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  • Cadillac CT6
  • Year:
    2016
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    eight-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    265
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    53495
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Cadillac’s current flagship

After years of leaks, spy shots, and endless rumors about its feasibility, the Cadillac CT6 has finally become a reality, in time to make its debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Don’t think of it as a long-awaited answer to the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series though, because Cadillac wants the CT6 to battle smaller German models as well, with a larger CT8 to be positioned directly against the aforementioned trio.

Even so, the odd positioning strategy makes the CT6 similar in size to any European luxury car, as its length and wheelbase are on par with those of a BMW 7 Series short-wheelbase. On the other hand, thanks to an aluminum-intensive platform, the model weighs about as much as the smaller CTS, which is lighter than a 5 Series. Whether Cadillac’s strategy will work in the long run remains to be seen, but the CT6 seems to tick a lot of right boxes.

Update 06/14/2016: Cadillac has announced two additions to the CT6’s bevy of technology. First, new HDMI and USB ports allow rear passengers to use video streaming devices like Google Chromecast though the cars’ on-board Wi-Fi connection in combination with a paired smart phone or tablet. Second is a video recording system that operates off four exterior cameras, allowing the driver to preserve the video footage. The system can also begin recording should the vehicle’s security system becomes armed, catching criminals or hit-and-run drivers in the act.

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2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport

2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport

Caddy goes into AMG territory in the full-size class

Introduced in 2015 as a spiritual successor to the Cadillac Fleetwood, the CT6 slots above the XTS and is the company’s largest sedan on offer. Designed to go against the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, and Audi A8, the CT6 is available with four different drivetrains, including a plug-in hybrid model. Come 2018 and Cadillac finally decided it’s time to offer a high-performance version of the sedan under the V-Sport badge. The new trim joins similar versions of the CTS and XTS in the brand’s V-Sport lineup, but benefits from a more powerful, brand-new V-8 engine.

Revealed alongside the facelifted version of the standard CT6, the V-Sport gets all the new design features, some of which are borrowed from the Escala concept, plus a few extras for added sportiness on top. The new V-8 engine is arguably the main highlight of the CT6 V-Sport, as it produces more output than any other Cadillac engine to date, except for the supercharged V-8 in the CTS-V, and enables the sedan to compete against the Mercedes-AMG S63 and the BMW M760Li xDrive. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.

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Cadillac is Being Greedy, Won't Let Chevy Use That New Biturbo V-8 For The Corvette

Cadillac is Being Greedy, Won’t Let Chevy Use That New Biturbo V-8 For The Corvette

Caddy’s boss refuses to even entertain the idea

With rumors of a forthcoming mid-engine Corvette continuing to swirl, some folks are poking around to see what Chevy might mount when it comes to motivation. Cadillac’s recently debuted twin-turbo V-8 might fit the bill, but according to Cadillac president John de Nysschen, that’s simply not gonna happen.

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The Cadillac CT6 V-Sport Gives the Mercedes-AMG S65 Something to Worry About

The Cadillac CT6 V-Sport Gives the Mercedes-AMG S65 Something to Worry About

’Murica!

Launched in 2016, the Cadillac CT6 is one of the company’s newest vehicles. Despite its relatively young age, it just received a facelift at the 2018 New York Auto Show. The bigger news is that Cadillac also introduced a V-Sport version of the sedan, making the CT6 the first flagship Caddy to feature a performance trim.

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Hands-Free, Semi-Autonomous Driving from... Cadillac??

Hands-Free, Semi-Autonomous Driving from... Cadillac??

The 2018 Cadillac CT6 will be the first car to offer true hands-free driving

Self-driving cars are coming. There’s no way around it, and come 2018, you’ll be able to get a Cadillac that lets you go truly hands-free. This new technology is being called “Super Cruise” and uses lidar map data along with onboard radar sensors, cameras, and GPS to navigate most limited-access highways in the U.S. and Canada. When activated on a road that is determined to be safe for use, drivers of the 2018 Cadillac CT6 Prestige will be able to take their hands off of the wheel, and the car will navigate the highway on its own – just like Tesla does. But, there’s a twist.

See, while Tesla’s AutoPilot system uses steering wheel feedback to determine if the driver is paying attention, GM took another big step towards the big-brother mindset. You won’t need to keep your hands on the wheel because the car will keep tabs on you via a small camera built into the top of the steering wheel. To be more specific, the camera system, which uses infrared light, will monitor the driver’s head position to determine when the driver is looking while the system is activated. This is what makes Super Cruise “more technologically advanced” than other systems currently available.

Should the system determine that the driver isn’t paying attention, it will issue a mild prompt to tell the driver to pay attention. If that doesn’t work, there are other visual alerts (light bar on the steering wheel and instrument cluster) and tactile alerts from the driver’s seat. If that doesn’t get your eyes back on the road, the CT6 will bring the car to a controlled stop and even contact OnStar so that it can alert first responders, if necessary.

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2017 Cadillac CT6

2017 Cadillac CT6

Here’s how you know that the Korean automakers are truly making a splash: when a brand that has been around for 114 years starts to take their concept and run with it.

The Korean twins have propelled themselves into many podium finishes when it comes to comparison tests, awards, and more crucially, sales. Arguably the key to this success, achieved within a relatively short period of time, is their focus on value. That means making certain features standard that would otherwise be optional with the competition without raising the price point much if at all. It means adding an aura quality on the base or mid trim levels of that would otherwise be reserved for top trims. And, recently, it means taking on brands that would otherwise be well outside the realm of typical competition.

For Cadillac, it has always been associated with the likes of premium German and Japanese brands. But it seems like it may be taking a page from the Koreans when it comes to competing with the rest of the established players – at least in terms of value. And it is evidenced in the all-new CT6; a model meant to be the flag bearer of the brand – at least for now.

If you want a large, executive sedan the big three come to mind: the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the BMW 7 Series, and the Audi A8. You might even consider the Lexus LS. Those are large sedans that can easily crack the $100,000 mark once you option them out.

The CT6 is a large sedan, but it starts well below the aforementioned rivals. Sure, the DTS and XTS did too, but in terms of style, drivability, and tech – they were nowhere near the levels of Cadillac’s rival brands. Cadillac says it has remedied that, all while keeping the price comparatively low with the CT6. Have they succeeded?

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2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid

2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid

The big Caddy goes green

A few years ago, GM decided that Cadillac needs a makeover and brought new staff to the brand, which devised a new strategy that included several new models. One of them if the CT6, which arrived in early 2016 as Cadillac’s flagship vehicle. Placed above the XTS in the lineup, the CT6 is somewhat of a successor to the Fleetwood, which was phased out in 1999. The new sedan is pretty innovative for Cadillac, using a lightweight platfrom and construction that makes the base model weigh as little as 3,657 pounds. On top of that, it is loaded with an impressive amount of convenience features, as well as enough state-of-the-art tech to give the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series a run for their money. For 2017, Cadillac also unveiled a hybrid version of the full-size sedan.

Introduced at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid grants Cadillac access to a tiny niche of full-size sedans using a gasoline and electric drivetrain. Essentially an answer to the Mercedes-Benz S550e Plug-In Hybrid, the CT6 will also compete against the BMW 740e iPerformance, and in some markets the Lexus LS 600h L. Using the same underpinnings and construction as the gasoline CT6, the hybrid arrives as one of the most versatile full-size four-doors, bringing together stout performance, range-topping technology, and unrivaled fuel economy.

“The CT6 is a technological showcase throughout, and by far the lightest car in its class, making it an ideal platform for electrification,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. “In the CT6, Cadillac presents a new formula for prestige luxury. The advanced Plug-In Hybrid system is a key addition, providing a combination of exceptional fuel economy, crisp acceleration and strong electric-driving range.”

De Nysschen’s statement may sound like yet another dose of solid PR, but it’s not. There’s a lot of truth in there, and I’ll explain why in the review below.

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Cadillac CT6 Goes Hybrid in Los Angeles, Returns Better Mileage than German rivals

Cadillac CT6 Goes Hybrid in Los Angeles, Returns Better Mileage than German rivals

It’s significantly more affordable too!

When Cadillac unveiled the CT6 in 2015, it promised that the executive sedan will also get a plug-in hybrid version. The more efficient and environmentally friendly model has just broken cover at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, marking Caddy’s entry in the full-size hybrid market alongside Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

Much like its competitors, the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid isn’t all that different compared to its gasoline siblings inside and out, but stands out when it comes to what’s under the shell. Specifically, the massive hybrid pairs the already familiar and efficient 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine with a two-motor EVT system. The motors add 100 horsepower each, taking the total system output to 335 horses and 432 pound-feet of torque.

Together with a new electric variable transmission, the drivetrain enables the CT6 to travel for 400 miles on a single charge and a single tank of gasoline. This translates into 65 MPGe. The all-electric range is estimated at 30 miles, which might not sound like a lot, but it’s more than what its competitors are capable of. When running on electricity alone, the car’s top speed is limited to 78 mph. However, those figures increase to a more respectable 150 mph when the gasoline engine kicks in. Charging from 0 to 60 mph takes 5.2 seconds, yet another impressive figure relative to the competition.

How much does it cost, you ask? Well, it’s common knowledge that hybrids are more expensive than their conventional siblings, so it’s far from shocking that the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid starts from $75,095. That’s a $10,530 premium over the CT6 Premium Luxury trim it is based on, but significantly lower than the competition.

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Donald Trump's Presidential Limo Will Soon be Ready

Donald Trump’s Presidential Limo Will Soon be Ready

Donald Trump will officially become President of the United States of American on January 20, 2017. Love or hate him, he’ll be living in the White House and riding around in Cadillac’s latest version of the Beast.

Trump’s new ride hasn’t officially been debuted or even confirmed, but spy photographers sleuthing around GM’s Milford proving grounds this past summer captured the world’s first look at the all-new Caddy.

The car’s overall design is clearly visible through the camouflage. Cadillac’s current designs are used, including the front clip reminiscent of the new CT-6 sedan. It features a grille with three horizontal bars and Caddy’s new crest. Vertical LED headlights and flared front fenders further solidify the look. The car’s long wheelbase is an obvious change from a conventional CT-6, as is the oddly square windows and roof. The rear of the car features more Cadillac cues, including the vertical taillights.

Despite all the Cadillac detailing, this isn’t a Cadillac. If this presidential limo is anything like President Obama’s 2009 Cadillac, Trump’s car will ride on a medium-duty GM frame and might be powered by GM’s 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V-8. Then again, the car could be riding on a modified version of the Silverado HD’s fully boxed steel frame, since GM doesn’t currently make a medium-duty truck like the TopKick of the late 2000s.

Either ways, the car will surely be filled with James Bond-like gadgets and technology, including life support to thwart bio-weapons, secure telecommunications, countermeasures for protection, and a cabin secure enough to absorb a direct impact from explosives. It’s even rumored cases of the President’s blood are carried aboard should he need an emergency transfusion. All this adds a tremendous amount of weight, hence the need for a medium-duty chassis and super huge tires. It’s no wonder Obama’s limo earned its nickname of “The Beast.”

Cadillac’s reign of providing presidential limousines dates back to 1984 when Ronald Reagan broke the long tradition of using Lincolns. The 1983 Cadillac Fleetwood featured a 17-inch stretch and a raised roof three inches taller than stock. Bulletproof glass and the extra length necessitated heavy-duty brakes, oversized tires, and an air-ride suspension system. Otherwise, the car was mostly stock.

We’d expect Trump’s ride to feature all the modern luxuries the billionaire is accustomed to. Perhaps he’ll even help pay for any personalized upgrades he’s requesting. Just don’t count on knowing anything about it – the Secret Service keep details about the president’s limo classified as top secret.

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2016 Cadillac CT6 – Driven

2016 Cadillac CT6 – Driven

A new flagship – for now…

Remember how your grandmother would call something a Cadillac, even if it had nothing to do with a car? “This microwave oven is a Cadillac, Frank. Let’s see if Penney’s has it on sale.” See, grandma wasn’t talking about GM’s previous ownership of Frigidaire, but rather that the name Cadillac stood for something – luxurious quality.

Cadillac as an automotive brand is experiencing a great resurgence thanks to CEO John de Nysschen and some highly skilled engineers and designers. Thankfully the years under “Old GM” are gone, and with it, the DTS, STS, and Deville. Nowadays, it’s the ATS, CTS, and Escalade that fill showroom floors. Quality, refinement and prestige have all been trending upward since end of the Great Recession.

But Cadillac isn’t done. For 2016, an all-new flagship has emerged. It’s the CT6 and its aimed squarely at the German’s luxury sedan offerings. The CT6, joined by the XT5 for the 2017 model year, kick off Cadillac’s new naming system while bringing an even higher level of refinement to the table.

Cadillac has positioned the CT6 in between the standard convention of German sedan classifications. It’s larger than BMW’s 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class, but not nearly as long or wide as the 7 Series or S-Class. Nevertheless, this strategy has worked for Cadillac in the past. The CTS slots between the 3 Series and 5 Series, essentially allowing it to play in both categories. Cadillac will soon debut its truest flagship, the CT9, which should compete head-on with overtly luxurious German offerings. But in the mean time, the CT6 is Caddy’s best and brightest.

I recently spent a week with the CT6 fitted with all the finest options bundled in the Platinum trim package. My tester also came equipped with Cadillac’s new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 and AWD system. Needless to say, I was excited to grab the keys.

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2016 Cadillac CT6

2016 Cadillac CT6

Cadillac’s current flagship

After years of leaks, spy shots, and endless rumors about its feasibility, the Cadillac CT6 has finally become a reality, in time to make its debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Don’t think of it as a long-awaited answer to the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series though, because Cadillac wants the CT6 to battle smaller German models as well, with a larger CT8 to be positioned directly against the aforementioned trio.

Even so, the odd positioning strategy makes the CT6 similar in size to any European luxury car, as its length and wheelbase are on par with those of a BMW 7 Series short-wheelbase. On the other hand, thanks to an aluminum-intensive platform, the model weighs about as much as the smaller CTS, which is lighter than a 5 Series. Whether Cadillac’s strategy will work in the long run remains to be seen, but the CT6 seems to tick a lot of right boxes.

Update 06/14/2016: Cadillac has announced two additions to the CT6’s bevy of technology. First, new HDMI and USB ports allow rear passengers to use video streaming devices like Google Chromecast though the cars’ on-board Wi-Fi connection in combination with a paired smart phone or tablet. Second is a video recording system that operates off four exterior cameras, allowing the driver to preserve the video footage. The system can also begin recording should the vehicle’s security system becomes armed, catching criminals or hit-and-run drivers in the act.

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Cadillac Plans To Offer Full Range Of Cars In Europe

Cadillac Plans To Offer Full Range Of Cars In Europe

Cadillac is launching a new assault in Europe that will include an expanded model lineup, right-hand drive, new diesel engines and a new flagship sedan that will sit above the 2016 Cadillac CT6. GM president Dan Ammann confirmed the new strategy to Autocar and said the new approach in Europe will take advantage of its current position as a niche brand in the continent and will include “exceptional service.”

General Motors’ luxury arm has been pretty much phoning it in to Europe over the last few years, and currently only offers the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe and 2014 Cadillac ATS Sedan, 2015 Cadillac CTS, 2014 Cadillac SRX and the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, which couldn’t be less appropriate for narrow European streets. What’s more, Cadillac only offers left-hand-drive cars in the U.K., where cars on lots have reportedly been collecting dust. Cadillac is banking that a new right-hand-drive option, expanded lineup and improved service network will help move a few more units in Europe.

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Cadillac Prepares More Surprises For The Future

Cadillac Prepares More Surprises For The Future

Between 2015 and 2020, Cadillac has some major plans – plans it hopes will help it compete better with German automakers. Cadillac looks to redesign most of its lineup and add some new models along the way. It all started this year with the launch of the third-generation 2016 Cadillac CTS-V, and the push to start production of the 2016 Cadillac CT6 by the end of the year. This may not be too exciting for fans of the brand, but there is much more to come as we creep up on the end of the decade.

Let’s talk Crossovers and SUVs for a minute. Currently Cadillac has the 2014 Cadillac SRX crossover – soon to be redesigned and named the 2017 Cadillac XT5 – and the 2015 Cadillac Escalade. By 2017, expect to see the release of a compact crossover and a full-sized crossover. They will likely be named the 2018 Cadillac XT3 and the XT6, respectively. Eventually, by the end of the decade, Cadillac will launch a subcompact crossover that will probably answer to the name of XT1. There are no plans to discontinue the Escalade anytime soon, as it will be re-engineered by 2018 and will continue to serve as the only SUV in the lineup.

There appears to be at least two new sedans coming by 2020 also. A small, entry-level sedan, which we suspect will be named the 2017 Cadillac CT2, is currently on the drawing board. It should compete with the 2015 Audi A3 Sedan and the 2014-2015 Mercedes CLA, but unlike either, it will have rear-wheel drive. Expect to see this baby sometime in 2018. The biggest edition to the lineup will come in the form of another large sedan – called the CT7 – that will be the flagship and finally allow Caddy to compete with BMW’s 7-series and the Mercedes S-Class.

Along with the list of new models to come, Cadillac expects to release not only a hybrid version of the CT6 but a diesel version as well. Eventually, the ATS will be refreshed, and a convertible version will be available shortly thereafter.

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2016 Cadillac CT6 PHEV

2016 Cadillac CT6 PHEV

There have been rumors and reports of a plug-in hybrid version of the upcoming CT6, but they remained unconfirmed until now. Today, at the Shanghai Auto Show, Cadillac confirmed that there will indeed be a plug-in version of its upcoming flagship.

When Cadillac first unveiled the 2016 CT6 at the 2015 New York Auto Show, it arrived with a trio of engine options. The smallest of the group was a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that pumped out 265 horsepower. The two optional engines were both V-6s, but one was a 3.6-liter that produced 335 horsepower, while the other was a twin-turbo 3.0-liter with 400 ponies.

As of 2015, it appears as if the CT6 PHEV will only have to butt heads with the Mercedes S550 Plug-In Hybrid, as neither Audi nor BMW have released range-topping plug-in hybrid sedans. With the hybrid flagship market still in its very early stages, can this thrifty but expensive sedan thrive?

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Cadillac Working On New "Mega Powerful" V-8 Engine

Cadillac Working On New "Mega Powerful" V-8 Engine

While most mainstream manufacturers are moving toward downsizing and electrification, Cadillac will introduce a new V-8 powerplant, despite the new luxury CT6 having been launched with four-cylinder and V-6 engines. That’s the word from Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen, who described the upcoming mill as "mega powerful" and "highly efficient."

De Nysschen revealed the big news on Facebook, in a response to a well-researched article that argues that the era of the Cadillac V-8 is over now that the flagship CT6 arrived with only four- and six-cylinder engines. In his reply to the author, de Nysschen said "there absolutely will be another state-of-the-art mega powerful highly efficient new 8-cylinder from Cadillac, besides the CTS-V engine."

He then went on to add that the new powerplant will be specifically developed for Cadillac, thus not borrowed from other GM vehicles. "The V-8 Cadillac is alive and well today, and will be in even better shape tomorrow," he stressed, without providing additional details.

Cadillac currently sells just two vehicles with V-8 engines, the 2016 CTS-V and the Escalade. The high-performance sedan uses a supercharged, 6.2-liter rated at 640 horsepower and pound-feet of twist, while the full-size SUV employs a 6.2-liter EcoTec3 with 420 horses and 455 pound-feet on tap.

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First Cadillac CT6 Will Be Auctioned For Charity

First Cadillac CT6 Will Be Auctioned For Charity

General Motors has made a habit of offering first production cars of various nameplates for charity. Recent notable auctions saw cars such as the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and the 2014 Camaro Z/28 raise money for charity, and the 2015 COPO Camaro is set to go under the hammer to benefit the needy as well. Now, GM has just announced that the first 2016 Cadillac CT6 to roll off the assembly line is also headed to the auction block. The innovative full-size sedan will raise money for the Karmanos Cancer Institute, a research center dedicated to the prevention, early detection, treatment, and eventual eradication of cancer. It will be auctioned off at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Palm Beach, scheduled April 17th to 19th.

There’s no estimate as to how much the CT6 will raise, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it fetch in excess of $700,000, or more than ten times its rumored sticker.

The Caddy will share the stage with the first 2015 COPO Camaro, as well as handful of bespoke GM cars. A custom Tony Stewart "Smoke" Edition 396 Chevelle will benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, while a 1969 Camaro Z/28 restomod built by Torque Sports and Performance will raise funds for the SJO Foundation For Hope. A modified 1996 GMC Sierra Custom Pickup was privately donated, with proceeds to benefit the Boy Scouts of America.

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Mark Reuss Talks About GM's Direction

Mark Reuss Talks About GM’s Direction

GM executive vice president Mark Reuss recently discussed some of automaker’s plans for the future, including Cadillac’s focus, Chevrolet’s outlook, and even the future of the Buick Avenir.

In a discussion with reporters at the NYAS, Ruess said he didn’t want Cadillac to try to “out-German the Germans,” but rather concentrate on reaching a younger generation. “There’s an opportunity there for those people to drive something different than what their parents did.”

What makes Cadillac different? Reuss thinks it’s “...probably different value equation, probably different powertrain equation, probably different styling equation, that’s very American. And not syrupy retro.”

“We’ve got an ATS-V that’s going to flame the M3 and M4,” Reuss continued, “and then we’ve got a CTS-V that’s a 200-mile-an-hour hammer. Those are credibility punctuations.”

Reuss also said he was open to a Cadillac sports car, but that GM was “...trying to fill in as a priority the Cadillac entries that we don’t have in the marketplace on a volume and profit basis first.”

Regarding the new Chevy Volt, Reuss said that the toned-down exterior aesthetic was a response to market demands, adding that the last model didn’t sell due to a design that looked a bit like a “science experiment.”

Reuss was also supportive of a production version of the Buick Avenir concept, if vaguely: “It was such a hit, what would it look like in production, what would it cost to do it. So that’s where we’re at."

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Cadillac CT6 Hybrid to Debut in Shanghai and V-Series Under Consideration

Cadillac CT6 Hybrid to Debut in Shanghai and V-Series Under Consideration

The 2016 CT6 made its much-anticipated debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show to a pile of fanfare, but this isn’t the only trick Cadillac has up its sleeve with its new flagship sedan. There have been rumors floating around about a hybrid version of the CT6, and reports claimed that Mark Reuss, GM’s product chief, confirmed the model during an investors meeting in the fall of 2014. In New York, Auto Blog caught up to Reuss and got him to all but confirm the model’s debut at the Shanghai Auto Show, which kicks off on April 22, 2015.

According to the report, when Auto Blog queried Reuss about the CT6 Hybrid, he said “We’ve really got to wait until we finish rounding out the portfolio,” then followed that up with "The Shanghai show is where you should look for all of it. So stay tuned."

If that’s not a confirmation of the hybrid CT6, then I don’t know what it is.

The details surrounding the hybrid powertrain are still unknown, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see it take some technology from the 2016 Chevy Volt. It won’t be a range-extended EV like the Volt, but rather a plug-in hybrid with a short electric-only range.

The report also discusses the V-Series version of the CT6, which Reuss seemed less confident about. He did make it clear that Caddy is tossing the idea around, but it is still trying to determine if it makes business sense.

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Cadillac Announces New 3.0-liter V-6 Turbo Engine Will Debut In CT6

Cadillac Announces New 3.0-liter V-6 Turbo Engine Will Debut In CT6

Cadillac will introduce a new 3.0-liter V-6 with the upcoming luxury CT6 sedan, the firm announced Friday. The turbocharged unit is part of a new generation of V-6 engines that will eventually make it into various General Motors vehicles. Peak output for the twin-turbo V-6 that will debut in the CT6 model is estimated at 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, making it one of the most power-dense V-6 engines on the market, at 133 horsepower per liter.

The engine isn’t just about horsepower and torque though. To help it save fuel, GM built it with both cylinder deactivation and stop/start features, making it the first six-cylinder engine to combine turbocharging and these fuel-saving technologies. Cadillac estimated the 3.0-liter will be six percent more efficient than GM’s turbo 3.6-liter V-6.

As usual, Cadillac went ahead and compare its new engine to similar powerplants offered by its German rivals. Specifically, Caddy says the 3.0-liter’s 133 horsepower per liter is 27 percent greater than the BMW 740Li’s 3.0L twin-turbo V-6 (rated at 315 horses) and 29 percent more than the Audi A7’s 3.0L supercharged V-6 (rated at 310 horses). What’s more, the firm claims its new engine will deliver "exceptional quietness and smoothness" and be up to 5 dB quieter than the Audi 3.0-liter TFSI engine.

In the CT6, the new powerplant will mate to GM’s Hydra-Matic 8L90, eight-speed automatic transmission. However, this combo won’t be the CT6’s based drivetrain, as Cadillac also wants a turbo-four in the sedan.

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Cadillac CT6 Wil Use Mixed-Material Structure

Cadillac CT6 Wil Use Mixed-Material Structure

Back in January, Cadillac revealed the new manufacturing process that would be used at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant to build the 2016 Cadillac CT6, and now it is releasing a few more details about what its all-new flagship sedan is made of. As shown in the image provided by Cadillac, most of the CT6’s passenger compartment is made of steel, while the engine compartment, trunk, roof and rocker panels are aluminum. In total, this “aluminum intensive” structure will be composed of 64 percent aluminum.

Bonding the aluminum and high-strength steel together is what requires Cadillac’s patented manufacturing process, and it will include welding, rivets and adhesives. While more challenging, this process helps make the 2016 Cadillac CT6 lighter, quieter and more rigid. These are all elements that the CT6 will be required to possess if Cadillac plans on making any real run at the full-size luxury sedan segment.

Cadillac revealed a teaser of the 2016 Cadillac CT6 in a commercial for the Oscars last month, but the new sedan will be officially unveiled on March 31 at the New York International Auto Show ushering in a new naming convention for Cadillac as well as a new level of luxury and quality.

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Cadillac CT6 Could Get a New Twin-Turbo V-8

Cadillac CT6 Could Get a New Twin-Turbo V-8

We’ve already seen the CT6 make an appearance in a commercial during the Oscars, but there is still much left unknown about Caddy’s upcoming flagship sedan. One mystery is what engines will it have available to it. Well, Cadillac boss, Johan de Nysschen, took some time out to talk to the readers at Jalopnik, and they were wise enough to ask the typically candid executive about what it’ll have under its hood.

De Nysschen was first asked about the potential competitors for the CT6, and he was quoted “The lightweight body construction allows us to push the envelope when it comes to powertrain in a way we know that the rest of the industry will follow. This includes a very wide mix of engines, starting with a 2-liter turbo, up to, eventually, a high-performance advanced V-8 turbo. You tell me who this car competes with?”

As if that wasn’t enough, he followed that up with this response in regards to the type of performer the CT6 will be: “The lightweight body structure allows us to achieve formidable performance even with a twin-turbo V-6. Imagine how this car would perform with a twin-turbo V-8.”

Those quotes both point to the virtual certainty that Cadillac has intentions to compete with the upper echelon of Mercedes’ and BMW’s lineups. Specifically the S63 AMG and the Alpina B7. But the real test is whether or not premium car buyers will really look at Cadillac in the same way they do Mercedes or BMW.

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Cadillac CT6 at the Oscars

Cadillac CT6 at the Oscars

Neil Patrick Harris wasn’t the only one showing a little skin Sunday night when he showed up on stage at the Academy Awards in only his tighty-whiteys. Cadillac was also feeling a little revealing when it showed a commercial during the Oscars that seems to have given us our first look at the all-new 2016 Cadillac CT6.

Most of the commercial – titled "The Daring: No Regrets" – focuses on unconventional but highly successful people in various fields (including director Richard Linklater and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak) before cutting to a big, white sedan slowly rolling down a brick-paved street in New York City – as a refresher, that is Cadillac’s new home away from home. While there is no confirmation that this is, in fact, the CT6, it is obviously different from the current crop of Cadillac sedans.

Up front, the sedan has a large, upright version of Cadillac’s signature grille, but it’s some of the other elements that make this car stand out. This includes interestingly shaped LED running lights that cut into the front fascia, as well as a lower air inlet and chin spoiler that give the sedan a surprising sporty look. Along the side of the car, there are sharp body creases, a familiar chrome-trimmed greenhouse and a slight indication of a short decklid and tall, angular taillights.

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Cadillac Details CT6 Manufacturing Process

Cadillac Details CT6 Manufacturing Process

When Cadillac announced it will use advanced, lightweight materials and new body-construction techniques to make the 2016 CT6 flagship "the lightest and most agile car in the class of top-level large luxury sedans," I honestly thought that Travis Hester, the executive chief engineer of the car, got a little too excited with the project. Four months have passed since then and it became clear that Hester’s statement was more than just PR. As the CT6 moves closer to production, the luxury brand released detailed info of the sedan’s manufacturing process, and there are plenty of highlights to talk about.

Before anything else, it’s important to stress that Cadillac poured no less than $300 million in the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant, which will handle the production process of the CT6. The massive amount went to a new body shop with new tooling and advanced technologies. The 138,000-square-foot facility is fully automated, using 205 robots that have been programmed to complete most of the stages required to assemble a CT6. Twenty-eight of them will descend on the vehicle body in two separate framing stations to weld both the inner and outer vehicle frames. A large robotic arm will then lift the vehicle to an upper-level conveyer, a first for a sedan the size of the CT6.

Cadillac also takes pride in the joining techniques it will use in the body construction of its flagship car, for which it patented a brand-new aluminum sport welding technology. For the first time on any product, GM will also use aluminum laser welding, which creates a seamless joining of exterior panels. Self-piercing rivets will enable the facility to join different types of materials together with a seamless appearance, with flow drill screws used where the process requires adhesive. Simply put, these innovative techniques will help put various components the CT6 together cleanly regardless of how many types of materials are being used. Naturally, the assembly procedure will also include classic joining techniques such as aluminum arc welding and structural adhesives.

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Cadillac CT6 to Feature the World's Most Advanced Body Structure; Won't be Inspired by the Elmiraj

Cadillac CT6 to Feature the World’s Most Advanced Body Structure; Won’t be Inspired by the Elmiraj

Little by little we’re hearing more about the forthcoming 2016 Cadillac CT6 halo car, positioned to rival the likes of BMW’s 7 Series and Mercedes’ S-Class. Mark Reuss, GM’s product development chief, told Automotive News in a recent interview the CT6 would have “the world’s most advanced body structure.”

Though the engineering behind the car might be revolutionary, its design will not. GM’s global design boss Ed Welburn says the CT6 will be a standout, but not a drastic change. “It’ll be different and it will certainly stand out in the portfolio,” Welburn told AN “But you won’t see a real shift in direction.”

Welburn continued in saying the CT6 won’t be as heavily influenced by the Elmiraj concept that debuted at the 2013 Concours d’Elegance. “I think Elmiraj was more of an influence on some other things we’re working on for Cadillac.”

Instead, the CT6 will be a evolutionary step in the same “Art and Science” direction the Cadillac brand has been pursing since 2002. We can expect angular lines and the piercing vertical exterior lights. When questioned about the continuation of the design, Welburn said, “It will continue to evolve.” Welburn continued by saying "There’s a lot more that I want from my Cadillac design team.”

Regardless of its appearance, the CT6 is expected to debut in the spring of 2015 and be ready for sale by the end of the year or early 2016. We can also expect a sizable price tag to match the flagship’s luxurious amenities. Expect a sticker of roughly $80,000.

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Cadillac Trademarks 13 New Names

Cadillac Trademarks 13 New Names

It seems automakers like playing the name game these days. Mercedes just released its new naming scheme for its SUVs and SLK sports cars and just last year, Infiniti swapped in a new Q and QX naming system for its sedans and SUVs. Well the same man, Johan de Nysschen, who was behind Infiniti’s nomenclature restructuring, is doing the same thing as the new CEO of Cadillac.

The brand just registered a slew of new alphanumeric names with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Like Infiniti’s Q and QX distinctions, Cadillac will use CT for sedans and XT for crossovers and SUVs. Under the CT category, Caddy registered CT2, CT3, CT4, CT5, CT7, and CT8. The same can be said for the XT designations as well, including XT2, XT3, XT4, XT5, XT6, XT7, and XT8.

Now new naming scheme doesn’t come as a big surprise as the automaker already announced its upcoming CT6 luxury sedan back in September. At that time, Cadillac also announced it would not roll out new vehicle names company wide, but would rather be renaming them as each vehicle underwent its scheduled refresh or redesign.

It’s also hard to miss the fact Cadillac doesn’t currently have the number of models it registered names for. While it might just have been done to reserve the space, Nysschen might be itching to roll out a host of new products. It’s also worth noting he has previously said the Escalade name will remain thanks to its successful brand equity.

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Cadillac Has Big Plans Between Now and 2020

Cadillac Has Big Plans Between Now and 2020

It’s been less than three months since Johan de Nysschen left Infiniti to join Cadillac, and it seems the South African-born executive is already elbows deep trying to resurrect GM’s struggling premium brand. Speaking to Reuters on the sidelines of the Paris Auto Show, de Nysschen revealed Cadillac’s future strategy includes a product expansion that could see the introduction of at least five brand-new models over the next six years.

The first in that line is the CT6, the first all-new vehicle confirmed since de Nysschen’s arrival. The luxury sedan will be joined by a larger version, reportedly dubbed either CT8 or CT9, by the end of the decade. The limousine will compete against long-wheelbase versions of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series, de Nysschen said. He also confirmed there will be a plug-in hybrid version of the CT6 and maybe an all-electric iteration too. Cadillac is also working on a successor to the ELR plug-in hybrid, de Nysschen added, but said it may not be a two-door coupe like the current model.

Although confirmations stopped there, the South African-born president hinted there are three more vehicles under development. As rumored throughout 2014, Cadillac is planning to expand its crossover lineup with two more models — one positioned below the SRX and one above — to tackle similar offerings from German companies. Lastly, a smaller sedan slotted below the ATS could be offered as an alternative to the BMW 1 Series and Mercedes-Benz CLA. The latter is likely to arrive in 2018, with the crossovers to enter production in 2017. Both the small sedan and the small crossover are likely to use the platform of the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze.

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Cadillac CT6 Will be Available as a Plug-In Hybrid Model

Cadillac CT6 Will be Available as a Plug-In Hybrid Model

The Cadillac CT6 is the new, rear-wheel-drive flagship model from the brand, and like all modern flagship models these days, it appears that GM is eyeballing a hybrid drivetrain for the engine bay. The information comes from a report by GM Authority that references a special private event to show new models to the company’s investors. GM’s president of global product development was on hand and if the piece is to be believed, he was quick to spill the details of the car’s new powertrain.

It seems that Cadillac’s newest car will feature a plug-in hybrid system that would be comparable to what Porsche currently sells in the Panamera S E-Hybrid. The details include being able to move at speeds of up to 75 mph on pure battery power, and a 0-to-60-mph acceleration time of less than six seconds. There is no talk of horsepower numbers, but I would expect to see at least a combined 375- to 400-horsepower rating.

It is important to note that the report specifically uses the word “option” when discussing the hybrid drivetrain, so if you prefer your large sedans with only petrol power it appears that Cadillac still wants to appease you and your preferences. Along with the “option” hybrid, expect higher-performance variants to arrive as well.

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Cadillac CEO Talks About The Company's Future

Cadillac CEO Talks About The Company’s Future

Johan de Nysschen has been at the helm of Cadillac for a handful of weeks now, and he is already well on his way to making some major changes. The company is splitting from GM when it comes to financial reporting and tracking; the HQ is being moved to New York; there is a new flagship car coming; and every new or redesigned model in the future shall wear a new name.

Yeah, he moves quickly. Recently, Automobile was able to catch Johan standing still for just long enough to get an interview done. I can tell you from experience that Johan is a great guy to talk to, and he never really holds back. He is honest and forward about anything you ask him, and so this interview is full of lots great information.

From the piece we learned that Cadillac is getting a whole new family of modular engines; there is the potential for two flagships above the new CT6 sedan; there will be “sports cars that you buy for emotional reasons;” and it seems like many of the engines and technologies that are being developed going forward will be exclusive to Cadillac, rather than generic GM portfolio items.

All of this big news, and hopefully it points to a much more exciting and interesting Cadillac over the next few years. If all these changes seem drastic and crazy, they are, and it probably means that Cadillac doesn’t want to sell you any cars anyway. In the interview Johan is quick to point out that he wants to move the brand to a younger, more interesting and hip brand. He recognizes that if he can catch the eyes of Millenials, they will be the largest premium car buyer in the next decade or so. This is a man who has the future in mind, and I love it. If you are old and hate it, I am sorry; get over it.

You can read the whole interview at the source link.

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Cadillac Confirms Flagship Sedan's Name, Reveals New Naming Scheme

Cadillac Confirms Flagship Sedan’s Name, Reveals New Naming Scheme

If you though Cadillac’s recently announced plans to move its global headquarters from Detroit to New York City in 2015 was big news, then wait ’til you hear this. The manufacturer just released a press statement that not only confirms the name of its large, rear-wheel-drive, luxury sedan in development, but also reveals a new naming scheme for its future products.

Rumored for more than a year, Cadillac’s flagship sedan is finally shaping up as a real vehicle to be introduced in 2015 for the 2016 model year. What’s more, it now has a name, the CT6. "This Cadillac will be the lightest and most agile car in the class of top-level large luxury sedans," says Travis Hester, executive chief engineer of the CT6, adding that the range-topping sedan will make use of advanced, lightweight materials and new body construction techniques "to reduce fuel consumption while enhancing driving dynamics and safety." Now that’s mighty courageous of Cadillac, who will be facing competition from the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Audi A8 in this fastidious segment.

As far as the new naming scheme is concerned, the automaker will use the "CT" lettering for all its cars. The moniker will also include a number indicating the size and position of the vehicles in the lineup. For instance, if the CT6 sits at the top of the range, the XTS, which slots between the flagship and the CTS, could be named CT5, while the CTS may become the CT4 and the ATS may become the CT3. At the same time, SUVs will likely receive a naming scheme too; maybe CX or SX. Of course, these are only educated guesses. It remains to be seen if this is the actual strategy. For the time being, we only know Cadillac is planning on changing its nameplates when the current vehicles are redesigned or an all-new model is created.

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