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New Cadillac ATS Coupe to Get Detroit Auto Show Debut

One of many new models under development.

by on Nov.25, 2013

Cadillac is prepping a new coupe version of the ATS.

Gone are the days when a luxury manufacturer could get by with just a handful of different product lines.  These days, high-line makers are racing to fill in all the white spaces they can think of.  Just think BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz.

And while Cadillac officials say they won’t try to match their German competitors model for model, General Motors’ flagship brand is well aware that it, too, needs to expand what has been, in recent years, a fairly narrow line-up.

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A number of new products have been launched of late, the new Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid and CTS sedan just the latest. But you can bet there are more on the horizon – including an all-new coupe version of the compact Caddy ATS that, we’re hearing, should make its debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show less than two months from now.


Cadillac Developing New Convertible

Will slot in under next-gen CTS.

by on Apr.29, 2011

Caddy will develop an all-new soft-top convertible, rather than going the folding hard-top route or modifying the current CTS Coupe.

Cadillac is looking to go topless.  Years after abandoning its last drop-top, the domestic luxury maker is reportedly developing a new convertible that will be part of a wave of new products coming to market by mid-decade.

The Detroit maker is apparently opting for a soft-top, rather than the more heavy, complicated – and expensive – folding metal roof that a number of makers, including BMW and Volkswagen, have been adopting.

As reported earlier this week, convertible sales have plunged precipitously in recent years, from 247,519 in 2005 to 112,914 just four years later.  Ford has seen demand for the  Mustang ragtop drop from 25% of the pony car’s overall sales to just 13% lately.  But there are signs of a ragtop renaissance.

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Convertible sales rose 9% last year, to 122,949 – though that was below the overall U.S. market recovery – and a forecast by consulting firm IHS anticipates the segment’s volume will reach 223,224 by 2015, about the time Caddy goes al fresco.

There had been some talk of stripping the roof off the striking CTS Coupe, but that approach was apparently abandoned in favor of a more ground-up design that doesn’t need extensive shoring up to maintain the convertible’s body dynamics.


First drive: Cadillac CTS Coupe

New two door is sexiest Cadillac ever.

by on Dec.02, 2010

The Cadillac CTS Coupe has a sexy shape that likes strikingly different compared to the sedan.

A friend from long ago once said that he would always own two-doors. This was long before the days of children, or even taking business associates to lunch, but one has to wonder, did he ever succumb to the convenience of those extra doors?

Cadillac CTS buyers are now confronted by such decisions. If you’re in the market, do you walk past the attractive sedan – not to mention the really useful wagon – and head straight for the sexy new coupe?

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And, oh, what a luscious coupe it is. This is no mere two-door version of the CTS. Unlike some two-doors, which have very similar profiles compared to their four-door brethren, nobody will ever have to count door handles to figure out if the CTS they are looking at is a sedan or coupe. Did someone say something about door handles? Unlike other CTS models, the coupe doesn’t even have them. The doors open with the push of a recessed soft-touch button.

First Drive: 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe

The long wait for a world-class Caddy coupe is over.

by on Jun.21, 2010

Cadillac's 2011 CTS Coupe is the latest addition to its "entry" luxury line-up. A high-performance version, the CTS-V Coupe, will follow.

Cadillac’s burgeoning family of CTS-branded vehicles, the original four-door sedan, the high-performance CTS-V sedan, and the slick CTS sport wagon, now includes a radically edgy coupe.

It’s been a long wait.  Caddy’s last true coupe, the Eldorado, went out of production in 2002.

Is it different from the CTS sedan?  Yes, and in more than a few key places and dimensions.

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The 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe is virtually identical to the concept vehicle shown at the Detroit auto show in January 2008.  The 2-door’s wheelbase is the same as the sedan’s, but the roofline is two inches lower, the body is two inches shorter, and the rear track has been widened by two inches compared to the existing sedan, to plant those big tires.  The windshield rake angle is much steeper than the sedan’s, at 62.3 degrees, and the rear window is nearly flat when viewed from the side.


Cadillac Sets $38,990 Price on New CTS Coupe

High-performance 2011 Caddy CTS-V Coupe starts at $62,990.

by on May.20, 2010

The 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe will start at just under $40,000, including destination charges.

Looking to get your hands on the new 2011 CTS Coupe?  Start putting away your pennies…nickels, dimes, quarters and plenty of folding money, as well.  The well-reviewed 2-door will start at $38,990 when it goes on sale in the weeks ahead.

That will cover the standard-issue 3.6-liter, Direct Injection V6, which will make 304 horsepower.  Not enough?  Start a second piggy bank.  The supercharged, 556-horsepower, 6.2-liter CTS V-Series Coupe will set you back $62,990, GM reveals.  (All figures here include destination charges.)

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Caddy has been steadily expanding its “base” model line-up, starting with the econd-generation CTS sedan, then 4-door V-Series and the CTS wagon.  But the Coupe version has been generating buzz ever since its debut, several years ago, in concept form at the Detroit Auto Show.


Cadillac Planning “New Start” in Europe

GM luxury brand planning big roll-out at Geneva Motor Show.

by on Feb.22, 2010

The mesh grille is the most immediate visual cue this is the 2011 Cadillac CTSv Coupe.

The Cadillac CTS Coupe will make its European debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

General Motors will set up a new distribution unit, Cadillac Europe, in a bid to re-establish its top-line luxury brand in the competitive Continental market.

While details of the new network aren’t being released yet, Cadillac plans a big push at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, where it will stage the European debut of the new CTS Coupe, as well as the CTS wagonCTS-V performance sedan and second-generation SRX crossover.

“Europe is an important market for Cadillac,” says Cadillac General Manager Bryan Nesbitt, who adds that, “Re-establishing distribution of our premium offerings is good news for those who seek import exclusiveness.”

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It’s the latest in a series of recent efforts to land the Caddy brand in what is arguably the most difficult luxury market in the world.  Smaller than the U.S. market, European buyers tend to be loyal to their own brands and, with rare exception, have turned a cold shoulder to both U.S. and Japanese luxury marques.  (more…)

Spy Shots: 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe V-series still alive!

The last trick for GM's disbanded high-performance team?

by on Feb.26, 2009

2011 Caddy CTS Coupe V-Series: the last trick from GM's high-performance team?

2011 Caddy CTS Coupe V-Series: the last trick from GM's high-performance team?

Last week GM shocked enthusiasts by announcing that the High Performance Vehicle Operations team was being disbanded. The HPVO crew, responsible for the V-series Cadillacs, Chevy Cobalt SS and HHR SS were said to be off working on regular cars now. These photos, shot in the last 24 hours, show the hipo team has one more trick up their sleeve.

The last time we saw a CTS Coupe V-series prototype was August 2008. It’s absence since then combined with GM’s Viability plan submitted to Congress had many thinking the hot rod coupe had been killed off. These new photos show the V-series coupe is alive and well!