• Apr 24, 2006
When Bob Lutz gave the television viewing audience of 60 minutes a sneak peek at an upcoming Caddy, the enthusiast community was abuzz at which model’s artfully designed headlight assembly and grille we were shown. The Car Connection has snapped a pic of the 2008 Cadillac CTS that would seem to confirm the sports sedan is the car under wraps in question. As was previewed on 60 minutes and is illustrated in TCC’s shots, Cadillac is taking “Art & Science” to a new level with the new CTS. Its signature design language has been turned up a notch yet translates into a simpler skin with less superfluous trim. And check those afterburner taillights out back… so much for fins.

[Thanks CoreyTheGent for the tip]

[Source: TheCarConnection]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      The Caddy in the 60 minutes piece also has an extremely short rear deck. Its looks like it only about 12 inces deep. It also has a very high rear end. Covered up it looks like a small sportwagon or a coupe with a fastback-like shape.
      • 8 Years Ago

      A CTS Coupe would be awesome. I thought the same thing about the 60 minutes car under the tarp being a coupe of some kind.

      As a sidenote, I wonder if it was a coupe if it would be called CTC as it looks like the logic in Cadillac's new naming scheme has the last letter of the three letter code being the type of body style.

      XLR - Roadster
      STS/CTS - Sedan
      SRX - Crossover vehicle??? (I'm guessing)
      The last Eldorado (a coupe) was the ETC I believe.

      I wonder if knowing this much useless information about cars kept me out of all the really good schools? hehehehehe.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just ignore their juvenile hate-fueled rantings.
      I did not even have to read their posts to know that their posts would not be positive or intelligent for that matter.
      Instead, they post acting as if GM killed their family and burned their houses down.
      Then, they use their "oh so witty" wordplay to really display their intelligence for the autoblog community.
      Just remember their names and remember that whatever they say will be pure garbage.
      Always read names before posts. I always do.

      Getting back on topic.

      This car looks to be the first truly competitive CTS. Judging from the photos we've seen from the 60 minutes segment, the brand is going in the right direction and is very serious about competing with the best.

      Lutz is saving GM one vehicle at a time.
      • 8 Years Ago

      I like the new Cadillac designs. The latest STS being a huge improvement (from a design standpoint) over the current CTS, and pretty much my favorite car in the lineup (with the AWD system and V8 of course). It looks like this new CTS is a smaller version of the current STS, which is cool.

      But here is the major Caddy problem for right now: pricing. GM has gone and priced themselves WAY too high to compete with BMW, Mercedes and Lexus. Unfortunately, years of mismangement and not listening to customers during the 80s and 90s has turned them into perceived also-rans when compared with BMW and Toyota (Lexus). Something that GM executives in the 70s and before would have laughed at if someone were to tell them this was going to happen. But anyway, in order to get some "cred" again, they have to come in aggressively priced and get people to actually consider the purchase (they need to do this more effectively with all their brands actually, which apparently they're trying to do, but we'll see how effective it ends up being, I still think a lot of their models are still too much). The new STS was *NOT* priced aggressively, and thus they have a 100 day supply of them now. (I'm not sure what the supply is on say, a Lexus GS430, but I'll bet it's half that).

      GM should take a cue from Chrysler and price the new STS and this new CTS like Chrysler did with the 300. They'll be sales hits then, not just great cars that cost too much.

      The new CTS should start in the high 20s like it does now, but with a lot more standard stuff. The STS shouldn't go over 50k with the V8 and AWD - but it goes well over 60k with all of the options currently. Stupid. Yes, Cadillacs are pretty sweet now, but it's still too soon to be that proud of your new rear wheel drive chassis. You're not going to convince a die hard Bimmer driver or Lexus driver to get into a $63,000 Caddy this soon. But, a $48,000 V8 AWD STS, fully loaded, hmmmm, now that's a little easier to swallow (compared to a $63,000 BMW 5 Series).

      Of course, I think spending $50k on a new car, no matter what it is, is a little insane. But hell, you never know, I just may be crazy enough one day to think that $1000 a month payments are okay.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I actually liked the design of the CTS. I didn't really have a problem with the exterior nor the interior. Though I havn't driven one, I wouldn't mind having a Cadillac like that in my driveway. "BUT" in my opinion, i dont like the rear design of the so called "NEW CTS." You never know though, Cadillac can totally redesign the look of the car, much like Infiniti did with the new Skyline. I remeber seeing spy shots of the skyline, and all it was, was a G35 with a huge shopping cart spoiler in the back. But they went ahead and redesigned the whole thing. We'll see what the future of Cadillac holds for us.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What is it with all these blogs - they are negative while all they have seen are spy photos , and a peek of a headlight on " 60 minutes " ? GM is doing there best to build Cadillac into what the name signified for years ! I have had the luck to see the actual car minus the camiflauge . Living in the same town in which they are built , I have seen a couple of them cruising the I-96 freeway , and it is a beautiful car !!! So before all you anti-American , Japanese JUNK buying folks slam GM , how about waiting till you can see the the new CTS for real . BUY AMERICAN !!!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      It always amazes me when people attack overall design decisions of an automobile manufacturer. There are certainly strong opinions either way about the look of their whole line of cars, but a few things are true:
      - Cadillac actually employs professionals to design their cars. There is a reason we are just repsponding to blog posts.
      - Cadillac wants to make money. They're not going to willing make a piece of junk.

      I live in Chicago, which is not a domestic brand kind of town, and there are plenty of CTSs, Escalades, and SRXs rolling around. People of all ages seem to like them. Isn't that really what its all about?

      Honestly there are very few companies doing anything original with design. Nissan has done some cool stuff over the last 5 years, but most people are just tooling along in the status quo.

      Even if they're going down the wrong path, at least they're trying. If someone wants to complan, complain about what GM has done to Saab. From quirky to bland.
      • 8 Years Ago
      vinny- i watch sixty min, and im waaaaay under 60
      • 8 Years Ago
      Cadillac thinks they're some big shot, but they're only big in the U.S. and that's pushing it. No one cares about them in the global stage.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hater Alert! Hater Alert!

      Geez guys...it's just a car. Amazed you can muster up this kind of froth over same.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Man, Cadillac was hot before but this should really be big for them. If GM can do with its other divisions what it did with Cadillac then GM will be in excellent shape.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I never had a problem with the exterior of the CTS, but the interior was awful. From the photos I have seen, Cadillac may have gotten it right this time. I can't wait to see one.
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