Cadillac XT4 Unveiled at New York International Auto Show

Cadillac XT4
Cadillac Luxury Crossover SUV

Meet The Cadillac XT4

The first-ever Cadillac XT4 is here and arrives to impress. The XT4 is one of the most highly-anticipated models to be released by the automaker in quite some time, and its style and specs match the interest of many of Trent Cadillac’s customers. You may have caught a glimpse of this vehicle while watching the Oscars, as Cadillac ran various ads during the awards show including one that showcased the sleek exterior of the XT4. Cadillac unveiled the vehicle in full on March 28th at the New York International Auto Show.

Luxury Compact Crossover SUV

The XT4 is a luxury compact crossover SUV that offers incredible power, design, and technology. Despite its compact size, the XT4 is big on features. It will come equipped with a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a nine-speed transmission, offering 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Although fuel efficiency ratings have yet to be confirmed, it’s expected to get a respectable 30 mpg on the highway, achieving the perfect balance of power and efficiency. To harness the power of the XT4, you’ll sit back in its upscale interior that features a leather-wrapped steering wheel and comfortable seats—in fact, the fronts seats have an available massage function and the rear seats boast best-in-class rear legroom.

Cadillac Infotainment System

The XT4 is also smartly equipped, offering a Cadillac User Experience infotainment system and available wireless charging. What’s more, the XT4 will offer available advanced safety features besides its standard Rear Vision Camera and Rear Park Assist, such as Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Here at Trent Cadillac in New Bern, NC, we can’t wait until the all-new Cadillac XT4 arrives on our dealership’s lot.  

Watch These Fun Movies with Cadillacs in Them

It is award season for our favorite celebs in Hollywood, so the staff at Trent Cadillac decided to reflect on our favorite movies. To no one’s surprise, a lot of us at the dealership are partial to movies with Cadillacs in them. Here are some of our favorite movies featuring Cadillacs:

  • The Big Wheel: This film starred Mickey Rooney and his 1941 Cadillac series 62 convertible coupe. In the film, Rooney establishes a career in motorsports.
  • Driving Miss Daisy: The widely celebrated film, Driving Miss Daisy, which won several awards and starred Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, and Dan Aykroyd, features a classic 1956 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special.
  • Pink Cadillac: This film stars Clint Eastwood and Bernadette Peters, but perhaps even more memorable is the unapologetically pink Cadillac series 62 convertible.
  • Every Which Way But Loose: Another Eastwood film, Every Which Way But Loose features a 1959 Cadillac convertible in the American West.
  • National Lampoon films: A number of the National Lampoon films, starring Chevy Chase, feature Cadillac models.
  • Ghostbusters: The National Lampoons films weren’t the only comedies to star a Cadillac. The hilarious Ghostbusters cult classic starring Bill Murray also features a 1959 Cadillac Ambulance.

What’s your favorite movie featuring a Cadillac?

Celebrate Music with the Craven Concert Series

The Craven Concert Series has been providing New Bern and the surrounding area with the opportunity to experience live music for 34 consecutive years – and this year is no different.

For the 2018 season, the series has a number of concerts lined up. On Tuesday, March 20, you can enjoy the musical comedy of 3 Redneck Tenors. This trio are all classically trained, but like to bring some down-home laughs to their performance. Many say it’s like Duck Dynasty goes to the opera – and who wouldn’t want to see that? Even better, 3 Redneck Tenors were Finalists on America’s Got Talent, so you know they will definitely entertain.

If jazz and R&B are more your style, then you should see the Side Street Strutters performance, which is happening on Wednesday, April 11. Hear some of your favorites like Gershwin, Ellington, and, of course, Sinatra. The Strutters were awarded the Outstanding Musicianship Award by the International Association of Jaz Educators and awarded First Place at the Breda International Jazz Competition.

All performances within the Craven Concert Series are held in the Grover C. Fields Performing Arts Center and begin at 7:30pm on the date they are scheduled.

Enjoy some music this year and get your tickets for these performances now. Just order them online or at the box office before the performance. If you need a ride to get there, stop by Trent Cadillac.

The Meaning of Dashboard Indicator Lights

When the seasons change, the chance you will begin to experience issues with your car increases. Your dashboard lights can help you easily diagnose any problems your car is having before they become a bigger problem. Here is a quick look at the more commonly seen dashboard indicator lights and their meanings.

Tire Pressure Warning: Fluctuating temperatures mean your tire pressure will fluctuate. When your pressure is over or under its recommended range, the Tire Pressure Warning indicator will light up. Make sure you check your pressure and either fill your tires or deflate them slightly to keep them at the proper pressure.

Check engine light: The Check Engine Light can come on for a range of reasons, from having a loose gas cap to needing new spark plugs for your engine. If this engine-shaped light comes on, it’s a good idea to bring your car into your local mechanic’s shop to make sure your car keeps running smoothly.

Battery charge alert: Shaped like a battery, the Battery Charge Alert light will come on when your car’s battery is running on a low charge – or is dead. Keep an eye out for this alert, as batteries tend to last about five years or so.

Being aware of your dashboard lights can go a long way towards helping you keep your car out of the mechanic’s shop and on the road. If you see any lights illuminate on your dash, be sure to bring your vehicle into Trent Cadillac to have the issue addressed.

Helping Military Families in Need This Holiday Season

Helping Military Families
Do you want to do your part in helping military families this holiday season? Check out any of these tips from Trent Cadillac.

Do you want to do your part in helping military families this holiday season? Check out any of these tips.

Focus On Specific Needs

While we appreciate the work veterans have done for our country, there are many veterans who need help with specific needs, such as being elderly, homeless, or unemployed. Volunteer or donate to one of these groups if you’d like to help.

Call Your Local Military Base

Often, military bases will have a list of different programs to which individuals can donate their money or time.

Reach Out to Military Hospitals

Recovering veterans may be coping with their injuries and in need of ways to entertain and sooth themselves, so contact a military hospital to see exactly what they need.

Go Through Any of These Programs

  • Adopt-a-Family or Adopt-a-Veteran programs: There are many of these from different organizations, which allow you to care for a particular family or veteran.
  • Operation Christmas Spirit or Operation Holiday Joy: These programs are tailored specific toward holiday donations.
  • Trees for Troops: Help get a military family a Christmas tree this year.
  • Full Circle Home: This organization helps deployed service members send their wives gift boxes from afar.

Helping military families so that they can enjoy their Christmas is your own way of thanking them for their service, a cause we at Trent Cadillac are certainly passionate about.

Four Facts about Cadillac You Didn’t Know

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.

Check out these funs facts about Cadillac

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

How to Prepare Your Cadillac for Fall

prepare your Cadillac for fall

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Updates and Changes to a Few 2018 Cadillac Models

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.

2018 Cadillac XTS

The XTS is getting a big refresh for 2018. The brand’s full-size sedan will feature tweaks to its front and rear styling, making it fit in better with the rest of the Cadillac lineup and giving it a sleeker, more modern look.

2018 Cadillac ATS

The ATS, Cadillac’s compact car offering, is another model receiving some styling updates. It adds a new color, Satin Steel Mechanic, a deep gray that gives the ATS extra sophistication, as well as other minor interior and exterior changes. The ATS also now comes with an available heated steering wheel.

Next-Generation CUE System

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.

Trent Cadillac Wins Cadillac Mark of Excellence Master Dealer Award

We are very proud to announce that we were awarded the 2016 Cadillac Mark of Excellence Master Dealer award. Only 40 dealers in the nation received this award, and only one dealer in North Carolina got it – US! Thank you to all of our loyal customers for helping us get there.Pictured Left to Right: Manny Kahsai (Used Sales Manager), Paul Hewson (Service Manager), Pete & Mike Deichmann (owners), Randy Lacasse (Cadillac District Sales Manager), Jeff Mooring (General Manager), Kelly Key (New Sales Manager)

Posted by Trent Cadillac Buick GMC on Friday, May 26, 2017

Trent Cadillac is very honored and absolutely ecstatic to announce that we have won a Cadillac Mark of Excellence Master Dealer Award for 2016. This is a highly coveted award among Cadillac dealers across the United States, and only 40 dealers earned it this year. Trent Cadillac was the only dealer in North Carolina to earn this distinction.

What does the Cadillac Mark of Excellence Master Dealer Award indicate? To us, it is an indicator of our excellence in our sales and service departments and overall customer experience. That makes it as much our award as it is an award earned by and for our loyal customers here in North Carolina. It is only with your dedication to us and your willingness to allow us to sell to you and service your vehicles that we were able to earn this distinction.

You can see our dedicated staff receiving the award in the Facebook post below. Included in the photos are Manny Kahsai (Used Sales Manager), Paul Hewson (Service Manager), Pete and Mike Deichmann (owners), Randy Lacasse (Cadillac District Sales Manager), Jeff Mooring (General Manager), and Kelly Key (New Sales Manager).

Congrats to all of the staff at Trent Cadillac Buick GMC, and a big thank you to our loyal customers.

Maintaining Your Cadillac With Dealership Service

You chose a Cadillac because you are a discerning driver. You appreciate the finer things in life and understand the value of premium amenities and service. That is why maintaining your Cadillac and keeping it in prime condition is something you should reserve for the dealership.

Luxury brands like Cadillac require expert care to maintain their high levels of performance. They also come equipped with advanced technology that less experienced or less specialized technicians may not be able to deal with.

Here at Trent Cadillac, we have the highly-trained certified technicians your Cadillac needs. Our service bays are equipped with advanced diagnostic and repair equipment to get the job done quickly and accurately. This means you can trust us to get the job done right the first time.

And, giving you extra peace of mind, our technicians will only use GM Original Equipment parts when making a repair on your Cadillac. Many of these parts come with a Limited Lifetime Parts Warranty. This means if the part should fail, you will not have the pay for that part again.

If you want to keep your Cadillac in its pristine condition, schedule your routine or other services with the trusted service technicians here at Trent Cadillac.