Burt Reynolds’ influence on car culture cannot be overstated. Be it “Smokey and the Bandit” or “Cannonball Run,” his films inspired a generation of car enthusiasts. He died a few weeks back from cardiac arrest at age 82. This weekend, four vehicles from Reynolds’ personal collection — three Pontiacs and a Chevy — will go up for auction at Barrett-Jackson in Las Vegas.
It seems Reynolds had plans to sell the cars before he passed. He even filmed a short teaser for the auction and planned to attend the event himself. Three of the cars are Pontiac Trans Ams. Two are re-creations of the cars he drove in “Bandit” and the film “Hooper.” Both are 1978 models. The third Trans Am is from 1984 and was used to promote Reynolds’ USFL team, the Tampa Bay Bandits. The
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Cadillac has just confirmed that the ATS Sedan dies at the end of the 2018 model year. In an e-mail to CarBuzz, spokesman Donny Nordlicht wrote, “Production of the ATS Sedan is ending due to extensive plant upgrades, expansion and re-tooling to prepare for the next generation of Cadillac sedans.” The admission confirms several months of deduction based on a document trail put together by The Truth About Cars.
Last December, TTAC reported that General Motors didn’t list a 2019 Cadillac ATS sedan on VIN documents submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Only the coupe remained, the presumption being that 2018 would be the last year for the sedan. That presumption was bolstered by industry sleuth Bozi Tatarevic’s discovery this week that GM hasn’t included the ATS sedan in the carmaker’s fleet order guide.
The death of the four-door
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Rumors have been swirling for months about the fate of the slow-selling Lincoln Continental amid Ford‘s larger plans to pare cars from its lineup in favor of trucks and SUVs. But now comes word of official order guides that show the 2019 Continental priced as much as $4,925 more than the previous year’s model.
That price bump brings more perks for buyers, however. According to CarsDirect, all models will get adaptive cruise control and the Lincoln Co-Pilot360 suite of safety technology, which includes automatic emergency braking, blind-spot information system and rearview camera.
The base level Continental Premiere will start at $47,140, including destination fee, which is $985 more than the 2018 model. The Reserve model is where the starting price jumps $4,925 to $60,705. It adds technology like a 360-degree camera, heads-up display and park assist, plus heated rear seats and
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A Cadillac spokesman tells Autoblog the 2019 model year will be the last for the ATS-V and CTS-V. The ATS-V is powered by a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 that’s good for 464 hp and 445 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 262 hp and 173 lb-ft from the base, four-cylinder ATS, which is also set to go to pasture at the end of the 2018 model year.
The CTS-V, meanwhile, boasts a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 under its carbon-fiber hood that puts out 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque, good for a 3.7-second 0-60 mph time and a top speed of 200 mph. In a Quick Spin review last year, Autoblog Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore called the car “old-school muscle in an Esquire-approved suit. It’s ‘roids and cufflinks.”
As for what’s next for an expanded V-Series, Cadillac has the new XT4 crossover, and
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This is part of a series breaking down all the terms you need to know if you’re buying a new or used car from a dealership. Check out the rest of the series at our Car Buyer’s Glossary.
What’s the difference between MSRP and an addendum sticker?
Great question. From a car buyer’s perspective, neither of these things should be a factor in any of your negotiations. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price is technically what a manufacturer thinks a dealer should charge for a vehicle, but as you well know, in the real world cars sell for whatever a buyer can get a dealer to agree to. Whether it’s well below or well above MSRP is due to supply and demand, as well as the negotiation skills of the buyer.
With that in mind, the dealer addendum sticker is something the dealer adds, usually next to the Monroney
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Formula E is getting ready to launch its second generation of battery-powered race cars for the 2019 circuit, so owners are making the first 40 electric race cars available for purchase.
Bloomberg reports the cars, some of which presumably raced all four seasons, will fetch between $200,000 and $289,000. Formula E paid about 16 million euros ($18.4 million) for the 40 cars — or $460,000 apiece, meaning they’re roughly half-off the original price. They were leased to the teams, some of which are apparently interested in purchasing them back. Formula E isn’t officially marketing the cars but is using word of mouth. Also, every car has an identical chassis and battery, so their individual value may be pegged to things like victories, sentiment and other factors.
Since they were introduced, battery technology has improved enough that the next generation will be able to do a 45-minute
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Well folks, the inevitable has happened. The 2020 Cadillac CT5 luxury sports sedan prototype has shed its hood scoop. Yes, we’re as disappointed as you are that instead of being outrageous and brash, Cadillac is still going to try to be classy, understated and luxurious when it comes to its mainline models. And yes, we’re being sarcastic here … but there’s a part of us that would kind of like to see the scoop survive.
Anyway, the good news is that the scoop is only one of a few bits of fake bodywork and camouflage that the CT5 has shed. As such, we get our best look yet at the new Cadillac sedan, and it looks pretty good. The grille is very wide and not nearly as tall as the prominent prows of current Cadillacs. It actually doesn’t even look as tall as the grille of ... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/08/07/2020-cadillac-ct5-spy-shots-hood-scoop/
Cars are generally more reliable than ever before. When things do go wrong, every automaker offers some form of factory warranty (in most cases at least three years and 36,000 miles, though many extend even longer), providing peace of mind to new-car buyers that many faults will be fixed at no charge to the customer. Starting today, GM is offering a new optional plan that will extend the factory warranty on all new Chevy, GMC, Buick and Cadillac products.
In the past, extended warranties have been offered as dealer add-ons, with all profits from these sales going to the dealership. GM’s new program can be viewed as another nail in the the looming dealership-model coffin. According to Automotive News, some dealers aren’t happy to see GM cut into their
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Cadillac is cancelling its Book by Cadillac subscription service, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal and confirmed to Autoblog by a Cadillac spokesperson. The $1,800 a month service has been in operation since early last year.
The Cadillac spokesperson told us this: “Following nearly two years of service, Cadillac will temporarily pause the Book by Cadillac program effective December 1, 2018.” This moves comes not too long after the decision to leave its New York City headquarters and return to Michigan.
While Cadillac claims the disruption of service will be temporary, there’s no defined plan to start the program back up again. The reason for the cancellation? The service ended up being more costly than Cadillac expected it to be. Owners will have 30 days from the time they’re notified to turn their vehicles in. If this subscription service was your only transportation, then you
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When the Cadillac Escalade debuted 20 years ago, car-based crossovers were just getting their start. The Escalade was and still is basically a Chevy Tahoe with new styling and a nicer interior. That’s especially true today, as our test car has an interior that looks like it was lifted straight from a Cadillac CTS rather than a Chevy Silverado. Crossovers may be more comfortable and fuel efficient, but they can’t hold a candle to towing and payload capabilities of a body-on-frame SUV. If you need to haul seven people and a full-size Airstream in quiet comfort, few options are better than the Escalade.
This week, our tester was a long-wheelbase Escalade ESV. That means substantially more room both behind the third row and with the seats folded. The Premium Luxury trim sits in the middle
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