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Cadillac has always been synonymous with luxury, however, the lack of fresh blood to their lineup in the last decade left them tired and overlooked. That changed with the introduction of the 2013 Cadillac ATS. A new segment for Cadillac, the ATS brings the performance and luxury Cadillac is known for to a smaller, sportier platform. I was “tasked” with driving an ATS for a weekend and I have to say I was nothing less than impressed. I, like many others in my generation, initially thought Cadillacs were only enjoyed by those with an AARP card tucked into their wallet and spending their days on the golf course. I’m happy to say my assumptions were dead wrong.
At first glance this car is gorgeous. It sports the new, more aggressive front fascia that would later appear on the CTS, XTS, ELR, and future updates to Cadillac’s lineup. With features like swept back LED headlamps, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, and a noticeably sportier stance than Cadillac’s past you can’t help but appreciate how far Cadillac has come. Currently one of the oldest American car brands, second only to Buick, Cadillac is amongst the oldest car brands in the world. Founded in 1902 with lineup consisting of 2 vehicles, the Runabout and Tonneau, both of which resembling the iconic Ford Model-A, Cadillac has spent the last 111 years perfecting the engineering found in their modern day offerings.
I’d love to tell you that I had a grand adventure during my time with the ATS but that would be quite a stretch from the truth. My weekend consisted of errands and traffic that the ATS took from mind-numbingly boring to fun in an instant. Equipped with the optional 321hp 3.6L V6 under the hood, I found myself smiling and giddy over making it to the next red light quicker that my fellow commuters. Its combination of available power, sport suspension, and remarkable list of safety features made driving this little beauty an absolute delight. The wide array of safety features that can be found in the ATS make you feel as if you have a co-pilot in the passenger seat. Getting too close to the car in front of you? Let me apply the brakes for you. Drifting into the next lane on accident? Let me warn you by vibrating your seat. The list goes on with features like adaptive cruise control, heads-up display, and parking assist to name a few.
The all-new 2014 Cadillac ELR luxury coupe was unveiled in production form at the 2013 North American International Auto Show. We were excited to see it also make an appearance at this year’s New York International Auto Show last month. The ELR combines style, luxury and energy efficient technologies to bring you one truly magnificent automobile. The styling of this up and coming plug-in hybrid is very similar to the Cadillac Converj concept that we saw at the 2009 North American Auto Show in Detroit.
Under the hood the vehicle is equipped with an electric motor and a small 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that serves as the backup generator for the system. The electric motor has a range of 35 miles then the engine kicks in for a maximum combined range of about 300 miles. The ELR takes about 12 hours to recharge on a standard 120-volt outlet and about 4 ½ hours using a 240-volt outlet. The turn signal indicators located on the side view mirrors also act as charge indicators when the vehicle is plugged in so you know when charging is complete.
The vehicle was built with aerodynamics in mind, which allow the vehicle to glide along the road with minimal resistance. The bottom of the front grille is equipped with active shutters that open and close depending on speed. The underbody panels and hidden door handles also help to cut down on turbulence.
The interior is stylishly designed with chrome, leather, wood, and microfiber suede accents. Most of which, come standard on the base model. The model that was displayed at the New York International Auto Show featured 2 seats in the front and 2 seats in the rear.
The vehicle also comes with Cadillac’s signature touch sensitive CUE infotainment system. 20” wheels and sweeping body lines make the outside of the ELR look sleek, stylish, and one to remember. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet on this exciting new Cadillac model, but we will be sure to update you as soon as more information becomes available. Expect to see this vehicle on showfloors later in the year.
Cadillac’s new midsize luxury sports sedan, the 2014 CTS, was unveiled at this year’s New York Auto Show. The redesign makes the vehicle noticeably lower, longer and lighter than last generation CTS. This all-new vehicle is packed with technology including the signature Cadillac CUE system, an 8inch color touch screen and a 12.3 inch gauge cluster in the center stack.
You can choose from three different engine options under the hood. A 2.0 liter 4 cylinder direct injection turbocharged engine that achieves 272 horsepower or a 3.6-liter direct injection with 321 horsepower, both connected to 6 speed automatic transmission with magnesium paddles for shifting.
The third option is the V Sport model equipped with a 3.6-liter twin turbocharged engine with 420 horsepower and an 8-speed automatic transmission. We will announce pricing information and arrival dates as soon as they become available.
This past Saturday was the last Cars & Coffee event of the season. Despite the cold weather and a few early morning flurries we had a great turnout. Spectators bundled up and enjoyed the free coffee while checking out all the great cars that showed up. We brought quite a few models from our Cadillac lineup which stirred a lot of excitement. The ATS just recently arrived at our dealership and many people were thrilled to see it out at the event. The all-new 2013 XTS also drew a lot of attention.
Check out the rest of our photos from the event in the gallery below.
We want to thank everyone that has made it out to Cars & Coffee throughout the season and helped to make this event such a great success. We look forward to seeing all of you next year!
For more information on the event head over to the MN C&C website.
We are pleased to announce the long anticipated arrival of the 2013 Cadillac ATS at Morrie’s Cadillac. Cadillac had the BMW 3-series in their crosshairs when developing the brand new ATS and tested the limits of this compact sport luxury sedan on some of the most demanding roads on earth. After watching our brief overview video, be sure to check out some of Cadillac’s ATS versus the world videos that highlight the different locations where the ATS was rigorously road tested.
A couple of weeks ago we hosted an event at our Cadillac Saab store, called Hoops for Wishes with Trent Tucker, in partnership with the Make a Wish Foundation. This event was to raise money to go toward helping the Make a Wish Foundation of Minnesota to grant the wish of 10-year-old named Jose. Jose is an active boy from Farmington, Minn., who has not let sarcoma slow him down. He loves playing video games, basketball and shopping at Target.
When Jose started thinking about what he would wish for, he pictured somewhere warm, somewhere he could swim and somewhere with a lot of activities. It seemed a Caribbean cruise was just the right fit.
And today I’m happy to share that we helped the Make a Wish Foundation of Minnesota reach their goals, and soon Jose and his family will be sailing the high seas! More >
Cadillac returned to Sebring for testing yesterday, leading up to their re-entry into the SCCA World Challenge GT season, beginning in March. They released a handful of images of their new CTS-V Race Car in its full livery, as well as this brief press release: More >