Posted on April 4, 2016
While the Cadillac Escalade has long been a name associated with luxury and the finer things in life, Cadillac has plans to catch up with other, more renowned names in the luxury vehicle segment, steadily improving the value of the brand’s lineup and moving up-market.
Now, with the announcement that GM’s luxury brand will be refocusing on the SUV segment in order to compete with the recent market shift toward crossovers and SUVs, a Cadillac luxury SUV is said to be in the works that will be more high-end and luxurious than anything we’ve seen from Cadillac before.
While Cadillac itself has not mentioned anything specific regarding the move, AutoGuide reported recently that a new SUV that will be known as the XT9 is currently in the works, which will serve as the brand’s halo SUV. The Cadillac XT9 reportedly will come with a big price tag as well, somewhere in the realm of $250,000 to $300,000. However, the SUV’s launch will be far-off, with a projected release date falling somewhere in the late 2020s.
If and when the Cadillac XT9 does make its mass-market appearance, it will likely be joined by a sedan counterpart called the CT9. Currently, Cadillac has a CT8 sedan forthcoming that will slate above the CT6 in terms of high-end opulence and luxury, but the CT9 will surpass even that.
The new Cadillac luxury SUV, along with its entirely-speculative sedan counterpart, will be produced in order to compete with other high-end names in the luxury segment, such as Rolls-Royce, Bentlet, Lamborghini, and other big brands long associated with opulence. As all of these brands shift their attention to SUVs and crossover, Cadillac prepares to compete with a secret SUV of its own.
Posted on March 25, 2016
Spring is well on its way now that March is here. However, the ocean water is still a little chilly! Fortunately, there are plenty of fun beach activities that don’t involve the water for everyone to enjoy.
One of the most active and enjoyable beach activities is a fun round of volleyball. All you need to start having a good time is a net, a ball, and a group of players!
Flying a Kite
Spring is the perfect season to go out and fly a kite. With strong spring winds rolling in, you will be able to lift your kite up to where the air is clear and send it soaring!
Searching for Seashells
With a keen eye and a leisurely pace, you can stroll along the shoreline and look for discarded seashells from the ocean to add to your collection.
Gathering Around a Campfire
When the sun starts to go down, you can still have fun by gathering around a campfire, enjoying roasted marshmallows, and singing some classic campfire songs together.
Posted on March 10, 2016
When it comes to creating luxury sedans, Cadillac is the king! However, Cadillac is not a brand that merely rests on its success. Instead, Cadillac is looking to enter the luxury crossover segment in a big way.
According to a Cadillac press release, the automaker will introduce the 2017 Cadillac XT5 Crossover in April.
The 2017 Cadillac XT5 is the first vehicle in Cadillac’s upcoming lineup of luxury crossover vehicles. The new luxury crossover will be available in four trim levels, including a Platinum model.
The XTS will also be powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine, capable of producing up to 310 horsepower!
“The arrival of this sophisticated new crossover positions Cadillac well, as XT5 enters the most popular segment in the global luxury market,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. “It’s pivotal to our ongoing growth, which is why we’ve developed XT5 from the inside out to provide customers more space, more technology, more luxury and more efficiency.”
For the most luxurious ride you can find in a crossover, be on the lookout for the 2017 Cadillac XT5 release next month!
Posted on February 22, 2016
Cars make strange noises all the time, some of which can be serious warning signs that your vehicle might fail. That’s why we’ve put together a guide to important car noises and what they mean, ensuring you know as much as possible about your car.
One of the most common noises to hear are squeaking brakes, according to Bankrate. This can be caused by water or dirt that might be trapped on the rotors; however, it could also mean you are in serious need of a brake change. Many brake pads are built with warning strips to squeak and squeal whenever your pads are getting dangerously low.
Another common noise to hear is rattling or knocking. Sometimes referred to as “pinging,” this often occurs due to an engine misfire. Although not necessarily a serious problem, misfires can reduce efficiency and performance drastically. It can be caused by bad spark plugs, low-octane fuel, bad fuel-air mixture, or a serious of other problems.
Hearing sizzling or hissing noises under the hood? This is likely caused by a leak hitting a hot part of the engine. Depending on how much fluid you are losing, this can lead to serious problems. When the car is cool, check your fluid levels. It could also be caused by overheating.
Finally, flapping noises often occur when something is hitting the fan or when a belt is falling apart. This can be especially dangerous if any belts hit other moving parts.
Experiencing any of these problems? Contact our Service Center at DeVoe Cadillac today.
Posted on February 4, 2016
Cadillac is one of the most iconic brands in the world, with several classic models that have become a part of American history. The 1954 Cadillac Coupe de Ville recently won the Classiccars.com award for the Best Classic Car at the famous 2016 Arizona Concours d’Elegance, cementing the legacy of the Cadillac brand.
The Cadillac Coupe de Ville is no longer in production, though it was originally built in 1949 as a specialty trim level. The name comes from the French for “of the town,” making it a great car to cruise around the city in. The 1954 Coupe de Ville design was one of the most expensive the brand had to offer, with an unforgettable grille and headlight setup, as well as classic bumper guards and a long body.
The car that won the Best Classic Car award at the recent, prestigious Arizona Concours d’Elegance had been under restoration for 12 years before it saw sunlight. Ironically, the model is not a concours; however, the competition has a special class for Iconic Postwar American models. The Cadillac was voted a favorite in that category.
Although Cadillac is doing things a little differently now, it still retains the same air of elegance and sophistication that the Coupe de Ville has. It’s no wonder the 1954 model year was voted the Best Classic Car.
Posted on January 18, 2016
The publication Automobile recently had the chance to sit down with Cadillac Marketing Officer Uwe Ellinghaus and discuss the brand’s future. With plans to spread the company’s influence abroad and revive the brand’s popularity, Cadillac is focusing on a younger age demographic in order to build a lasting consumer base and boost sales.
Now, with the brand’s first-ever international debut in the form of the Cadillac XT5 crossover, Cadillac is putting that plan into action.
During the interview, Ellinghaus touched on many subjects, such as the ongoing passion and loyalty of Cadillac’s returning customers and progressive leaps in the brand’s quality of engineering. He mentioned that many more popular luxury brands all have similar appearances and follow the beat of the same drum, whereas new Cadillacs, while improved upon, have a more distinctive design that allows the brand’s lineup to stand apart.
With the release of the ATS, Cadillac doubled its amount of customers under the age of 35, proving that Cadillac’s plan in working. The Cadillac Marketing Officer touched on this subject as well, mentioning the reveal of the XT5 at the fashion house Public School in Dubai, which drew throngs of younger crowds to the event. Cadillac is strategically reinventing its brand on step at a time, and we like where it’s headed.
Posted on January 4, 2016
Cadillac has been unraveling a slow, gradual strategy for reasserting itself in an increasingly competitive automobile market, and the company’s foray into the realm of alternative-fuel vehicles is just one more step in the process. The brand recently confirmed that before venturing into the growing potential of the EV segment, it plans to offer Cadillac plug-in hybrids as variations of existing models in the lineup.
Over the course of 2015, Cadillac tested the waters by bringing the new CT6 sedan to several automobile shows, building anticipation for the release of the luxurious plug-in hybrid model. The CT6 already has a traditional gas option, but Cadillac’s plan in showing off the hybrid version was to show potential consumers that hybrids can be just as stylish and elegant as traditional vehicles. The CT6 will also implement the same battery pack as the new Chevrolet Volt, a powertrain that has a proven success rate among buyers.
As Cadillac plug-in hybrids become more commonplace, hybrids will no longer be an unusual gimmick, but another option for car buyers—the same way many vehicles allow customers the choice between different engines, features, and trim levels. With plug-in hybrids becoming so commonplace, Cadillac’s focus on implementing more models of this variety is a clever business move.
Posted on December 17, 2015
Have a family roadtrip coming up? Whether you’re on a holiday trek to grandma’s, taking the long route to the beach, or perhaps even re-locating – we recommend you check out these family roadtrip tips:
- Plan your breaks, meals, and gas station stops ahead of time, based on locations that will hold the family’s interest.
- Consider your kids’ personal attention spans and preferences, and choose a few car games for families to play ahead of time.
- Consider printing out some maps or directions–just in case your GPS falls through–or so you can pass them back when your kids want to know “how much longer.”
- Pack plenty of snacks, and not the sugary kind that would make the whole family more jittery than they already were.
- Lastly, be sure to have a fully stocked first aid kit and plenty of fresh water available in case of an emergency.
For more tips, and to check out our roadtrip-ready vehicles, visit us anytime at DeVoe Cadillac.
Posted on December 7, 2015
How much money is too much money for a used 2003 Cadillac Escalade? According to one television fan, certainly not $119,780–which is exactly how much money the 2003 Escalade used in HBO’s The Sopranos recently was purchased for.
The Sopranos Cadillac Escalade was auctioned off at RR Auction in Boston, years after it was driven around in the last three seasons of The Sopranos, which had its series finale back in 2007.
However, the 2003 Escalade is particularly meaningful, as it was driven and signed multiple times by the late James Gandolfini, star of the HBO show. We don’t know much about the buyer, other than to guess that this collector is a huge fan of the program.
To put it in perspective, the Escalade sold for $9,000 more than the 1999 Chevrolet Suburban from The Sopranos, which was also auctioned off a few years ago.
What kind of money would you put down for such a collector’s item? Let us know what you think, and if you’d like to check out a regularly priced Cadillac, visit us anytime at DeVoe Cadillac.