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2013 Cadillac ATS debuts at Detroit Motor Show

2013 Cadillac ATS

Here it is, the new rival for the BMW 3-Series. It is Cadillac’s response to the German sedan and it’s called the ATS. The new model is 0.3 inches longer than a 3-Series and it is developed on a new corporate architecture which General Motors called Alpha. This offers support for rear- and all-wheel drive configurations, both of them being available for the ATS.

2013 Cadillac ATS

Designed to rival the luxury compact sedans from all over the world, the all-new 2013 Cadillac ATS features a five-link rear and front struts, along with a variable-assist electric power steering developed by ZF and disc brakes on all four wheels. We should mention that the more expensive variants of the car will have Brembo disc brakes to provide the stopping power.

2013 Cadillac ATS

The car can be fitted with 17- or 18-inch rims with 225/35ZR19 all-season run-flat tires for those who can pay the extra buck. Also an optional feature will be the driver-adjustable FE3 sport suspension that features Magnetic Ride Control real-time damping.

2013 Cadillac ATS

The entry-level model is equipped with a 4-cylinder 2.5-liter engine that develops 200 hp and a peak torque of 188 lb.-ft. For more money you could get the turbocharged 4-cylinder 2.0-liter that generates 270 hp and a maximum torque of 260 lb.-ft, while the most powerful engine will be the V6 3.6-liter engine that pumps out 318 hp and 267 lb.-ft. All of these DOHC engines are direct injected, while the transmission options include a 6-speed manual (Tremec M3L TR3160) and a 6-speed automatic (Hydra-Matic 6L45).

2013 Cadillac ATS

The cabin of the 2013 Cadillac ATS is trimmed in a mixture of wood, metal, leather and carbon fiber. Also on board is an LED gauge cluster, a push-button start, ambient lightning, satellite radio, along with optional performance seats that have power-adjustable bolsters. There’s also a generous 8-inch LCD multi-touch screen part of the CUE infotainment system that can pair data from a smartphone or any other type of mobile device that has Bluetooth support.

2013 Cadillac ATS

For those with big pockets, the ATS can be fitted with an impressive reconfigurable full color head-up display, a powerful Bose surround sound audio system, satellite navigation, along with front + rear automatic brakes that have short range radar and ultrasonic sensors. In addition, the 2013 Cadillac ATS will be available for order with a side blind-zone alert, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, adaptive cruise control, adaptive headlamps and a rear back-up camera.

2013 Cadillac ATS

The looks? We’ll let you be the judge of that. Personally, I’m not a big fan of the back. The rest of the cars looks nice, but it’s not a BMW 3-Series.

Source: General Motors via Inside Line

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2013 Cadillac ATS will get all-new 2.0-liter turbo engine

General Motors announced this week preliminary information about an all-new 4-cylinder, turbocharged, high performance 2.0-liter engine which will first power the 2013 Cadillac ATS, a car that we shall see in January next year at the Detroit Motor Show.

This direct-injection engine is capable of generating 270 hp (273 PS / 201 kW) and a maximum torque of 260 lb.-ft (353 Nm). Since it has a power-density of 135 hp (136 PS / 100 kW) / liter, this would have to be one of the top performers in this segment. To show how great this engine is, GM has compared it with the 2.0-liter turbo unit from the Audi A4 which produces 105.5 hp / liter, the V8 engine from the Lexus IF that churns 83.2 hp per liter, the V8 from the BMW M3 that develops 103.5 hp per liter, and the 1.8-liter power plant from the Mercedes-Benz C250 that generates 111.6 hp per liter.

This engine has a low-friction design and 90% of the peak torque is available starting at only 1,500 rpm, allowing the 2013 Cadillac ATS to have a good thrust at low and high speeds. Some of the other highlights of the power unit include: twin-scroll turbocharger with air-to-air intercooler, direct-injection, twin-cam, four valves per cylinder with continuously variable valve timing, two-stage variable displacement oil pump that has jet-spray piston cooling and forged-steel crankshaft which features a modular balance shaft system.

The upcoming 2013 ATS will also be available with two other engines, a 4-cylinder 2.5-liter unit and a beefier V6 3.6-liter power unit.

Source: General Motors via carbuzz.com

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Cadillac XTS goes official in L.A.

Cadillac XTS

With the launch of the all-new XTS, Cadillac wants to go head to head with extremely popular cars like the BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Audi A6. Rather than focusing on improving the driving dynamics, Caddy focused on improving interior space and luxury. With this decision, the automaker wants to attract traditional U.S. customers as well as Chinese buyers.

Cadillac XTS

The new XTS is slotted above the CTS in the company’s lineup and it will be available as standard with a FWD configuration, while the all-wheel drive system will be an optional feature. The new model will replace the old DTS and STS models and looks a lot like the XTS Concept that Cadillac revealed back in 2010. You have to understand that the decision of replacing the DTS and STS models with the new XTS is pretty bold as those two cars accounted for almost 40% of the company’s sales in North America in 2010.

Cadillac XTS

The car rides on a stretched version of the Epsilon architecture developed by General Motors and it is 75 mm longer at the back in order to increase trunk space and offer more legroom for the passengers sitting in the back.

Cadillac XTS

The highlight of this model, according to Cadillac, would have to be its interior cabin that packs an iPad-style 8-inch display located in the center console with Apple/Android-style pictograms. The instruments are displayed on a TFT screen which means that the driver of the car has the possibility to customize the read-outs.

Cadillac XTS

For the top-spec Platinum trim level, the Cadillac XTS will benefit from very high-end materials, but the automaker has also given serious attention to the car’s safety systems, one of which is the 360-degree collision avoidance system that uses cameras and radar sensors.

Under the hood it will probably have a V6 direct-injection gasoline engine that will fire 300 hp. This engine will be mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or an automatic gearbox.

Source: Cadillac via Autocar

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2013 Cadillac XTS leaked

2013 Cadillac XTS

Yesterday on the Cadillac.com website, a single photo of the upcoming 2013 XTS production model leaked, one week before the car’s official unveiling at the Los Angeles Auto Show. When it will be launched, the new XTS – which is essentially a production version of the XTS Platinum concept – will replace the STS and DTS models in the company’s lineup. The full-size sedan is expected to have a very luxurious interior cabin as well as the CUE infotainment system.

Under the hood, the 2013 Cadillac XTS will most likely get a V6 3.6-liter engine that should fire 318 hp (322 PS / 237 kW) and 275 lb.-ft (372 Nm) of torque. As standard, the car will be front-wheel drive but customers will be able to order their car with an AWD system.

We’ll have more information about the new Cadillac XTS on November 16th when the L.A. Auto Show starts. Stay tuned.

Source: Jalopnik

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Cadillac’s Connected-Car Solution

The long-awaited connected car system from Cadillac was announced yesterday during the CTIA mobile technology conference in San Diego. The result: the in-dash entertainment control system impressed by its combination of style and automotive applied science.

So, let’s have a look on its features:

  • CUE (coming from “Cadillac User Experience”) uses an 8-inch touch-based LCD interface.
  • Minimalist concept of the application menu screens.
  • User-experience: the radio and entertainment controls are reduced to only four buttons. The buttons are haptic-feedback enabled: translated in English, this means that a pulse of vibration lets you know whenever a button is activated.
  • Whenever the driver does not use the app menu, the screen remains mostly uncluttered; this minimizes driver’s distraction from the road.
  • Sensors were used to detect the finger approach, so that more icons to appear on the screen when using the device.
  • Smartphones, Bluetooth, USB and other devices can be connected to the in-dash system.

As further plans, producers’ intend to open the system up to interaction with applications created by third-party developers. If you are already enthusiastic about the system, you should be patient, as CUE will be first installed on Cadillac’s 2012 XTS, ATS, SRX models.

“Within 12 months, you’ll see this in every refreshed Cadillac we make,” said Micky Bly, executive director of global information systems.

Please, you are free to share your opinion!

[Source: Autoblog]

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Cadillac Ciel Concept Revealed At Pebble Beach

Cadillac Ciel Concept

If the King was still alive, and according to some people he still is, he’d make a preorder for the Cadillac Ciel Concept from day one. However, this is only a concept but the automaker might give it the green light for production if feedback is positive.

Cadillac Ciel Concept

“Ciel” means “sky” in French and what we have year is a 4-door, 4-passenger convertible that has a short, polished aluminum windshield. Under that loooong hood is a V6 3.6-liter twin-turbo engine that develops 425 hp (431 PS / 317 kW) and a peak torque of 430 lb.-ft (583 Nm). That entire horsepower is sent via an all-wheel drive system.

Cadillac Ciel Concept

Cadillac said that they’ve got their inspiration for the car from the beautiful California coast and inside it comes with a gorgeous Italian Olive wood. The car rides on brushed nickel-plate, milled-billet aluminum rims that measure 22 inches.

Cadillac Ciel Concept

Source: Cadillac

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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

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[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.

About Cadillac in Canada
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.

[Source: Cadillac]

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Obama’s 8-tons bullet proof limo can’t exit the parking lot

Guess that the Presidential Car isn’t so invincible after all. Barack Obama’s Cadillac limo got stuck yesterday at the US Embassy exit in Ireland because of its length.

This eight tons bullet/missile-proof rolling tank had difficulties crossing over a kerb outside the US Embassy in Dublin. The crowd who witnessed the moment didn’t miss the chance to record the fail-worthy event.

At least we know why the russians were laughing about so hard these past days.


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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

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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

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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.

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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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Cadillac Developing Luxury Plug-in Hybrid

According to various reports published over the Internet in the last few days, it seems that General Motors is at the moment working on a plug-in hybrid car based on the Cadillac SRX crossover. The car will most likely share some of the technology that General Motors developed for the soon to be popular Chevrolet Volt over the past four years, allowing the American car manufacturer to lower the costs of its emerging electric automobile offerings.

This new Cadillac model would also be inspired from an abandoned project to launch a rechargeable crossover car that General Motors had thought about 1-2 years ago under the now forgotten Saturn and Buick brands which were closed for good due to low sales. If the project will go into production, it will be the very first American luxury automobile after the company gave up on making the Converj concept car which was a Cadillac variant of the Chevrolet Volt.

The current Cadillac SRX debuted back in 2008 at the Detroit Auto Show as a concept car that General Motors said that it could carry an electric and fuel-cell powertrain in the near future. This new project will allow the company to extend its lead over the Japanese automaker Toyota, in what GM names “extend range electric vehicles.”

The Chevrolet Volt will be manufactured in 10,000 units next year, but recently the executives affirmed that this figure will go up as the demand for the car is very high. Officials at General Motors stated last month that the company is planning on hiring 1,000 engineers and research in Michigan in the next two years to have the necessary support for developing new hybrid and electric cars which will most likely replace conventional gasoline powered cars in the next 2-3 decades.

The first delivers of the Volt were made at the beginning of this month in several selected United States markets – including Michigan and California. The Volt is considered by General Motors to be the most important model at the moment in the company’s attempt to regain the image that was affected by the 2009 bankruptcy and the federal bailout. However, the $41,000 Chevrolet Volt will most likely bring a marginal profit for General Motors due to the high costs of developing this first-of-its-kind automobile that will definitely set new trends in the automotive industry.

The European variants of the Volt will be the Opel and Vauxhall Ampera, which will go on sale in the last part of 2011 for a bigger price. The Volt has been rated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a 35 miles range, powered by the lithium-ion battery pack that has a weight of 400 pounds. Beyond this range, the Chevrolet Volt will use a 1.4-liter gasoline power unit.

The Japanese automaker Toyota is already preparing a plug-in version of their highly acclaimed Prius model which will be launched in 2012 at a price more affordable than the Volt, according to the officials at the Toyota Corporation.

Source: AutoNews.com

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Cam Shaft Cadillac CTS V

Cam Shaft Cadillac CTS V

The German aftermarket engineers at Cam Shaft have come up with their own version of the Cadillac CTS-V sedan. The car comes equipped with the Wait4Me performance upgrade kit that includes a more generous air intake, a re-mapped ECU and an increased, 0.4 bar boost pressure. With these upgrades, the 6.2-liter V8 power unit that powers the Cadillac is now capable of outputting 630 hp. The price for this tuning program developed by Cam Shaft for the CTS-V is 3,800 euros (including the fee for installation).

Cam Shaft Cadillac CTS V

In addition, owners of the Cadillac can get for 2,250 euros more the Matt-White exterior foil and if they want to add the new black rims, they have to pull out of their pockets another 3,250 euros. In order to boost the styling of the Cadillac CTS-V, the people at Cam Shaft have added several chrome-plated parts for offering extra contrast.

The engine that powers the Cadillac CTS-V is the same one as the one on the beautiful ZR 1 model, developed by the same manufacturer. The wheel bolts of the Cam Shaft model are black nickel-plated, offering the perfect contrast of black and white. Both the doors and their visible edges can be foiled if the customer wants to, offering a very special look to the car.

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