Posted on: Wednesday, February 1, 2012
For those of you who aren’t aware, the limousine market is changing. Just like with other markets, Cadillac is jump-starting this one too with its premier luxury sedan. Cadillac is unveiling this luxury bombshell at the International Limousine, Charter and Tour Show (LCT) in Las Vegas on February 13-15. Houston Cadillac Dealers are excited to see the Cadillac XTS go head-to-head with other luxury brand sedans in the industry.
While a descendant to the former DTS/DeVille line of luxury sedans, the XTS proclaims a redesign that emphasizes a sportier, younger luxury image bathed with advanced technology and intuitive connectivity.
“This new vehicle will help dispel some of the myths out there about Cadillac,” said Ray Bush, Cadillac Professional Vehicles Program Manager. “The Cadillac of old was from the standpoint of large, floaty vehicles. Cadillac has moved away from that with its new products launched over the last 10 years. The XTS will further that with outstanding ride characteristics that compare favorably with Cadillac vehicles of the past.”
The Cadillac XTS comes with standard features that include illuminated door handles, push-button start, Brembo brakes, rear visions camera and obstacle detection, and OnStar. The Cadillac XTS has optional features which include navigation system; a Luxury Package with a memory driver’s seat; heated/cooled front seats and a premium audio system with surround sounds; and a Rear Comfort package with heated seats, side-window and backlight sun shades and Tri-zone HVAC controls.
The XTS “W20 Livery Sedan Package” will be unveiled in the Cadillac booth at the International LCT Show, with the extended sedan and limousine chassis available later this year. Special pricing and incentives are expected to be announced at the show as well. All vehicles for the chauffeured transportation industry are covered with PVPP extended warranty for 3 years or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Cadillac is setting standards again. Maybe limousines are not your style and that’s okay. Stop by your local Houston Cadillac dealer to test drive the Cadillac CTS, SRX or Escalade today.
Posted on: Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Cadillac is back at it – winning awards and being the leaders in innovation. Popular Mechanics awarded Cadillac CUE the Top Gadgets of CES 2012: Editors’ Choice Award at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Cadillac was the only automaker selected.
The Top Gadget Award is handed out every year. The editors of Popular Mechanics selected each year’s winner. They choose the winner based on the level of innovation, potential industry impact and overall appeal. Cadillac showcased CUE amid thousands of new products and innovations in the consumer electronics show.
“After seeing an earlier demonstration of the system at the Los Angeles Auto Show, I knew it would be a strong candidate for an award as CES,” said Andrew Del-Colle, assistant editor, Popular Mechanics. “The show offered a great opportunity to compare the CUE with many other OEM and aftermarket systems, and it stood out to us for its innovative use of new standards such as HTML 5, as well for its intuitive user interface.”
The Cadillac CUE features the first automotive use of capacitive touch – the use of electrodes to sense the conductive properties of objects – meaning the touch of a finger. It is a technology used in many handheld mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad.
Cadillac’s CUE also touts other important aspects like natural speech recognition, Bluetooth connectivity for up to 10 devices and motorized concealed storage compartment. The CUE system runs on an ARM 11 3-core processor on a Linux open-source HTML5-based software platform. I don’t know what that means, but it sounds awesome.
You’ll be able to experience the CUE when it debuts in production on the 2013 Cadillac XTS luxury sedan starting in late spring. CUE will also be featured in the all-new 2013 ATS Sport Sedan launching this summer.
Stop by your local Houston Cadillac dealer to learn more about CUE and to test drive any Cadillac model today.
Posted on: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Once again, Cadillac has made history by starting production on the new standard in extended range electric vehicles. That’s right, the Cadillac ELR is a luxurious, dramatic 2+2 coupe, based on the highly acclaimed Cadillac Converj Concept which was first debuted at the North American International Auto Show in 2009. With the electric propulsion system made up of a T-shaped lithium-ion battery, an electric drive unit and a four-cyclander engine generator, the ELR will be as exhilarating to the driver as it is responsible to the envirnoment.
More than just a responisble vehicle, the Cadillac ELR is also a good looking specimen. It has a sleek profile and sharp lines that allow it to glide through the air with very little resistance. The ELR also has those signature Cadillac styling cues you’ve come to know and love such as the dramatic grille, jewel-like headlamps and vertical taillamps.
The Cadillac ELR will be armed with an electric propulsion system featuring a lithium-ion battery, an electric drive unit and a four cylinder gas-powered electric generator. Since electricity is the ELR’s primary source of energy, it also has the range-extending generator providing power when the battery is depleted, giving you more going power.
In keeping with Cadillac’s prestigious history of technical innovation, the four-seat ELR will offer something never seen before -- the combination of electric propulsion with striking design and the fun of luxury coupe driving. Prestigue, power and poise all wrapped up in an ELR. Nice.
We can’t wait for this car to make its debut. If you can’t wait either, stop by your local Houston Cadillac dealer to learn more about the ELR, or test drive a CTS, Escalde or SRX today. There’s no better time than now to start living the Cadillac lifesytle.
Posted on: Wednesday, January 11, 2012
OnStar and Cadillac are showcasing their latest technologies at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show from Jan. 10-13 in Las Vegas.
The two brands will discuss several innovations during a press conference on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 7p.m. in the Casanova ballroom (Room 505) at the Venetian Hotel and Casino.
Cadillac will demonstrate CUE, a comprehensive in-vehicle experience that merges intuitive design with auto industry-first controls and commands for information and entertainment data. Cadillac will also discuss the research methods behind the creation of CUE.
OnStar will unveil evolutionary research in the 4G LTE cloud connected vehicle space,
reveal future expansions in the mobile application arena, and make announcements about OnStar FMV, its aftermarket rearview mirror that contains all of OnStar’s key functions for older vehicles.
OnStar will also collaborate with the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network to focus on the in-vehicle experience related to streaming content sharing for all vehicle occupants. The prototype applications demonstrated in a Chevrolet Volt research vehicle include:
• Cloud-based streaming of entertainment and information content throughout the vehicle
• Rear seat infotainment management
• Video chat
Additionally, OnStar has built on its pioneering work with smart grid technology and home connectivity to develop in-vehicle applications centered on energy management:
• OnStar RemoteLink
• Real time Diagnostics and Eco Routing
• Home Energy Management
Media attending the 2012 CES are invited to attend the press activities, and can RSVP for the Jan. 8 event here. Additionally, media and consumers can visit the OnStar booth (#1330 in the North Hall) for hands-on demonstrations of Cadillac CUE, OnStar’s mobile app and the OnStar 4G LTE research vehicle.
OnStar, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors, is the leading provider of connected safety and security solutions, value-added mobility services and advanced information technology. Currently available on more than 40 MY 2011 GM models, OnStar soon will be available for installation on most other vehicles already on the road through local electronics retailers, including Best Buy. The OnStar Mobile App is a recipient of the 2011 Edison Award for Best New Product in the Remote Driving Aids segment and OnStar Stolen Vehicle Slowdown is a recipient of the 2010 Edison Award for Best New Product in the Technology segment. OnStar safely connects its more than 6 million subscribers, in the U.S., Canada and China, in ways never thought possible. More information about OnStar can be found at www.onstar.com.
Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. In recent years, Cadillac has engineered a historic renaissance led by artful engineering and advanced technology. More information on Cadillac can be found at media.cadillac.com.
Posted on: Thursday, January 5, 2012
As we recap all of the things that happened in 2011, we remember the excitement of seeing Cadillac back in the SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge. This was Cadillac’s first time back in saddle in many years, and what a comeback it was.
Back in 2004, Cadillac entered the race in true Cadillac style – with a bang. But those first years were littered with controversy concerning the car and regulations by the SCCA. When Cadillac returned in 2011, they were determined to not have any controversy.
“The SCCA is very aware of the potential of the factory team and they've got a total responsibility to all the other teams – factory, semi-factory and privateer – to not let us come in and do any kind of dominating,” said Pilgrim, one of Cadillac’s drivers, early in the season. “I totally respect that and we're working on getting up to speed. That's a big difference for us this time. We're not up front, we're not going to be up front this weekend.”
And Cadillac wasn’t up front until O’Connell won in the second of two races at Mid-Ohio in August. The win comes from a mixture of hard work and rule adjustments from the sanctioning body. O’Connell went on to dominate the season finale in Atlanta, just days after the series increased the Cadillac’s restrictor plate size by less than two percent.
In basic race form, the CTS-Vs were good, but development and rule changes throughout the season really turned it into a winner. “You always learn and there are small things you gain,” says Cole. “But the big gains came from the sanctioning body – two things they finally allowed us to use. Twice during the season they increased the size of the restrictor, and eventually we were allowed to make a radiator outlet duct. We’d had lift at the front of the car, so that change gave us some downforce.”
Cadillac’s drivers have been an important part of the development process. Their long experience with GM racing programs have combines to aid the improvements to team and car. Pilgrim have been involved with Cadillac’s World Challenge efforts through both phases, even racing the previous generation car when it was in privateer hands. Basically this means that next year will be the year of the Cadillac.
Bring on 2012.
In the meantime, stop by your local Houston Cadillac dealer to test drive the 2012 Cadillac CTS V Coupe. Nothing makes you feel more like a racer than this vehicle.