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Originally started by Lorie Seadale as a way to raise awareness for the Orleans County Fair in Barton, Vermont, the Cadillac parade has now brought back a world record to America. The previous record set consisted of 102 Cadillacs on parade back in September of 2002 out in the Netherlands. This time around, the folks in Vermont gathered 298 Cadillacs from across United States and Canada to bring the world record back home.
What made the parade even more special was that several descendants of Leland took place in the parade. Models of Cadillacs ranged from complete classic, vintage Caddies to modern day CTS coupes.
“Cadillac congratulates the residents of Barton and all of the Cadillac owners who participated in the parade for setting the world record in Henry Leland’s home town,” said Cadillac Vice President of Marketing Don Butler. “The success of this event demonstrates that Cadillac still fuels the same passions that Henry Leland inspired in the brand.”
Of note, Barton also happens to be the home town of Henry Leland, who founded Cadillac in 1902.
GALLERY: World Record Cadillac Parade
The Cadillac CTS coupe might be new, but the wagon and especially the sedan has been around for a few years now. So it was about time for a mid life nip and tuck.
So for the 2012 model year, the CTS range will be sporting a new grille. According to Cadillac, premium finishes have been added to highlight the combination of mesh and grille better. A newly tweaked logo has also been introduced with brighter colors and raised ridges.
A touring package is also available which has a darker grille and 19-inch alloy wheels on the outside, while the interior gets suede inserts on the seats, shift-knob and steering wheel, plus some extra bits like dark sapele wood and steel pedals. Bluetooth is now standard and the curvy coupe model now gets a blind spot monitoring system.
A much more welcome upgrade is received by the motor. It remains a 3.6-liter, direct-injected V6, but whereas the old motor produced 304-hp and 273 lb/ft of torque, the new and improved motor will produce 318-hp and 275 lb/ft of torque. The power gains are modest, but since the aluminum motor now sports a composite intake manifold and a lighter front cover, this engine is 20.5 lbs lighter than it used to be. Fuel economy has slightly improved also, with EPA averaging 18-mpg for the city and 27-mpg for the highway.
There is some bad news for the enthusiasts though, Cadillac is dropping the six-speed manual option with the 3.6 motor, blaming lack of sales. Thankfully the V-versions will still be available with a manual gearbox, and we hope it stays that way.
Look for the facelifted CTS to hit showrooms very soon.
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
Cadillac has announced that it will re-launch itself as a brand in Europe under the new Cadillac Europe division name. The new Cadillac sees Europe as an important market (as suggested by the CTS SportWagon) and so the new models and brand will be announced at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show.
Joining Cadillac’s current small offering in Europe will be the CTS SportWagon, SRX crossover and the CTS Coupe. The 556-hp CTS-V Coupe will also prepare to hit the German autobahn and Italian autostrada.
In addition to these models, Cadillac will also show the rest of its lineup including the CTS and CTS V sedans as well as the Escalade Hybrid.
We’ll be sure to bring you full coverage of the Geneva Auto Show starting March 1st.
Official release after the jump:
556-hp CTS-V Coupe also planned
Just over a week ahead of the car’s scheduled debut, Cadillac has revealed the Coupe version of its popular CTS model, looking almost identical to the concept. Even more exciting is the confirmation that GM’s luxury brand will also deliver a 556-hp CTS-V Coupe, which is expected to debut alongside the standard version at the LA Auto Show.
The CTS Coupe enters a popular segment of the market, competing against vehicles like the BMW 3 Series Coupe and Infiniti G37 Coupe, as well as more high-end offerings like the Audi A5 and Mercedes E-Class Coupe.
One engine will be offered, a 304-hp 3.6-liter direct-injection V6 that achieves maximum power at 6400 rpm. Full torque of 273 ft-lbs will be available at 5200 rpm. A six-speed manual transmission will be standard with an available six-speed paddle-shift automatic. A limited-lip differential is also included. Cadillac rates this engine at 17/26 mpg (city/highway) for rear-wheel drive or AWD models equipped with the auto-box, while the manual transmission is rated at 17/25 mpg. AWD models will only be offered with an automatic.
The CTS Coupe is based on the same chassis as the sedan, with the same wheelbase, but an overall height that is roughly two-inches (51mm) lower and a length that is also 51mm shorter. Unlike the sedan, however, it is not a five-seater but a 2+2.
It may look significantly like the sedan, but little of the sheet metal (or anything else for that matter) is actually shared. In fact, the only identical arts are the headlights, front fenders and grille and the instrument panel and center stack. Original design cues on the two-door include the lack of B-pillars and the use of hidden door handles to give a smooth look to the coupe. Other highlights include a more steeply angled windshield and rear glass as well as a dual-exhaust setup with both pipes placed together in the center at the rear of the car.
Optional goodies include two performance packages, the first with 18-inch wheels and all-season tires, and a second with 19-inch wheels and high-performance Summer Tires. Also optional will be the 14-way power Recaro sport seats that until now could only be had on the CTS-V.
The CTS Coupe is scheduled to go on sale in the Spring of next year, with the the CTS-V version following shortly thereafter.
The car will officially debut at the LA Auto Show and AutoGuide will be there with live coverage starting December 2nd.
GALLERY: 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe
More details on the all-new Cadillac CTS Coupe after the jump:
The General holds private event, attendees tweet on 2012 Chevy Malibu, Cadillac XTS flagship and new ATS 3 Series fighter
If you’re a car junkie, Twitter is the place to be today. Ahead of a webcast tomorrow morning by GM CEO Fritz Henderson, the General arranged for a select few media to meet with its PR folks and get a preview of what the New GM has to offer.
Many of those folks have been tweeting on Twitter and so we have a good idea of what’s going on. In a press release from earlier today, GM said that Fritz will unveil a new model during the webcast. The only problem is, the tweets cover so many new models that we don’t know which one it will be.
Some of the biggest stories of the day include a new Cadillac model named the ATS, which is aimed at taking on the BMW 3 Series (yes pulease)! And it would be offered as both a coupe and sedan. Other Cadillac news includes a story we ran earlier today about the new CTS Coupe and CTS-V Coupe coming in May. Tweets also covered a story we ran several weeks back about the DTS replacement being called the XTS and using the LaCrosse platform – meaning AWD will be optional.
As for the Buick brand, there will reportedly be a new model added to that lineup – a mid-sized sedan due out in the next 24 months. This will no doubt the the Chinese market Regal, a story we reported on several weeks back as well.
In Chevy news, those lucky enough to be at the General’s party today got to glimpse the 2012 Malibu, well ahead of its unveiling. Additionally Bob Lutz still isn’t done getting peoples’ hopes up, saying that the Pontiac G8 might still have a life at GM.
[Source: Twitter via Autoblog]
Cadillac Coupe Good Looks + Chevy Volt Powertrain
Looking strikingly similar to the Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept unveiled at last year’s Detroit Auto Show, the ConverJ Concept is powered by the same drivetrain as the upcoming Chevy Volt. Using a four-cylinder engine, a lithium-ion battery pack and an electric engine, the vehicle should achieve 40 miles of emissions-free driving before the gasoline engine is engaged.
General Motors says that it’s extened-range electric powertrain, called VOLTEC, need not be limited to four-cylinder engines either – hinting that a signficantly more powerful drivetrain could be used to power a production model of the ConverJ.
Official release after the jump:
PLUS, Production Version of CTS Coupe Expected
Cadillac has announced that it will show the production version of the new CTS Sport Wagon at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit this January. Considering the American luxury brand announced production plans for the Caddy wagon months ago, it is also expected that a second model, the CTS Coupe, will be unveiled.
CTS SPORT WAGON
Cadillac says the CTS Sport Wagon is aimed at expanding the new CTS product line to a wider audience. It is important, however, that the car remain just as sporty as the sedan. That being said, it will initially be offered with the same 304hp direct injection V-6 engine found in the sedan, with a 255hp V-6 coming afterwards.
The real surprise, however, is that the CTS Sport Wagon is actually shorter than the sedan (by 0.3-inches) and yet it has almost double the cargo space – 25 cubic feet to be exact.
As for the CTS Coupe, expect to see a slightly revised C-pillar and rear quarter panel area but don’t count on the 2.9-liter turbo-diesel engine shown in the concept in Detroit in 2008. The 304hp direct injection V-6 is the likeliest engine option.
Official CTS Sport Wagon release after the jump: