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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2017 Mazda CX-five Revealed In Los Angeles – It is Been A Good 5 Years

2017 Mazda CX-5 LA auto show introduction - Image: Mazda UStream screenshotPractically five years soon after the initial Mazda CX-5 became an instantaneous accomplishment for Mazda North America, the automaker has revamped its best seller. Revealed on the eve of the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 must have tiny trouble capitalizing on the momentum produced by the oft-praised crossover.

In 36 of the final 45 months, year-over-year CX-5 volume has improved, a striking achievement given the Mazda brand’s struggles to earn mainstream market share in the United States. Mazda brand sales are down 8 % in the U.S. this year.

But the CX-five is yet another story the vibrant light at a brand where the midsize car is ignored, the biggest and smallest crossovers are niche items, the compact is rapidly fading, the subcompact and minivan have each been extinguished, and the most popular solution is the brand’s least frequent solution.

Tonight’s 2017 Mazda CX-5 reveal is hugely crucial to Mazda, as almost four-in-ten sales in Mazda’s U.S. showrooms are generated by the brand’s surprisingly enjoyable to drive CR-V fighter.

“We will aim at the level of art right here. This is our target,” Mazda design and style boss Ikuo Maeda mentioned tonight throughout an extensive design and style-oriented presentation leading up to the CX-5’s reveal, free of charge from the topic of engineering. Emphasizing Japanese aesthetics, design and style awards won by lately introduced Mazdas, and a wide array of objects that inspire Mazda style, Maeda fostered higher expectations for the new CX-5.

Does it live up to the hype? Is the new CX-five, in the words of Maeda, “car as art?”

Great looks alone clearly don’t sell Mazdas in North America. Just look at the Mazda 6 and Mazda CX-3’s restricted demand for proof. But adding greater visual expression to the currently well-known CX-five would be one more matter altogether.2017 Mazda CX-5 soul red crystal - Image: Mazda USAThis redesign surely modernizes the five-year-old CX-5’s style, but it is largely an evolutionary move forward. Unmistakably a CX-5, this most current Mazda neither appears “all-new” nor does it appear to be yesterday’s vehicle.

We reported on rumors yesterday that the revamped CX-five would be made offered with a diesel engine, and Mazda’s media release appears to confirm that the two.two-liter SkyActiv-D will be brought to the U.S. market. The 2.-liter and two.5-liter four-cylinders from the earlier CX-5 will continue.

The CX-5’s physique is 16 percent stiffer. G-Vectoring manage already observed in the updated Mazda 3 makes its way into the CX-five. Mazda lowered the center of gravity by nearly half an inch, lowered the beltline for far better visibility, and raised the console to allow for a shifter that — oh, I can not support it — falls much more readily to hand.

Mazda also promises a quieter CX-five right after road noise complaints have been prevalent in criticism of the outgoing model.

Sales of the new CX-5 commence in Japan in Febuary. International launches will follow shortly thereafter.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the cost-free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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Ford Enters Its Arthouse Years

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Nothing says “Buy a Ford!” like unhappy children and a failed marriage, apparently.

Ford Motor Company is making waves in advertising circles — and confusing every person else — soon after generating a auto industrial in the kind of a 16-minute short film that centers around the breakup, and sort-of reunification of an average Danish family members.

The three-element film/commercial, directed by Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen for Ford of Denmark, is titled “Familien” (Danish for “family”) and features the breakup of unhappy couple Anders and Molly, and the divided family’s struggles to cope with the split.

Amidst the turmoil, Anders and Molly have to deal with the gloomy rebellion of their young son Troells (he won’t get out of the car, the small punk!) and the sudden disappearance of their teenage daughter Fiona (spoiler: the film does not get that dark).

Oh, and there’s totally a Ford Fusion that shepherds the grim-faced clan around.

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Anybody who’s observed been forced to sit by means of an Ingmar Bergman film will recognize all the hallmarks of Scandinavian cinema: bare tree branches standing starkly against a flat-grey sky, long and mournful gazes out of a rain-flecked window, and men and women so filled with pent-up emotions that they may well burst.

The industrial is meant to draw from the fact that Denmark has a crazy divorce rate, proving that higher taxes and great transit doesn’t remedy all, progressives.

Denmark’s The Local has named the ad “the most depressing automobile commercial ever,” whilst Adweek praised Ford for tackling the risky subject matter, describing it as “beautifully produced, if darker than nearly all car ads you are utilised to.”

“Ford’s demography actually is the Danish middle class, who do have the highest divorce rate in the globe, mentioned the director to Adweek. “And so we pitched this film under the banner ‘Ford. Supporting families against the odds.’”

Oh, so there are different classes in Scandinavia, hmm? There goes an additional myth.

Now that Ford has tackled the subject of broken houses, it’s challenging not to be curious about the next commercial to emerge from their Danish film vault, and regardless of whether it be R-Rated (or as they say in Denmark, all ages).

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