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.
Chevrolet isn't quite ready to show us the new, 2016 Volt - that won't happen until early in the new year - but it can't contain itself from revealing what's arguably most important about the next-gen car, its all-new powertrain. Dubbed Voltec, the system comprises not only the electric drive and the battery, but the range-extending engine and the companion power electronics that allows the gas system to kick in and stretch out just how far the Volt can run. According to Chevrolet, the new Voltec setup has been designed "substantially" around how existing Volt owners actually drive their cars.
There has been a lot of chatter about mobile photography lately, with more than one clip-on lens maker attempting to stake claim to your phone. At the end of the day, what you get is a slightly upgraded picture, but probably one that is more novelty than actually good. Can mobile photography be great, though? The answer is yes, if you have a Beastgrip.
Amid chat of a new wave of smart vehicles for their Cadillac line this week, General Motors also made note of the first "Smart Car" they ever produced. Amongst the first smart vehicle concepts to have ever graced the showroom floor was the Firebird II. Today we’re having a brief look at what the future looked like in 1956.
It’s time to pick up the landline and dial the Ghostbusters - the ECTO-1 LEGO set has arrived at SlashGear. This magnificent set comes from the same place several of the most web-popular LEGO sets from the past few years have come: LEGO Ideas. Here we’ve got all four of the team present as well: Venkman, Ray, Egon, and Winston.
Chevrolet's 2016 Volt will make its debut in January at the North American International Auto Show, the company has confirmed, updating the range-extended hybrid. The new car will build on the existing Volt's combination of an electric powertrain with a gas-powered engine that operates as a backup generator to prolong drive time even when the batteries are flat.
Nissan and Chrysler are both reviewing assessments made by security researchers who deemed their vehicles the "most hackable". General Motors also had a vehicle included on the list, but it hasn't made any statements on the matter. This comes ahead of the planned Black Hat conference where the researchers will present their findings.
GM has announced a fresh batch of recalls, calling in around 2.7 cars at a predicted cost of $200m for repairs and fixes, though insisting that no fatalities have resulted from the problems. Most significant of the five different issues is one affecting over 2.44m Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Saturn models, to address a fault which GM says has already caused thirteen known crashes and two injuries.