We’ve already had confirmation that Cadillac is sunsetting the ATS compact sedan and strong hints that Caddy would discontinue the full-size XTS (pictured above) and midsize CTS, too. Now all three are confirmed, with GM saying it’s investing $175 million to build two replacement sedans.
GM has already begun installing new tooling at its Lansing Grand River assembly plant in Michigan. That will go toward building two new sedans, which reports suggest are likely to be called the Cadillac CT5 and CT4, or possibly the CT3. It’s part of Cadillac’s plan to introduce a new vehicle every six months by the end of 2021. A spokesman told the Associated Press that the new cars will debut within that time frame and that the changes won’t affect staffing levels at the plant, which employs
On this week’s Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by Associate Editor Joel Stocksdale and Contributing Editor James Riswick. They talk about being behind the wheel of the 2018 Cadillac ATS-V, 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt and 2018 Nissan Kicks. They also discuss the week’s news such as Tesla and Ford both having profitable quarters, better than people were expecting. Not only that, but they talk about how the Camaro may be changing in the near future, plus the potential of Jaguar electric cars. The podcast then finishes with a Spend My Money segment in which we Autoblog editors help a reader choose a car to buy.
Autoblog Podcast #559
Get The Podcast
iTunes – Subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes
RSS – Add the Autoblog Podcast feed to your RSS aggregator
Having a bad day? Well, at least you can take solace knowing that in all likelihood, it’s not as bad as this transporter driver’s day. A Scania truck carrying a load of luxury SUVs hit a railway bridge while transporting the vehicles in Perth, Scotland. The roofs of at least two vehicles, Ranger Rover Sport and a Jaguar F-Pace, best we can tell, appear to have been completely shorn off, and other vehicles appear to have less serious though still significant damage.
The bridge in question has a clearance of 13 feet, 3 inches, and there are several warning signs ahead of the low-hanging passage. Clearly, the driver missed the message. According to NetworkRail Scotland’s Twitter page, the bridge was inspected by engineers for damage and deemed safe for railway traffic. The cars, well … not so much.
General Motors’ Cadillac outscored Tesla in a new ranking of partially automated driving systems tested by Consumer Reports and released on Thursday.
The highly influential nonprofit organization, which tests and rates a variety of consumer products from appliances to vehicles, said it compared Cadillac’s Super Cruise and Tesla’s Autopilot with similar systems from Nissan and Volvo. Nissan’s ProPilot Assist was ranked third and Volvo’s Pilot Assist fourth.
Consumer Reports said it has been testing partially automated driving systems for several years but elected to conduct a formal study intended for publication, because “we are at a tipping point where they are now going mainstream,” according to Jake Fisher, director of auto testing.
The organization said its tests, conducted on a private track and on public roads in Connecticut, were designed to measure the systems’ ability to automatically control steering and speed in certain situations, while helping drivers pay attention and regain manual
We were all pretty excited to see the reveal of the McLaren Speedtail last week, looking like something the Silver Surfer rode in on. But now, on YouTube, tucked away amid the jumble of videos of talking heads offering commentary on the still images of the hypercar, is one little snippet of video of the Speedtail actually moving under its own power.
It’s moving very slowly, being driven out the doors of the also-futuristic McLaren Technology Centre HQ in Woking, England, by senior designer Alex Alexiev, who apparently supplied the video to the McLaren dealership in Newport Beach, Calif.
You can hear the engine at high idle. You can see Alexiev in the center seat, the front aero wheel covers remaining stationary, and the taper of that long, long tail as the car heads off into the English countryside.
While sun and vacation revelers may mourn the impending end of summer, Tesla Motors enthusiasts may want to celebrate because a wireless charging system is on the way for the luxury electric vehicles. Evatran, which has branded its inductive charging system under the name Plugless Power, is mere “weeks” away from its first deliveries, TechCrunch says. Evatran is taking reservations for the system, which, for now, costs about $2,400 for its floor-mounted and car-mounted modules.
For those who find the concept a bit esoteric, Evatran was kind enough to post a 30-second video on YouTube this week showing how the system works. And by the looks of the video, it works about as simple as you can imagine it would, as the driver can merely park the car over the top of the Plugless Power floor module, and exit the vehicle.
Early adopters to receive complimentary home charger and installation
DETROIT – Cadillac is offering a complimentary 240-volt home charging station and installation to early buyers of the all-new 2014 ELR electrified luxury coupe.
“The ELR’s blend of leading technology with provocative design and fun-to-drive performance is set to bring new buyers to Cadillac and to electrification itself,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, chief marketing officer, Global Cadillac. “Professional installation of the fastest home-charging unit is a natural way to mark the introduction of ELR to the luxury market.”
Cadillac is offering the ELR on an ultra-low-mileage, 39-month lease for qualified lessees at $699 per month with $5,999 due at signing after all offers.
The Cadillac ELR offers a convergence of luxury, electrification and sporty driving in a premium coupe with dynamic design and an award-winning range-extended electric powertrain capable of 340 miles of total range.
A few years ago, Audi Of America’s boss Johan de Nysschen went on record describing the Chevrolet Volt as “a car for idiots.” Fast-forward to earlier this summer, and the well-regarded executive suddenly found himself in a new office with new business cards bearing the title: President, Cadillac. That means that among other challenges, de Nysschen is now tasked with selling the ELR, a car that is, at its core, a Volt in a sportier, less utile frock wearing a price tag that’s twice as expensive.
Frankly, it’s not a prospect we imagine the South African executive and recent Infiniti boss relishes. Just about nobody is buying the ELR – Cadillac has sold but 774 examples of its plug-in hybrid coupe this year and it presently has an almost a 200-day supply according to
Cadillac spokesman David Caldwell confirmed that there won’t be a second-generation ELR.
“Subsequent generations of the car will not be developed,” he wrote in an e-mail to Autoblog. “It’s available currently as a 2016 model, and there’s no change to that status.”
The model debuted in late 2013 and used a version of the powertrain in the Chevrolet Volt. The main problem, of course, was that the car had a $76,000 price tag that proved too much for most automobile buyers to stomach. Last year, GM sold 1,024 ELRs,