• Feb 19, 2007
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General Motors upper-crust Cadillac division has been trying to make some headway on the home ground of its rivals from Stuttgart, Munich and Ingolstadt for over a decade with only limited success, or outright failure if you consider the case of the BLS. Cadillac will be having a big European re-launch at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, showing a bunch of new and revised products. The new 2008 CTS that was unveiled to much praise in Detroit in January will make it's European debut in Geneva. The SRX cross-over has been something of a wallflower for Cadillac since it's initial introduction, gathering little attention or sales. A revised version will debut in Switzerland likely wearing a new grille, similar to the the one that adorns the new CTS, and definitely equipped with the upscale cut-and-sew interior. The SRX also inherits the six-speed automatic from its STS-V and XLR-V brethren.

[Source: General Motors]


Even though it's been on sale since January (although who in Europe would buy one of these behemoths?), the new Escalade will get it's first Euro auto show presence in Geneva. The STS gets an all-wheel-drive variant for the first time in the European market, and the regular V-8 model also get the 6L50 six-speed auto-box from the V series model. The barely-selling BLS (it didn't even break into 4 digits in '06) that's based on the Saab 9-3 will also get some new variants for 2007 to try and spice things up. An 18-inch wheel-equipped Sport model will also have its wood interior trim replaced with aluminum and gain a six-speed manual gear box. Finally, the the STS-V and XLR-V will be dropping by ahead of their European sales launch in April.


PRESS RELEASE:

Cadillac at the 2007 Salon International de l'Auto in Geneva


* European premiere of the all-new CTS Sedan
* New interior and powertrain options for SRX crossover
* New Escalade has arrived in Europe
* All-wheel drive available for STS with Northstar V-8 engine
* New Sport package for BLS
* High-performance STS-V and XLR-V available in April

GENEVA - Cadillac will open the next chapter of its 21st century product story, as the 2008 CTS sedan makes its European premiere at the 2007 Salon International de l'Auto in Geneva, Switzerland.

The new luxury sedan is scheduled to begin production in the United States, in late summer of 2007, with European sales to follow in the fall.

"The all-new CTS has a mission to bring the striking design of a concept car, the performance of a sports car and sophistication of an elegant sedan right into the heart of the luxury market," said Cadillac General Manager Jim Taylor. "Cadillac is injecting more dramatic character into the normally reserved luxury sedan category."

With a design inspired by Cadillac's landmark Sixteen concept car, the new CTS reinterprets the brand's traditional grandeur in a very contemporary design. CTS employs lessons learned from Cadillac's acclaimed V-Series of high-performance cars, combining sports car-like performance with the poise of prestigious luxury sedans.

Advanced direct-injection gasoline technology helps deliver an estimated 223 kW (300 horsepower) with good fuel efficiency and reduced emissions from its new 3.6L V-6 engine.

The all-new CTS chassis was developed with extensive testing around the globe, from famed German raceways to roads in China and the United States.

Cadillac's first-generation CTS built a strong record of success on many levels, beginning with its debut in 2002. There are about 275,000 CTS owners worldwide, and industry researchers say they are among the most satisfied in the automotive market.

SRX receives exterior, interior refinements

The SRX luxury crossover enters 2007 with exterior refinements and a completely redesigned interior. The all-new cockpit is more luxurious and spacious, featuring a new instrument panel, hand-wrapped upper trim, console, center stack, door trim, wood trim, analog clock and steering wheel.

The instrument panel and door trim use Cadillac's new cut-and-sew interior process. The vehicle's new cockpit is hand-built, in the same painstaking fashion Cadillac applies to the limited-production STS-V and XLR-V models, bringing elite craftsmanship into the heart of the luxury marketplace.

New for 2007 is the Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic transmission, which provides increased performance and fuel efficiency. First introduced on Cadillac's acclaimed STS-V and XLR-V Series in 2006, the new transmission is now standard for the all-wheel-drive V-8 model. A new and competitively priced rear-wheel-drive V-6 model also enters the SRX lineup.

Next-generation Escalade debuts

The all-new 2007 Cadillac Escalade, the next generation of the iconic luxury SUV, establishes new levels of power, style and elegance.

Based on General Motors' all-new full-size SUV architecture, the '07 Escalade features new powertrain, chassis, safety and interior systems. These integrated systems deliver a powerful, efficient luxury SUV in the segment, led by a new 6.2L all-aluminum V8 engine with variable valve timing technology, delivering 301 kW (409 horsepower) and 565 Nm (417 lb-ft) of torque.

The Escalade has a sleek, clean and athletic form with improved aerodynamics. It is instantly identifiable and incorporates styling cues from Cadillac's landmark Sixteen concept vehicle, including a more detailed signature grille, front fender vent ports and chrome accents.

A feature-packed, spacious and all-new interior is a cornerstone of the new Escalade, and it sets a new standard for refinement. The warm and inviting interior is complemented with premium materials.

The Cadillac Escalade went on sale in Europe at the end of January.

STS adds all-wheel drive

The STS luxury performance sedan delivers sophisticated luxury in a contemporary package. For 2007, Cadillac is making available all-wheel drive - in combination with the Northstar V-8 engine - to meet the growing demand for this technology.

New for 2007 is the Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic transmission that provides increased performance and fuel efficiency; it is standard on AWD and RWD V-8-equipped models. The new transmission features a generous 6.04:1 overall ratio that delivers strong launch acceleration yet provides "tall" overdrive ratios that decrease engine rpm to enhance fuel economy and reduce noise levels while cruising at highway speeds. Estimates by GM engineers have shown an approximately 7-percent improvement in 0-100km/h (0-62 mph) times and up to a 5-percent improvement in fuel efficiency.

BLS range expands

The 2007 Cadillac BLS range will be extended by the BLS Sport, which features 18-inch wheels and lowered sport suspension. The revised chassis tuning ensures dynamic handling performance without compromising comfort, and is designed to take full advantage of the BLS range's powerful engines.

The front-wheel-drive BLS offers expressive design combined with outstanding ride and acoustic comfort. It also marks a new era in Cadillac's history by offering an optional direct-injected, common rail turbo-diesel engine that is fitted with a maintenance-free diesel particulate filter. Like the turbocharged gasoline engines (129 kW / 175 hp; 154 kW / 210 hp; and 188 kW / 255 hp), the turbo-diesel (110 kW / 150hp) offers the dynamic performance customers have come to expect from Cadillac.

All BLS models equipped with manual transmissions have six speeds. For all gasoline and diesel models equipped with an automatic transmission, a standard Sport Mode button allows the driver to select a sportier transmission shift pattern.

The BLS Sport interior is highlighted by the use of stylish aluminum trim instead of wood and the circular instruments have white numerals and red needles on a black background. A three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel and analog clock in the center stack are standard. Optional refinements include leather seating surfaces.

XLR-V and STS-V combine power, performance

The supercharged 2007 Cadillac XLR-V and STS-V are Cadillac's most intense expressions of power and performance. Both high-performance vehicles feature Cadillac's cut-and-sew approach to interiors, with extensive use of leather-wrapped interior surfaces created by craftsmen who cut, wrap and sew leather components individually. Each supercharged Northstar V-8 engine powering the XLR-V and STS-V is hand-assembled by a single expert craftsman to exacting standards at GM's Performance Build Center in Wixom, Mich., USA.

The 2007 Cadillac XLR-V is a landmark car in Cadillac's long history. XLR-V elevates the performance and luxury attributes of the brand's growing V-Series lineup to the fullest extent; it is the quickest, most agile and most exclusive Cadillac model ever offered. The supercharged Northstar V-8 engine delivers 331 kW (448 hp) and 561 Nm (414 lb.-ft.) of torque, elevating the luxury roadster into the exclusive club of vehicles that are capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h (0-62 mph) in less than five seconds.

The 2007 STS-V has the sophistication of its STS sibling, but with the uncompromising performance driving experience for which the V-Series is known. The STS-V delivers 350 kW (476 hp) and 595 Nm (439 lb.-ft.) of torque - and is the most powerful Cadillac ever. Like the XLR-V, the STS-V is capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h (0-62 mph) in less than five seconds.

Both XLR-V and STS-V will be in European Cadillac showrooms in April.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      That CTS is one good looking car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That car is great maybe it will finally make BMW nervous
      • 7 Years Ago
      Though the ragtop thing that is the first I have heard, so thanks for that tidbit
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bob... I see you are still using capitals. Either you are mad or simply have no courtesy on these forums. Please stop.

      As for your comment about the size of the pictures, it's time to upgrade from Windows 95 and change the resolution of your screen to something larger than 640 by 480 pixels.

      I for one like the largest sized photographs that AutoBlog keeps on their galleries, even if the pictures are larger than my 1024 x 768 resolution set on my screen. Why I like them large? Because I can see details for exterior and interior shots of the cars. Besides, the real media pictures are even larger in size than what AutoBlog has, so quit complaining.

      And also, as a reminder, please refrain from using CAPITAL letters. Yes, those larger letters. Thank you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is a good looking car, yes.
      But, I am not sure that the looks quite compare to those of the new 3-Series and C-Classes.
      This car is out there. The European cars are more refined and look a little bit more conservative.
      I like this car, and I hope that it does do well.
      It is about time the U.S. auto industry had a real competitor in that segment.
      • 7 Years Ago
      David, that does not suprise me a bit, sometimes disinformation is a good way to confirm something
      dan
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll have one in sixteen concept-blue, with the 300 hp v6. I was wondering what was going to replace the LS v8
      • 7 Years Ago
      TO GM -- ARE YOU DOING THE EUROPEAN THING
      --to actually make some money?
      --to show Mercedes, etc that somehow European buyers will buy your cars and embarass them?
      --or maybe to blindly waste money exporting and marketing the cars for vanity reasons, or to distract from your errors??????
      I NEVER SEE THE REASONS GIVEN -- WHAT ARE THEY?

      AUTOWEEK -- ARE YOU POSTING 52 ENORMOUS IMAGES OF THIS NON-STARTLING CAR BECAUSE MOST READERS WANT TO SEE THEM -- OR IS IT JUST THAT YOU WERE GIVEN THE PICS? I, for one, would enjoy seeing the galleries more tightly edited, the images controlled to a size that fits most monitors..
      AND MOST OF ALL-- clicking an image in a posting to enlarge it should not close the old window
      (it is 2007)
      THANKS
      • 7 Years Ago
      #15 There is this thing called market shift where consumers all of a sudden start buying a different product then previous generations have done, so I expect that might happen
      • 7 Years Ago
      Re: "Cadillac just is not existing in europe and it never will".

      Electronic.....supersonic.....supersonic......electronic.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Dreizehnernuss: A scant 35 years ago Toyota and Datsun did those sort of numbers here in America. Honda didn't even have a car to sell. Hyundai was the laughing stock of the car world in the late 80s when they showed up with the $5,500.00 Excel.

      The current model Sonata is syphoning customers away from BMW 3-series, Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. The Mercedes C-Class has all but disappeared around here.


      As long as GM stays on the track that they are currently on, the european marques will eventually have a fight on their hands.

      I don't expect that GM will ever overrum the European models, but they will sell cars there. Quite a bit more than you think.

      Bottom line is the CTS slots in between the 3 and 5 Series, that means it attract customers from both models. Isn't it funny that the biggest threat that the Europeans face here today comes from a car that is barley 5 years old? Hey, its only going to get better. The problem with being on top, is that the only place you can go is down. See Mercedes Benz.
      • 7 Years Ago
      SKINNING THE CAT:

      CADDY IS GOING TO HAVE A HARD ROW TO HOE IN EUROPE, BUT I THINK THEY ALREADY KNOW THAT. JUST LOOK WHAT'S CURRENTLY HAPPENING TO THE CADILLAC BLS. IT'S BARELY CAUSING A RIPPLE.

      THE EUROS HAVE ROUTINELY ADOPTED A HAUGHTY, ARROGANT POSTURE TOWARDS THE UNITED STATES ACROSS A VERY BROAD SPECTRUM OF ISSUES; ALWAYS SLAPPING US AROUND FOR NOT BEING AS ERUDITE, SOPHISTICATED OR NUANCED AS THEY ARE. AND AT LEAST IN THE AREA OF CARS, AS MUCH AS I HATE TO ADMIT IT, THEY'VE BEEN ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. OUR MASS PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES HAVE SIMPLY LEFT WAY TOO MANY ROUGH EDGES AND UNEVEN BODY PANELS TO SUIT THEIR MORE DISCERNING TASTES; ESPECIALLY WHEN WE VENTURE INTO THE HIGHER REACHES OF THE LUXURY/PERFORMANCE SECTOR. OUR CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRY HAVE SIMPLY CONSIDERED THAT MARKET TO BE TOO TOUGH A NUT TO CRACK WITH PRODUCTS DESIGNED, AT LEAST INITIALLY, FOR OUR OWN HOME MARKET.

      IT'S GOING TO TAKE A LOT MORE THAN JUST VALUE PRICING TO ACHIEVE SIGNIFFICANT AND SUSTAINED MARKET PENETRATION FOR GM'S PREMIER LUXURY BRAND. ALL YOU REALLY HAVE TO DO IN ORDER TO APPRECIATE JUST HOW HIGH THE BAR IS, IS READ SOME OF THE FOREIGN PRESS'S CAUSTIC REVIEWS OF HOME MARKET PRODUCTS THAT WE WIDELY THINK OF AS BEING UNASSAILABLE ICONS.

      WHAT'S SURPRISING TO ME, IS JUST HOW POPULAR DCX'S CALIBER HAS BEEN IN EUROPE. ITS COMBINATION OF RELATIVELY SMALL SIZE, GOOD GAS MILEAGE, LONG LIST OF OPTIONS AND RELATIVELY ROBUST CHARACTER SEEM TO HAVE FOUND THE SWEET SPOT FOR MANY EUROPEAN BUYERS. AND IT CERTAINLY HELPS THAT MOST OF THE HOMEGROWN COMPETITION IS DRAPED IN SHEETMETAL THAT CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS EXUDING MEGA DOSES OF ESTROGEN. IT'LL BE INTERESTING TO SEE JUST HOW THE DODGE NITRO IS RECEIVED, AS WELL AS THE SOON TO BE RELEASED DODGE CALIBER SRT4. THE LATTER IS CERTAINLY GOING TO PACK ONE HECK OF A WALLOP.

      THE SRT MODEL WILL CERTAINLY LACK THE HIGH LEVELS OF POLLISH AND REFINEMENT THAT "TYPICAL" EUROPEANS CLAIM TO CHERRISH, BUT THERE'S NO DENYING THE ALLURE OF RAW, BRUTE POWER; THIS TINY, HIGHLY MUSCLED BULL WILL COME EQUIPPED WITH 300 HORSEPOWER, STANDARD. AND ANYONE WHO IS IGNORENT OF ITS POTENTIAL IS IN FOR A NASTY SURPRIZE. ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES IN AN EXTREMELY DISTINCTIVE, AND AFFORDABLE PACKAGE, STILL GETS REASONABLY GOOD GAS MILEAGE AND POSSESSES A SURPRISINGLY HIGH DEGREE OF PRACTICALITY. THE ULTIMATE KICKER, THOUGH, IS THE FACT THAT IT'S GOING TO BE READILY AVAILABLE, AND BRAZENLY FLIES IN THE FACE OF RIGIDLY HELD CONVENTION. AND WHAT RED BLOODED, NONCOMFORMIST, EURO HARD ASS COULD POSSIBLY RESIST TAKING THIS RABID ASSAULT MACHINE ON REPEATED HIGH SPEED RUNS UP AND DOWN THE CHAMPS ELISE` IN THE SMALL HOURS OF A FRENCH SUMMER MORNING? ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU CAN EASILY AND RESOUNDINGLY STOMP WELL ESTABLISHED HOT HATCHES LIKE VOLKSWAGEN'S R32 AND RENAULT'S CLIO CLUB SPORT. IN THAT PART OF THE PLANET, IT'S GOING TO FEEL AS THOUGH THE WORLD'S BEEN TURNED ON ITS EAR. I JUST WISH I COULD BE THERE WHEN THE PAINFUL REALIZATION FINALLY COMES TO LIGHT. THE TINY AMERICAN CROSSOVER SIMPLY KICKS EUROPEAN ASS, AND MAKES IT LOOK EASY. GRUDGING RESPECT IS SURE TO FOLLOW, ALONG WITH AN ALARMING UPTICK IN SALES.

      IN THE EUROPEAN UNION, THE DODGE NAME HAS COME TO REPRESENT A DISTINCTLY AMERICAN BRAND OF MASCULINITY. REMEMBER; THE VIPER HAS BEEN OFFERED ON THAT SIDE OF THE POND FOR SOME TIME NOW, AND I JUST CAN'T IMAGINE THAT ANY PROUD OWNER OF A SHINEY NEW PORSCHE CAYMAN-S WANTS TO SEE THE BIG SNAKE REELING HIM IN FROM BEHIND LIKE A HAPLESS MINOW. THAT WOULDN'T EVEN QUALIFY AS A LIGHT WORKOUT FOR THE DODGE PRODUCT. THE VIPER CAN HUMBLE OR AT LEAST HANG WITH ALL BUT THE UPPER CRUST OF SUPERCARS THAT EVEN EUROPE'S MOST PRESTIGIOUS MANUFACTURERS HAVE TO OFFER, AND DO IT AT A PRICE POINT THAT REPRESENTS LESS THAN 30% OF THE TARIFF BEING DEMANDED BY THE LOCAL TALLENT. EVEN A LAMBORGHINI GALLARDO OWNER, AND CERTAINLY THE PILOTO OF A FERRARI F430 HAD BETTER KEEP A SHARP EYE ON THEIR REARVIEW MIRRORS. THE VIPER OUTMUSCLES THE FERRARI PRODUCT BY MORE THAN 100 HORSES, AND ONLY SOMEONE AS GOOD AS MICHAEL SCHUMACHER COULD POSSIBLY OVERCOME A DEFICIT LIKE THAT, AND EVEN THEN, ONLY UNDER THE MOST IDEAL CIRCUMSTANCES.

      I THINK THAT IN ORDER TO GET A TRUE UNDERSTANDING OF EXACTLY WHAT CADILLAC NEEDS TO OVERCOME IN EUROPE, THE COMPANY HAS TO BITE THE BULLET AND HAND OVER THE KEYS TO SOME OF THEIR VEHICLES TO THE EDITORS OF VARIOUS RESPECTED EUROPEAN AUTOMOTIVE JOURNALS FOR A THREE-WEEK TEST DRIVE. RICK WAGONER AND HIS PALS CERTAINLY WON'T BE GETTING REAMS OF POTENTIAL AD COPY IN RETURN, BUT AT LEAST THEY CAN TRUMPET THE FACT THAT THEY WERE WILLING TO PUT THEIR CARS AND SUVs TO THE ULTIMATE ACID TEST. THIS ISN'T THE TIME OR PLACE FOR PSYCHOPHANTIC BACK SLAPPING AND UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS. THERE'S WAY TOO MUCH AT STAKE HERE, AND SUCCESS IN THE EUROPEAN UNION WOULD REPRESENT A MASSIVE SEA CHANGE IN AMERICA'S EFFORT TO BECOME A TRUE WORLD PLAYER. BE
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