Purple 1966 Cadillac Is A Blast From The Past: eBay Find

The ostentatiousness of the 1960s is alive and well in this 1966 Cadillac DeVille convertible currently for sale on eBay. With a claimed 65,000 original miles on its odometer, this big, purple convertible is filled to the brim with the best luxury features of the era.

Power windows and locks, plus a power top, make it easy to get fresh air into this behemoth’s cabin. Meanwhile, power steering and brakes, as well as a built-in air conditioner, ensure that the driver of this beast never breaks a sweat while cruising around town.

The seller notes that the car has been restored, but doesn’t say when the work occurred. Nonetheless, photos of the undercarriage show a clean, rust-free frame. With an opening bid of $99,500 on this “no reserve” auction, we think the seller will have a hard time finding a buyer for this well-optioned 1966 DeVille convertible.

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‘Good’ Jobs Aren’t Coming Back

Darius Mir grew his business 9to5 Seating, which makes office chairs, by moving manufacturing from California to China in the early 2000s. But manufacturing in China became increasingly challenging. The global slowdown shuttered dozens of plants in China, and some skilled workers went home to their villages, Mir told me, so that the company had trouble finding good employees. What’s more, as China devalued its currency, 9to5 Seating had to spend more on wages because of the unfavorable exchange rate, making it less cost-efficient to produce goods in China.

Looking for solutions, Mir did some research and realized that if he could locate a plant somewhere in the central U.S., where he could ship goods to customers in a day, and if he could automate some jobs to save labor costs, producing chairs in the U.S. could work. Thanks in part to automation, he found, a

... read more at: https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/10/onshoring-jobs/412201/

Mercedes-Benz may stop selling diesels in US

In the wake of the Dieselgate crisis, selling diesels has become a dicey proposition–and not just for Volkswagen. The debate around diesels has been especially heated in the U.S., which has some of the planet’s strictest emissions regulations and where diesels have never really caught on anyway.  

Some automakers have said that they’ll keep trying to sell diesels in America after Dieselgate dies down, but Daimler subsidiary Mercedes-Benz may be throwing in the towel for good. 

No progress

Like other manufacturers of diesel vehicles, Mercedes-Benz has been accused of illegal activity since Dieselgate began making headlines in September 2015. In April 2016, owners of Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC diesels filed suit, claiming that Mercedes had installed defeat devices of its own. 

Around the same time, the Environmental Protection Agency launched an investigation of those vehicles. Ultimately, it declined to approve any Mercedes diesels for sale in the U.S for the 2017 model year. To

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Cadillac ATS Sedan

After a day driving around Georgia and lapping the brand-new Atlanta Motorsports Park, we can say, yup, the ATS is legit. Just to be sure, we hooked up our test equipment to a pre-production model while we were there.

No More Cimarron Jokes
Make no mistake, the 2013 Cadillac ATS is a completely brand-new, from-scratch rear-wheel-drive design (all-wheel drive is optional). True, the three available direct-injected engines have been seen before in various iterations, and the fantastic CUE infotainment system debuted in the XTS. But as a whole, this is a brand-new Caddy.

And it’s light. There’s lots of high-strength and ultrahigh-strength steel, and the chassis is scalloped out and utilizes lightening holes to shed pounds where possible. There’s also an aluminum hood, magnesium engine mount brackets and aluminum front suspension arms. End result? The base model tips the scales at 3,315 pounds, while the 3.6 V6 test car comes in at

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2017 Lexus RX 350 Review

Almost ubiquitous with the term “luxury crossover,” the Lexus RX was redesigned last year with a far more lavish look and feel inside and out. 

It’s a daring breath of fresh air for the model that essentially pioneered this premium, upscale segment. We like the current Lexus RX, even though it’s not quite as polished to drive as some rivals. With its solid feel and eye-catching looks, the RX rates a 7.3 out of 10 on our scale. (Read more about how we rate cars this year.)

The RX is available as either the gas-only RX 350 or the hybrid RX 450h. A special F Sport trim level is available that adds its own adaptive suspension setup. 

For 2017, the RX gains as standard some previously optional features: automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and automatic windshield wipers are the highlights. 

Lexus RX styling, comfort, and performance

It may be a bit of a cliche

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2016 Cadillac SRX Review

The 2016 Cadillac SRX carries over unchanged for the 2016 model year, with the XT5 replacing the nameplate for model year 2017.

The SRX is GM’s luxury five-seat crossover SUV. It’s a counterpart to the big, truck-based Escalade, but they’re as different as they can be when it comes to capability and road manners. The Escalade is all about blingy bluster, and for some, heavy-duty work–the SRX is geared to toting four or five adults around town, through whatever weather comes its way.

The SRX tucks a conventional crossover-SUV shape under Cadillac’s usual array of stark angles and sculpted curves. It’s the oldest model in the Cadillac lineup, but still looks fresh and tasteful–especially in light of what we’ve seen of its upcoming replacement, the XT5. The Art amp; Science styling theme is more muted here than on past Cadillacs, but the SRX is still an edgy outlier when compared with vehicles

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2015 Cadillac SRX Review

The 2015 Cadillac SRX is a smaller, more carlike counter to the macho, super-luxurious Escalade. At the same time, it takes aim at a completely different crowd—those who want a comfortable, manageable utility vehicle that performs well but is more mild-mannered and economical to drive and own.

The SRX is the most dated model in the Cadillac lineup, yet it still still does manage to look contemporary. It wears the edgy Arts and Science design that we’ve come to know from Cadillac, and its upscale interior harkens more to the brand’s newest sedans than any of GM’s lesser vehicles.

Power for all SRX models comes from a 308-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine, with a six-speed automatic transmission. You can get this vehicle with front- or all-wheel drive, and the all-wheel-drive models use a Haldex system with electronic limited-slip differential; the latter is a great choice for snowy climates and bad weather. Overall,

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Which 2016 Cars Offer In-Car Wi-Fi?

CARS.COM — Bluetooth technology that allows hands-free use of a cellphone in a car now is almost universal, and the ability to operate smartphone apps through a vehicle’s audio system with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay is rapidly heading in that direction. Conquering the next frontier for in-car connectivity — turning vehicles into Wi-Fi mobile hot spots for wirelessly connecting multiple devices — also is gaining momentum.

Related: Which 2017 Cars Offer In-Car Wi-Fi?

Since Audi became the first brand to offer built-in Wi-Fi in 2011, the list has grown to 16 brands and nearly 100 vehicle lines for the 2016 model year, and it includes non-luxury brands and pickup trucks. Moreover, most automakers now are using faster 4G LTE systems.

In these cars, SUVs and trucks, a tablet or laptop — not just a smartphone — can remotely connect to office networks, play movies and TV shows, access

... read more at: https://www.cars.com/articles/which-2016-cars-offer-in-car-wi-fi-1420692485384/

GM recalls 3.64 million Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC vehicles for airbag issue: full list

General Motors is recalling more than 3.64 million Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC vehicles registered in the U.S. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the software that controls the airbags on those vehicles may not deploy the devices during collisions.

The problem is rooted in the airbag sensing and diagnostic module, or SDM, which was supplied by Delphi. As for specifics, the short version is that the software associated with that module can prevent airbags from deploying and seatbelt pretensioners from activating during crashes. The longer version, for the curious, is that:

“The supplier of these SDMs included a diagnostic ‘oscillation test’ routine in its SDM software which can be improperly activated by pre-crash vehicle dynamics and which can, in rare circumstances, interfere with the SDM’s proper deployment of frontal airbags or pretensioners as required.”

ALSO SEE: Is Apple canning the electric car it never publicly discussed?

In other words, the SDM

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