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 19-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.

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By Kelsey Mays | September 19, 2014 | Comments (5)

Recall Alert: 2011-2014 Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana

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Vehicles Affected: More than 3,000 GM full-size cargo vans from the 2011-14 model years that run on compressed natural gas, including Chevrolet Express vans manufactured between Sept. 10, 2010, and April 28, 2014, and GMC Savana CNG vans manufactured between May 23, 2011, and April 21, 2014

The Problem: The vans may leak natural gas from the CNG high-pressure regulator, which in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire or an explosion.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the high-pressure regulator for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

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

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 | September 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

New House Report Blasts NHTSA

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On the heels of yesterday's New York Times investigation, a report from the House Energy and Commerce Committee blasted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for an alleged series of critical mistakes leading up to GM's recall of some 2.2 million small cars in the U.S. over faulty ignitions.

Related: GM Ignition-Switch Recall: What Owners Need To Know

The 44-page report claims NHTSA had information to identify the defects, which have been linked to more than a dozen deaths, as early as 2007. The report also concludes that the agency failed to link three investigations on crashes involving airbags that didn't deploy in the Chevrolet Cobalt and didn't understand "vehicle systems and functions implemented in response to the agency's own standards," including the link between airbags and vehicle power.

NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman defended the agency to The Detroit News on Monday, saying he'd met with a dozen automakers to facilitate further discussions on how vehicle systems interact. NHTSA's actions have also prompted some 1,300 recalls over the past decade.

Click here to read more on the report from The Detroit News.

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By Kelsey Mays | September 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

GM Issues Stop Sale on 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes

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GM has issued a stop-sale order on about 2,800 new Chevrolet Corvettes, a spokesman for the automaker told The Detroit News. GM spokesman Alan Adler told the newspaper that the Detroit automaker has instructed dealers to halt delivery on about 2,000 model-year 2015 Corvettes to repair a problem with the driver-side airbag, and has temporarily stopped shipments of the high-performance sports cars from its Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant.

Related: GM Ignition-Switch Recall: What Owners Need To Know

Another 800 Corvettes, most still at dealerships, were also placed on hold because they may have been built with only one of the rear parking brake cables fully seated and engaged. The part must be inspected to ensure the brake is operating on both brake drums, Adler told the newspaper. Adler said very few of the 2,800 were already in customer possession, and would not say whether the stop sale would be followed by a recall. Get the full story from The Detroit News.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 12, 2014 | Comments (4)

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: 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)

Recall Alert: 2011-2013 Buick Regal, 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

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Vehicles Affected: More than 120,000 model-year 2011-13 Buick Regal and 2013 Malibu sedans

The Problem: The vehicles are equipped with two turn signal bulbs in each front turn signal; if one of the two bulbs burns out in either front turn signal lamp, there is no indication to the driver and he or she may continue to drive the vehicle. If half of a front turn signal is not illuminating, other drivers may not be aware that the affected vehicle is turning, increasing the risk of a crash. Cars.com first reported on this issue on July 23.

The Fix: GM will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will update the body control module software for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300, Chevrolet at 800-222-1020, 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 26, 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)

Recall Alert: 2014 Chevrolet Impala

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Vehicles Affected: More than 57,000 model-year 2014 Chevrolet Impala sedans manufactured between Nov. 5, 2012, and Dec. 20, 2013

The Problem: Due to a poor electrical ground connection to the power steering control module, the vehicle may lose power steering assist during start up or while driving; this could require greater driver effort to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash. We first reported on this issue on July 23.

The Fix: GM will begin notifying owners late this month, and dealers will clean paint from behind the ground stud nut and update the power steering control module software for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020, 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 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 15,000 model-year 2014-15 Chevrolet Impala LT and LTZ sedans equipped with a front console storage compartment

The Problem: The inertia latch on the compartment door may not engage during a rear collision, and the front console compartment door may open. The automaker is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to the problem, and it has ordered a stop-sale on any unsold models until repairs are made.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the console door storage compartment door inertia latch. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 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 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

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