Cadillac Changes All Model Names To Alphanumeric, Starts With CT6, etc.

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Cadillac has a range-topping, high-tech flagship on the way that's positioned above the current CTS and XTS in the lineup. It won't wear a throwback, prestigious Cadillac name but rather CT6. The CT6 brings in a new era of Cadillac naming convention to adorn future Cadillac cars and SUVs. Car models will wear the "CT" letters followed by a number relative to the size and position in the brand's hierarchy, according to Cadillac. Theoretically, a CT4 would be positioned between the range-topping CT6 and entry-level CT2; not a glamorous lineup at first glance.

Related: Cadillac to Build New Flagship Sedan

Infiniti made a similar move for the 2014 model year with its QX SUVs and Q cars while even further back, Lincoln switched to its MK name lineup. Do you know what an Infiniti QX70 is? Yeah, we had to look it up too.

The difference with Cadillac, which will hopefully work better than the easily forgettable Infiniti and Lincoln model names, is the introduction isn't immediate. The CTS isn't going to show up next year unchanged but with a new badge. Cadillac plans to introduce the new naming convention on only redesigned or all-new models, calling the change an "evolutionary process," in a statement.

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By Joe Bruzek | September 25, 2014 | Comments (9)

2015 Cadillac ATS: Car Seat Check

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When last we tested the Cadillac ATS two years ago, we took note of how its large backseat would help make the compact luxury sedan attractive to family shoppers. But we also noted that they'd have to be willing to face some frustrating car-seat installation. The ATS returns for 2015 in a somewhat better position to carry precious cargo — though, unfortunately, some of that old baggage has returned with it.

In the "new-and-improved" column is the addition of a coupe body style to the model's lineup, as well as revised front-end styling punctuated by the redesigned Cadillac crest. That's in addition to a healthy torque boost of 35 pounds-feet to its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for a total of 295 pounds-feet at nearly double the rpm. For our purposes, removable head restraints and reduced interference by seat bolsters were also pluses. In the other column, however, the return of those Latch anchors buried in a hard-to-reach spot in the leather seats was an unwelcome one.

Check out Car Seat Check below for our full assessment.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | September 23, 2014 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 2013-2015 Cadillac XTS, 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala

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Vehicles Affected: More than 130,000 model-year 2013-15 Cadillac XTS sedans manufactured between Feb. 14, 2012, and Aug. 22, 2014, and model-year 2014-15 Chevrolet Impala sedans manufactured between Jan. 15, 2013, and Aug. 22, 2014

The Problem: The electronic parking brake piston actuation arm may not fully retract, causing the brake pads to stay partially engaged with the rotors. If this occurs, excessive brake heat could cause a fire.

The Fix: GM will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will update the electronic parking brake software for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 or Cadillac at 800-458-8006. 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.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

Cadillac to Build New Flagship Sedan

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Cadillac announced today it plans to build a new "top-end, high-technology car" starting in late 2015. Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac's new president, said the rear-drive car would slot above the CTS and XTS to play against the "elite class of top-level luxury cars" with "new, custom-designed materials on a unique vehicle architecture."

Related: Cadillac to Debut ATS-V at November's L.A. Auto Show

It's possible the all-new model will debut Cadillac's first vehicle-to-vehicle communication and "Super Cruise" semi-autonomous driving tech, which GM announced earlier this month. Cadillac's de facto flagship, the Escalade SUV, tops out in the mid-$80,000s. But this would be the first time in recent history that the brand had a flagship sedan that vied for attention from shoppers of the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and other such top-shelf cars. Given the competition, Cadillac may price its contender even atop the Escalade.

The car will come from GM's Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, a 29-year-old facility just north of the automaker's corporate headquarters - whose first car, incidentally, was a Cadillac Eldorado. Detroit-Hamtramck now produces the Chevrolet Volt, Impala and Malibu, plus the Volt-based Cadillac ELR. (GM's U.S. brands are Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC.)

Expect more details on the uber-Caddy in the first half of 2015.

Editor's note: This post was corrected on Sept. 22 to reflect the correct age of GM's Detroit-Hamtramck facility.

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By Kelsey Mays | September 19, 2014 | Comments (6)

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)

Cadillac to Debut ATS-V at November's L.A. Auto Show

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The L.A. Times reports that Cadillac will debut a high-performance version of its compact ATS sedan at November's 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, with a go-fast ATS coupe to follow. 

Dubbed the ATS-V, the car will reportedly get the twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 from the CTS V-Sport, which makes 420 horsepower and 430 pounds-feet of torque. Given that the ATS sedan is still at least 200 pounds lighter than its CTS sibling with the same engine, the ATS-V should be one quick car. It would target BMW's redesigned M3/M4, which boasts 425 hp and 406 pounds-feet of torque.

Related: 2015 Cadillac ATS Gets Powermat Wireless Charging for Smartphones

Expect a CTS-V to debut at January's 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit; both the ATS-V and CTS-V will go on sale in 2015. Media days for November's L.A. show, which traditionally kicks off the U.S. auto-show circuit, are Nov. 18-20, so stay tuned for our up-close impressions of the ATS-V. In the meantime, click here to read more about Cadillac's forthcoming performers from our friends at the L.A. Times.

The photo above is of a 2013 ATS with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. 

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By Kelsey Mays | August 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Buick Regal, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Camaro and Impala

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Vehicles Affected: More than 100 model-year 2014 Buick Regal sedans and Cadillac XTS cars, and Chevrolet Camaro sports cars and Impala sedans

The Problem: Improperly torqued fasteners may cause the steering intermediate shaft and steering gear, or lower control arm and the lower ball joint, to separate; this could cause a steering loss, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: GM began notifying owners on June 27, and dealers will inspect fasteners for correct torque, correcting them as necessary, for free.

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

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By Matt Schmitz | August 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

GM's OnStar 4G LTE Rolling Into Dealerships

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As we reported previously, GM aims to be a leader in onboard 4G LTE connectivity and has begun selling 2015 models equipped with the technology. To date only Audi has provided onboard 4G, appearing first in its newly redesigned 2015 A3 sedan. A 4G LTE connection in the car has broader and probably more meaningful implications than onboard Wi-Fi, such as fast delivery of navigation and traffic data and, eventually, the capacity to update onboard multimedia or even car functions wirelessly. But for now, the focus is on the OnStar hotspot, to which up to seven devices can connect.

Related: 2014 Chevrolet Impala: Five Surprising Features

GM is making the hardware standard on most of its models, even the tiny Chevrolet Spark, though the goods will come later in the 2015 model year to the full-size truck-based models: the Chevy Tahoe, Suburban and Silverado; GMC Yukon and Sierra; and Cadillac Escalade. Other vehicles that can actually fit seven humans, the full-size crossovers -- the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia - will wait until the 2016 model year. GM says some of its base work-truck pickups will be sold without the hardware.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | August 18, 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.

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

Cadillac Upgrades 2015 Escalade, Adds Platinum Edition

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Just a few months after Cadillac introduced the redesigned 2015 Escalade, the automaker has announced upgrades to the line of luxury SUVs and the arrival of a new range-topping model.

Related: 2015 Cadillac Escalade: First Look

All Escalades will get a new eight-speed automatic transmission, replacing the six-speed automatic that the SUV had at launch, as well as 4G LTE wireless connectivity for (theoretically) super-fast onboard data service for personal electronic devices. A hands-free closing liftgate feature joins the already present hands-free opening feature, and a new Surround View camera system for the display screen allows a 360-degree view of the Escalade's surroundings.

By Aaron Bragman | August 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

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