In August of 2011, we learned that the Cadillac Converj concept car would enter production and be called the Cadillac ELR. We didn't know at the time exactly when the vehicle would enter production. General Motors has officially announced that the ELR Coupe will enter production in late 2013.
The 2013 Cadillac ATS has some serious challenges ahead of it. Mid-life crisis convertible aside, there's no car segment so fraught with identity issues as the compact sport sedan. So far, the BMW 3-Series has been the "I've made it" model to beat, a heady Teutonic mixture of performance, prestige and affordability, but Cadillac is hoping the smallest model in its range can light an American torch to rival it. The specter of the baby Beemer looms large over each aspect of the ATS, but that's not to say the German icon has things all its own way. We caught up with Cadillac at a 2013 ATS preview to see whether the all-new car was truly as "world-class" as promised.
An interesting and very old Cadillac is set to cross the auction block in an auction held by RM Auctions. The thing that makes this particular 1928 Cadillac so interesting isn't that it's very near its original condition. What makes this Cadillac so interesting is that it was once owned by infamous Chicago gangster Al Capone.
In an effort for Cadillac to prove itself as the penultimate leader in automotive luxury, the carmaker has decided to include a brand new iPad in every new sale of its new XTS model. That's right - the iPad comes standard with all 2013 Cadillac XTS models. It isn't just a random gimmick to promote sales of the new vehicle - Cadillac has launched a new app called MyCadillac that lets users access the company's CUE infotainment system.
Cadillac has today announced a car in its range, the 2013 Cadillac ATS. The basic car will feature a 2.5L engine and six-speed transmission, with Cadillac saying that the car should be able to achieve up to 30 MPG. The next model up will feature a 2L turbocharged engine, offer manual or automatic transmissions, and rear or front wheel drive options.
There are some real live Cadillac-made semi-automatic "driverless" cars being tested this week using technology they call "Super Cruise." This mode of driving allows for fully automatic steering, lane-centering, and braking in highway driving conditions - but they've got to be optimal or it does not work. Detroit's test runs this week are said by Cadillac to possibly be ready for real-world use by the middle of the decade - we're looking at a boss here, folks, no hands!
GM has announced that its new Cadillac XT is luxury sedan, which will go into production this spring, is set to get what GM claims to be the industry's first vibrating car seat offering tactile sensation. The point of the vibrating seat is to warn the driver of crash threats while driving and parking. The seat is called the Cadillac Safety Alert Seat and will generate vibrating pulse patterns on the left and or right side of the lower bolster of the seat.
Does Cadillac have a chance against BMW? The US car company reckons it does, and the 2012 Cadillac ATS is the Bimmer-killer patriots have been waiting for. Unveiled this week, the ATS mixes rear-wheel-drive with the lowest curb weight in its class, with plenty of emphasis placed on road-handling and performance to compete with the Germanic titans.
One of the things I really like about car show season at the major shows around the world is that we get to see some cool concept cars. One of the cool green concepts that made its way around many major car shows from GM was called the Cadillac Converj concept. The concept was a luxury coupe that used extended range electric tech for motivation.
In case driving around in a Cadillac isn't enough for you, come April you'll be able to get the Internet while out on the road, too. And it's all because of a new system called Cadillac WiFi that is based on an Autonet Mobile device. This device is completely portable and makes it so computers can access the Internet over a local connection.
In case you want a car with this gizmo built in, your first option will be the CTS Sports Sedan. However, you will be able to buy the WiFi device by itself, though it'll cost you $499 plus $29 a month for the service.
At the moment, Cadillac is one of only a few car companies looking to pursue Internet for in the car. However, there is some concern that within a few years this technology will be useless, once 3G and 4G cell phone networks and devices are more readily available, cheaper and more reliable. But for now, it's still pretty cool.