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  1. 6 points
    I have looked at the video and studied these two cars. These are my thoughts only... GM clearly has not fixed Cadillac. There is a huge problem. I thought about the changes in the lineup. All they did was drop XTS and replace it with XT6 crossover because this is what sells. XT6 just like XTS appeals to the same segment of buyers. They replaced CTS and ATS. They said that was not happening. They did. They go by different names( CT4 and CT5). They have three sedans instead of four. XTS was too close to CT6 and put the squeeze on CTS. At least XTS had a bigger trunk unlike the small trunk on CT6. They still have not fixed the fundamental problems of the CTS and ATS. I checked out the dimensions on the CT4. It is as big as a downsized 1986 Buick Riviera. They at least got the c pillar right on CT4. They still clearly have not let this Euro aspiration thing go. They need to stop being ashamed who they they are, and use the heritage and history to rebuild Cadillac. GM has the strong heritage and does not use it to rebuild the entire company. It is like John Mc Elroy from Autoline said: GM is shrinking its foot print globally for the next down turn. They want to act like a smaller company, but they do not realize they are still a large company. They are smaller globally: No presence in Europe, and have left countries they were not selling. That is a good move, but you have got to invest in your brands. GM is scared to take chances and it shows. They cannot depend on China. They need a: Ed Welburn, a Harley Earl, or a Bill Mitchell, a Wayne Cherry, or Chuck Jordan to lead design. Looking Back on GM’s Six Past Design Chiefs https://www.automobilemag.com/news/looking-back-gms-six-design-chiefs/ The Cadillac crest needs revision. I at first thought with the guy that was working for Cadillac whose first name starts with a U who left recently was changing it, that maybe it was a good idea. I do not think so now. It does not say luxury or stand out any longer. It is no different than a Chevrolet emblem. You could put Chevrolet emblems on these two cars and they could pass for Chevrolets. That Cadillac emblem/ crest is missing something. Even the one from the 1950's said "luxury" They need to bring the wreath back or the V or make them emblem more detailed. Right now it does not say luxury. It says "cheap or mass market" It is sad when a company favors Chevrolet for everything and it shows. Too many brands have suffered because of Chevrolet. People thought oh, kill brands and it will solve the problem. It has not and GM still is doing the same thing and making the same mistakes. This is getting old. They did not give Oldsmobile this much time to turn around. That was unfair. GM should engineer top down and not bottom up. What is good enough for Chevrolet is not good enough for the rest of GM. They should invest and change how they think. The people who post here know what Cadillac is. GM does not know. Cadillac is majestic. It is stately. It is luxury. It stands apart. It has features you should not find on Chevrolet. It has styling to stay you have arrived. CT6 is a good start, but it is not complete. That c pillar on that car does not say Cadillac. It says Toyota, Audi or other six window design c- pillar cars. You look at CT5, you do not immediately think Cadillac. You think Saturn or Chevrolet. It should not be that way. Cadillac needs to lay off all that black trim. Again.. it says cheap. They have taken the Escala concept styling and put it on the CT4( small) the CT5( medium) and the CT6( large). That philosophy does not work. That is what BMW does. BMW is in trouble right now too. If Pontiac was here and they said these two cars were Pontiac, no one would have an issue because that is what they would expect from Pontiac. If they said they were Holden, no one would have an issue. When you look at Cadillac, you should want to own it or drive it. It should be nice to look at. The only vehicle that has stayed true to Cadillac's mission is Escalade. They need to look at that vehicle and build on that. They need to learn who they are again. They need to start using real names. The letter and number thing is not working. Just stop. I am just expressing how I feel. I do not work at GM, but it is clear to the outside what needs to happen to fix Cadillac. I want GM and Cadillac to be great again. What will it take? What must happen?
  2. 6 points
    This is NO TRAILBLAZER, This is a Cub Scout with marketing trying to say it is an Eagle Scout in Training. Shame on GM for screwing this one up!
  3. 6 points
    ^^^^ Amen to all that. It is too bad that there are those who fear and resist technological change as much as they do (for their own reasons).
  4. 6 points
  5. 5 points
    On a much better note, I am out of my arm sling officially. Have another follow up visit in two weeks and then start two to three months of physical therapy. That I am not looking forward to that because I still can’t raise my arm above shoulder height without severe pain but I’m sure they are to “make it” get there lol.
  6. 5 points
  7. 5 points
    It is about time we have someone in there that actually sees this and has the gumption to do something. We've been the world's piggy bank for WAY too long.
  8. 5 points
    Obviously the money went to the CT5 C-pillar, not the CUV's.
  9. 5 points
    I wouldnt think he would want a silly little prize like that. Its beneath him...a NOBEL Peace Prize... He would prefer they change the name of it to the "Trump" prize...
  10. 5 points
    Pullman -despite the obvious cross-industry grab- is a good name, but ‘autobiography’ literally makes no sense as applied to an automobile. I don't mind Portfolio, but still prefer Fleetwood- one of the longest running names ever.
  11. 5 points
    ^ it certainly wasn’t singularly the Fiero. - - - - -
  12. 5 points
    So Coyote engine is sold now in Walmart, hmmm should I stop on my way home? Walmart
  13. 5 points
  14. 5 points
    i know white americans would throw their own mothers into a jet engine so they could continue being racist to hispanics ... but voting for someone who’ll raise the price on their pickup trucks? this must be one heckuva conundrum for the double-chinned Natty Ice and Oakley crowd.
  15. 5 points
    First off neither of these look good. And does GM do an interior that isn't monotone gray? Every new vehicle intro is some bland form of charcoal gray on every surface, and the CT4 interior seems like it came out of a Mazda, not a Cadillac. A 4-cylinder pickup engine in a V-series Cadillac is a joke. 20 hp increase for the V-series means V is no longer for Velocity. They really phoned it in on these. It is almost as if they want sedan sales to tank even more so they can just cancel them all.
  16. 5 points
  17. 5 points
    These are the only ones I had in my new phone Drew, thanks for your interest.
  18. 5 points
  19. 5 points
    Reality is indeed complex. There are many facets to reality. Different types of people, in different parts of the world have a different type of reality. I understand this and accept it too. I have a problem ONLY when one individual thinks that there is only one reality and THAT reality is the only reality we should adapt to. And I know that this is a two-way street as THAT person WILL think EXACTLY like I AM THINKING, that I am trying to push MY reality unto HIS... Back to EV infrastructure: Nope...not a thing. False claim. Not reality. ESPECIALLY going forward. Technology IS moving forward with this so charging times WILL go down. But even as is, NOT. A. PROBLEM. For daily driving needs. For long distance traveling. Again. Its ONLY a problem when you resist change. People that have bought EVs, dont see that as a problem. And you know what? I gassed up yesterday. JUST before going to my daughter's softball practice. I was running on fumes. I wanted to full up to the brim. On a usual fill up from completely empty to fully full, it does take a good 5-6 minutes just at the pump...well, the pump yesterday was slow as phoque for whatever reason, and it took LITERALLY 12 minutes JUST for me to put gas IN the car. THAT is ALMOST EV charging times right there. And I had to stand there like an idiot with my hand on the pistol. EV chargers...you just place it there and leave it there... Oh...I had the wife's Fusion, and the Ford has no gas cap for me to do the little gas cap trick to stick it under the handle so I could smoke a cigarette while the car fills up...(yes...Ive seen this before in the 1980s when smoking was rampant and safety was of little concern regarding fire hazard around gas stations...) ??? Portability??? Electrons move very easily. Even the suns rays could be transformed into fuel...actually, we as humans get fuel with the sun's rays... Maybe you mean charger stations? THIS is why GM is investing in a charger network system. Tesla keeps on growing theirs. THIS is also the reason why they continue to bleed money. Nobody acknowledges this fact, but they keep poor billions in expanding their charging network system. Its an asset that is very very valuable... Again...false reality on your part. That is a problem with ICE as well. Prices keep going up in price for those. EVs as compared to ICE is sure higher for EVs. Yeah...and? Reality is that housing is expensive. HEALTY FOOD CHOICES are expensive. Good quality clothes that last more than two wash loads are expensive. GASOLINE is expensive. Maybe in YOUR reality it aint. In mine it is. And as is for the most of the world. Electricity though, in my reality is cheap cheap cheap and clean clean clean clean so for me, in the next generation of EVs, the higher cost of EVs over ICE will be offset by a huuuuuge margin with maintenance and gasoline purchases...especially when MY government is gonna help out with electric vehicles and electricity as fuel for housing (heating and cooling) and all that. Not just for private usage, but for public service buildings and vehicles such as metros, buses, garbage trucks, postal vehicles etc... All that will fuel our economy as hydro-electric power is almost our only source for electricity (we do have wind mills to assist) and there has been no coal powered stations for the last 50-75-80 years, and our only nuclear plant was decommissioned and dismantled 3-4-5 years ago.) So...different reality for you and I... EVs ARE profitable... Tesla is not...NOT because EVs are not profitable...Tesla has other issues... For GM...well, as good as the Volt and Bolt have been technologically, GM's half assed attempts to sell EVs and to manufacturer them...THEIR resistance to EVs in the past have kept EVs non-profitable for them. But now...they are going full tilt EV...and they think that they could make a buck or two with EVs... Again...reality has MANY facets...it depends what reality you choose to believe in... Only with folk much like yourself. Resistant to change and happy to be ignorant about the whole thing. Nobody, other than Tesla and Toyota, has created the right packaged EV just yet. Nobody, other than Tesla has created a visually beautiful EVs yet either. The Prius family of EVs are ugly as phoque. The Bolt is too small and too phoquen ugly. Tesla cars, while not Harley Earl/Bill Mitchel/Virgil Exner/Pininfarina/Henrik Fisker (irony that I mention Fisker as he had a slight influence on the Model S and the Model S was a good looking car 6 years ago) masterpieces, Tesla cars DO invoke passion with their car design language... Tesla has sold half a million cars to date. And still selling, although sales have dipped, so have other manufacturer's sales. But 500 000 Tesla cars sold. 500 000 THIS figure alone has made the rest of the industry to say...WTF??? Again...different reality you choose to believe in. You could tell me that EVs are nothing but barely 2% of all vehicle sales...which is one reality...but I choose to see 500 000 units sold... And..as it seems, so does GM, Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, VW and all others... Yes... but IF it crashes... Also...Tesla is bleeding billions because they are expanding their network... VW has a war chest of billions. GM does not. So...smart thinking for GM. But again, your perception of reality is different than mine. Who is right? I dunno...but GM and others are going full tilt with EVs. Crash and burn? You think GM will let that possible reality BECOME reality? Like in baseball or sports in general. Numbers, statistics and analytics have taken over. The poor teams adopted this, to better compete with the rich teams. The rich teams laughed at this idea. It worked. The rich teams used this to vastly improve on their chances. Poor teams still such, but not as much, but the rich teams still win....but numbers, statistics and analytics are part of reality in sports. EVs...are gonna be part of our reality. Too much money from governments, car companies are invested in this going forward. It will NOT fail as THIS is the reality governments want, and car manufacturers are accepting, complying and ultimately ONLY going to offer EVs for purchase. Phasing out ICE slowly, but surely. Like digital and high definition TV. Like how oil from whale blubber lead to oil and electricity to fuel our appliance and heating needs.
  20. 5 points
    Marist College, Poughkeepsie NY. That's the Hudson River. Beautiful day, nice festivities, my younger son is now 'launched' upon the world. Graduated with honors, Nat'l Sci & Math Honor Society, and received a Baccalaureate Award for his work on the Marist Poll. Going into clinical laboratory work. He did a great job, has strong ambition; he'll do well.
  21. 5 points
    What is they're both right and he's an out of control genius?
  22. 5 points
    Waiting for commencement to begin
  23. 5 points
    I saw a new 124 (silver/black top) and a '70s 124 (brown/tan top) about 2 weeks ago...first time I'd seen either in ages. Or move it to Dodge. Give it a new fascia and racetrack taillight, an optional Hellcat engine, etc...maybe call it Viper Jr.
  24. 5 points
  25. 5 points
    Was out for a Sunday drive up in Lake County and going to open houses and happened to turn a corner and see this Frank Lloyd Wright beauty... needs a '50s car in the carport. The Karl Staley House in N. Madison, Oh
  26. 4 points
  27. 4 points
    People are free to waste as much of their OWN money as they want. But when you waste OTHER’S money, that’s theft in my book.
  28. 4 points
    I'd assume it's because building a newly designed aircraft is much more profitable to defense contractors and the politicians they own.
  29. 4 points
    At times it feels like the US is chained to China’s radiator & getting beaten regularly & for years. We’ve had numerous ‘adult’ negotiations, but we’re still in economic shackles.
  30. 4 points
    Sports are great, aren't they?!? We're celebrating the Blues Cup win here. Congrats to the Raptors!
  31. 4 points
    Remember what the Bene Gesserit's of the sisterhood say. "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." Sadly some get caught up in their fear.
  32. 4 points
    Fantastic. I hope this gets to production cars sooner than later. Or should I say: ocnblu now has his worst nightmare come true.
  33. 4 points
    Yeah...your Comp-ass ooooozes machismo!
  34. 4 points
    Must be why Trump was trying to nominate himself for it in regard to his “great” work with N. Korea. Would it be great then? Talk about clutching some pearls. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-trump/trump-makes-his-case-for-nobel-peace-prize-complains-hell-never-get-it-idUSKCN1Q42FJ
  35. 4 points
  36. 4 points
    Once again, we have the arsonist wanting credit for putting out the fire that he started.
  37. 4 points
    I know. He keeps pulling these stunts and people keep falling for them (especially the media). His re-election is very likely at this point.
  38. 4 points
  39. 4 points
    Hope you didn’t get your knees dirty.
  40. 4 points
    If the real issue is illegal migrants, enforcing E-Verify will go a long way into sending them back south of the border. So why won't the president enforce E-Verify? Simple: because a lot of businesses rely on illegal migrants to do the jobs Americans will not do at the wages provided. Example: Mar-A-Lago.
  41. 4 points
    One month after shoulder surgery and I’ve finally been cleared to drive. I have never been so happy about something so small in my entire life.
  42. 4 points
    These downvotes and laugh emojis seems to back up that assessment lol. All bluster, no substance.
  43. 4 points
  44. 4 points
    smk likes a tight little redline window of 250 RPM, both so it can be 'proper' AND can be called out for 'benchmarking/copying' a certain singular brand.
  45. 4 points
    Tracker would have been an appropriate name for this, save the Trailblazer for something more trail worthy.
  46. 4 points
    EVs are coming... EVs ARE the future whether we want to accept that reality or not.
  47. 4 points
    Going to my daughter's softball practice this evening. '69 Cutlass convertible. White. It looked like a red or burgundy interior. Great shape. I was on a two lane small winding road while he was coming on the opposite side. I saw him a mile away. I knew it was a '69 Cutlass as soon as I saw it on the horizon. Gave him a thumbs up from a looooong distance, the phoquer either didnt see me (how could you not see me? Two lane road, one going one way and the other going the other way...) Or he decided to ignore me....either way...asshat!
  48. 4 points
    The talking order clown at Burger World's drive-thru is a better CEO than Musk.
  49. 4 points
    I believe ocnblue and Drew are confirming my first post. You can't buy what you can't find. Then there is my second Post in this thread which (sort of ) explains that marketing has bamboozled so many people. I know I did not specify exactly how marketing has bamboozled so many. But I'm going to assume that in these forms people understand. But then again there seem to be a lot of people who buy trucks based on "real people" advertising. I suppose the sad thing is that there are so many people going to buy a truck and getting duped by a *"'!/" Salesman.
  50. 4 points
    @dfelt I am on board with Cadillac returning to names. As a result of the letters and numbers, I no longer know what's what. As for the name Calais, it was on a Cadillac product at one time before Oldsmobile picked it up as a type of Cutlass ... and as a stand-alone name plate. French names and Cadillac go hand in hand. Cadillac is a French word. It's even one of the stops on the Montreal Metro's green line!
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