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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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Cadillac Will Drop The ELR From Its Lineup

Cadillac Will Drop The ELR From Its Lineup

The Cadillac ELR may not make it to the end of the decade.

Sometimes a car just doesn’t sell well for one reason or another, as is the case with the Cadillac ELR plug-in coupe. Maybe it was the hefty price of the ELRor maybe nobody wanted a glorified Chevy Volt – either way, the president of Cadillac, Johan de Nysschen, has confirmed that there are no plans for a successor to the ELR.

During the media drive for the CT6 sedan, Nysschen told reporters, “I plan to continue admiring it as one of the most beautiful cars on four wheels, but we don’t plan further investment.”

Even though there are no plans for a successor, Nysscen did say that it would remain on the market for as long as people want to buy it. Then again, that doesn’t mean a whole lot considering only 1,024 models were sold last year – that computes to a drop of 22 percent. Even after a $10,000 cut in price for the 2016 model year, the car still has a current sticker price of $57,500 including the $7,500 tax credit deduction. When it comes to the ELR, Cadillac is learning the hard way that it is best to just cut your losses and move on.

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Cadillac Puts Immediate Focus On Plug-In Hybrids, EVs To Come Later

Cadillac Puts Immediate Focus On Plug-In Hybrids, EVs To Come Later

Add Cadillac to the list of automakers that are planning to infuse its lineup with plug-in hybrid versions as a response to tightening regulations in some of the company’s most important markets. The revelation was made by Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen in a conversation with Automotive News at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

According to de Nysschen, Cadillac’s main objective in the coming years is to beef up its lineup with plug-in hybrids to ensure that it remains competitive in a market like China. The company is already hard at work on meeting the plug-in hybrid CT6 sedan’s expected launch date sometime in late 2016. Once the CT6 hits the market, expect Cadillac to continue down this road and maximize its plug-in hybrid system on as many models as it can accommodate.

The onus being put on plug-ins means that less is being paid on developing an electric car. De Nysschen admitted as much, saying that plug-ins are “more practical” than EVs. That doesn’t mean Cadillac’s completely shut its door on ever developing its own electric car. On the contrary, it’s on the company’s to-do list. It’s just not a top priority at the moment.

Besides, it already has the advantage of having an EV platform in place, thanks to its ties with Chevrolet and the Chevy Volt under the General Motors umbrella. Unlike other companies that are developing their own EV tech from the ground-up, Caddy already has the Volt to go to should it decide to finally build an electric car.

So don’t expect a fully electric Cadillac to hit the market any time soon. The American automaker is focusing on plug-ins at the moment. Once that’s been accomplished, then its attention will turn to doing a full EV. It’s all about priorities for Cadillac.

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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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2016 Cadillac ELR

2016 Cadillac ELR

Cadillac has given its ELR hybrid coupe a serious refresh for 2016, with more power and better handling, more standard interior tech, and most importantly, a $10,000 lower price. The changes are a vital lifeline for the struggling two-door, designed to bring it back from the dead in terms of sales. By all accounts, it appears as though Cadillac has addressed each of the major issues that landed the old ELR on our list of 10 Worst Cars of 2014. But the question remains: is it enough?

Cadillac claims the ELR is the “first application of extended-range electric vehicle technology by a full-time luxury automotive brand,” which means it should hold prominence in an EV market where competition grows fiercer by the day. However, that position didn’t do much good for the old model: sure, it was a stunning piece of design on the outside, incorporating much of the hard angles, raked profile and futuristic styling from the 2009 Converj concept. But once you dug into the details, things started to go wrong. The drivetrain was a carryover from the Chevy Volt, which means it was ploddingly slow. The biggest transgression, however, was the price – at $76,000, the old ELR was deep into Tesla Model S territory. Now, Cadillac hopes to rectify these mistakes for 2016.

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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 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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Rumormill: Chevy Adding a Turbocharger to the Volt

Rumormill: Chevy Adding a Turbocharger to the Volt

On the surface, the Chevy Volt is actually a pretty good looking car, if you are able to ignore the fact that it pumps out only 149 horsepower from its paltry1.4-liter engine and uses an electric motor for 30 miles before the gas engine ever kicks in. We’re not trying to say it’s a sports car, but it could certainly fall into the sports sedan area.

Unfortunately, we come right back to that 149 ponies and that immediately disqualifies this otherwise stylish car from sniffing the sports sedan segment. Well, GM obviously has noted the potential for the Volt and rumors are now swirling around that Chevy will start installing the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that the all-new Buick Verano T is receiving into the Volt.

As of now, this is still a rumor, but given that the Cadillac ELR and its sexy exterior is due to debut any time now and will likely ride on the same platform as the Volt, it only makes sense to use the powerful boosted 2.0. The ELR with only 149 horsepower would be like dumping a Civic Si engine in a Ferrari, it just doesn’t quite fit the looks.

We are uncertain if the Volt receives the full-powered version of the 2.0-liter engine, or a detuned model, it will mean that the Volt could push up to 270 horsepower, if it receives the full-power 2.0. Also floating around is a rumor that this new engine will receive a larger electric motor for a little extra gasoline-free oomph.

All we can say is that we truly hope that these rumors are true, as the Volt in its current form is underwhelming, to say the least. We’ll keep you updated as more details roll out on this possible upgrade.

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US Secret Service turns down President Obama's request for hybrid limousine

US Secret Service turns down President Obama’s request for hybrid limousine

Apparently, even if you’re the most powerful man in the world, you still don’t get everything you want. Turns out that in picking out his own personal presidential limousine, our President Barack Obama initially wanted it to come with a hybrid drivetrain.

But the Commander-in-Chief’s request was unceremoniously shot down by - of all people - the Secret Service. Yep, the very same people that swore to protect him down to their last breath.

Of course, the Secret Service was justified for putting a brakes on Obama’s hybrid limo, saying that in cases of emergency, a hybrid engine wouldn’t be able to pack as much power as an all-fuel drivetrain, especially since the the presidential limo isn’t exactly what people would refer to as a compact and lightweight ride.

As far as reports we’ve received regarding what’s really under the hood of the president’s limo, we’re quite certain that it’s not a hybrid drivetrain, much to the chagrin of the president.

We like the way the president is pushing hybrid vehicles into the forefront considering that it’s more eco-friendly than its gas-guzzling counterparts. But on the other hand, the Secret Service does have a point. In case of emergencies, you’re going to need some serious power underneath the hood of the presidential limousine.

And a hybrid drivetrain doesn’t really qualify as having some ’serious power’.

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It's Official: Cadillac Converj is dead

It’s Official: Cadillac Converj is dead

The writing is officially on the wall.

Despite an overwhelmingly glowing response when it was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show last year, the Cadillac Converj and all its production plans have been laid to rest.

While a lot of us are pretty disappointed to hear that the Converj never even made it past the concept line, General Motors doesn’t seem to be all that affected with Cadillac spokesman Nick Twork even saying that the Converj was nothing more than just a concept. “It was never announced officially that we were going to do the Converj. We never issued a press release," he said.

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2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

General Motor’s luxury arm, Cadillac, has an answer for all the environmentalists out there who want to have their lavish SUV and drive it too. This is mainly due to the vehicle’s 6.0 Liter Vortec combined with an electric generator in the transmission housing to create the world’s first large luxury hybrid SUV. Don’t be fooled by the amount of Hybrid logos strewn about the Escalade, this is truly a big money machine. From our car’s Quicksilver exterior to the Ebony interior the Escalade Hybrid is all about style. Our $70,375 Escalade Hybrid rolls around on stylish 22 inch chromed rims connected to magnetic ride control shock absorbers that soak up ever imperfection on the road’s surface.

Thanks to the 2-Mode Hybrid system with active fuel management the 5,000 pound SUV is able to get 20 MPG in the city and 21 MPG while cruising at highway speeds. The Escalade Hybrid comes equipped with convenience features like a power lift gate, folding side mirrors and rain sensing wipers, the only thing missing is for someone to hitch up your trailer for you. Combined with the always-great Onstar road side assistance standard as well as a 4 year 50,000 mile warranty and a 8 year 100,000 hybrid component warranty you can rest assured about the reliability of your new gas/electric vehicle, and despite the fact that the Escalade Hybrid isn’t quite as clean as the lovable Toyota Prius, it is definitely a green vehicle.

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2009 First impression: Cadilllac Escalade Hybrid

2009 First impression: Cadilllac Escalade Hybrid

Top Speed’s test fleet recently received a 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid from General Motors. This oversized people mover seems more like another way to make a statement about being excessive while still thinking about the environment. The Cadillac is as luxurious as anything from the General is at the moment, with its 332 HP 6.0 Liter V8 and electric motor spinning a set of 22 inch chrome wheels, it will be nice to experience the lifestyle first hand.

The interior of our Escalade is comfortable and luxurious, adequate for $70,000 worth of extravagance and technology. From the driver’s seat you can enjoy an 8 inch navigation screen with everything from back up camera to nice little animation about what the Hybrid two-mode system is doing. The rear seat passengers should appreciate the flip down Panasonic DVD screen and Bose 5.1 surround sound system. The combination of wood on the center stack, steering wheel and armrest is nicely contrasted by the brushed aluminum piece in front of the passenger.

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2009 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Hybrid

2009 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Hybrid

The big new from Cadillac’s big ’ol Escalade last year was the introduction of the Escalade Hybrid model. The other introduction, that got less press, was the introduction of a Platinum Edition, which included LED headlamps and Cadillac’s adaptable Magnetic Ride Control system.

Now General Motors has combined the two. The Escalade Platinum Hybrid takes advantage of the two-mode system developed by GM, and then adds elements like 22-inch wheels, Aniline leather and TV screens in the front headrest. It’s like Cadillac is saying, “Just ’cause your bling-bling don’t mean you don’t care about the environment, homey.”

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Cadillac Escalade Hybrid pricing announced

Cadillac Escalade Hybrid pricing announced

Cadillac today announced pricing for the 2009 Escalade Hybrid which will go on sale this month. Pricing begin at $71,685 - $3,600 over a comparably equipped Escalade.

Powered by GM’s 2-Mode Hybrid system, which can run in an electric-only mode a low speeds. The Escalade Hybrid will deliver more than a reported 50 percent improvement in fuel economy in city driving. The Escalade Hybrid is available in 2WD and 4WD configurations. It delivers up to 6,000 pounds (2,721 kg) of usable towing capacity on 2WD models and 5,700 pounds (2,585 kg) on 4WD models. All of Escalade’s standard comfort and convenience features are included. This includes an eight-inch, touch-screen navigation system that displays performance readouts of the 2-Mode Hybrid system on the screen.

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2009 Cadillac Escalade gets FlexFuel capability

2009 Cadillac Escalade gets FlexFuel capability

GM announced today that all models of the 2009 Cadillac Escalade will be able to run on either ordinary gasoline or E85 ethanol, or any combination of the two. And customers will have the fueling choice at no additional cost.

The Escalade, Escalade EXT and Escalade ESV as well as the GMC Denali, join the previously announced 2009 Chevrolet HHR, Buick Lucerne and Hummer H2 and H2 SUT as additions to GM’s industry-leading flex-fuel lineup .

“The success of E85 as an alternative fuel depends on having the fuel readily available and having a range of cars and trucks that can use it,” said GM Vice President of Environment, Energy and Safety Policy Beth Lowery . “We will offer more than 15 flex-fuel capable models for 2009 compared with 11 this year.”

The latest E85 product announcements coincided with the opening of a dozen new E85 fueling stations in the Greater Atlanta area this week.

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Cadillac Provoq might enter production

Cadillac Provoq might enter production

General Motors is trying to beat the Japanese automaker to market with the first zero-emission luxury car. The Provoq Concept was designed to run as far as 300 miles on a single fill-up — 280 miles from hydrogen and 20 miles on the battery.

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2008 Cadillac Provoq

2008 Cadillac Provoq

The Cadillac Provoq fuel cell concept is the latest example of GM’s groundbreaking E-Flex propulsion system, combining the new fifth-generation fuel cell system and a lithium-ion battery to produce an electrically driven vehicle that uses no petroleum and has no emission other than water. The concept’s fifth-generation fuel cell technology is half the size of its predecessor, yet it has been developed to produce more power and performance.

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2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

Cadillac announced the world premiere of the Escalade Hybrid, the world’s first fuel-saving hybrid applied to a large luxury SUV. Powered by an innovative, fuel-saving 2-Mode Hybrid system, Escalade Hybrid will deliver more than a 50-percent improvement in fuel economy in city driving – all while delivering the same distinctive style, segment-leading features and full-size capability that have made the Escalade an icon.

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2008 Cadillac Escalde Hybrid will come to Miami Auto Show

2008 Cadillac Escalde Hybrid will come to Miami Auto Show

We have just been informed that General Motors will unveil a hybrid version of the Cadillac Escalde at the Miami Auto Show on November 9.

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Cadillac may go Hybrid for every model

Cadillac may go Hybrid for every model

Cadillac is considering hybrid versions of all of its models, a reaction to rising gasoline prices and falling sales. In an interview earlier today, the Cadillac product manager, John Howell, acknowledged that [p]retty much every program I am looking at going forward has go a hybrid as part of it.”
Though Howell did not give an indication of when more hybrid models might be introduced – hybrid Escalades have been seen testing and are expected for fall introduction as a 2009 model – Cadillac (...)

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Escalade Hybrid spotted testing

Escalade Hybrid spotted testing

Cadillac engineers have been sighted testing what appears to be a production-ready Cadillac Escalade in Nevada. From the outside, the only features differentiating it from the ordinary Escalade are subtle hybrid badges. Inside, there is a stylized “Hybrid” on the tachometer.
Reportedly, the hybrid Escalade will have two electric motors in addition to the V-8. Expected to be introduce this fall, the hybrid Escalade is expected to get 25 percent better fuel economy than the standard (...)

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