How Two Powerful Sedans Stack Up In Detroit

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Automakers aren't being shy at this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit. On Monday, high-performance machines like the Ford GT and Acura NSX were revealed. Today, a couple of high-performance sedans were rolled out for all to gawk over.

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Cadillac's all-new CTS-V and Lexus' first GS F may seem similar at a glance of their beefier wheels, bulging wheel arches and likely uncomfortably bolstered seats, but under the hood they're quite different. One of them is designed to be a beast with specs that are hard to match by any car on the road, while the other hopes to elevate itself to performance-enthusiast consideration.

We wonder how far apart they'll be when prices are announced, but here's how some of their other numbers stack up.

By David Thomas | January 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Cadillac CTS Discounted Up To $3,000

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Automotive News reports (subscription required) that Cadillac will drop pricing immediately on certain trim levels of the CTS by up to $3,000. GM redesigned its premium brand's luxury sedan for the 2014 model year, and it arrived in late 2013 with a price hike of more than $6,000. Sales in 2014 fell 3.8 percent compared to 2013 — not exactly the pace you'd expect for a redesigned car.

Related: 2016 Cadillac CTS-V: First Look

But Cadillac will reportedly dial back the car's pricing. In a memo obtained by Automotive News, the brand told its dealers it will trim sticker prices by $1,000 to $3,000 and add more features to certain trim levels. We reached out Cadillac for full pricing but didn't hear back. Still, Automotive News says that with the CTS' 3.6-liter V-6, the Premium and Performance trims fall $3,000 apiece. Prices for certain turbocharged 2.0-liter trims will fall $2,000, but the base model (also with the turbo 2.0-liter engine) remains the same $46,340, including a destination fee.

That still positions the CTS as a bargain alternative to midsize luxury cars like the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which both start above $50,000. It doesn't necessarily mean you'll save as much cash on a CTS, as Cadillac executives have said they want to reduce the brand's reliance on incentives. For the new CTS, those are steep: Citing research firm Autodata, Automotive News noted that the average CTS needed $9,213 in total incentives to sell in 2014, which is much higher than the E-Class ($7,219) or 5 Series ($6,831). Lower MSRPs will all but certainly prompt GM to scale back incentives, but that, in turn, could bolster the car's resale value down the road.

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By Kelsey Mays | January 7, 2015 | Comments (2)

NICB Report Totals Up Luxury-Vehicle Thefts

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Luxury vehicles are probably as enticing to those who steal them as they are to those who buy them, but the overwhelming majority of stolen cars in the U.S. each year continue to be from nonluxury brands. A new report by the Des Plaines, Ill.,-based National Insurance Crime Bureau shows that thefts of newer luxury vehicles stolen between 2010 and 2013 totaled 5,570, a small fraction of the millions of vehicles stolen across that same four-year timeframe. In addition to being a smaller percentage of total cars on the road, NICB spokesman Frank Scafidi said the cars are just getting harder to swipe.

Related: Thieves Still Favor the Honda Accord

"The numbers show that the improved antitheft technology on these luxury vehicles has made them very difficult to steal despite being attractive targets," Scafidi told Cars.com.

By Matt Schmitz | October 24, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2013-2014 GM Sedans, SUVs, Pickup Trucks, Vans

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Vehicles Affected:
Nearly 100,000 model-year 2013-14 GM vehicles, including Cadillac CTS sedans, Escalade and Escalade ESV SUVs; Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe SUVs, Express vans, Impala sedans, Silverado heavy-duty pickup trucks and Traverse crossovers; and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs, Acadia crossovers, Savana vans and Sierra HD pickups

The Problem: The chassis electronic module may be internally contaminated, resulting in an electrical short, which could cause the vehicle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the chassis electronic module for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300, Cadillac at 800-458-8006, Chevrolet at 800-222-1020, GMC at 800-462-8782 and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V, 2006-07 STS-V

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Vehicles Affected: More than 10,000 model-year 2004-07 Cadillac CTS-V and 2006-07 STS-V luxury sedans

The Problem: The fuel pump module electrical terminal may overheat, causing melting of the flange material, according to The Detroit News. GM knows of no crashes, injuries or fatalities related to the issue, the newspaper reported.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will make the necessary repairs for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Cadillac at 800-333-4223 for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

Cadillac Preps Self-Driving Tech for 2017

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In the not-too-distant future, your Cadillac could know that another car is approaching from a blind corner and warn you before you or the other car could see or detect the danger.

Related: Feds: Car-to-Car Tech Can Save Lives

That's because so-called "vehicle-to-vehicle" technology will make its debut in an all-new 2017 car from GM's luxury division, CEO Mary Barra told reporters at the Intelligent Transport System World Congress in Detroit on Sunday. The 2017 Cadillac CTS will also boast such tech.

GM plans to debut the technology under the term "Super Cruise," which will also enable semi-autonomous driving. Super Cruise can brake, accelerate and maintain your lane through steering assist without any driver input. Many automakers already offer such technology — Mercedes-Benz's Distronic Plus with Steering Assist, for example — but require you to periodically keep your hands on the wheel. In certain highway conditions, Super Cruise will not.

By Kelsey Mays | September 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 124,000 GM Cars, Crossovers

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Vehicles Affected: More than 124,000 GM vehicles, including model-year 2013-14 Buick Encore crossovers and Cadillac ATS cars; 2014 Cadillac CTS and ELR cars; 2014 Chevrolet Caprice and SS cars; and 2014-15 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks

The Problem: Due to an incomplete weld on the seat hook bracket assembly, the front seats in the affected vehicles may not stay secured in place during a high-load condition such as a crash, increasing the risk of an injury. We first reported on this issue on July 23.

The Fix: GM will begin notifying owners late this month, and dealers will inspect the seat hook bracket assembly weld and, if necessary, replace the lower seat track for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300, Cadillac at 800-458-8006, Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 and GMC at 800-462-8782. They can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Cadillac ATS Gets Powermat Wireless Charging for Smartphones

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Cadillac is making it easier for you to simply drop your smartphone in a secured bin and focus on driving. The company will offer Powermat wireless charging on the new 2015 ATS coupe and sedan when they go on sale this fall.

Related: 2015 Cadillac ATS What's Changed

The rubberized mat will be located in the storage bin that's hidden behind the motorized door/touch-screen in the center console. The mat wirelessly charges compatible smartphones via electromagnetic induction technology. Just drop your phone onto the mat and charging begins automatically. The new feature will debut on the 2015 ATS, but it will be rolled out to the CTS sedan this fall and the Escalade SUV by the end of the year.

By Aaron Bragman | July 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

GM Issues Stop-Sale Order on Cadillac SRX, CTS

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GM has asked dealers to stop selling several used Cadillac models that have a standard key ignition. The stop-sale order, which Bloomberg News reported on July 19, involves the 2004-06 Cadillac SRX SUV; 2003-13 Cadillac CTS sedan, coupe and wagon; and the 2014 CTS coupe and wagon — both from the previous generation, not the redesigned 2014 CTS sedan. All cars affected by the stop-sale order have conventional remote keyless entry; any cars with optional keyless access and push-button start are exempt.

More Details on GM's Latest — and Largest — Ignition-Related Recall

The sales stoppage includes Cadillac models involved in a June 30 expansion of GM's ignition-related recalls, which totaled 7.6 million Cadillac, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and Pontiac models. The Cadillac CTS and SRX, whose key can inadvertently rotate out of the Run position if the driver's knee bumps it, requires a replacement key. A similar situation prompted GM to recall nearly 465,000 model-year 2010-14 Chevrolet Camaro sports cars on June 13.

By Kelsey Mays | July 21, 2014 | Comments (5)

Recall Alert: 2011 Cadillac CTS

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Vehicles Affected: About 16,932 model-year 2011 Cadillac CTS sedans equipped with all-wheel drive

The Problem: On some vehicles, a gasket leak where the constant velocity joint meets the rear propeller shaft may cause the rear propeller shaft to separate or become loose, making contact with the vehicle floor above and causing the rollover sensor to deploy the roof rail air bags. GM said it is aware of 15 unintended deployments, but that it was uncertain whether injuries had occurred.

The Fix: GM will notify owners and dealers will make the necessary repairs for free.

What Owners Should Do: GM has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Cadillac at 800-333-4223 for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

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