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2012 Cadillac SRX Gets V6 308 HP Engine

2012 Cadillac SRX

Cadillac has decided that for the new model year of the SRX they should bring some updates in order to keep the crossover fresh. The most important modification would have to be the new V6 3.6-liter “LFX” engine that is going to be the only power unit available for the car. This new power plant is capable of producing 16% more hp than the outgoing V6 unit. In other words, it churns 308 hp (as opposed to only 265 hp) and has a peak torque of 265 lb.-ft (223 lb.-ft for the outgoing model).

2012 Cadillac SRX

This new LFX engine is also E85 ethanol-compatible and it will be mated to a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. Clients will be able to get the SRX with either a FWD configuration or an AWD variant. With the latter system, the crossover benefits from an electronic limited slip rear differential.

2012 Cadillac SRX

All of the variants of the SRX will get as standard Bluetooth, with on-screen caller identification. Other features and content enhancements include: cruise control buttons located on the steering wheel, all-ebony interior trim, a new exterior paintwork: Xenon Blue Metallic, memory seat set, improved voice recognition and others as well.

2012 Cadillac SRX

Information regarding the fuel economy ratings as well as the price list for the 2012 Cadillac SRX will be revealed in the following days so stay tuned.

Source: Cadillac via Carscoop

Hennessey Twin-Turbo V1000 CTS-V Coupe With 1000 HP

Hennessey Twin-Turbo V1000 CTS-V Coupe

We haven’t seen a tuning program for the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe for a while now but things are about to change as Hennessey has just revealed a performance package for this model. Wearing the “V1000” designation, their version of the car comes with an aerodynamic carbon fiber body kit that features a ventilated bonnet, front splitter, along with aggressive side skirts and a rear diffuser.

Other goodies included in this package would have to be the Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, a lowered sport suspension as well as a bespoke interior cabin that features an Alcantara headliner and premium leather upholstery.

Hennessey Twin-Turbo V1000 CTS-V Coupe

The main highlight of this tuning program can be found in the twin-turbo 427 LS V8 engine which has been fitted with brand new high-flow cylinder heads, better fuel injectors, new crankshaft, an updated ECU and an upgraded intercooler. Thanks to these major modifications, Hennessey managed to squeeze 1,000 hp (1,014 PS / 746 kW) and 950 lb.-ft (1,286 Nm) of torque from that engine.

The tuner says that the car is able to do the 0-62 mph sprint in only 3.5 seconds and it needs only 10.9 seconds to run the quarter mile, before hitting a top speed of 230 mph (370 km/h).

No word about the price tag of this upgrade package for the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe but what we know is that the tuner will only roll out 12 units.

Source: Hennessey via WCF

[press release] 2011 Cadillac Escalade No. 1 in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

DETROIT –The Cadillac brand is now ranked among the top 10 in the industry for initial quality (ranking 9th overall), with the Escalade topping the large premium crossover/SUV segment in the U.S., according to the 2011 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality StudySM. Escalade is the highest-performing vehicle in its segment in America for the second consecutive year.

Escalade’s highest-in-segment leadership showcases Cadillac’s commitment to our customers,” said Don Butler, vice president of Cadillac Marketing. “We’re now focused on continuing and expanding our brand’s quality improvement in every segment in which we compete.”

The 2011 IQS is based on responses from more than 73,000 U.S. purchasers and lessees of new 2011 model year vehicles surveyed after 90 days of ownership. The study includes a 228-question survey designed to provide manufacturers with information they can use to quickly identify problems and drive improvement.

Cadillac continues to gain momentum in the market, registering 16 consecutive months of year-to-year retail sales increases in North America. Cadillac’s marketplace gains have been driven by consistently strong demand for the Escalade line of luxury SUVs, the CTS family of luxury cars and the SRX crossover.

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Cadillac has been a luxury automotive manufacturer since 1902 and has a prestigious history of safety and technology innovation. This legacy continues today as Cadillac engineers and builds technologically advanced, dramatically styled vehicles with a reputation for luxury, performance and quality. More information on Cadillac can be found at www.cadillac.ca.

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Cars We Hate Part 9 – FAB Design Cadillac Escalade

FAB Design Cadillac Escalade

If you’ve read our previous article about the Cadillac Escalade you know that we’re not big fans of this huge SUV. However, if we look at FAB Design’s version, the standard Escalade doesn’t look that bad anymore. The Swiss tuners have managed to take a very ugly car and turn it into an automotive design nightmare.

FAB Design Cadillac Escalade

A North African client asked Roland Rysanek, who is the owner of FAB Design to heavily modify his Cadillac Escalade. The very eccentric owner wanted an interior cabin lined with real snake leather along with crocodile-imitating leather. As you can see from these pics, he got what he wanted.

FAB Design Cadillac Escalade

Pro Wildlife, an animal rights group said that too many of these snakes are being used to satisfy the tastes of luxury lovers. The owner of FAB Design replied that the leather that was used for this Cadillac Escalade came from snakes that were killed in a humane way, if there is such a thing.

FAB Design Cadillac Escalade

Let’s forget about the “special” interior and have a looksie at the exterior appearance of this American SUV. As you can see, everything was modified and to be honest, I can’t find a single thing that I like, maybe the rims but that’s about it.

FAB Design Cadillac Escalade

The car is still powered by the standard engine, a V8 6.2-liter unit that produces 409 hp.

FAB Design Cadillac Escalade

No word about the price for this customization, but I’m sure that it wasn’t cheap.

FAB Design Cadillac Escalade

Source: Auto Bild via Carscoop

2012 Cadillac CTS Updated

2012 Cadillac CTS

The 2012MY Cadillac CTS has been updated with a redesigned front grille, a modified V6 power unit and a brand new Touring Package edition. These improvements are going to be available for all three versions of the CTS, including sedan, coupe and the Sport Wagon. First deliveries are expected to occur this late summer.

2012 Cadillac CTS

Without any doubt, the most significant change in the updated model is the revised V6 3.6-liter engine, which now features bigger intake valves, along with an improved intake port design. In addition, they’ve also managed to reduce the weight of the engine by 20.5 pounds (9.3 kg) by using an integrated cylinder head/exhaust manifold design, a lighter structural front cover, new connecting rods, as well as a new composite intake manifold.

2012 Cadillac CTS

Along with a lower curb weight, this updated version of the engine develops 318 hp and a peak torque of 275 lb.-ft (372 Nm), which is a little bit more than the old V6 that delivered 304 hp and 273 lb.-ft (370 Nm). Fuel consumption remains the same, at 18 mpg city / 27 mpg highway.

With the 2012MY, there is a new Touring Package that is available for the V6 3.0-liter and 3.6-liter engines. This adds a new bespoke grille that has a dark finish, sueded seat inserts, shift knob and steering wheel, along with a dark Sapele wood interior trim. In addition, customers that choose this optional package will also get chrome door handles, while the 3.0-liter version comes with 18-inch rims that have a pearl-nickel finish. The more powerful 3.6-liter model features 19-inch polished wheels and 14-way adjustable performance seats from Recaro.

All three models will get Bluetooth support as standard, while the side blind-zone alert technology will be an optional feature for the CTS Coupe model.

Source: Cadillac via Carscoop

2012MY Cadillac SRX Gets 3.6-liter Engine

2012 Cadillac SRX

General Motors has announced this week that its 2012 Cadillac SRX crossover will get a new standard engine, a direct-injected V6 3.6-liter, which will be the only one available in the U.S., replacing the older turbocharged V6 2.8-liter and the V6 3.0-liter.

This new power unit produces 300 hp and 260 lb.-ft of torque, which is 35 hp and 37 lb.-ft more than the aforementioned 3.0-liter that was used in the 2010MY. The new one delivers the same horsepower as the discontinued 2.8-liter, but it is down on torque by a mere 35 lb.-ft.

Aside from its new heart, the crossover will be offered as standard with Bluetooth (on all models), and heated steering wheel for the luxury, performance and premium trims. Customers that choose either the performance or the premium trim will also have the possibility to choose a brand new set of 20-inch rims.

The price list for the upcoming 2012MY Cadillac SRX will be revealed in the months to come, when the car will go into production.

Source: General Motors via AutoBlog

Spy Shots: 2013 Cadillac ATS

2013 Cadillac ATS

The guys over at WCF have managed to take a couple of spy shots with the 2013 Cadillac ATS, a car that promises to rival the Mercedes C-Class and the BMW 3-Series. The new model will replace the BLS and will be slotted just beneath the CTS which will most likely grow in size for the 2014 model.

2013 Cadillac ATS

Although we can’t really see anything because of that camouflage that the ATS is wearing, the new model will have an “Art & Science” design with a dual exhaust system and vertical lightning units. The car will be manufactured at the Lansing Grand River plant and will benefit from the new rear-wheel drive Alpha platform which can be outfitted with an all-wheel drive system.

2013 Cadillac ATS

As far as the engines are concerned, the ATS will probably be available with a 4-cylinder turbocharged plant and a V6 power unit, along with the ATS-V version that will get a twin-turbo configuration.

2013 Cadillac ATS

The model will be launched in the fourth quarter of 2012 and will be followed by an estate, coupe and convertible version.

Source: WCF

A CTS-V Sport Wagon beats a Porsche 911 Turbo in a drag race

Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon

It may seem impossible, but, well, nothing is. At least not for the guys over at Hennessey. Well, we should mention that we’re not talking just about any Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon. It did have 650 HP under the bonnet and some technical specs that you should see. I’ll not line them up here, because you can see them all at the beginning of the video.

As a not-fan of Porsche, this video was quite satisfying. Check it out below:


Via Jalopnik.


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Why I Don’t Like The Cadillac Escalade

2011 Cadillac Escalade

Last week I’ve explained why I really don’t like the Hummer H2 and today I’m going to talk about another big car, the Cadillac Escalade. First I would like to say that I am not a huge fan of SUVs because I really don’t see the point of buying one, except maybe for the fact that they can sometimes be safer. Although I don’t like them, I can’t say that I wouldn’t drive a Mercedes ML or a BMW X5, but I definitely wouldn’t like to be behind the wheel of an Escalade.

2011 Cadillac Escalade

I hate it just for the same reasons that I don’t like the Hummer – it’s big, it’s ugly and I don’t see why anybody would buy it. Of course, if I were a rapper I’d like it. I probably saw an Escalade in more than 100 rap videos, and all of the cars had at least 22-inch rims. 50 Cent must have at least a dozen of these in his garages. I know this may sound superficial but sometimes you really can tell a lot about a car if you look at who owns one and vice versa.

2011 Cadillac Escalade

Of course, being a 6020-pound car, it eats up a lot of gas as it will do only 12 mpg in the city. I simply can’t find anything good about this car no matter how hard I’d try. If someone can tell me at least one good thing about it maybe I won’t hate it that much. I know that it is very spacious, but there are definitely other cars that will offer just about the same space in a more reasonable size and appearance.

GM Working On Rear Drive Chevy Sport Sedan

Cadillac Xts Platinum Concept

GM’s next-generation Zeta RWD platform will be heavily updated and will benefit from lots of high-strength steel in order to reduce the weight. This will be possible thanks to the price point of the cars that will benefit from this updated platform. An example of a model is a new Chevrolet sport sedan – which will be like a 4-door Camaro.

General Motors is still working very hard on a flagship for the brand, a Sixteen-inspired low-volume model, with a small-block V8 power unit, created in order to bring Cadillac street reputation in Asia and Europe as the resurgent Standard of the World.

Cadillac Xts Platinum Concept

According to some sources, GM is preparing a large Cadillac based on the Zeta platform. The price tag for this model is expected to be somewhere around $125,000 – $140,000, pretty close to a Bentley Continental and way more affordable than a Maybach or a Rolls Royce.

This new flagship will support the Cadillac lineup which will also include a new Zeta sedan and the 2014 CTS. The next generation of the Zeta platform will be considerably lighter in comparison to the one available on the Chevrolet Camaro, the Pontiac G8 and the big Holdens. Thanks to the fact that this platform will be designed for premium models, General Motors will be able to use a lot of high-strength steel for the new line which will include the new generation of the Holden Statesman.

Cadillac Xts Platinum Concept

The current version of the Commodore platform which is mostly available for large rear-wheel drive Holdens, will be ditched in favor of the Epsilon II platform while the aforementioned Statesman and the more expensive Commodore models will benefit from the new Zeta platform. The rear-drive Commodore and the Chevy sedan will run on the shorter of two Zeta wheelbases. The long wheelbase will be used for the Holden Statesman, Cadillac and probably a Chinese-market Buick.

We’ll let you know once more info is revealed about the new Zeta platform.

Source: MotorTrend.com

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition Announced

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition

It seems that black editions are becoming popular among automakers. Last week we’ve seen the 2011 Porsche 911 Black Edition and now Cadillac will be rolling out the CTS-V Black Diamond Edition. This special edition will be available for the sedan, coupe and wagon models.  In comparison to the standard model, this one will cost $4,850 but you’ll get some pretty cool things for the money.

Let’s start with the exterior. Obviously, the car will have special dark tri-coat paintwork embedded with the SpectraFlair Bright Silver pigment that uses aluminum flakes encapsulated in a glass-like substance which is called magnesium fluoride. To put it into English, the paint has a diamond-like sparkle when the light hits the surface from different angles. Aside from this special paint, the CTS-V will roll on new Satin Graphite 19-inch rims that have yellow Brembo brake calipers.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition

Inside the cabin, the car features Recaro seats which will offer 14 adjustable elements. In addition, the CTS-V will have a French-stitched leather interior and microfiber suede inserts for the center area of the seatbacks and the cushions. It will also get a Midnight Sapele wood trim, popular for its distinctive grain and durability.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition

Unfortunately, nothing new is going on under the hood of this special edition CTS-V which means that the car will have the same V8 6.2-liter supercharged engine that packs 556 hp and 551 lb.-ft of torque. This engine can be mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic one.

The car will have to face up some serious competition coming from the Audi RS5, Mercedes E63 AMG and the BMW M5. The latter is equipped with a 4.4-liter V8 twin-turbocharged that offers 555 hp, while the Mercedes has a V8 6.3-liter that outputs 518 hp.

The starting price will be $69,190 for the manual transmission and $70,490 for the automatic model. Sales of the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition will commence this March.


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Review – 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Cadillac has never made something similar to the 2011 CTS-V Coupe, a $63,000 monster that is half a hot rod and half hedonist. This is the first time that Cadillac offers a car in this segment which should make it quite interesting.

Let’s start from the front of the car where we find a power bulge that is set among the creases carved by a stiletto and angling downwards into the stacked headlights. The angled, jutting shield of the grille points down at the bumper’s central thrust which spears its way into the future and ends with a lipped skirt that drops very low. The CTS-V Coupe is as angled as it is muscular, or vice versa.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

From the side you don’t get that same exciting look as the front offers you but its purpose is to perfectly blend the front with the back in a continuous and sporty line. The back with its highly raked rear glass means that the shoulder rises much lighter, and compared to the sedan version, the coupe is two inches lopped off the rear.

Under the hood, the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is fitted with a powerful 6.2-liter LSA V8 that churns 556 hp and a respectable 551 pound-feet of torque. With the GM’s ionized handling innovations, the CTS-V Coupe handles just as good as the Corvette, although it packs some extra weight. The car pictured rolls on 19-inch rims covered by Michelin Sport 2 tires, offering plenty of grip in all road conditions. The 15-inch rotors in the front do a very good job at stopping this car, as they should.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

The interior of the car is not as great as the hardware power due the quality of the materials which is not that great, comparable to the interior quality of a car that is worth half the money. However, Cadillac promised that in two years, the interiors will be thoroughly upgraded, we are eager to see what the modifications will be. The leather on the steering wheel doesn’t feel like real leather and the Recaro seats look like leather but they fell like wood which can’t be comfortable.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Those of you interested in this car should avoid the optional 6-speed automatic transmission and get the standard 6-speed manual gearbox. We can fully understand why Cadillac offers an automatic gearbox but the one available for the CTS-V Coupe doesn’t live up to the rest of the car’s hardware specifications. Most likely, people that can spend $65k for this car have been in other fast cars and they will certainly feel that something is missing which is why until Cadillac offers a new automatic gearbox, it would be best to get the standard manual transmission – better safe than sorry.

Not as good as the BMW 3-Series or the 5-Series, the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is not in the top segment but gets really close to the bimmers and other similar cars.  It still is a great coupe, capable of combining lots of power with borderline prefect grip, wrapped in a very cool exterior design. What do you get for your money? You get a Nissan GT-R that has a Cadillac badge which sounds very good in my opinion. The CTS-V Coupe is a powerful sign of improvement coming from Cadillac and we should expect some great cars from the manufacturer in the years to come.

Source: AutoBlog.com

Top 50 Worst Cars In All History PART 4

Welcome back to the fourth part of our extensive article and prepare to learn more about some cars that shouldn’t have been given the green light for production. If you haven’t read part 1, 2 and 3, now would be a good time to do it.

Ferrari Mondial

Even Ferrari made a few mistakes in its long and prolific history; we are talking about the first Mondial model which was a real disaster. Based on the chassis of the 308 model, the Mondial was quite a heavy and large 2+2 coupe that had a V8 mid-engine with only 214 hp to churn. Plus, the transistor-based electronics were full of bugs and eventually every system of the car would fail. Although it was one of the few “affordable” Ferraris launched, the fact that the electric system was a disaster, the car wasn’t very successful. The company later on improved the Mondial but people already knew what was wrong with it and avoided it.

Cadillac Fleetwood V-8-6-4

These days there are many cars that feature cylinder deactivation, like the 2008 Honda Accord V6 which is a wonderful idea in my opinion to save fuel. When the power unit is running at light loads, it is logical to shut off the unneeded cylinders to save a couple of gallons of fuel. Cadillac tried this in the early 80s with the Fleetwood V-8-6-4 but during those days the on-board computers and semiconductors were still in their variable, infancy displacement and things didn’t go that well for the Caddy. We have to take our hats off for General Motors for trying this but the Fleetwood was a horrible car as it stalled, bucked, made awful noises and it jerked. For many people, this was the last time they took into consideration purchasing a Cadillac.

De Lorean DMC-12

Remember the movie Back to the Future? John Z. De Lorean is the creator of the famous De Lorean DMC-12 and he managed to make 8,582 units of this stainless-steel time-traveling hotrod. Because of its poor Peugeot V6 2.8-liter engine the car was heavily underpowered and it didn’t stand a chance. Add to this the fact that it was very expensive, you can figure out for yourself that it wasn’t a hit back in the 80s. The car was designed by Giugiaro and you have to admit that it looks cool even now after 30 years. The Texas-based company that controls the rights to the name recently announced that they will build a limited number of new DMC-12’s.

Cadillac Cimarron

Another Cadillac made it into our list and this time we are talking about the Cimarron model launched in the early 80s. Think about all of the things that were wrong with General Motors during those days and you will find them in this car. It is considered to be the most awful car ever made by Cadillac. It had a 4-speed manual gearbox and was based on the J-platform sedans but was loaded up with chintzy accessories and fabrics. Add to this the fact that it was a couple of thousands more expensive than the Cavalier; you can imagine that it was a flop.

Chevrolet Iron Duke

Chevrolet decided back in the early 80s to make their own Mustang-killer and they came up with the Iron Duke. Featuring an embarrassing 2.5-liter 92 hp engine that was linked to a three-speed gearbox (like the one in the California Corvette) the car was shamefully slow. It needed about 20 seconds to reach 60 mph, turning this Mustang-killer into a worthy competitor for a tricycle. The car looked cool though…

Maserati Biturbo

Back to Italy and this time we find the Maserati Biturbo. Conceived as an authentic grand touring sedan, this car was the result of an under-funded company that was struggling to avoid bankruptcy. The car was a piece of junk as it leaked, burned, snap or rupture, basically everything that could have gone wrong, did. An even more awful car was the TC model launched in the early 90s, which was a version of Chrysler’s Le Baron and had the Mazzer Trident on the nose.

Mosler Consulier GTP

The Mosler Consulier GTP was created by Warren Mosler, an excellent investor and economist who wanted to have his own sports racer. He took bits and parts from other cars, carefully watching the curb weight of the car. Indeed, it was a very light car (fiberglass body) and offered a very good power-to-weight ratio. It did so good in racing that it was eventually banned. So, what is wrong with it you might say? Look at it, it is without any doubt one of the ugliest cars in the world and it seems like Mosler thought about everything, leaving only one thing behind: design. The GTP looks like an East German kit-car and this isn’t a good thing, not by far.

Yugo GV

Remember the Bricklin SV1 we mentioned in a previous part of our article? Malcolm Bricklin was the creator of that awful car but he didn’t stop there as in 1985 he began importing the Yugo GV, a car made in the Soviet-bloc which had a very interesting feature that I’m sure you haven’t seen in another car: besides the carpet listed as a standard feature, the Yugo had a rear-window defroster that would serve for keeping your hands warm while you pushed it. The engine was a mess and the electrical system was a total fiasco.

Lamborghini LM002

The Lamborghini LM002 was not a bad car at all, but taking into consideration its clientele, it had to be listed here. Purchased by spoiled young Saudi sheiks, Uday Hussein (Saddam’s son) and other wealthy people from Libya and Saudi Arabia, it has earned its spot here.

Lotus Elite

The last car in this article is the fiberglass Lotus Elite which had a curb weight of only 1,100. The car won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in its class for six times but on the long run, the suspension was awful and the unreinforced fiberglass couldn’t take the structural strain.

Join us tomorrow for the final part of our article.

Quick Look – 2011 Cadillac Escalade

2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

Cadillac Escalade, the most stolen vehicle in the United States, is back for the 2011 model in many flavors: standard, ESV, EXT, Platinum and Hybrid. The most powerful engine available for the car is a 6.2-liter V8 all-aluminum engine that is capable of delivering 403 hp and 417 lb.-ft of torque. The standard and ESV versions are available in both all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive configurations. The EXT is available exclusively with the full-time AWD system.

From the long list of features, we have to mention the side blind zone alert, the rear vision camera system, automatic headlamps, power liftgate, adaptive remote start, heated and cooled seats, magnetic ride control and others as well. With the new model, Cadillac has made several changes, like introducing new noise reduction components: modified row door weather strip, laminated front windshield and front row side glass. For a limited period of time, the Escalade is offered with two special colors: Blue Frost and Evolution Green Metallic.

The 2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV comes as standard with a 8-inch touchscreen navigation system, Bose 5.1 digital surround sound system and XM Satellite Radio along with CD audio/video and MP3 support. The EXT offers the Escalade a SUT – Sport Utility Truck body style, while at the same time giving it a part-SUV, part-pickup profile. The car sports a Midgate panel which allows the owner of the Escalade to convert the car from a 5-passenger sport utility vehicle into a 2-passenger pickup, offering 8 ft of protected and secured storage. The midgate is placed behind the rear seat and can be folded into the cabin. Doing so, it will enable the cargo area to expand from 5 ft. to 8 ft, reaching a respectable total of 101 cubic ft.

2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

The Hybrid version of the Escalade will do 20 mpg in the city, according to EPA ratings, which is a considerable 33% improvement over the regular model. The rear wheel drive models have a towing capacity of 5,800 pounds while the 4WD can tow 5,600 pounds. In the city, at low speeds, the car will use only the electric power and once the vehicle reaches 0 mph, the conventional power unit will automatically shut down, conserving fuel and protecting the environment.

The car is fitted with a 300-volt electrically driven air-conditioning compressor which reduces the vibrations and permits the HVAC system to cool the passenger compartment, including the periods when the gas engine is not running. The car features a tri-zone climate control system. The 2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Platinum has a unique front fascia with unique upper and lower grilles. In addition, it has exclusive 22-inch rims as well as LED headlamps. Another feature available only on this model is the full Aniline leather for the first and second row seats.

The energy storage system as well as the hybrid drive line and the emission control system are offered with a warranty for 8 years or 100,000 miles. The energy storage system which cools the system’s internal fan was designed to be quite when the car is running at low speeds.

Top 10 Releases In 2010 Part 1

Without any doubt, 2010 was a good idea for the automotive market, with many important new releases and significant updates of cars already launched. Making a top 10 of the most important cars of the year can be a little subjective, but many of you will agree at least with half of them and others are free to suggest other cars that they consider to be worth introducing in our top, either by making it longer or by replacing other models. Without further ado, here are the 10 most important car releases of the year:

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Back for its 6th generation in 2010, the Golf GTI is a little bit more powerful and larger, but keeping the same spirit as the original variant which was launched back in 1976, a car that brought a new term to the automotive market – hot hatch. Why did it make our top? Simple, it is a relatively affordable car, offering a lot of practicality while at the same time it is very fun to drive, powered by a 200 hp turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine which is not only smooth, but also quite responsive. The engine can be linked to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed dual-clutch automated manual. The base price for the Golf GTI is $24,189. Fuel economy is 21-24 mpg city / 31-32 mpg, according to EPA raitings.

Porsche Boxster / Cayman

Porsche Boxster

Porsche Cayman

With the new models, the power went up by 10 hp for the Boxster and 20 hp for the Cayman, while the “S” siblings got extra 15 / 25 hp. Both offer some of the best driving pleasures in a car, making them even more rewarding than the much expensive and iconic 911 model. Both cars are really fun to drive with the manual gearbox and if you don’t want to do the entire job yourself, for extra money you could get the dual-clutch PDK transmission. Not only they are fast, but at the same time they provide a high level of luxury inside the cockpit, offering plenty of cargo rooms for two people thanks to the two trunks available.  The base price for the Boxster is $48,550 while the Cayman can be acquired at a starting price of $62,450. The engines can be linked to either a 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission or a standard 6-speed gearbox. Fuel economy is 19-20 mpg city / 26 – 29 mpg highway.

Mazda 3 / Speed3

Mazda 3

For the new version, the Mazda 3 model is powered by a 148 hp engine while the “s” variant is equipped with a 167 hp power unit. Both versions don’t look like the rest of the so-called “econoboxes” and feature high quality materials, good ride feeling and solid chassis control. Let’s not forget about the Mazdaspeed 3 which is equipped with a powerful 263 hp engine. Similar to the BMW 3-Series, the Mazda 3 has a bundle of features in all of the trim levels available, making it a very balanced car. The basic price for the standard version is $16,045 while the “s” goes for $19,790. If you want the extra muscle under the hood, the Mazdaspeed 3 will set you back $23,945. The available transmissions are the 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual and the 5-speed automatic with manumatic shifting. According to EPA, the Mazda 3 will do 18-25 mpg city / 25-33 highway.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda Miata

Yes we know that this is another Mazda, but the car was too good to not be included in our top 10. The Miata is probably the most popular model from Mazda and although it has only a 167 hp power unit (158 hp with the automatic gearbox), it is one of the most fun to drive sports car in the world. What makes it so great? It is very easy to drive, the gear changes are done in an instant and the steering is borderline perfect. We almost forgot the affordable selling price which starts from only $23,560. It still is affordable (a little above the $30k mark) if we add the optional features like the power-retractable hardtop or the leather seats. The transmissions available for the Miata include the 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual and the 6-speed automatic with manumatic shifting. According to the EPA ratings, the car will do 21-22 mpg city / 28 mpg highway.

Cadillac CTS / CTS-V

Cadillac CTS

Finally, something made in the US of A. The Caddy benefits from an exquisite interior that looks and feels expensive and the cabin room is far more spacious in comparison to other cars that are priced in the same category. From the outside, the CTS looks great, managing to mix comfort, driving dynamics and refinement in a very exciting way. New to the lineup is the Sport Wagon offered with a 304 hp V6 3.-6 liter. If this isn’t enough, you might as well go for the CTS-V which is powered by a massive 556 hp supercharged engine, making it one of the best alternatives for the German cars. The entry-level engine is the 3.6-liter V6 DOHC 24-valve power unit that is capable of outputting 270 hp and 223 lb-ft. The base price for the CTS is $37,555 while the CTS-V can be yours for $62,845. The engines can be linked to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic with manumatic shifting. According to the EPA ratings, the car will do 12-18 mpg city / 18-27 mpg highway.

In the second part of the article we will be presenting the five remaining cars of our top 10: Ford Fusion Hybrid, Honda Accord, Honda Fit, Audi S4 and the BMW 3-Series / M3. Feel free to suggest other cars that you consider worth belonging to this top, there are no restrictions or conditions, but we do require enough reasons to determine us to include the car(s) into the list. If we receive a positive feedback, we will do a follow-up top of the best car releases in 2010.

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