Cadillac Could Have Made The CT5-V Blackwing Better, But Packaging Got In The Way
With a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine that produces 668 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque, the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing is the most powerful and most track-capable Cadillac model the automaker has ever made. The LT4 engine deserves a lion’s share of the credit for that, but if Cadillac really wanted to raise the CT5-V Blackwing’s output figures to full-fledged supercar heights, the 6.2-liter supercharged LT5 engine could have been offered in the CT5-V Blackwing. Caddy ultimately decided against using the LT5 engine, in part because of the myriad of issues that would’ve cut into the appeal of the CT5-V Blackwing.
Cadillac Will Make More Blackwing Models, But SUVs Are Off The Table
Cadillac is riding on the success of its Blackwing nameplate with plans to introduce more Blackwing models in the future. The CT4-V and the CT5-V are the only two Caddy models that come with a Blackwing variant. The rest of Cadillac’s lineup consists of SUVs — the XT4, XT5, XT6, and Escalade — and the automaker has already said that an Escalade Blackwing is out of the question. So if there are going to be more Blackwing Caddys it’s likely that those models don’t exist yet.
You Should Probably Quit Driving Your 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette
It’s 2020 and vehicle safety is more important than ever. You would think that as advanced as we are as a civilization, we’d be able to nail something as simple – in a generalized way – as vehicle safety. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, and that’s why GM has placed a recall and stop-sale on the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette, 2021 Cadillac CT4, CT5, XT4, the 2021 Buick Encore GX, and the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer. So what’s the deal? Well, if you own any of these models, you just might go to hit your brakes, just to realize that you suddenly can’t stop.
This Weird Rendering of an Off-Roading Cadillac Escalade Makes Us Uncomfortable
The Cadillac Escalade has hit rough patches throughout its life. It never really succeeded in the market, but it never clocked in volume low enough to be called off. The 2021 Escalade seems to be a mighty improvement over its predecessor and features a lot of niceties. In terms of off-roading capabilities, it will be a step above the current-gen, but it’s not an off-roader by any means. However, an Instagram user has transformed the SUV to conquer paths less traveled, and it’s a little weird.
There Is Life for the Blackwing V-8, But Outside Cadillac (Updated)
We’re back with extra info on the topic of Cadillac’s Blackwing V-8 engine. The 4.2-liter double-overhead cam mill had a short life inside the now-dead CT6-V and by the looks of it, Cadillac won’t drop it inside the new Escalade or the souped-up CT5.
Therefore, one must ask: is it ever going to be used inside another car? Believe it or not, the V-8 might live on but not inside a Caddy, according to a recent report.
Cadillac’s Most Powerful and Advanced V-8 Sits on the Sidelines, but Why?
Last time we heard from Cadillac, it was busy launching the new Escalade. Before that, talk about the upcoming Cadillac CT5-V hot really heated up due to a report that said it won’t get the Blackwing V-8 and instead receive the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 found inside the CTS-V.
At this point in time, the Blackwing’s fate holds a lot of uncertainty, and the worst part is that Cadillac hasn’t got the slightest clue about how, where, and when to use the 4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8 mill.
Book by Cadillac Becomes Un-Bookable
Cadillac was one of the first companies to offer a subscription service. But it looks like General Motors is not interested in the idea anymore, and is planning to wind up the service by the end of this year. According to the Wall Street Journal, the automaker will shut down the service from December 1 this year.
CTS-V and ATS-V are Axed to Make Way for the 2019 Cadillac CT6-V
Cadillac has announced it will reposition the recently revealed CT6 V-Sport as an actual V-branded model. That’s all well and good, but it apparently entails waving goodbye to the excellent ATS-V and CTS-V performance sedans. Both will be taken out of production by the spring of 2019, and in their place will be the CT6-V, once more performance bits are added on.
Cadillac to Stop Producing the ATS Sedan After 2018
Introduced for the 2013 model year, the first-generation Cadillac ATS won’t get a replacement. The luxury automaker just confirmed that the four-door sedan will be discontinued after the 2018 model year. The ATS was developed as a competitor for the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but it wasn’t exactly successful against its German rivals in the U.S. Following sales of more than 20,000 units per year between 2013 and 2016, ATS deliveries dropped to only 13,000 examples in 2017. Cadillac will continue to offer the ATS Coupe model into the 2019 model year; a company spokesman told Motor Authority.
GM Fired Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen Because Sales are Down and He Couldn’t Keep Up With Audi, Mercedes, and BMW
In a move that nobody saw coming, Cadillac has let go of company president Johan de Nysschen after a four-year stint as the main decision-maker for the American automaker. Steve Carlisle, most recently the president and managing director of GM Canada, will step in to take de Nysschen’s place as Caddy’s new president, effective immediately.
GM Offering As Much as $10,000 off the Escalade in Hopes Customers Will Forget About the New Lincoln Navigator
The battle lines are being drawn being General Motors and Ford. In the increasingly competitive SUV market, GM’s Cadillac brand will start offering $10,000 discounts to some current customers. The offer is an attempt to keep them from jumping ship to Ford and its hot-selling Lincoln Navigator SUV.
Those Cool Lights on the Cadillac XT4 - They Were the Hardest Part of the SUV to Design and Engineer
As much as we liked the design of the Cadillac XT4, not everyone was onboard with its style. Some liked it while some didn’t. But everyone seems to agree that the XT4’s lighting signature was its best feature. As it turns out, there was good reason for that. The SUV’s exterior design manager, Therese Pinazzo, admitted to Autoguide that the company put particular importance in developing the XT4’s lighting structure to make it look high-end without having to spend too much in costs.
Cadillac is Being Greedy, Won’t Let Chevy Use That New Biturbo V-8 For The Corvette
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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Car Salesman Hustles His Way To World Record After Selling 1,530 Units in 2017
Ali Reda is proof that the key to success is hustle. A lot of hustle. The car salesman from the Les Stanford Chevrolet Cadillac dealership in Dearborn, Michigan reportedly sold 1,530 cars in 2017. According to the Detroit Free Press, Reda’s achievement gives him a legitimate shot at entering the Guinness Book of World Records provided that his sales numbers are verified. Unfortunately, not everyone’s celebrating Reda’s remarkable achievement as the current record-holder, Joe Girard, is already challenging those numbers.
Cadillac Could Drop the ATS Sedan in 2019 Because Coupes Rule
The Cadillac ATS is a good example of a car that needs a high sales volume in order to remain relevant in a competitive market. The coupe version of the entry-level model has been able to pull its own weight in that regard. Unfortunately, the sedan version hasn’t had as much success. It’s no wonder then that Cadillac appears to be ready to cut ties with this version of the ATS as documents received by The Truth About Cars show that Caddy’s 2019 product lineup will hit the market without the ATS sedan.
Book By Cadillac Provides Access To Caddys Without Actually Owning One
If owning a Cadillac has become too much of a burden, the American automaker is promising a new “ownership” method that provides people the opportunity to drive a handful of Cadillac models without actually owning any one of them. It’s called the Book by Cadillac and it’s a new monthly subscription service cooked up by General Motors as a way to invite customers to pay for the service instead of actually paying for the models.
For those familiar with Zipcar, the Book by Cadillac largely runs on the same premise. Members don’t actually need to own a car because all they have to do is pay a flat fee of $1,500 per month and that amount gives them access to drive any of the V Series Cadillacs they want, as well as the XT5, CT6, and even the new Escalade. The Book’s goal is to free owners from the complications of actually owning a car, so instead of having one for themselves, they can just use whatever model Cadillac has at its disposal for them by simply scheduling what model they want to drive, as well as when and where they want to drive it. Once their done driving it, Cadillac gets the cars back until such a time that members need another one, at which point, the company sends them another model for them to use.
While there is novelty to the idea, the cost of subscribing to the service is actually pretty steep considering that a three-year subscription adds up to around $54,000, which would already amount to the cost of an entry level 2017 CT6 sedan. But according to Caddy (and it’s got a point on this one), another selling point of the Book by Cadillac is the variety of Caddy models that members can use. Instead of simply owning a CT6 for three years, a member of the car-sharing service can drive an ATS-V Coupe in the summer and then switch over to an Escalade SUV in the winter.
The appeal is certainly there and the idea of not being committed to one model for an extended period of time is intriguing. Cadillac spokesman Eneuri Acosta even said that a test program the company did in 2016 returned overwhelmingly positive results, which is a big reason why the company decided to open the service up to a bigger audience. As such, the Book by Cadillac will find its way in New York first before plans begin of expanding the service in other regions in the U.S.
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Cadillac Extends Buyout Option To U.S. Dealerships
Cadillac is giving its smallest U.S. dealerships an opportunity to give up their respective franchises in exchange for financial considerations amounting to anywhere from $100,000 to $180,000. The offer is tied into the automaker’s new incentive program known as Project Pinnacle, which was created to streamline all of Cadillac’s dealership into a five-tier program that distributes incentives to dealerships based largely on their respective sales volumes.
According to Automotive News, 400 dealerships have been offered buyouts to relinquish their franchises if they’re hesitant on joining Project Pinnacle. If they refuse to take up Cadillac’s offer and choose to remain open, they’ll have get on board with the new program and all of the new requirements that come with being a part of it. Details on what the specifics of those are requirements are have yet to be revealed, but the general idea is that dealerships will be separated into I’ve tiers based largely on sales volume.
Dealerships with higher sales volumes earn the biggest incentives, although the position also comes with the most stringent standards. Conversely, smaller dealerships will have more relaxed requirements to meet, with the caveat that they can’t stock vehicles on site, thus relying more on a virtual showroom approach to draw in would-be customers.
Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen told Automotive News that so far, 474 dealerships had already enrolled in Project Pinnacle, including 80 dealers that were eligible to receive the buyout option. The total already represents 83 percent of Caddy’s overall sales volume. Those who have yet to decide between signing up for Project Pinnacle or taking the buyout package have until November 21 to make a decision.
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Cadillac Uncertain About Future Plans, Including The New Flagship Model
Although Cadillac has rebounded impressively in the last few years, it’s still struggling to hit the sales numbers it needs to keep up with the competition. Thankfully, the make is still in the green, but even with a recent surge in demand from the Chinese market, it would seem as though Caddy is still debating which models will be offered in its future portfolio.
That’s the latest from the Detroit Bureau, which is reporting concerns among Cadillac insiders that the brand will need to delay certain models, while giving the axe to others.
We’re most concerned about the production variant of the Escala, Cadillac’s new ultra-slick concept that just debuted in Pebble Beach during the annual Monterey Car Week automotive event. Apparently, the handsome luxury four-door will be delayed getting out the door, or it might just get aborted outright.
That would be a shame, but it would make sense, given the competition. Caddy needs a big flagship, but whether or not its worth it to produce a 7-Series or S-Class fighter remains to be seen.
Further compounding the issue is the availability of a new boosted eight-cylinder for the full-size sedan, a powerplant that might not appear until as late as 2023 or 2024. That would place it in the midst of increasing mileage restrictions – not a happy place for a turbo V-8.
That said, Caddy still has a few tricks up its sleeve.
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