14 Years Later, Cadillac Returns to the Endurance Track

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Cadillac Racing has dutifully fielded entries in the Pirelli World Challenge because 2005, but the automaker’s motorsports division will now return to endurance racing right after a 14-year hiatus.

The automaker revealed its 2017 Cadillac DPi-V.R, made to hit the track in January as an entry in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series Prototype (P) class. Its maiden voyage? The 24 Hours of Daytona — erm, “Rolex 24 At Daytona.”

All of this, of course, is made to get you into a new CTS.

Powering Cadillac’s return to prototype endurance racing is an Earnhardt Childress Racing Engines naturally aspirated six.two-liter V8. Even though it shares its displacement with the supercharged unit found in the CTS-V, that is exactly where the similarities end. Horsepower doesn’t stray also far, though — at 600 hp, it undercuts the production motor by 40 hp.

The massively modified engine sends energy to the rear wheels by way of an X-TRAC paddle-shift sequential transmission. Taking turns behind the wheel at the season opener are teams from Wayne Taylor Racing and Action Express Racing.

In crafting the DPi-V.R, Cadillac tapped chassis builder Dallara and turned its own design and sculpting group loose on the body. (The designers created certain to keep signature styling cues visible to you, the buyer.)

Yes, the automaker’s return to the series will come emblazoned with reminders that Cadillac. Builds. Some. Quick. Cars.

“Cadillac’s V-Functionality production models — the ATS-V and CTS-V — are transforming our brand’s product substance, earning a spot amongst the world’s elite high functionality marques,” brand president Johan de Nysschen said in a statement. “The Cadillac DPi-V.R additional strengthens our V-Performance portfolio, placing Cadillac into the highest series of sports car racing in North America.”

The Project pinnacle of racing, 1 may well say. It is not surprising that Cadillac desires to increase the visibility of its V vehicles — in reality, the brand’s motivation can clearly be seen here and here.

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Cadillac Delays Project Pinnacle Rollout… Again

2017 Cadillac XT5 luxury crossover

Cadillac has delayed the launch of its dealer incentive system for another 3 months. Brand president Johan de Nysschen says the delay is all about giving dealers more time to realize the plan and has practically nothing to do with its potential illegality or the in depth dealer backlash against it.

“Pinnacle’s going to be around for the long term, so there’s no want to rush it into execution,” de Nysschen told Automotive News. “Adding one more three months certainly will not hurt.”

Cadillac had originally planned to implement the project in October, but held off after damaging feedback from dealer networks and valuable handful of buyout takers. That makes this the second extended detainment because the program’s June unveiling.

De Nysschen spun the new delay as a good by suggesting that it gave dealerships exactly where Cadillac has to share showroom space with other GM brands a likelihood to design and style a more exclusive buyer encounter.

The automaker informed dealers that Project Pinnacle will now begin in April instead of January last evening, one particular day after its smallest retailers have been, once again, forced to determine whether or not to accept a buyout. Fewer than twenty of the four hundred eligible shops opted to take the deal — regularly claiming that gives, which averaged $ 120,000, have been far as well low to make it worthwhile.

“The vast majority of men and women have Chevy, Buick and GMC tied in with that Cadillac store,” explained Will Churchill, chairman of the Cadillac dealer council. “When you see the quantity of cash that was put out there, it is like a rounding error if you’ve got a Chevy shop. So I feel people are deciding they’ll take a roll of the dice.”

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Cadillac President de Nysschen Reveals Luxury Brand’s Solution Program

Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen introduces the Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at the New York International Auto Show in New York, New York, Image: Steve Fecht for Cadillac

You do not mess with the Johan.

Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen isn’t known for sitting back and letting armchair analysts pontificate on General Motors’ luxury brand.

In reply to The Detroit Bureau’s August 25th piece about Cadillac’s future product plans — which involves information on Cadillac’s aboutface on a planned flagship sedan — de Nysschen jumped into the comments and set the record straight.

According to TDB’s Paul Eisenstein, Cadillac’s plans for a flagship sedan “have been delayed and could even be cut.”

Not so, says de Nysschen.

“It’s not so significantly an problem of Cadillac programs which have been ‘cancelled,’” de Nysschen wrote. “Rather than calling (the flagship model) a ‘cancellation,’ I prefer to think about the adjust to the flagship system as a revision to what will constitute the Cadillac flagship. There will be a flagship, but offered the segment development, it will not be a huge 4 door sedan.”

Thinking about Cadillac’s current non-sedan de facto flagship is the Escalade, this could mean a model above Escalade that pushes the boundaries of physique-on-frame luxury SUVs. Though a lesser possibility, the flagship could also be a reprise of the Cadillac XLR, with the luxury brand’s newly revealed design and style language wrapped around the oft-rumored mid-engined Corvette.

Not content material to leave the conversation clarifying Cadillac’s future flagship plans, de Nysschen dishes out other particulars on the luxury brand’s future products:

We ARE planning a Cadillac flagship which will NOT be a four door sedan
We ARE organizing a large crossover beneath Escalade
We ARE preparing a compact crossover beneath XT5
We ARE preparing a complete enhancement to CT6 later during life cycle
We ARE organizing a significant refresh for XTS
We ARE arranging a new Lux three sedan entry
We ARE preparing a new Lux 2 sedan entry

These applications are safe and improvement function is effectively underway, with really substantial costs already committed.

In addition, new powertrain applications for the above portfolio, which will incorporate New Power applications, are also component of the confirmed preparing.

Although de Nysschen’s statements clarify a lot, they also raise just as many concerns.

de Nysschen’s most intriguing statement surrounds the Cadillac XTS, a model that’s scheduled to run its course in 2019. GM build the XTS in Oshawa, Ontario, for North American consumption, and Oshawa Assembly is currently on the skids with Common Motors Canada refusing to commit solution to the plant for the duration of labor negotiations between itself and Unifor.

The two new sedan entries described are likely replacements for the ATS and CTS, expected to be named CT2 and CT4. The huge crossover beneath Escalade may acquire the XT7 nameplate even though a modest crossover gets the XT3 alphanumeric badge.

Curiously, de Nysschen did not pointed out a rumored compact luxury sedan or coupe that would sit under the ATS (or its replacement).

And if we’re incorrect on the names, perhaps Johan can jump into our comments and set us straight.

[Image: Steve Fecht for Cadillac]

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Cadillac ELR Quietly Bites the Electric Dust

2014 Cadillac ELR

Rarer than an albino squirrel, the slow-selling Cadillac ELR was apparently shuffled into the afterlife three months ago.

Cadillac confirmed to Automotive News that the Chevrolet Volt-based luxury coupe ended production at GM’s Hamtramck facility earlier this year, with remaining units now dwindling from dealer lots.

Tell this news to any random particular person on the street, and you will quite most likely hear back, “What’s a Cadillac ELR?”

Despite a drop in value and a bump in power last year, the ELR never ever took off with the acquiring public, saddled initially with a sticker cost double that of its Volt cousin. It’s been identified for some time that a second generation wasn’t planned, but until now, no 1 checked to see whether or not it was nevertheless rolling off the assembly line.

Possibly because — much like the purchasing public — everyone had forgotten about the ELR altogether.

Cadillac frames the ELR saga as an experiment in electrification — a dabbling in futuristic technology that will pave the way for revolutionary items in the future.

“Cadillac remains committed to delivering new technology, such as advanced propulsion,” the automaker told Automotive News.

In the ELR’s heyday, if you can contact it that, U.S. dealers had been fortunate to see 100 folks a month wander by who were willing to slap nearly 80 grand down on a edgier-seeking Volt.

Even though its production life was quite short (it only appeared in December 2013), anybody who secretly lusted after the model is in luck. As you light an electric birthday cake candle in memory of the ELR tonight, just know that 2016 models are already listing in the mid-$ 30,000 range on wholesale dealer auction web sites.

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Cadillac Tops 247WallSt.com’s ‘Cars Americans Do not Want to Buy’ List

2016 Cadillac ELR, Image: Cadillac

American luxury auto shoppers are driving right past Chevrolet/Buick/GMC/Cadillac dealerships it appears, according to 247WallSt.com.

The site collected a list of greatest- and worst-promoting autos primarily based on time spent on dealer lots, and all Cadillac’s vehicles — save the CT6 — are in the best 15 worst sellers based on that metric.

At the extremely prime of the list is the Honda Insight, a hybrid that Honda discontinued (for the second time) in mid-2014. The Insight now boasts a 231.7 “days to turn” average.

Instantly behind the Insight is another electrified automobile, the Cadillac ELR Coupe, which has a 208.6 days to turn typical. Part of the ELR’s long time spent on dealer lots is the company’s choice to forgo the 2015 model year for the vehicle.

Another discontinued vehicle, the Dodge Avenger, places third at 194.four days, followed by the Cadillac ATS (153.three days) and Fiat 500L (145. days) to round out the leading five.

Cadillac’s other sedan, the CTS (141.three days), places eighth behind the canceled Honda Crosstour (sixth, 145. days) and Chevrolet Sonic (seventh, 142. days).

On the opposite finish of the spectrum are content Subaru shops. The Outback is the quickest vehicle on and off dealer lots with a 16. days to turn typical, very easily placing it at the best of the greatest-performers list. The Honda HR-V (17.7 days), Toyota Highlander (18.two days), Mercedes-AMG GT (18.7 days), and BMW i8 (19.3 days) round out the prime five.

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Modest Cadillac Coming to Kansas, GM Will not Say What it Is

2015 Cadillac ATSs at Lansing Grand River Assembly

A small Cadillac is coming in about 3 years, but it will not be constructed in Michigan.

General Motors is scrapping a $ 245 million investment in its Detroit-region Orion Assembly plant in favor of moving a future Cadillac’s production to its Fairfax plant in Kansas City, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Orion’s plant communications manager Chris Bonelli, confirmed the move, but stated, “We’re not confirming the brand or sort of product however.”

Fairfax, which received $ 174 million in upgrades last year, has 3 shifts operating on the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse, whilst Orion makes the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano. Chevy Bolt production begins this fall at Orion, which, till these days, was expecting a modest Cadillac model in a couple of years.

Now, Michigan’s loss is Kansas City’s achieve. To make area for the mysterious Caddy, LaCrosse production will move from Fairfax to Orion this spring.

What of this new Cadillac? GM is staying tight-lipped on the topic.

There are rumors floating about of a sub-ATS sedan, but that tends to make little sense considering the current smallest Cadillac’s recent sales overall performance. Of course, the ATS could move up in size, permitting for a Mercedes-Benz CLA competitor below it.

The common consensus at TTAC is that Cadillac will go for a a lot more surefire way of making income, meaning a crossover.

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Do not Cry For the Owner of This Popular Cadillac

1951 Cadillac Fleetwood 75

If you are fabulously wealthy and have a factor for musicals, get thyself to the UK correct now.

Bonhams auction property will be selling a 1951 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Limousine at the March 20 Goodwood Members’ Meeting Sale, but this is not your average, run-of-the-mill Fleetwood 75 Limousine.

Oh, no. This Caddy was the presidential car for former First Lady of Argentina María Eva Duarte de Perón, also identified as Evita (also known as the lady from that Madonna film your girlfriend produced you watch in the ’90s).

We don’t want to recite the plot of the world’s longest music video — memories could still be raw — but it’s essential to know what you are receiving into when you pony up the 100,000 pounds needed for this Fleetwood ($ 144,710, according to an estimate by The Telegraph).

Evita (1919-1952) emerged from lower-class obscurity to turn out to be a celebrated actress, ultimately marrying Argentine president Juan Perón and becoming a enormous champion for women’s rights, the poor, and her not-squeaky-clean husband.

Evita

Summoning the voting energy of the operating class and the help of labor unions, Evita helped sweep Juan Perón into power in 1946, but the subsequent charity and outreach to the disadvantaged masked a energy-hungry workplace that restricted liberties if it was practical. Producing your enemies political opponents and critics “go away” is a fine art that Perón excelled at.

Nothing lasts forever, as the saying goes, and Evita died of cervical cancer at the young age of 33 (but not just before allegedly receiving a lobotomy requested by her husband). Her death removed the lid that had kept the growing opposition to her husband below control, and Juan Perón fled to Paraguay soon after being ousted by a civil and military uprising in 1955.

Holding energy in South America has its dangers, but even though the great occasions lasted, Ms. Perón and her husband no doubt enjoyed the effortless power of their car’s 331 cubic inch, overhead valve V8.

The fortunate buyer of this well-known Fleetwood will be capable to wave to his or her adoring countrymen with ease, thanks to normal energy windows, while the optional Hydramatic automatic transmission will make escaping from armed dissidents a smooth, shift-free affair.

Bear in mind, these days Argentine leaders aren’t almost as refined in public.

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Buick Avista, Cadillac Sub-ATS and Opel GT – Let’s All-pha Speculate

Buick Avista NAIAS

Last week, Opel teased its upcoming GT Idea by saying: “You will see Opel with a fresh pair of eyes.”

That is just beautiful.

But let’s take a step back, look at Common Motors’ Alpha platform with a fresh pair of eyes and wonder aloud with each other: Is it all Alpha from here on out?

First, here’s what we know: According to Road and Track, Basic Motors is thinking about a sub-ATS sedan, presumably built on the Alpha platform because that’s the only one particular that ticks both “small sedan” and “rear-wheel drive” requirements.

Second, we know that Buick’s Avista notion, which was unveiled in Detroit, is Alpha-primarily based, but is packing a 3-liter turbocharged six slated for LaCrosse detail in 2017.

So it is feasible that the new Opel GT could be an Opel-badged Avista prepared for Europe, or a smaller, sub ATS-sized coupe like the standard GTs.

GM spokesman Klause-Peter Martin wouldn’t comment on what Alpha-based cars could be coming, how huge (or modest) the platform could go, or regardless of whether Opel would be utilizing the platform for its GT.

“(GM’s) other architectures have flexibility built into the platforms,” he stated.

It is clear that Chevrolet’s Camaro (which is Alpha-primarily based) will be the most significant seller for the Alpha platform to date. Sales for the Alpha-primarily based Cadillac ATS and CTS have largely stalled, which indicates General Motors is going to have to pump out a lot more cars to make the platform profitable.

An obvious statement would be: “GM has much more to come from Alpha.”

But it is all the much more accurate when you contemplate what the automaker is eager to show off now.


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Is This 2003 Cadillac Escalade Worth $119,780?

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If you had been to purchase a 2003 Cadillac Escalade ESV near North Caldwell, New Jersey, you’d expect to shell out practically $ ten,000 for an exceptionally clean ride from a dealer, according to Edmunds. Yet, this specific example of GM’s brashly developed complete-size SUV sold for nearly 12 instances that quantity: $ 119,780.

Why?

Properly, this one was driven by a garbage man.

This particular Escalade ESV was featured in the final 3 seasons of “The Sopranos” with none other than Tony himself, the late James Gandolfini. The automobile is signed by Gandolfini in three separate places inside due to the fact one particular of anything isn’t sufficient for anybody who buys an Escalade.

Following bidding ended on November 20, the winning bidder was stuck with a $ 119,780 bill to take the Escalade home and probably never drive it.

According to the auction house accountable for the sale, Boston-based RR Auctions, this is the highest price ever garnered by a vehicle from “The Sopranos”. The prior record was held by a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban that sold for $ 110,000 in 2013.

The Escalade’s 6.-liter V-8 may well not be particularly quickly, but at least it’s rapid sufficient to chase down Panther-platformed Town Cars that no one loves.


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