Month: September, 2013
Earlier this month, the millionth Cadillac built at the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant rolled off the line. The milestone vehicle was the redesigned 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan, which goes on sale this month.
Lansing Grand River, or LGR as it is known, has been a dedicated rear wheel-drive assembly plant since it opened in late 2001. Every CTS ever made has been built there.
In addition to the CTS, the plant also assembles the award-winning ATS sport sedan, the CTS Coupe and Wagon, and the CTS-V high performance models. Cadillacs from Lansing are exported from Michigan to 11 destinations worldwide.
“One million Michigan-made Cadillacs is a great milestone for Lansing and for luxury car-building in America,” said Bob Ferguson, senior vice president Global Cadillac. “Lansing Grand River is an essential ingredient of Cadillac’s growth. It is a benchmark for luxury car manufacturing in North America, which takes another step forward today with the launch of the new CTS.”
The celebrated 2014 CTS sedan is painted in Red Obsession Tintcoat. The 2014 CTS is elevated and expanded, with more luxury, performance and technical sophistication. The third generation luxury sedan is larger and more spacious, but lighter because of advanced design and materials. The low mass approach is expected to enable CTS to deliver the most agile and engaging driving performance in the midsize luxury class.
A total of 1,541 employees are divided among two shifts at Lansing Grand River, a 2.5 million square foot facility on 111 acres.
Since its completion 12 years ago, Lansing Grand River has produced more Cadillacs than any other plant. The Escalade sport utility vehicle is produced at the Arlington Assembly in Arlington, Texas. The ELR luxury coupe begins production later this year at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck facility in Hamtramck, Mich.
Watch as auto engineer, Tom Mutchler takes the CTS through its paces and learn more about the features that make this car stand out:
Infiniti is unlocking the doors and giving you a behind-the-scenes peak at the process, from the drawing board to the track, of developing a Formula One car. Over four episodes in the mini-series titled “The Making of an F1 Car,” the secrets aimed at producing an F1 car that is successful over the course of a season, will be unveiled.
In this first episode, exclusive interviews with key members of the Infiniti F1 team gives viewers detailed and artistic footage of the intricate design and R&D process required to develop an F1 car.
The engineers at Cadillac have applied the principals of psychoacoustics, which is the science of sound perception, to create powerful and pleasant exhaust notes for the all-new 2014 CTS midsize luxury sedan and CTS Vsport.
CTS engineers tuned each selectable drive mode uniquely – Tour, Sport and Track – in order to communicate the throttle response to the driver, providing feedback as to what is happening under the hood.
Tour mode purrs with refinement. Sport mode growls with power. Track mode, only available on the CTS Vsport equipped with Cadillac’s first Twin-Turbo engine, roars even more aggressively.
The team drew upon its knowledge of what tones sound the most pleasing to human ears based on the study of psychoacoustics, surveyed the sounds made by competitor models and relied on their own ears when selecting final tones.
Engineers strategically placed microphones in the CTS cabin and used an integrated electronic sound enhancement system to execute the sound designs. The microphones listen to the roar of the engine and the enhancement system selects preferred tones to come through CTS’s Bose audio system. No artificial sounds are used.
“The sound enhancement system acts like a choir conductor, calling forth certain engine sounds to sing the loudest depending on the driving mode,” said Dave Leone, CTS executive chief engineer, Performance Luxury Vehicles. “We used our ears to tell us what sounded the best and programmed the system to listen for those tones. It is Cadillac’s Art and Science design philosophy applied to engine sound.”
The CTS has been the centerpiece of Cadillac’s portfolio for more than a decade. The third-generation CTS is one inch lower, five inches longer and more than 200 pounds lighter than its predecessor. The new car also has lower curb weight, higher structural stiffness and more horsepower than its primary competitors.
Pricing for the 2014 CTS standard model starts at $46,025, including $925 destination. Three package options – Luxury, Performance and Premium – will be offered with either the 2.0T turbocharged four cylinder or 3.6L naturally aspirated V6 engine in either rear- or all-wheel drive. The CTS Vsport model starts at $59,995, including $925 destination, and features the new Cadillac Twin-Turbo 3.6L V6 (420 hp) in RWD only with Cadillac’s first eight-speed transmission.
With global sales of over 170,000 vehicles in just 18 months, the Range Rover Evoque has proven to be highly successful. For 2014, the Evoque makes a significant leap forward with the introduction of a host of new technologies and enhancements that bring a range of new comfort and convenience features. Highlights include a new 9-speed automatic transmission, new driveline technologies, new driver assistance features, and detail design enhancements inside and out.
The ZF-9HP automatic transmission was first introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013. It is among the world’s first 9-speed units fitted to a passenger car and has an ultra-fast response time and an adaptive shift program that quickly matches whatever the driving style. Partnered with the familiar 2-liter 240 horsepower Turbocharged Direct Injected engine, the new transmission delivers reduced emissions, enhanced performance and greater comfort.
The 2014 Range Rover Evoque sees a new Active Driveline system with active differentials and torque vectoring, which are both now standard. The Active Driveline is an on-demand four wheel drive system that reduces driveline drag by decoupling the four-wheel drive system during steady-state driving at speeds above 22 mph. By actively monitoring vehicle dynamics, the system is capable of automatically activating four-wheel drive within 300 miliseconds whenever it is needed. The system also features Active Torque Biasing with an electronically controlled differential to distribute torque between the rear wheels, optimizing traction and stability. The Torque Vectoring feature further enhances agility and safety by redirecting torque between all four wheels to counteract understeer.
Enhancements to the driver assistance capabilities for the 2014 Range Rover Evoque include new features such as Park Exit (to automatically exit parallel parking bays), Perpendicular Park (to position the car centrally in parking bays), Adaptive Cruise Control (with Queue Assist, Forward Alert and Intelligent Emergency Braking), Closing Vehicle Sensing and Reverse Traffic Detection (to warn drivers of oncoming traffic).
In addition to the new technologies, there are detail changes to the Range Rover Evoque vehicle’s exterior, new color options for the interior, new alloy wheel styles and a new style of Land Rover badge on the grille, wheel centers and tailgate.