Look Ma, no hands! Cadillac to introduce hands-free, foot-free driving

Cadillac is always looking for the next big thing, and in our opinion, we think they have it! The brand is planning an introduction like no other for 2017. Cadillac is planning to sell cars that can drive in partially in auto-pilot. This means that your car will be able to take its own steering wheel and pedals and will drive itself down the road.

An equipped Cadillac will “talk” to the other cars on the road to decide speed, direction, and performance on its own. Cadillac has high hopes that these partially self-driving cars will keep traffic flowing smoother and will also cut down on the number of accidents.

The new Cadillac technology is being called intelligent car technology and will first roll-out on high end Cadillacs. We can expect that the rest of GM’s brands will follow suit into the future as the new technology becomes more commercialized. The new technology will come in handy as you cruise through congested areas. “Super Cruise” is an option that will be available which will keep the car in its lane.

Here at DeVoe Cadillac, we can’t wait to see what the brand has in-store for the future! Be sure to check back for the latest self-driving Cadillac news!

GM Invests $233 Million Into Cadillac SRX Assembly Plants

Cadillac SRX Assembly Plants

2014 Cadillac SRX

When you have something great, there’s no reason you shouldn’t invest in it, which is why it comes as no surprise that General Motors recently announced a combined $233 million investment into Cadillac SRX assembly plants. The American carmaker will invest $185 million into its Spring Hill, Tennessee manufacturing complex to make small gas engines and assemble the next-generation SRX, while also investing an additional $48.4 million into their Bedford, Indiana plant. These investments will help GM support the newest addition to the Ecotec engine family.

“The new Ecotec engine family represents the most advanced and efficient small displacement gasoline engines in GM’s history,” said Arvin Jones, GM North America manufacturing manager. “It was a good business decision to produce this powertrain in Bedford and Spring Hill. Both teams have strong performance records, especially in quality.”

Spring Hill will be one of six assembly plants around the world that will be producing the newest Ecotec engine, which will be joining the ranks of 11 other engines varying from a 1.0-liter to a 1.5-liter. For more information on this new engine family, make sure to contact DeVoe Cadillac today!

Why August is the Best Month to Buy a Car

best month to buy a carIf you’ve had your eye on a new car, but haven’t made your move, August is your month. While the rest of us are just starting our ‘shopping days left until Christmas’ countdown (oh, you don’t do that?) dealerships are already calling it quits for 2014.

Generally, the next model-year cars begin making their way to dealerships in September, and historically, dealers begin to offer aggressive deals on their current model year cars still in stock during the summer months. According to John Krafcik of TrueCar, brands have started selling 2015 models even earlier than usual this year. That makes this August the best month to buy a car and snag a great deal.

Truecar.com breaks down average new vehicle price by month, and finds that, consistently, summer months result in the lowest transaction prices, while December tends to be the most expensive month to purchase a car.

“This is a great example of the power of data, which shows dealers are clearing out older inventory in August,” says TrueCar founder and CEO Scott Painter.

TrueCar data also debunked the myth that the end of the month is the best time to purchase a new car. In fact showrooms tend to be slower in the first few days of the month, but buyers are saving an average of $390 over days later in the month. In addition, the best day of the week to buy a car is Sunday, and the worst is Friday.

You’ll have to act fast though, since August is quickly winding down. With Labor Day sales in full swing and dealers offering great deals to clear older inventory, you might just score that new car at a steal. Stop by DeVoe Cadillac to get your deal before it’s too late!

Will A Full Size Cadillac LTS Be Revealed at 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance?

Cadillac has confirmed to Top Gearthat their range-topping full size sedan, which will likely be called the LTS, will make its debut at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. We shouldn’t be totally surprised though, as the full-size Mercedes-Benz S-Class competitor has been right under our noses for several years.

In 2011, Cadillac debuted the incredibly good-looking Ciel concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, a full-size convertible coupe that paid homage to the cars that helped make Cadillac famous. Two years later, Cadillac revealed their Elmiraj concept, an even more handsome full-size coupe which embodied the first hints of Cadillac’s future ‘Art and Science’ design philosophy. Now, we can expect the coup de gras: Cadillac’s full-size luxury LTS sedan at next year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Cadillac isn’t saying much about the rumored LTS, but a Cadillac insider did say that “the design of the car is now locked somewhere between the CTS and the Elmiraj, and it will be built using an aircraft-style mixed materials strategy. So not exclusively aluminum like Jaguar and Audi. And not all steel or carbon fibre like others.”

Cadillac LTS

Cadillac Elmiraj Concept

The Cadillac LTS will be designed to compete with the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-Series and will be the first car built on GM’s ‘Omega’ platform. Power will come from either a twin-turbo V6 or V8, and it will be rear-wheel drive.

Here at DeVoe Cadillac, we cannot wait to see what Cadillac has in store for the LTS. Is it 2015 yet?

Meet the Escalade Platinum

There’s a new Escalade coming this fall and it brings with it the most premium look and feel yet. Cadillac says that the new Escalade Platinum is going to be the best of the best with rear-seat entertainment, the most luxurious fabrics on the market, and stunning 22-inch rims.

Escalade Premium

2015 Cadillac Escalade

Currently, the Escalade Platinum can be seen on Cadillac’s website, but we want to give you some highlights of this luxurious trim.

Inside the Platinum you will find:

  • Premium leather surfaces, suede microfiber headliner, and your choice of wood accents
  • A rear-seat DVD/Blu-ray™ entertainment system which includes monitors on the back of the front headrests, a 9-inch overhead monitor, and tri-play capability
  • A center console cooler which can hold up to six 20-ounce bottles
  • 18-way power driver and front passenger seats that also feature multidirectional massaging action

The exterior of the Escalade Platinum will definitely make you stand out in the crowd with features like:

  • A satin chrome grille
  • Exclusive platinum badges
  • 22-inch painted wheels with chrome inserts

Here at DeVoe Cadillac, we can’t wait to see what the Escalade Platinum has in store! Stop by Cadillac’s website so see exclusive photos and read additional information on this new trim.

2015 Cadillac ATS Gets Sporty

When the Cadillac ATS launched last year, it had high hopes for competing with the BMW 3-series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It had just about everything it needed to be competitive: comfort, speed, agility, affordable price tag, and its plain fun-to-drive. However, one major issue held it back – it was a four-door sedan with no two-door option.

2015 Cadillac ATS

Current Cadillac ATS

Don’t get us wrong, the four-door ATS is a heck of a sedan. It boasts all the features we’d expect from a performance coupe, just without the coupe option. Happily, Cadillac has announced that for 2015, the ATS will be able as a two-door coupe, and will carry over everything we loved about the four-door version while ditching what we didn’t.

According to cnet.com, we can expect the Coupe to share the same wheelbase as the sedan, but is 10mm wider at the front and 20mm wider at the rear, thanks to wider wheels with a greater offset. There is a new independent rear suspension design, standard Brembo brakes, and slightly revised suspension dynamics.

From a design standpoint, almost everything on the 2015 Cadillac ATS is slightly revised. The grille is now wider, doors and fenders are longer, the beltline has dropped, and the roofline is lower making the rear look even wider.

We think Cadillac nailed it this time, and can’t wait for the 2015 ATS to roll in DeVoe Cadillac!

Cadillac Introduces the Powermat on 2015 ATS

Powermat

2015 Cadillac ATS

Ever wish there was an easier way to charge your phone than to find the cord, untangle the balled mess, and plug it in to the charging port? There soon will be for those purchasing the 2015 Cadillac ATS. Cadillac is introducing the Powermat on 2015 models. With the easy-to-use Powermat, all you have to do is put your mobile device into a cubby. The Powermat takes care of the rest! You will no longer have to deal with finding the right cord again… at least in your car.

As long as your smartphone or other handheld device is capable of receiving a wireless charge, you will be able to take advantage of this new technology. Powermat CEO, Ran Poliakine says that there is a huge demand for technologies like this one especially in today’s more mobile society. “Our lifestyles have evolved in a more mobile way than ever before and with that comes an even greater need for access to power in those places where we spend the majority of our time,” Ran stated.

PowermatWe can assume that with a successful launch of Powermat, we will start seeing it in more models. Cadillac has already committed to including it in later editions of the CTS and Escalade. Until then, you can check out the Powermat on the all-new ATS at our Naples, Florida dealership in the very near future!

Cadillac Carpool DeVille to Attempt Land Speed Record

Nothing quite says luxury like a Cadillac and what better way to relax than in a hot tub? Combine the two, and you get the Cadillac Carpool DeVille.

Two ingenious engineers from Los Angeles have worked for years to create their hot tub masterpiece and now will be headed to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah this August to attempt to set a land speed record for the fastest hot tub, with the lofty goal of hitting 100 mph.

To create the hot tub of their dreams, Phil Weicker and Duncan Forster used an old 1969 Cadillac Coupe Deville, which they converted to hold 5,000 pounds of water and be a functioning hot tub, all while maintaining its driving capabilities.

They created a custom-fitted fiberglass lining and converted the gas pedal and shifter to a speed boat throttle to keep everything waterproof and drivable. All of the hot tub components are stored in the truck, including the pump, filter, and overflow tank.

After a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised $11, 251, the duo will be headed to Utah for Speed Week August 9 through the 15.

Join with us here at DeVoe Cadillac as we cheer on this imaginative pair as they take on the Bonneville Salt Flats in a few weeks.

Possible Vsport Escalade in the works!

possible Vsport Escalade

Current Cadillac Escalade

Right now, the Escalade comes standard with in one engine type – a 6.2-liter V8. Autoblog reports that may change here in the near future. According to the auto enthusiasts, they are considering making the Escalade with a twin-turbo V6 engine and a V6 turbodiesel. The introduction of these two engines suggests that Cadillac is considering making the Escalade in a Vsport trim, much like the popular CTS sedan already available in Vsport.

The new project is expected to help with emissions and fuel economy. This will not only help with sales here in the U.S., but it will also help Escalade sales abroad. David Schiavone, the Escalade’s brand manager supports the claims by saying that they are considering this sporty derivative, but the current Escalade with the 5.2-liter V8 will remain the backbone of the Escalade line.

What do you think of a possible Vsport Escalade? Would you prefer a V6 over the power of a V8? Let us know what you think in the comment section below. Be sure to stop by DeVoe Cadillac to see the newly redesigned Escalade!

Summer Road Trip Ideas

summer road tripBeing from the great state of Florida, we get to experience the beach, city life, and fun attractions all year long. Have you ever thought of taking a road trip across the country for a fun adventure? While school is out for the summer, consider packing up the family and heading north. Check out the top five road trip states according to WalletHub.

  1. Oregon – This northern state has many scenic attractions, coming in at number 3 for the highest number of scenic byways. Take in the beautiful Pacific ocean as well as some beautiful national forests.
  2. Idaho – Don’t know much about this state? Idaho is known for its adventurous landscape! Explore the state by taking a white water rafting trip or camp in the state with the most square miles of wilderness among all continental states.
  3. Minnesota – Take a trip up north to Minnesota. Visit the mall of America and tour the twin cities atop a bicycle.
  4. Utah – This western state offers beautiful landscape and plenty of adventure. Take in the view from Glen Canyon National Recreation area as well as plenty of other parks and lakes throughout the state.
  5. Washington – When you think of the state of Washington, you’re probably thinking of rain. There is more to do in Washington than you think! Take a break from reality by visiting the beautiful mountain ranges and breathtaking coastline in this north western state.

Have you been to any of the states listed above? Would you add any states to the list? Delete any? Let us know in the comment section below. Safe travels from DeVoe Cadillac!