Every year, the staff at Motor Trend gathers every completely new or redesigned vehicle on the market and votes for one to be crowned its Car of the Year. For the second time in three generations, the Cadillac CTS earns the honor of the magazine’s Golden Caliper.
Earmarked as a finalist for the award against seven other new vehicles, the CTS and its fellow contenders were each judged in the categories of “Design Advancement,” “Engineering Excellence,” “Efficiency,” “Safety,” “Value,” and “Performance of Intended Function.”
Although the BMW 4-Series, Chevrolet Corvette, Jaguar F-Type, Kia Forte, Mazda3, Mazda6, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class each put up the good fight, none of these vehicles ultimately were able to steal the CTS’ thunder.
When it comes to “Design Advancement” Motor Trend is quick to call the CTS “elegant and light” and “purposeful,” with particular praise going to the front-end design and its “light blade” that creates an “unmistakable look as easily identifiable in a rearview mirror as when you’re standing in front of it.”
Motor Trend also praised Cadillac’s choice of engines for the CTS. With three options, ranging from a mild-mannered 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine, to the wild 420-horsepower twin-turbo V6 in the Vsport, and even the naturally aspirated V6 in between, Motor Trend found that each engine offered power and fuel economy that met or exceeded that of its competition.
With 10 standard airbags and a reasonable starting price of $46,025, the CTS revealed itself as both a safe car and a terrific value.
But where the CTS really stood out was in the category of “Performance of Intended Function.”
Motor Trend is quick to note that the Car of the Year award is not a comparison test, yet with the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class also in contention, the yearly award did become a default comparison test between three of the best mid-size luxury sedans. The fact that the 5-Series and E-Class didn’t even make it as finalists helped prove early on that Cadillac achieved the CTS’ “Performance of Intended Function” – to beat BMW and Mercedes-Benz in their long-held spot as makers of some of the world’s best sports sedans.
Don’t believe Motor Trend’s findings? Then come down to Red Noland Cadillac and see the all-new CTS for yourself and find out why it’s Motor Trend’s 2014 Car of the Year.
After showing off the 2015 Escalade’s interior last week, Cadillac is taking the raps off of the entire car and as expected it doesn’t disappoint. Employing Cadillac’s latest styling themes, the 2015 Escalade carries the torch of its predecessor with styling that is both elegant and striking.
Unlike the current Escalade, only two versions of the luxury SUV will be offered: the Escalade and 20-inch longer Escalade ESV. Luxury pickup truck fans will have to grab an Escalade EXT before it goes out of production.
Besides differences in exterior size and interior cargo capacity, both the Escalade and Escalade ESV are largely the same vehicles. Both come standard with a burly 420 horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, heated and cooled front seats, and Magnetic Ride Control, which allows the SUV to prioritize handling or comfort according to driving conditions.a
Of course the Escalade’s go wouldn’t be complete without a little bit of show, and features like LED headlamps and taillamps that merge into the D-pillar, as well as standard 20-inch and available 22-inch wheels, give the Escalade a distinct look compared to other large luxury SUVs.
Real wood trim, premium materials, ambient lighting, triple sealed doors, and Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system ensure that the Escalade is a comfortable and quiet place for drivers and passengers alike.
Take a peek of the new Escalade in action below and stop by Red Noland Cadillac to learn more about the forthcoming 2015 Cadillac Escalade and the rest of the Cadillac lineup.
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After wining the 2013 North American Car of the Year with its ATS sports sedan, Cadillac continues to roll out new products prepared to take on the best of the Europeans. We already showed you how Consumer Reports gushed over the new CTS and now we’re giving you a sneak peak of the soon to be unveiled next-generation Cadillac Escalade’s interior.
While CUE is clearly an attempt by Cadillac to set “The Standard of the World,” we have to say we’re a little surprised to see a standard column mounted gear lever in the above photo. While there’s nothing wrong with the mechanical nature of a traditional column shifter, much of the Escalade’s competition uses more compact “by-wire” shift levers.
Nonetheless, between the car’s overall size, and the apparent storage capacity of the Escalade’s center console, it doesn’t seem that drivers or passengers will be wanting for space of any kind in the all-new Escalade.
Keep an eye on Red Noland Auto Group’s official blog to learn more about the next generation Cadillac Escalade when it officially debuts next week.
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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.
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.