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Gone But Not Forgotten
A lot went down in 2013. It was something of a banner year for the automotive business. Products continued to get better, sales steadily improved and alternative propulsion, whether in the form of electricity or diesel gained significant traction.
Cadillac is dropping the option of a 6-speed manual gearbox on their 2012 model year CTS Coupe and Sedan models equipped with the 3.6L V6 engine.
While the high-performance, V8 powered CTS-V range will still give buyers the option to change their own gears, regular versions of the CTS will now have a sole transmission choice, a 6-speed automatic. Interestingly, the base model CTS with the 3.0L V6 will be offered with a stick shift, but this configuration will only be available as a 4-door sedan.
While GM declined to give a reason for nixing the manual, take rates were likely so low that the company couldn’t justify continuing to offer it.
[Source: Inside Line]
German car magazine AutoBild Allrad recently invited readers to participate in a poll, to judge which was their favorite AWD car of the year.
Out of field of some impressive hardware, including the Alfa Romeo Brera Q4; Bentley Continental GT; Lamborghini Gallardo and Nissan GT-R; the readers selected the Cadillac CTS AWD coupe as the overall winner.
Not surprisingly, the folks at Cadillac’s European operations were delighted. “I am very happy to see that the new presence of Cadillac on the European marketplace has been noticed and appreciated,” declared Wolfgang Schubert; Managing Director of Cadillac Europe.
The Cadillac CTS Coupe has been on sale in European markets since the fall of 2010; though around 40 percent of all European buyers so far have chosen AWD models. In some markets, notably Switzerland and Austria, AWD variants account for more than 70 percent of all CTS sales volume.
[Source: General Motors]
With the cars prepped by Pratt & Miller and piloted by Andy Pilgrim and Johnny O’Connell, the CTS-V coupes should give stiff competition to the dominant K-PAX Racing Volvos.
The CTS-V Coupes will make their debut on March 25th at the season opener in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Hit the jump for the official press release
Based out of High Springs, Florida, Droptop Customs is a specialist in converting coupes to convertibles. The newest creation to their line of products is Cadillac‘s CTS Coupe and we have to say there’s a sort of sporty elegance to the final product. We’ll have to wait for this year’s SEMA show to see it in person, but given their track record we’re confident that it’ll be a solid conversion.
And even better are the expectations Droptop Customs has, anticipating to sell around 3,000 of these babies a year. The conversion will consist of a fabric soft-top that will retract into a space above the luggage compartment. Droptop Customs states that the aerodynamics have not been modified – but seriously, who cares if you’re getting a convertible.
We’ll keep our eyes open for the completed deal at SEMA this year.
GALLERY: Droptop Customs 2010 Cadillac CTS Coupe Convertible
In a succession of perfectly timed announcements, both Cadillac and Lincoln have announced that they will offer free scheduled maintenance programs to owners of their vehicles, but the programs differ in nature.
The Lincoln program is only available on new vehicles purchased between now and September 7th, ostensibly in an effort to boost sales for Ford’s luxury brand. For the first three years or 45,000 miles, Lincolns will be eligible for no-charge servicing including oil changes, replacement of brake pads, belts, hoses, wiper blades and other wear items.
Cadillac’s program, dubbed Cadillac Premium Care Maintenance, covers similar repairs but is available on all 2011 Cadillacs and is not a limited time offer like Lincoln’s program. Cadillac will also offer their maintenance package for four years or 50,000 miles. Cadillac Premium Care Maintenance was announced at the launch of the CTS Coupe last week, however the story was embargoed until today. Whether the timing of the two announcements was a coincidence is unknown.
With the press launch only a couple weeks away, Cadillac has announced pricing details for their CTS and CTS-V Coupes. With a base price of $38,990, the CTS Coupe comes in at a couple thousand dollars more than a base BMW 328i, with the CTS-V coupe mimicking the pricing structure by coming in at $62,990, roughly $4,000 more than a base model M3 Coupe.
If you want to know whether the Cadillac is actually better than the BMW 3-Series (or its other rival, the Infiniti G37 Coupe), you’ll have to come back on June 21st, when CTS Coupe driving impressions are no longer embargoed. In the mean time, check out the press release for more information.
Cadillac will finally take the wraps off the production version of the CTS Coupe at the LA Auto Show. Based on the CTS sedan, Cadillac has seen enough success with the four-door model to launch a stylish two-door that will compete against everything from the BMW 335i and Infiniti G37, to the Audi A5 and Mercedes E-Class Coupe.
Currently Cadillac offers two engines in the sedan, a 270-hp 3.0-liter V6 and a 304-hp 3.6L V6. We have heard rumors that only the larger engine will be offered, however, there is also the possibility that GM’s luxury brand will surprise us with the same 300-hp turbo 2.8-liter V6 found in the SRX crossover.
The car is set to debut on December 2nd, but we should have info and pics of the full production model prior to that – so be sure to check back for our live LA Auto Show coverage, starting December 2nd.