Updated on June 23, 2017
Everyone likes to save money when possible, but the summer heat can be too much at times. Unfortunately, air conditioning tends to drive electric bills during the summer fairly high and that isn’t good for your wallet. On the bright side, there are ways to stay cool and keep your money. We here at DeVoe Cadillac have a few ways you can save money on electric bills during summer months.
Unplug – Believe it or not, some appliances and products use electricity even when they’re off; it’s more like they’re in “standby” as opposed to be completely unplugged. Fortunately, the solution to save a little money is to literally unplug them. Alternatively, use surge protectors and simply flick the switch to cut the power completely.
Laundry – Washers and dryers can generate a fair amount of heat which is why it pays to do the laundry at night, when it’s cooler. It doesn’t help that the water heater has to use power to heat the water up to begin with. To cut down on power usage, use cold water whenever possible. It wouldn’t hurt to hand-dry dishes instead of using a dishwater, too.
Air Conditioning – Coming in from a hot day under the sun calls for lowering the temperature on the air conditioner, right? Unfortunately, that few minutes of relief can cost a bundle. Instead, find a different way to cool off, such as taking a cool shower.
Updated on June 23, 2017
Cadillac has been lacking in the technology sector for quite a while, but now the premier luxury brand is catching up, and even surpassing, its closest competitors. The latest addition to the brand’s technology features is Cadillac Super Cruise™—this new technology makes use of two different systems in order to make long road trips must more relaxing.
In short, the Cadillac Super Cruise™ system makes highway driving a simple, hands-free activity. The advanced system focuses primarily on driver convenience and safety. Cadillac Super Cruise™ is the industry’s first hands-free driving technology designed for the highway.
The hands-free capability and driver attention system work together to encourage the driver to pay attention despite the autonomous feature. The new system adds automatic lane-centering to the long list of available active safety technologies, and also enables automatic speed control and steering when activated on the highway.
The driver attention system makes use of a camera and infrared lights located at the top of the steering column. Together, they help determine where the driver is looking when the system is activated. By monitoring driver attention and control, Cadillac essentially ensures optimal safety for drivers and their vehicles.
Cadillac Super Cruise™ will officially debut later this fall in the 2018 Cadillac CT6.
We here at DeVoe Cadillac are pumped for the latest addition to the luxury brand’s available technologies!
Posted on May 25, 2017
Summer is a great time to spend your time cruising outside, but unfortunately, it also means you have to be smart to beat the heat. If you need to keep your car cool, here are a few awesome tips for preventing your vehicle from turning into a mobile oven under the sun’s hot rays.
Crack Your Windows
Part of the problem is that after sunlight comes into your vehicle, it heats up the air in the car, and having your windows rolls up prevents that hot air from escaping. Cracking your windows help your car ventilate.
Park in Shade or Use a Sunshade
You can’t always find a shady spot, so invest in something to cover your windshield or windows.
Tint Your Windows
This helps prevent your car from getting too hot both while you’re parked and driving if you’re willing to cough up the extra money.
Use Bottom Air Vents First
Heat rises. If you’re overheating while drive, try turning on the vents by your feet first before you turn on the one aimed at your face.
We at DeVoe Cadillac offer year-round AC service, so if you want to keep your car cool in the summertime, don’t hesitate to stop by our dealership and have our trained service technicians take a look at your Cadillac.
Posted on May 25, 2017
Being located near Marco Island is a blast for us here at DeVoe Cadillac. What’s better than heading to the island and enjoying a great day of all the fun things to do in the area? Here’s some of our favorite suggestions.
South Marco Beach
There are only two public beaches on Marco Island, with South Marco Beach being the quieter and less crowded beach. Head here for a relaxing afternoon of sun, sand, and ocean.
Isles of Capri Marina
Ever wanted to paddle your way out to a pristine, undisturbed island? Isles of Capri Marina does boat rentals and is located right next to Marco River for easy access to the ocean.
Quinn’s on the Beach
This yummy local restaurant, located right on the coast, has a nightly fire-dancer show for everyone in attendance.
Marco Island Historical Museum
Head to this local attraction dedicated to preserving the history of the island, including its past as the home of the Calusa Indians with a replica of the Calusa village.
There are plenty more fun things to do on Marco Island for you to add to your itinerary. Plus, there’s nothing better than cruising in the sun in your Cadillac, so stop by our dealership today!
Updated on April 25, 2017
Plenty of restaurants serve breakfast and lunch, but how many serve brunch? As it turns out, there are a quite a few fantastic establishments in Naples that do! Grab some delicious food between breakfast and lunch. Here are some of the best brunch restaurants in Naples, Florida as suggested by us here at DeVoe Cadillac. Enjoy!
- Blueberry’s – A touch of country living and homemade meals go hand-in-hand at Blueberry’s. The restaurant offers a wide variety of breakfast foods, including French toast, eggs, and nearly a dozen types of pancakes. Best of all, you can get breakfast and lunch together!
- Breakfast Plus – Located near the Marco Town Center, Breakfast Plus features a long list of house specialties. Breakfast items include grits, bread pudding with hot lemon sauce, and Texas French toast. Breakfast runs until closing time at 2:30pm and lunch starts at 11am.
- Old 41 Restaurant – Open for breakfast and lunch with a closing time of 3pm, Old 41 Restaurant is the near-definition of brunch. Delightful dishes include Boar’s Head hoagies, fresh-ground Columbian coffee, and Philly Breakfast with Taylor Pork Roll!
Anyone can sleep late and still wake up in time for some delicious breakfast food. Stop in Naples, Florida for some delightful brunch dishes influenced by cities and countries from around the world!
Posted on April 25, 2017
The 2017 Cadillac CTS is a performance car that’s as safe as it is luxurious, but it’s getting even safer. The automaker announced that the CTS would see additional safety technology. As it turns out, that safety technology is Vehicle-to-Vehicle communications. The innovative technology is the first step to safer roads. Cadillac is the first brand to implement the technology.
Vehicle-to-Vehicle safety technology essentially allows vehicles to communicate with one another. Vehicles can be up to 1,000 feet away and exchange up to 1,000 messages per second. Put simply, the new technology allows cars to detect hazards that it can’t see.
“V2V essentially enables the car to sense around corners. Connecting vehicles through V2V holds tremendous potential, as this technology enables the car to acquire and analyze information outside the bounds of the driver’s field of vision,” said Richard Brekus, Cadillac global director, Product Strategy.
The new Vehicle-to-Vehicle technology can operate without cellular coverage, good weather, or a clear sight line. Multiple vehicles create a wireless network all on their own.
The new technology is a standard safety feature in the 2017 CTS and joins active safety features like Forward Collision Mitigation. Cadillac plans to roll out the technology to the rest of the lineup, starting with the 2018 ATS and XTS.
We here at DeVoe Cadillac are happy to see the luxurious Cadillac CTS getting more standard safety features!
Updated on March 22, 2017
Here in Florida, we get to enjoy nice weather nearly all year long. Because of that, Florida is the ideal place for golf courses and has some of the best and most beautiful in the country.
Here are the top five golf courses in Naples, Florida.
This beautiful course was designed by Jed Azinger and Gordon C. Lewis. It is a 6675-yard, par-72 course ideal for championship golfers. The course is located within a home community and more than half of the site is dedicated to preserving wetlands, lakes, and wildlife corridors.
This course is frequently rated one of the best in the country. In fact, in 2016, it was ranked #1 in the country for Best Course Conditions by Golf Advisor.
This course will both wow you with its challenges and amaze you with its beauty. The course was redone by famed designer Robert Cupp, Jr.
This exclusive members-only course has 10 impeccably laid-out holes that seem to grow naturally out of the landscape.
This course located at the Ritz-Carlton features two 18-hole championship courses.
Here at DeVoe Cadillac, we love a good game of golf when we can get one. What is your favorite course here in the Naples area?
Updated on March 22, 2017
The Cadillac CT6 was just introduced for the 2016 model year. Now, the stunning flagship sedan is becoming even more versatile with the addition of a CT6 Plug-in Hybrid model. This new fuel-efficient model will be coming to DeVoe Cadillac this spring.
Cadillac has said that drivers can expect a range of about 31 miles using electric power only. Once that is depleted, the CT6 will have a total driving range of more than 400 miles. With a fully charged battery, the CT6 should get an EPA-estimated 62 MPGe.*
“The CT6 is a technological showcase throughout, and by far the lightest car in its class, making it an ideal platform for electrification,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. “In the CT6, Cadillac presents a new formula for prestige luxury. The advanced Plug-In system is a key addition, providing a combination of exceptional fuel economy, crisp acceleration and strong electric-driving range.”
Powered by a both a high-output 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and a Two Motor Electric Variable Transmission (EVT) system, the CT6 Plug-In delivers a combined 335 horsepower and 432 lb-ft of torque. With this power, the CT6 can accelerate to 60 mph in as little as 5.2 seconds.
If you’re looking for sophistication matched with efficiency, be sure to experience the 2017 Cadillac cT6 Plug-in hybrid coming to DeVoe Cadillac soon.
*Estimates only. Actual efficiency may vary.
Posted on February 17, 2017
The Cadillac BOOK program is an innovative way to experience driving like never before. BOOK by Cadillac is the first-ever luxury vehicle subscription service, letting you pay a flat fee for access to the most popular Cadillac models. Unlike leasing, financing, or buying, BOOK lets you drive without making a long-term commitment.
According to GM, this program is the first of its kind. This app-enabled on-demand program lets you access the best premium models on the market. Each vehicle is driven to your door by a special concierge service, and cars can be exchanged whenever you like. Plus, you simply pay a monthly fee for BOOK instead of signing a lease or making any long-term commitment.
“BOOK by Cadillac is an innovative new option targeted at a growing class of luxury drivers searching for access to various cars over time, dependent on their individual needs, coupled with a hassle-free white-glove exchange,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, Cadillac chief marketing officer.
In addition, the other major advantages to BOOK include maintenance, insurance, and detailing. All of this is performed by Cadillac as part of your membership. This program will launch in New York first, and will likely extend across the country in the coming months. We can’t wait to see the new BOOK program revolutionize the way we drive.
Updated on February 17, 2017
Groundhog Day is a tradition that dates back several years, and it happens every February. However, this got us thinking: How did it start? That’s why we’ve created a post on the history of Groundhog Day. Hopefully it’ll answer any questions you might have about the holiday, too.
Groundhog Day was officially founded in 1887 in Punxsutawney, PA, according to the History Channel. Many people are familiar with the holiday’s traditions because of the Bill Murray comedy of the same name. However, there is more to the holiday than you might think. It actually has its roots in the Christian tradition of Candlemas Day. This is a centuries-old holiday that involves the burning of candles to see how long winter will last. The Germanic peoples of middle Europe expanded the tradition using hedgehogs to determine the weather—a strange substitution for which there is little explanation.
For those familiar with the state of Pennsylvania, where Groundhog Day was founded, you’ll probably recognize that the area was settled by many Germans. In fact, the term Pennsylvania Dutch is actually a corruption of the word for German, Deutsch, one reason the area has the name. In short, the Germans who settled in Pennsylvania carried on the tradition in the States using groundhogs.
Although many question the accuracy of the predictions, it’s still a fun way to celebrate the changing seasons. We can’t wait to see if this year’s prediction holds true!