When General Motors replaced Johan de Nysschen with Cadillac’s new boss, Steve Carlisle, many people speculated that Cadillac might be moving out of New York City and return to its original home in Detroit. Well, it looks like that just isn’t the case – Cadillac is staying in the Big Apple.
Carlisle recently confirmed that Cadillac headquarters will not be leaving its current location. In fact, GM’s executives and analysts all agree that New York remains the perfect place for Cadillac to remain. Carlisle even went as far as to say that he will commute to Detroit or any other location as needed to ensure that Cadillac is a top-selling luxury brand.
“It’s 100 percent that we’re staying here, that was never a question,” said Andrew Lipman, Cadillac spokesman in New York. He went on to state, “New York made sense because it’s the epicenter of where luxury trends are made.”
Currently, the brand’s New York office, called Cadillac House, works as a hub of these trends. Not only does it have a coffee house and display cars throughout its lobby, but it also holds events. For instance, its partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America allows a different fashion designer to curate the building’s event space every three months and hold events there.
Despite its New York location, Cadillac’s vehicles will continue to be designed and engineered in the Detroit area. We here at Trent Cadillac wouldn’t have it any other way.
When consumers buy a new car or SUV, they often think not just of what they need out of a vehicle, but what their most common occupants need out of it as well. Another important consideration is your pets. While dogs are the most common consideration, drivers with cats, birds, and everything in between should prioritize space and cargo flexibility, among other essential pet-friendly features.
The Escalade is easily Cadillac’s largest vehicle, which makes it perfect for drivers with multiple dogs, especially of large breeds. In total, the Escalade offers up 94.2 cubic feet of cargo space; graduate to the Cadillac Escalade ESV and unlock even more space—up to 120.9 cubic feet.
Cadillac XT4 or XT5:
The grandest Cadillac SUV is, of course, the Escalade, but if you don’t need that much space, the Cadillac XT4 and XT5 crossovers should offer plenty of space for you and your pets. The former gets you up to 48.9 cubic feet, and the latter gets you 63.0 cubic feet.
Cadillac XTS Sedan:
Don’t want a crossover? Cadillac’s XTS sedan is also a perfect choice for pet owners with up to 18.0 cubic feet of cargo space.
Find the perfect vehicle for the furriest member of your family here at Trent Cadillac.
Concept vehicles are a unique way for automakers to foreshadow the future design direction of the brand and to try out some truly out-of-the-box ideas. These vehicles are typically not manufactured as is, but they often influence the design of current and upcoming models. So what does the current lineup of Cadillac concept vehicles include?
Escala is Spanish for “scale,” a clever name as the Escala concept is meant to accentuate Cadillac’s classic proportion while bringing it into the future. Signature elements of the Cadillac Escala concept include OLED lighting, a bold grille, cashmere door trim and seating, and more premium materials like leather, brushed aluminum, and American walnut.
The Elmiraj grand coupe concept hints at the future of two-door coupe design. With a nod to the classic El Dorado, the Elmiraj is elegant, yet athletic, with wide swinging doors and a long wheelbase. Interior materials include handpicked fallen Brazilian Rosewood and cut-and-sewn camel leather.
The open-air Cadillac Ciel convertible concept reimagines the classic design of large four-seat convertibles and catapults it into the future. The Ciel concept takes its name from the French word for “sky.” Its exterior is boldly styled with large rear-hinged doors, a long body, and a short nose.
Here at Trent Cadillac, we look forward to seeing how Cadillac incorporates elements from these concept vehicles into it future lineup.
One of the most anticipated vehicles in Cadillac’s future may very well be on its way. Rumors suggest that the all-new Cadillac Escala will soon enter production. The vehicle, which isn’t in Cadillac’s current lineup but made its 2016 debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, has already earned itself quite a fan-following among enthusiasts. In fact, the Cadillac Escala has been in development for so long that fans were beginning to wonder if it was being released to the masses at all.
But fans of the new sedan won’t have to worry anymore. The rumor mill says that the Cadillac Escala will be on its way by 2021. The news came from a video produced by Autoline Network and shared by AutoForecast Solutions, in which AutoForecast Solutions vice president Sam Fiorani shared that “a new program at Cadillac that the manufacturer is calling ‘Escala’” would be “a very limited production model due to enter production in 2021.” The Cadillac Escala, the video reported, will also be constructed at the brand’s plant in Hamtramck, Michigan.
This location suggests that the all-new Cadillac Escala will share the Omega platform with the Cadillac CT6, which is produced at the same plant. However, the Cadillac Escala will likely be larger than the CT6, suggesting the brand is getting a new flagship sedan.
Here at Trent Cadillac, we can’t wait to see if this exciting new Cadillac concept vehicle comes to fruition by 2021.
Car lovers can’t stop talking about Cadillac Super Cruise™, an innovative new technology that is changing the way cars drive. Super Cruise™ is the world’s first truly hands-free driving system. It can only be used on limited-access freeways that are separated from opposing traffic, though many are hoping that the system is soon able to work in all conditions.
How does it work? According to Cadillac, Super Cruise™ activates several existing driver assist technologies in order to control the vehicle and keep you safe. For instance, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is turned on to monitor the cars in front of you, and Forward Collision System is set to “alert” and “brake.” Cameras and radar are activated, and there’s even a system to ensure that the driver appears attentive. Essentially, you turn on all the intelligent safety systems, keep yourself alert, and let the car do the driving.
Cadillac has proprietary head-movement-tracking technology to make sure that you appear alert at all times. Super Cruise™ doesn’t perform all aspects of driving, and it doesn’t do everything that a driver can or should do. That’s why it will alert you if you should need to take control of the vehicle. Super Cruise™ also won’t do things like change lanes or operate around road obstacles like construction.
Nevertheless, as long as you’re on a limited-access freeway, Super Cruise™ will provide an enjoyable and safe experience like never before. At Trent Cadillac, we can’t wait to see what Cadillac develops next.
The Cadillac User Experience (also called CUE) is designed to make driving safer and simpler. You can easily connect to your smartphone and tablets via this innovative technology, and many features can be customized for seamless access. Connecting your devices to CUE takes just a few simple steps.
According to Cadillac, you can connect your devices through Bluetooth. Start by turning on the Bluetooth setting on your phone. Via the touch screen select the Phone icon. Select phones, and then pair the devices. On your Phone, connect to the Cadillac CUE device. Follow the prompts on your phone and the touchscreen to pair using a special PIN. A checkmark next to your device on the touchscreen confirms activation.
Up to 10 devices can be paired to the CUE system at a time, but only one may be accessed at a time. You can also connect using the voice-activation system, located on the steering wheel.
What can you do once your device is connected? You can access features like phone contacts to make calls with the voice-activation technology, select playlists to use in Pandora®, and manage Points of Interest and other navigation features. For more information about CUE and other Cadillac systems, visit Trent Cadillac to speak to an expert.
Cadillac has been a luxury American staple for over 100 years. True Cadillac fans know there is a lot of history behind this brand. Nevertheless, there are still some things you probably don’t know. Here are four facts about Cadillac that might surprise you.
The first bulletproof presidential limo belonged to Al Capone. When Al Capone was sent to Alcatraz, the treasury department impounded his fully armored Cadillac. Then, on December 7, 1941, after Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt needed something safe to transport him, and the Secret Service used Capone’s car.
It was named after the founder of Detroit. A Frenchman named Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded a town which he called Ville d’Etroit. When the car company was started, they paid homage to the intrepid explorer.
Cadillac introduced many automotive innovations. Things like curved windshields, enclosed cabins, electric starters, electric lights, airbags, climate control, and counterbalanced crankshafts were all first used by Cadillac, and eventually the rest of the industry.
Cadillac was the first to use an automotive stylist. In 1927, Cadillac hired Harley Earl to style their cars. He went on to create the LaSalle and eventually gained legendary status.
If you love Cadillac, then come see what today’s modern lineup can offer you with a test drive at Trent Cadillac. Let us know if you want more interesting facts about Cadillac.
Here in North Carolina, fall weather is relatively mild, especially out here on the coast. However, the closer you get to the mountains, the cooler it becomes. No matter where you live in the state, you need to take some time to prepare for the upcoming change in seasons. Here are three ways to prepare your Cadillac for fall.
Check your tires. Wet leaves on the ground can lead to slick road conditions. Make sure your tires have enough tread left to keep you and your Cadillac connected to the ground. You can use the penny test, or, for even safer results, the quarter test.
Pack an emergency kit. You never know when an emergency will happen, but you can try to plan for them. As the temperatures start to get cooler, especially at night, you’ll want to prepare for the worst—a dead car on the side of the road. Pack some blankets, a spare cell phone or charged battery, high energy snacks, emergency flares, and water.
Catch up on maintenance. If your Cadillac is due for any routine maintenance, or you have been noticing some bothersome issues, then it is surely time for a check-up.
If you want to make sure your Cadillac is ready for the fall, schedule a service appointment here at Trent Cadillac.
Super Cruise is Cadillac’s answer to similar Autopilot systems. It lets the driver safely do other tasks while driving, such as make phone calls. The car still needs driver feedback in certain situations, though, so it uses a camera to monitor your eyeline and alerts you if it detects that you’re looking away from the road for too long.
Using a suite of sophisticated driver assist technologies, the Super Cruise system on the CT6 will monitor the position and speed of other vehicles to decrease speed and engage the brakes, depending on traffic conditions.
Drivers will only be able to use Super Cruise on the highway, which simplifies the system since it doesn’t need to detect pedestrians or traffic lights. Still it works at high speeds on clear highways as well as in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
The new Super Cruise technology will further set the CT6 apart from other entries in the luxury sedan segment and boost its popularity among drivers looking for the latest driver assist and self-driving technologies. For more information about the upcoming Cadillac CT6 model, call us today Trent Cadillac.
2018 is a great year for Cadillac, which will see refreshes and tech updates for a few of its models, as well as whispers of new models and trims set to be released next year. The Cadillac XTS and ATS are just two of the Cadillac cars that will offer new styling and features for the 2018 model year.
Both the XTS and the ATS will get the latest version of Cadillac CUE, which not only features faster speed and a redesigned interface, but also cloud support that lets you transfer your data from Cadillac to Cadillac, adjusting to your preferences and needs.
These are just a few of the exciting updates and changes you’ll find in the lineup of 2018 Cadillac models. For more information, give us a call today at Trent Cadillac.