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 |  Jun 05 2013, 1:32 PM

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General Motors has issued a recall on 1,621 new vehicles with brake lights that flash when the brake pedal isn’t being engaged.

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 |  Feb 18 2013, 12:31 PM

Lincoln’s long-lived Town Car served fleet duty for decades, but the obsolete large sedan finally reached the end of the line about a year and a half ago. Now the competition is moving swiftly to fill the vacuum left behind by Ford’s departed “panther” car, including Cadillac. 

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 |  Sep 20 2012, 2:01 PM

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Presenting AutoGuide’s newest Five-Point Inspection featuring the six-cylinder 2013 Cadillac XTS Premium.

The XTS is a front-wheel drive full-sized luxury sedan, with a starting price of $44,075. The model tested is the Premium model, which has almost all the bells and whistles, and costs $54,505. The only things missing from this model are massive 20″ rims, a sunroof and sunshades for the passengers. 

The XTS is meant to lead Cadillac to a new generation of luxury, so lets take a quick look and see how it fares.

 |  Sep 05 2012, 8:31 AM

With the Lincoln Town Car having been discontinued, Cadillac is looking to take advantage of the limousine and livery market with its 2013 XTS model. The American automaker has now revealed its Hearse, Limousine, and Livery package variants for the 2013 XTS.

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 |  Aug 29 2012, 11:30 AM

Unlike modern trends of SUVs going to uni-body construction and adopting smaller more fuel efficient engines, Cadillac says that then next generation Escalade will stay large, and forgo some mpg for power and presence.

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 |  Jul 22 2012, 9:38 AM

Surprising, considering it’s faced two recent recalls, the 2013 Ford Escape is the most read new car review on AutoGuide this week.

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 |  May 23 2012, 9:32 AM

The Cadillac XTS is the American luxury automaker’s new flagship sedan, and priced at $44,995 it’s poised to do a fine job competing against the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6, Lexus GS, BMW 5-Series, and Infiniti M37.

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 |  May 22 2012, 6:15 PM

Rap lovers won’t be pouring any Olde English out over the Cadillac Escalade just yet because the brand has decided to keep it alive.

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 |  May 09 2012, 9:15 AM

Cadillac is doing everything it can to prepare customers for the launch of its upcoming CUE (Cadillac User Experience) infotainment system. That includes throwing in an iPad with every 2013 Cadillac XTS.

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 |  Apr 23 2012, 4:32 PM

Cadillac is prepping a new member to its stable. No, it’s not the Nurburgring-tested ATS we’ve heard oh-so much about. It’s also not the XTS flagship sedan that Cadillac has desperately needed these past few years. In fact, it’s not a car at all.

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 |  Apr 05 2012, 12:01 PM

The new 2013 Cadillac XTS is Cadillac’s new flagship luxury sedan, and when it hits dealers in the spring it will start at a base price of $44, 995. 

There will be three trim levels available on the XTS: Luxury, Premium and Platinum. The platinum model will be the top of the line XTS and come with standard unique wheels, interior trim and unique materials to set itself apart from the other two options packages.

Cadillac’s new CUE infotainment system will also be included in the XTS, and promises to offer users an intuitive control experience. “CUE is intuitive, in part because its control and command structure aims to be consistent with popular devices millions of people already use,” said Don Butler, vice president of Cadillac marketing.

The XTS will premiere Cadillac’s new “directional tactile sensation,” system, which is essentially a setup that warns the driver of potential collisions by vibrating the bottom of the seat.

The XTS will be competing with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6, Lexus GS, BMW 5-Series and Infiniti M37.

 |  Mar 09 2012, 5:01 PM

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Hype around Cadillac has been directed to its ATS and CTS sports sedan offerings so often lately that sometimes we forget the company made a name for itself from its grand luxobarges. 

GM just released a new 2013 Cadillac XTS promo video to remind us what owning a Caddy was all about. According to the company, development involved a lot of time spent, “in homes making observations and taking notes.” Finally, designers and engineers involved in the XTS project determined that a recurring theme for the XTS concept was, “the desire for more space to accommodate active lifestyle gear, like golf bags.”

The chief engineer of the XTS, Sheri Hickok, said, “We used computer simulations to model golf bags, as well as other common types of good our customers are likely to transport. That also includes cases of bottled water, luggage, groceries, and more. Just as we did with he rest of the XTS, we spent a lot of time maximizing every inch of storage space.”

The result is a class leading cubic-inch figure, offering nearly 40 inches of legroom as well as 18 cubic feet of trunk space, exceeding the space offered in an Audi A8L, BMW 7-series, or Mercedes-Benz S-class.

“Our owners want to comfortably take four adults out for a round of gold and dinner afterwards. The challenge was to give customers what they expect in terms of interior spaciousness, comfort and luxury, but to do so without compromising exterior looks and handling dynamics.”

The 2013 Cadillac XTS will receive a direct-injection 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 good for 300-hp. Look for more details on the next generation flagship in the months ahead.

Click here to watch the video.

GALLERY: 2013 Cadillac XTS

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 |  Feb 10 2012, 7:17 PM

Cadillac‘s 2013 XTS will get new safety features starting this fall that make it GM’s most technically advanced production car to date.

Known as sensor fusion, GM’s latest safety system uses a complex mix of tools to alert drivers of potential hazards. Essentially, it combines GM’s list of safety technologies and as the name would suggest, fuses them to provide a greater level of information to the driver than was available on past GM vehicles.

“We believe sensor fusion will enable future active safety systems to handle a greater number of inputs to provide 360 degrees of crash risk detection and enhanced driver assist features,” said Bakhtiar Litkouhi, GM Research and Development lab group manager for perception and vehicle control systems.

While the alerts XTS drivers will enjoy aren’t new, the way GM is integrating them into one system is.

“A system that combines the strengths of multiple sensing technologies and expertly manages those inputs can provide advisory, warning, and control interventions to help drivers avoid collisions and save lives,” Litkouhi said.

Looking into the future, GM says sensor fusion is a step toward autonomous driving, something we’ve already seen Volvo and BMW working on.

Beyond that, the company is using their sensor technology to help develop other systems like LIDAR, a light detecting and ranging technology that uses laser pulses to measure an upcoming vehicle’s proximity to the driver.

For more info on GM’s sensor fusion system, watch this video.

 |  Nov 16 2011, 5:59 PM

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Cadillac is finally rolling out a replacement for its prehistoric STS and DTS models with the all-new 2013 XTS debuting today at the LA Auto Show. Aimed more at the 5 Series and E-Class set, it’s as big as their larger stablemates, the 7 Series and S-Class.

Powered by a direct-injection 3.6-liter V6 it makes 300-hp (which doesn’t seem like much) and can be had with an optional AWD system. What’s really impressive with the new XTS, however, is the technology built into the car, in terms of performance, safety and entertainment. Watch the video after the jump for a run-down on all the goodies and read our more extensive overview of the car here.

GALLERY: 2013 Cadillac XTS

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 |  Oct 20 2011, 1:30 PM

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Cadillac has confirmed it will debut its new flagship luxury sedan, the XTS, at the LA Auto Show on November 16th. While details of the powertrain have been kept secret, we do know it will be the first production model to make use of the brand’s new CUE telematics system.

Using an 8-inch of optional 12.3-inch color screen the CUE system is designed to offer maximum geek capability while also being easy to use for Luddites with big graphics and simple controls. Also of note is that it offers iPad like functionality with motions like tap, flick, swipe and spread.

Measuring 203.5-inches in concept form, the XTS is a total of 3.5-inches longer than an S-Class, making this one classically huge Caddy.

Powering the concept was a twin-turbo direct-injection 3.6-liter V6 mated to an electric motor, making 350-hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Rumors have suggested the production model could get a non-hybrid version of this same motor, making similar power to the concept. Also look for high-tech innovations like a magnetic ride control suspension.

GALLERY: Cadillac XTS Concept

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See AutoGuide’s complete LA Auto Show preview here