that was a strong seller.  The 5-series costs more than a CT6, so they can't price the CT5 like a 5-series.

43 minutes ago, regfootball said:

The epa ratings for highway for CT5 (AWD) are not going to be 38. And for AWD probably not even 34. And I do love mpg but Lux marque cars should be about performance too. Even the most base bmw 3 with crap HP ratings will do a sub 6 0-60. The XT4 and CT6 with the same engine were over 7 seconds, more like 7.5. That’s good for a Chevy. The 14-19 CTS cracked sub 6 seconds I believe. To go from 6 seconds to 7.5 for the ‘sport sedan’ in your stable is not good for showroom traffic or sales. 

The new 330i, which I guess isn't the cheapest model but is a turbo 4 model does 0-60 in 5.2 seconds.  The 340i adds another 130 hp, so I have to believe that is doing it in near 4 seconds.  Which is crazy because that was M3 fast like 5-10 years ago.

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39 minutes ago, regfootball said:

To go from 6 seconds to 7.5 for the ‘sport sedan’ in your stable is not good for showroom traffic or sales. 

You think a 335 HP, 10-spd, 3660 lbs car is going to do 0-60 in 7.5 sec???
Do you believe the BMW 330i sedan stifles showroom traffic/sales of the M3 sedan?
 

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I don't think the 4-cylinder 0-60 time matters too much on a CT5 or 5-series, as long as the car feels like it has enough power in regular driving.  The people buying the 4-cylinder are not in any hurry to get anywhere.  There is a 6-cylinder if they do want power, I'd be more concerned with V6 acceleration because that is what the enthusiasts and bigger spenders will compare.  

Interior quality, technology and refinement and ride quality are going to matter.  Cadillac has to win those daily driver categories that it rarely wins vs the Germans.

Here's and A6 interior, gotta beat that:

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1 hour ago, smk4565 said:

Here's and A6 interior, gotta beat that:

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CT5 already beats this, this is the same blah interior you have accused others of having and now you hold it up as a yard stick of gotta beat this? 🙄

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15 minutes ago, dfelt said:

CT5 already beats this, this is the same blah interior you have accused others of having and now you hold it up as a yard stick of gotta beat this? 🙄

The Audi is indeed nothing special and the CT5 already matches up quite well against it. Of course, you should consider the source of the pic posted lol. 

1 hour ago, smk4565 said:

It is 5-series size, but I was reading some rumors that it is 3-series price.  Which I think is actually a good strategy, the first CTS was 5-series size for 3-series money and that was the only CTS that was a strong seller.  The 5-series costs more than a CT6, so they can't price the CT5 like a 5-series.

The new 330i, which I guess isn't the cheapest model but is a turbo 4 model does 0-60 in 5.2 seconds.  The 340i adds another 130 hp, so I have to believe that is doing it in near 4 seconds.  Which is crazy because that was M3 fast like 5-10 years ago.

Never said anything about price, only the size. It’s obvious that will cost less than the 5 series because all German cars are overpriced to begin with. 

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9 hours ago, smk4565 said:

It is 5-series size, but I was reading some rumors that it is 3-series price.  Which I think is actually a good strategy, the first CTS was 5-series size for 3-series money and that was the only CTS that was a strong seller.  The 5-series costs more than a CT6, so they can't price the CT5 like a 5-series.

The new 330i, which I guess isn't the cheapest model but is a turbo 4 model does 0-60 in 5.2 seconds.  The 340i adds another 130 hp, so I have to believe that is doing it in near 4 seconds.  Which is crazy because that was M3 fast like 5-10 years ago.

First.. even on Caddy's site.. and every dealer I've talked to.. the CT6 2.0L is a ghost. Its like finding the Snow Leopard of the Himalayas.  I'm telling U I've never seen one ever.  I did a search and there are literally 7 in the whole country.. and 2 of them are priced higher than $55K. Cadillac's own sit shows this:

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But even more to purpose.. WHAT DOES IT MATTER?  U know damn good and well that the CT6 is a 7Series competitor.. the CT5 is a 5Series competitor.. and the upcoming CT4 is a 3Series competitor. Its fact.. price be damned. U are only trying to use the argument to belittle a vehicle versus the Germans.. The Guilia is priced less than the 3Series are U telling me they don't compete? So does the Jag XE and Lexus IS. The Germans, as already mentioned are over priced.. and its nothing ostentatious about it. Its actually sad that someone would use being over-charged as a defending point.

"Hey look.. even though your car is full of the same tech, nicer looks, as nice interior, better performance... my car is better than your car because I let the BMW sales guy take me in the back room and *** me down for 30 minutes, no grease. Did I mention he was from Stuttgart? "

 

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I'd say that based on pics.. Cadillac has matched them. Interesting tho is that the other two Germans are now behind in terms of interiors is this interior is as nice as it looks in pre-production

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10 hours ago, regfootball said:

The epa ratings for highway for CT5 (AWD) are not going to be 38. And for AWD probably not even 34. And I do love mpg but Lux marque cars should be about performance too. Even the most base bmw 3 with crap HP ratings will do a sub 6 0-60. The XT4 and CT6 with the same engine were over 7 seconds, more like 7.5. That’s good for a Chevy. The 14-19 CTS cracked sub 6 seconds I believe. To go from 6 seconds to 7.5 for the ‘sport sedan’ in your stable is not good for showroom traffic or sales. 

So your thought is to not have the engine at all because of 0-60 times.. which isn't the point of the engine at all? Look.. the 2.0L is in place as a replacement to the CT6-Hybrid. Where Drew is getting the fuel economy numbers is MT:

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There is a fuel economy payoff, though; our friends at EQUA Real MPG achieved 23.5/38.5 mpg city/highway during their tests. That's a smidge lower in the city but significantly higher on the highway versus the EPA's official 24/34 mpg rating.

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If U are in it for 0-60 times.. there is literally 3/4 other engines now available that go under 5.5 seconds. 

The CT5 will be lighter. Thus have better performance with similar drivelines. 

That actually brings me to another thought tho. Since the CT5 is not getting the NA 3.6L.. wouldn't it make sense that the CT6 will also lose the NA 3.6L in favor of the much torquier 3.0LTT tune at 335HP/400ft-lb or torque? Personally.. I think this is a sweet time for the 3.0L to be tuned the way Caddy wants and the engine line-up to go:

2.0L TT -237-hp/258-lb-ft

3.0L TT-  335-hp to 404 hp /400-lb-ft

4.2LTT - 500-hp/553-lb-ft

4.2LTT - 550-hp/627-lb-ft

I said this basically the same way in

December  https://www.cheersandgears.com/forums/topic/91133-a-2018-cadillac-ct6-premium-luxury-wsuper-cruise-review/

The XT4,5,6 would also be pretty sweet with that initial 3.0LTT set-up 

 

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WOW that shinny fake wood trim in the Benz is blinding. :lol2:

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16 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

It gets 38mpg highway without being a hybrid and they give you 4 more powerful engine choices if 0-60 is your priority over fuel economy. 

sheesh.... you get choices and then complain about them. 

There are 5 powertrains for this already? What are all of them? 

16 hours ago, smk4565 said:

So will a CT4 cost less than an XT4?  SUV’s usually cost more than similar size sedans.  I have to imagine CT5 starts around $40k.

My Personal feelings are that it will be another tweener and probably not be cheaper than the XT4 as it'll be larger than ATS but smaller than CTS(kind of obvious). 

Maybe the CT4 will be small but I wouldn't think they'd want to leave that large of a gap in size but only one "number" apart(CT4 -> CT5).

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4 hours ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

First.. even on Caddy's site.. and every dealer I've talked to.. the CT6 2.0L is a ghost. Its like finding the Snow Leopard of the Himalayas.  I'm telling U I've never seen one ever.  I did a search and there are literally 7 in the whole country.. and 2 of them are priced higher than $55K. Cadillac's own sit shows this:

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But even more to purpose.. WHAT DOES IT MATTER?  U know damn good and well that the CT6 is a 7Series competitor.. the CT5 is a 5Series competitor.. and the upcoming CT4 is a 3Series competitor. Its fact.. price be damned. U are only trying to use the argument to belittle a vehicle versus the Germans.. The Guilia is priced less than the 3Series are U telling me they don't compete? So does the Jag XE and Lexus IS. The Germans, as already mentioned are over priced.. and its nothing ostentatious about it. Its actually sad that someone would use being over-charged as a defending point.

"Hey look.. even though your car is full of the same tech, nicer looks, as nice interior, better performance... my car is better than your car because I let the BMW sales guy take me in the back room and *** me down for 30 minutes, no grease. Did I mention he was from Stuttgart? "

 

If the theory that the CT6 was better than a 7-series is correct, then why can BMW get $130,000 for an M5, more than what any Cadillac costs and $175,000+ for a 760.  Is Cadillac’s image that bad that they have to give that much in MSRP and profit mating to BMW?

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2 hours ago, ccap41 said:

There are 5 powertrains for this already? What are all of them? 

My Personal feelings are that it will be another tweener and probably not be cheaper than the XT4 as it'll be larger than ATS but smaller than CTS(kind of obvious). 

Maybe the CT4 will be small but I wouldn't think they'd want to leave that large of a gap in size but only one "number" apart(CT4 -> CT5).

XT4 is said to be almost spot in in actual size to the ATS. The wheelbase is most likely increased as they perform the same type of upsizing in key areas that they did for the CT5. The ENTRY price is where everyone IS FOCUSING, when actual evidence shows that those entry prices are few and far between, especially when ATPs are where they are. Remember that the CTS, despite starting at $46K had an ATP of over or around $60K not counting Vseries in those numbers either. 

1 hour ago, ccap41 said:

That interior looks awesome. 

It is a very nice interior, but that does not negate the apparent fact that the CT5 has now equaled them in terms of looks and features. To be honest, the CTS was on par with the previous A6 too except in small areas that only interior fondlers sought out.. Like under the seat. 😂

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15 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

If the theory that the CT6 was better than a 7-series is correct, then why can BMW get $130,000 for an M5, more than what any Cadillac costs and $175,000+ for a 760.  Is Cadillac’s image that bad that they have to give that much in MSRP and profit mating to BMW?

First.. What about "the Germans overcharge" do U not get? Second.. Cadillac is fully capable of charging obscene prices too. Are U not also aware that the Escalade goes for $45K over a Tahoe.. The XTS when for $20K over an Impala? 

My CTS-V costs $104K in 2016.  If they had of had AWD in it they could have charged $10K more I bet.. Just because then they would have had more to equal the M5. And I won't even get into the fact that last I checked the CTS-V outsold the M5 and E63amg. So drop cost, get more sales.. Only U see them as better because the Germans are able to fukk U with no lube and make U like it. Weird if U ask me... Hell even if U don't. 

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5 minutes ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

First.. What about "the Germans overcharge" do U not get? Second.. Cadillac is fully capable of charging obscene prices too. Are U not also aware that the Escalade goes for $45K over a Tahoe.. The XTS when for $20K over an Impala? 

My CTS-V costs $104K in 2016.  If they had of had AWD in it they could have charged $10K more I bet.. Just because then they would have had more to equal the M5. And I won't even get into the fact that last I checked the CTS-V outsold the M5 and E63amg. So drop cost, get more sales.. Only U see them as better because the Germans are able to fukk U with no lube and make U like it. Weird if U ask me... Hell even if U don't. 

The Germans don’t overcharge, the top 3 selling luxury brands in the world are German, top 3 in China are German, top 3 in Europe are German and 3 of top 4 in USA are German.  If they were so outrageously over priced the sales would not be that high.

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This guy is proof positive that ONLY in America do we get fukked on a regular basis by foreign companies and we like it. @smk4565.. dude.. everything called European IMPORT is normally more expensive. Americans are fixated on the idea that if its from Europe its better... even when its not. Been seeing this so often with Benzes that I called the Mercedes dealership to make sure that "not starting when U press the button" wasn't now STANDARD. German POS.

I talked to the owner as the tow truck was hooking up.. She said.. its the 6th time its happened since she got it in 2014

 

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3 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

The Germans don’t overcharge, the top 3 selling luxury brands in the world are German, top 3 in China are German, top 3 in Europe are German and 3 of top 4 in USA are German.  If they were so outrageously over priced the sales would not be that high.

Good Propaganda pushers.. See? This is where that comes from.

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      Highway Driving Assist II (HDA II): This system helps assist the driver in a wider variety of situations than before, including during lane change maneuvers when the turn signal is used, and when others merge in front of you. Smart Cruise Control with Machine Learning (SCC-ML): A world first, SCC-ML, as applied to the all-new Genesis GV80 SUV earlier this year, incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) within the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) feature that helps the car to independently learn the driving characteristics of - and assist - its driver. Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA): This system may help automatically bring the G80 to a stop in certain situations where there is a risk of collision with an approaching vehicle detected on the left or right side of the intersection. G80 may also help detect potential collision risks in certain situations where a pedestrian is sensed in close proximity to the vehicle while in motion, for example. Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA): BCA is essentially a Blind Spot Monitor with active capabilities. BCA helps reduce the chance of potential impact with a moving vehicle and may alert the driver if a vehicle is detected in the driver’s blind-spot A complement of 10 air bags includes front and side airbags as well as a center airbag, between the front seat occupants, that helps prevent secondary contact between occupants in a side impact.
      In addition, the Genesis safety platform works to integrate communications between 40+ controllers in real time to help ensure the safest response in various scenarios.
      Next-Generation, Technology-Enabled Luxury
      The G80 offers a high level of convenience to drivers with a suite of new technology. Each new feature is focused on further and seamlessly integrating the G80 with its client’s lifestyle, devices and preferences. A selection of highlighted features include:
      The Remote Smart Parking Assistant (RSPA) provides remote drive/reverse functions that facilitate parking in narrow spaces, as well as perpendicular parking and parallel parking. This can be controlled within the car or outside, remotely via the key fob. The 12.3-inch 3D instrument cluster recognizes the driver's eyes and provides various driving information and can be converted to 2D depending on the driver's preference. The Genesis Integrated Controller allows users to set destinations or enter phone numbers by simply writing on the main control center instead of complicated keyboard input. A 14.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system links with the Genesis Integrated Controller to support Genesis Quick Guide and Valet mode. Valet mode is a function that enhances security so that users' personal information does not appear on infotainment screens when using a Valet parking service. Over-the-air, wireless updates to the navigation system. Phone connectivity including Android Auto and Apple Car Play. With an eye toward the senses, luxury-focused items include:
      The driver's seat is equipped with an ergo motion seat function featuring seven air cells which enables optimum seating for each driving mode and reduces fatigue via a stretching mode and automatic posture correction functions. Ambient mood lamps applied throughout the interior add a sense of calm to the passenger space in various colors. From a sound standpoint, Genesis has enhanced the engine's sound with its Active Sound Design (ASD), standard on all G80s equipped with gasoline engines, adding an additional level of customization. The Lexicon sound system allows passengers to enjoy the vivid sound effects of a concert, such as "Quantum Logic Surround Audience Mode/Stage Mode," adding to the joy of listening. The first row HVAC system allows the driver to adjust the heated/ventilated seats in the second row and the air conditioning mode/temperature independently of the first row, increasing the convenience for second row passengers. Marketplace
      The all-new G80 enters the marketplace on March 30th in South Korea and in the second half of the year in other markets, starting with North America.

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    • By William Maley
      Genesis unveiled their dramatically redesigned G80 last night and it is quite the looker.
      The updated mid-size sedan boasts new design traits that first appeared on the GV80 crossover such as a larger, pentagonal grille and quad head and taillights. The most striking part is towards the back where Genesis' designers have given it fastback shape - no, it doesn't make it hatchback before you even ask.
      Moving inside, the G80 finds a balance between poshness and simplicity. From the photos provided by Genesis, the G80 looks to be available with leather upholstery, open-pore wood, and metal trim. Two large screens are used for the instrument cluster and infotainment system. Thankfully, Genesis does provide a number of control options such as touchscreen for the infotainment system, a number of physical buttons and knobs for various systems, and a controller knob.
      Two turbocharged engines will be available for the G80 in the U.S. A 2.5L inline-four pumping out 300 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque will serve as the base engine. One rung up is a twin-turbo 3.5L V6 with 375 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. Both come paired with an eight-speed automatic and the choice of rear or all-wheel drive.
      The new G80 went on sale today in South Korea and plans to ship it over to the U.S. sometime in the second-half of this year.
      Source: Genesis
      Press Release is on Page 2


      THE ALL-NEW GENESIS G80 DIGITAL WORLD PREMIERE: LEADING DESIGN AND LUXURY-FOCUSED TECHNOLOGY
      Design: Distinct and progressive design offers instantly-recognizable Genesis identity Technology: Next-generation, technology-enabled luxury seamlessly integrates with clients’ lifestyle, devices and preferences Safety: Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) leverage advancements in sensor technology, machine learning Performance: Brand-exclusive platform increases solidity, performance, fuel economy, luxury SEOUL, South Korea, March 30, 2020 – The all-new Genesis G80 made its digital world premiere today. It represents both the third generation of the brand’s executive sedan and a decade-plus of mid-luxury leadership from Genesis’ parent company.
      “The core of our brand lies within the G80,” said William Lee, Executive Vice President and Global Head of the Genesis Brand. “This segment represents where we started and we’re pleased that our newest offering achieves a perfect balance of discerning luxury and inspiring performance for our customers.”
      Athletic Elegance Elevated          
      The story of the G80 begins with the brand’s emblem which inspires the Crest Grille and Quad Lamps, the distinctive face of every Genesis.
      “The all-new G80 is the centerpiece of our lineup perfectly weighing athletic and elegant characteristics. This represents the clearest interpretation yet of the Genesis brand identity,” said SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Genesis Design. “Our goal is to offer unique, design-inspired experiences for our customers.”
      The brand’s “Athletic Elegance” design philosophy produces variations in design through a carefully-considered balance between its namesake’s opposing characteristics. While other Genesis models lean more towards athleticism or elegance, the G80 is characterized by the perfect balance in between, as the core of the model range.
      The front view embodies a distinguished but modern look, featuring the Crest Grill and double-lined Quad Lamp signature design elements. The two line graphics extend beyond the limits of the headlamps, into the rear fenders and the taillamps, encompassing all sides of the vehicle.
      On the side, the Parabolic Line, which begins at the front Quad Lamp and gradually runs lower to the rear through the top of the door, is inspired by the elegant look of several venerable classic cars. This elegant line is counter-balanced by athletic “power lines” emphasizing the fender volume and the upfitted 20-inch wheels. In addition, the chrome trim beginning from behind the front wheels stretches out along the bottom of the door, crosses the side sills and swells upwards to the rear, strengthening forward visual motion.
      The rear view features a dramatic, tapered look – highlighted by a sloping decklid and rear Quad Lamps which visually link to those in front. Chrome decor at the top of the trunk stretches the full-width repeating the theme of the Genesis emblem, while the dual exhaust finishers reference the Crest Grill design.
      The Luxury of Space
      The interior design of the G80 responds to the changing times where dominance of technology and information is no longer considered a luxury experience. Based on the "Beauty of White Space” concept inspired by traditional Korean architecture, priority is placed on the careful balance of personal space with state-of-the-art technology. This allowed the design team to optimize the layout of needed controls with calming, luxurious surfaces.
      Visibility was enhanced by minimizing A-pillar thickness and rearview mirror dimensions, utilizing flag type side mirrors and reducing dashboard height. The resulting ‘panoramic view’ gives the driver a relaxed view of the road ahead and the sense of openness when seated.
      Dividing the steering wheel into lower and upper halves, Genesis distinguishes the upper (panoramic area) and lower part (control area) to optimize intuitive use of the vehicle as well as the view ahead.
      The steering wheel and sleek, thin air vents run across the passenger compartment splitting it into the panoramic area above and the control area below. The number of hard buttons and switches was intentionally kept to a minimum, both for aesthetic purposes and ease of use.
      In the panoramic area, a heads-up display, a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a 14.5-inch infotainment system display necessary information while driving.
      The control area is equipped with an intuitive suite of interfaces: a Genesis integrated controller for HVAC controls, a rotary-operated electronic shift dial and touch-and-write infotainment system.
      G80’s leading interior space has been further developed. Both headroom and legroom were increased by lowering the seating height of the second row, allowing for both more interior room and a more dramatic roofline. Completing the space, the G80 features leather seating and steering wheel surfaces, soft-touch fabrics and coatings as well as open pore wood trim finishes.
      Dynamic Luxury Begins with a Solid Foundation, Powertrain Innovations
      The G80's platform represents a brand-exclusive, third-generation, rear-wheel drive platform with a design that lowers the body and the center of gravity to secure a wider cabin and improved driving stability.
      “The all-new G80 brings all the existing strengths from the previous generations all the while upgrading the powertrain, platform and communication system with the state-of the art technologies,” said Albert Biermann, President, Head of Research & Development Division at Hyundai Motor Group. “It is a true, authentic Genesis.”
      The use of lighter weight materials was a distinct focus. Aluminum is used for about 19 percent of the body, reducing the weight by 110 kg (243 lbs) compared to the previous one, thus increasing fuel efficiency and performance.
      Engineered for world markets and customer needs, the G80 features three powertrains:
      2.5-liter turbocharged Inline-4: 304 PS (300 HP @ 5,800 rpm) and 43.0 kgf·m torque (311 lb.-ft. from 1,650 – 4,000 rpm) 3.5-liter turbocharged V6: 380 PS (375 HP @ 5,800 rpm) and 54.0 kgf·m torque (391 lb.-ft. from 1,300 – 4,500 rpm) Diesel 2.2-liter Inline-4: 210 PS, 45.0 kgf·m torque. (Not available in the U.S. market) The G80 features improved door sealing, new engine compartment sound insulation and resonant sound-reducing wheels to ensure indoor quietness and class-leading, low levels of noise (NVH). In addition, the Electronically Controlled Suspension with Road Preview, enhances ride quality by reducing road impacts using information supplied through the front camera.
      Advanced Safety
      In keeping with the brand’s safety platform, G80 applies standard active and passive safety systems, as part of a brand-level engineering commitment to passenger security. State-of-the-art, advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) include:
      Highway Driving Assist II (HDA II): This system helps assist the driver in a wider variety of situations than before, including during lane change maneuvers when the turn signal is used, and when others merge in front of you. Smart Cruise Control with Machine Learning (SCC-ML): A world first, SCC-ML, as applied to the all-new Genesis GV80 SUV earlier this year, incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) within the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) feature that helps the car to independently learn the driving characteristics of - and assist - its driver. Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA): This system may help automatically bring the G80 to a stop in certain situations where there is a risk of collision with an approaching vehicle detected on the left or right side of the intersection. G80 may also help detect potential collision risks in certain situations where a pedestrian is sensed in close proximity to the vehicle while in motion, for example. Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA): BCA is essentially a Blind Spot Monitor with active capabilities. BCA helps reduce the chance of potential impact with a moving vehicle and may alert the driver if a vehicle is detected in the driver’s blind-spot A complement of 10 air bags includes front and side airbags as well as a center airbag, between the front seat occupants, that helps prevent secondary contact between occupants in a side impact.
      In addition, the Genesis safety platform works to integrate communications between 40+ controllers in real time to help ensure the safest response in various scenarios.
      Next-Generation, Technology-Enabled Luxury
      The G80 offers a high level of convenience to drivers with a suite of new technology. Each new feature is focused on further and seamlessly integrating the G80 with its client’s lifestyle, devices and preferences. A selection of highlighted features include:
      The Remote Smart Parking Assistant (RSPA) provides remote drive/reverse functions that facilitate parking in narrow spaces, as well as perpendicular parking and parallel parking. This can be controlled within the car or outside, remotely via the key fob. The 12.3-inch 3D instrument cluster recognizes the driver's eyes and provides various driving information and can be converted to 2D depending on the driver's preference. The Genesis Integrated Controller allows users to set destinations or enter phone numbers by simply writing on the main control center instead of complicated keyboard input. A 14.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system links with the Genesis Integrated Controller to support Genesis Quick Guide and Valet mode. Valet mode is a function that enhances security so that users' personal information does not appear on infotainment screens when using a Valet parking service. Over-the-air, wireless updates to the navigation system. Phone connectivity including Android Auto and Apple Car Play. With an eye toward the senses, luxury-focused items include:
      The driver's seat is equipped with an ergo motion seat function featuring seven air cells which enables optimum seating for each driving mode and reduces fatigue via a stretching mode and automatic posture correction functions. Ambient mood lamps applied throughout the interior add a sense of calm to the passenger space in various colors. From a sound standpoint, Genesis has enhanced the engine's sound with its Active Sound Design (ASD), standard on all G80s equipped with gasoline engines, adding an additional level of customization. The Lexicon sound system allows passengers to enjoy the vivid sound effects of a concert, such as "Quantum Logic Surround Audience Mode/Stage Mode," adding to the joy of listening. The first row HVAC system allows the driver to adjust the heated/ventilated seats in the second row and the air conditioning mode/temperature independently of the first row, increasing the convenience for second row passengers. Marketplace
      The all-new G80 enters the marketplace on March 30th in South Korea and in the second half of the year in other markets, starting with North America.
    • By William Maley
      Cadillac's Super Cruise system is getting a major upgrade just in time for the 2021 CT4 and CT5. The system will now be able to automatically change lanes whenever the driver taps or fully engages the turn signal stalk. The vehicle will signal and look for a safe gap before making the maneuver. Information as to which step the system is on is shown to driver in the instrument cluster.
      “This is our most extensive update we’ve made to Super Cruise since its debut. We have made a number of improvements to make Super Cruise more intuitive, better performing and more accessible for our customers. In addition to the automated lane change functionality, we’ve made improvements to the user interface and hands-free driving dynamics,”  said Mario Maiorana, Super Cruise chief engineer in a statement.
      This upgrade is due in part to GM's new digital vehicle platform that allows for more "electrical bandwidth and data processing power." Other improvements include better rear-facing sensors and updated software.
      Following the CT4 and CT5, the updated Super Cruise system will appear on the upcoming 2021 Escalade. That brings us to an interesting item caught by the folks at Roadshow. The picture Cadillac used in the press release has the rear end of the next-generation model expected to debut next month.

      Source: Cadillac, Roadshow
      Press Release is on Page 2

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    • By William Maley
      Cadillac's Super Cruise system is getting a major upgrade just in time for the 2021 CT4 and CT5. The system will now be able to automatically change lanes whenever the driver taps or fully engages the turn signal stalk. The vehicle will signal and look for a safe gap before making the maneuver. Information as to which step the system is on is shown to driver in the instrument cluster.
      “This is our most extensive update we’ve made to Super Cruise since its debut. We have made a number of improvements to make Super Cruise more intuitive, better performing and more accessible for our customers. In addition to the automated lane change functionality, we’ve made improvements to the user interface and hands-free driving dynamics,”  said Mario Maiorana, Super Cruise chief engineer in a statement.
      This upgrade is due in part to GM's new digital vehicle platform that allows for more "electrical bandwidth and data processing power." Other improvements include better rear-facing sensors and updated software.
      Following the CT4 and CT5, the updated Super Cruise system will appear on the upcoming 2021 Escalade. That brings us to an interesting item caught by the folks at Roadshow. The picture Cadillac used in the press release has the rear end of the next-generation model expected to debut next month.

      Source: Cadillac, Roadshow
      Press Release is on Page 2
    • By Drew Dowdell
      At an event is Seoul, South Korea yesterday, Genesis finally unveiled their new GV80 luxury SUV.  The overall look of the GV80 has been leaking out on the internet for months, but we finally get the full official release now.
      The interior and exterior of the GV80 is designed with a common thread to give a familial look with the G70, G80, and G90.  The GV80 introduces a new quad headlamp design that will eventually filter out to the other vehicles in the Genesis lineup. The crest grille first seen on the G90 is here too. The interior of the GV80 focuses on the "beauty of white space". The designed accentuated the width and space of the of the interior with wide horizontal lines and thin air vents.  In the center is a 14.5-inch split screen infotainment display. Genesis intentionally limited the number of hard buttons and switches for aesthetic reasons. The GV80 comes in either 5-seat or 7-seat models. On up-level models, soft materials cover every surface from the inside of door handles to quilted knee pads that line the lower sides of the console.  The transmission selector is a dial in the center console. The integrated controller can be operated by an onscreen keyboard or by handwritten letters. 
      Trips in the GV80 are designed to be stress-free. It gets equipped with a Road Active Noise Cancellation technology to reduce road noise. The system is one of the advanced and fast responding systems in the world. The electronically controlled suspension with road preview helps maintain a smooth ride by recognizing road imperfections ahead via a front camera.
      The GV80 is based on a unique new rear-wheel drive platform, while all-wheel drive is available.  In South Korea is till be equipped with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine while the U.S. will get a choice between two unspecified turbocharged engines. All-wheel drive models in the U.S. will be equipped with an electronic rear limited slip differential.
      There is a host of safety and driving assistance technologies in the GV80 including Smart Cruise Control with Machine Learning, Highway Driving Assist II, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot collision Avoidance Assist, Rear cross-traffic collision avoidance, and driver attention alert warning. In the event of a collision, there are 10 airbags, including a center mounted airbag between the front occupants. 
      The 2021 Genesis GV80 will go on sale in North America later this year.
       

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