Jamie L. LaReau Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Apr 30, 2019 It wouldn't be spring in Michigan without at least one trip to a tire shop after nailing a pothole. Our road craters, some the size of small canyons, are so bad that the state is considered to have the worst potholes in the nation. Michigan has ranked last in the nation in investing in its road system on a per-capita basis, according to the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan for Southeast Michigan. So until we fix the damn roads, we must tolerate a bumpy ride and pricey repairs. Much of the time, our vehicle survives impact with a pothole, but there's still the noise. I never gave that much thought — after all, who can hear anything over your teeth clattering followed by a string of curse words? Well, turns out, the engineers at Buick have given it a lot of thought, starting nearly a decade ago with the brand's QuietTuning … [Read more...] about Buick QuietTuning claims to ease pothole impact. We tested it out.
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Jamie L. LaReau Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Mar 21, 2019 A legless bird, the founder of Detroit and meticulous hand-craftsmanship all define Cadillac's most exclusive and expensive engine: The Blackwing. It's such a prized piece of engineering that Cadillac refuses to share it with other General Motors brands despite speculation it could go in the Chevrolet Corvette. "Over my dead body," Cadillac President Steve Carlisle told reporters recently when asked if the luxury marque would share the Blackwing engine with Buick, GMC or Chevrolet. Cadillac put the 4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8 in the CT6-V sedan for a limited run. The 10-speed automatic transmission engine generates 550 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque.The 275 Cadillac cars that had the engine sold out in less than two hours in January. More: Cadillac CT5 reveal on social media bucks the SUV trend More: President Donald Trump to GM, UAW: Start … [Read more...] about Cadillac’s Blackwing engine got its name from Detroit’s founder
Jamie L. LaReau Detroit Free Press Published 6:30 AM EST Jan 15, 2019 General Motors' volume brands, Buick and Chevrolet, will offer U.S. consumers more all-electric vehicles in the future even as GM declares its luxury brand, Cadillac, as its EV leader. "We were the first to bring a long-range EV to market with the Chevy Bolt EV," said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet's marketing director for cars and crossovers. "Cadillac will be the first brand to use GM's new EV platform, but they won't be the only one to use it." GM believes that within the next decade, electrification will play a larger role in transportation, said Cadillac President Steve Carlisle. Majoros said Chevrolet will continue to be a part of GM's electrification strategy, even as GM plans to kill the Volt, an electric car that's backed up by a gasoline generator, later this year. Likewise, Buick plans to leverage a series of upcoming vehicle launches in China over the next few years to add EVs … [Read more...] about Buick, Chevrolet and Cadillac all want in on electric cars
General Motors said in a news release that the Cadillac XT6 will be available for order this spring. The new Cadillac XT6 will come with three-row seating and a 3.6L V-6 engine. General Motors said in a news release that... Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. General Motors' new Cadillac XT6 crossover will be produced at the automaker's Spring Hill, Tennessee, facility, officials said Sunday. "GM is one of Tennessee's leading employers, and the Spring Hill plant has benefited Middle Tennessee's economy enormously over the years, providing quality wages for thousands of our residents," said Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam in a statement prior to the start of the North American International Auto show in Detroit. Bob Rolfe, the state's commissioner of economic and community development, said GM's decision to add another vehicle to its product line in Spring Hill "speaks volumes about the high-quality workforce and business climate that global businesses can find in … [Read more...] about GM to make new Cadillac crossover in Tennessee
Henry Payne and Nora Naughton The Detroit News Published 10:32 PM EST Jan 10, 2019 For four years, the Cadillac CT6 has been the brand’s show-horse. From New York to Detroit to Los Angeles, the flagship has introduced the latest in Cadillac technology, electronics, engines, even nomenclature. Yet, in a sign of how quickly sedans have fallen from grace in the U.S. – and how Cadillac has struggled to gain market traction — the CT6 will take its final bow at this year’s auto show. When the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant idles indefinitely this summer, the CT6 will cease production and relinquish its halo. While Cadillac continues to try to reinvent itself as a cutting-edge luxury maker worthy of taking on the Teutonic trinity of Mercedes, BMW and Audi, the loss of the CT6 leaves a void. Its passing not only buries the brand’s most ambitious automobile, but also, ironically, passes the flag to its … [Read more...] about Once Cadillac’s show-horse, CT6 limps to its last Detroit show