Cadillac Escalade gets $5000 discount to ward off Lincoln Navigator

General Motors apparently isn’t going to let early good reception for the redesigned Lincoln Navigator steal thunder from its own luxury SUV without a fight. It’s offering a $5,000 discount on the purchase or lease of the Cadillac Escalade this month to any buyer who trades in a 1999 or newer Lincoln model, Bloomberg reports.

GM spokesman Jim Cain told Bloomberg the incentive is being offered to keep prices competitive for the Escalade. The 2018 Navigator starts at $72,055, compared to $73,995 for the Escalade, but the outgoing version of the Navigator is selling for an average of around $53,000, compared with more than $80,000 on average for the Escalade, he said.

The Escalade was the top-selling domestic luxury SUV in October and No. 4 in the segment, according to Motor Intelligence. It far outsold the Navigator, which last saw a refresh in 2015 and a full redesign

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Intel CEO resigns after probe of relationship with employee

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has resigned after a probe found a consensual relationship with an employee violated company policy.

The head of the largest U.S. chipmaker is the latest in a line of powerful men in business and politics to lose their jobs or resign over relationships viewed as inappropriate, a phenomenon highlighted by the #MeToo movement.

“An ongoing investigation by internal and external counsel has confirmed a violation of Intel‘s non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers,” Intel said in a statement.

The board named Chief Financial Officer Robert Swan as interim CEO and said it has begun a search for a permanent CEO, including internal and external candidates.

Intel declined to give any further information about the probe. Its shares fell 2 percent.

Microsoft walks away from Windows 7, Office 2013 support forums

Microsoft has quietly told customers that it will stop participating in the online support forums devoted to consumer questions about Windows 7 and a host of other products.

The announcement, which Microsoft posted over the weekend to several of the affected support forums, said the change would take place next month.

“Effective July 2018, the Microsoft Community forums listed below will shift support scope and Microsoft staff will no longer provide technical support there,” the identical messages stated. “There will be no proactive reviews, monitoring, answering or answer marking of questions.”

Along with Windows 7, the other products covered by the mandate include Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 RT, Office 2010 and Office 2013, the Security Essentials antivirus program and the early Surface and Surface Pro 2-in-1 devices.

GM Sacks Cadillac Chief Johan DeNysschen

Three sentences stand out in General Motors’ press release announcing Wednesday that Cadillac president/GM senior vice president Johan de Nysschen is out, and Steve Carlisle, the president and managing director of the automaker’s Canadian operations, is in as his replacement.

One is that “The transition will begin immediately.”

The other is a quote from GM President Dan Ammann in thanking de Nysschen for nearly four years of leading Cadillac; “Looking forward, the world is changing rapidly, and beginning with the launch of the new XT4, it is paramount that we capitalize immediately on the opportunities that arise from this rate of change.

“This move,” Ammann adds, “will further accelerate our efforts in that regard.”

De Nysschen was solidly behind the proliferation of Cadillac’s sport/utility and crossover/utility portfolio, as obvious from my interview with him in September 2014, about a month after he took the job.


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Mercedes reinvents luxury pick-up segment with X-Class – just

X 250 d proved to be the perfect vehicle for the English spring

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If we overlook the Lincoln Mark LT and Cadillac Escalade EXT, discontinued ten and five years ago respectively, Mercedes-Benz is the first luxury brand with a global reach to launch a pick-up. Will the new X-Class succeed in the parts of the world – and North America isn’t one of them – where Mercedes-Benz Vans has begun to sell it?

Even in boring white and mostly covered in snow during the time we spent together, the X 250 d 4MATIC attracted lots of gazes, likely due to that not so subtle large three-pointed star in the grille. It would have looked even better, and been still more popular had it had a snow plough attachment, like the gritting trucks in my part of the world.

After weeks spent variously with a Subaru XV, Isuzu D-Max and Volvo

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2 killed, 1 injured in early morning Salem shootings |


Two men were shot and killed in Salem early Saturday and a third man was shot and is in stable condition in a local hospital.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to Bar Fly’s Grill at 2:28 a.m. Saturday for a reported shooting.

Inside the bar, authorities found two men with gunshot wounds. One died later at a hospital, and the other is in stable condition. 

According to a news release, authorities found the body of a third man in the parking lot of DaVita Dialysis nearby on Lancaster Drive NE in Salem.

The sheriff’s office believes the incidents are related. 

Officials did not release any names or additional information.

Deputies are asking for anyone who saw a red Cadillac Escalade nearby at the time of the shooting to call the tip line, 503-540-8079.

This report will be updated

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Portland Art Museum to showcase ‘The Shape of Speed’

Ken Gross has done it again. He’ll expose classic streamlined vehicles to yet another new audience when the Portland Art Museum features “The Shape of Speed” exhibition from June 16 through September 16.

The exhibition will showcase 16 cars and two motorcycles, as well as engineering drawings and period photographs that include the aircraft, railroad, ship and yacht designs that influenced automotive designers.

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This will be the second time Gross has been guest curator for an automotive exhibit at the museum. In 2011, he helped with “The Allure of the Automobile” that presented vehicles as rolling sculpture.

Gross, a hot-rodder, automotive writer and former director of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, has spread interest in collector cars by convincing art museums in Phoenix, Houston, Salt Lake City, Indianapolis, Nashville, Atlanta

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