How would you feel about a Cadillac with a diesel engine? Those of you in America shouldn't bother answering that question, however – it's strictly for the Europeans. At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Cadillac's VP of marketing said that a diesel is "under consideration for vehicles sold outside the United States," with its U.S. chances going only so far as "a potential hedge."

When committing to the best fight against its rivals overseas, Cadillac's rep said, "if that means making the right powertrain choices, then those are the choices we will have to make." No mention was made of Opel's diesels or whether General Motors would choose to develop something new, but the German subsidiary has done well with oil-burners in the Insignia, and a trial of diesels in Caddys could help use up the allotment that Saab won't necessarily be needing.


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      s.andreasson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Audi, BMW and Mercedes have diesels, and so should Cadillac if it is serious about competing.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @s.andreasson
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      highestranked
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well I would buy a diesel ATS in the states... Anyone else?
      Julius
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wouldn't it be cool if GM resurrected that 4.5L Duramax project ... I mean the one that had the same packaging size as the current LSx engines? Since the CTS already fits an LS9, a twin-turbo diesel that cranks out ~500 lb-ft of torque would be very impressive...
        Tyler
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Julius
        I honestly think it would be badass to have a V8 diesel in something other than a truck. With the technology and fuel injection technology now-a-days it won't sound like a tractor nearly as much but will put out insane torque numbers while getting impressive gas mileage.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't really care about Cadillac having a diesel for the US, but it would be imperative for them to have a diesel option for Europe if they want to be taken seriously as a true contender against the Germans. Cadillac's styling, quality and performance can go up against the likes of BMW and M-B, but in an area where some 50% of the cars are diesel, Cadillac isn't even going to be given a 2nd look if they too don't offer up an oil-burner.
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      Diesel is $3.99 a gallon 95 grade nolead is $3.00. I don't understand how driving a diesel offer's a cost savings? I did some math Just an example BMW X5 23 gal tank (approx) 14/20 mpg gas Lets say combo 18mpg 19/26 mpg diesel Lets say combo 23mpg Gas range 414 miles Diesel range 529 At current prices $3.00 gas $3.99 diesel Gas 23 gal fill $69.00 Diesel 23 gal fill $92.00 Gas cost per mile $5.75 Diesel Cost ber mile $6.00 You save .25 diving a gas engine x5
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        i have NO idea why it is so expensive in the states, but in europe it is usually cheaper than nolead
          kevsflanagan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          Lobbying in Congress and Taxes on it are the primary reasons. One would think since our Trucking Industry relies on Diesel that it would cost less. Cheaper transportation costs translates into cheaper on shelf products. Shame really.
          dreadcthulhu01
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          Diesel is cheaper in Europe because it isn't taxed as much as gasoline. Germany for example, taxes diesel at €0.4704 per litre, and gasoline at €0.6545 per litre, and then throws a 19 % VAT on top of the fuel price and tax. In the US, diesel is taxed slightly more than gasoline - about 5 cent per gallon or so. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuel_taxes_in_the_United_States Pre-tax, the price of diesel (at least of the sort clean enough to burn in first world countries), is more expensive than gasoline due to simple supply and demand issues.
        NissanGTR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        budwiser you are a full of sh*t. Diesel in the US is not a dollar more than gasoline. Its 30-50cents more than 87. Not only that, your math is all wrong.
          Rotation
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NissanGTR
          It's $1.15 more than gas right now where I am in Michigan. $3.05 for regular gas. $4.20 for Diesel. I was shocked to see this.
          The_Zachalope
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NissanGTR
          I second rotation. I stopped to get gas today at $3.18/gal. Diesel was $4.27/gal.
        STUDD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        You better take some math classes!! lol... Actually based on your assumptions on range and price per gallon: Diesel $0.174 per mile and Gas $0.167 per mile. We could conclude that it's a small difference, taking in consideration u used assumptions for the combined fuel economy the results could be different...
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Andraz Logar
      • 3 Years Ago
      Opel in EU mostly uses fiat diesel engine, so does SAAB. Chevy on the other hand is a different story (they are made in Korea anyhow, for the EU market I mean). This then means that cadillac would use a Fiat's heart :). Basically Chrysler :).
      onewayroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm waiting for the day when you get off a plane in Europe somewhere and there is a CTS diesel taxi waiting for you....
        Kai F. Lahmann
        • 3 Years Ago
        @onewayroll
        That would not only require a diesel but also a diesel with a power which is extremly low for an US car.
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is this the same GM that lost 169 billion and had to be bailed out? It is. Go on GM, make the "right power train choices." Worked so well in the past! Hope AND change. p.s. - where is Mr. TelePrompter anyway this turkey day? Golf course? Vacationing again? I'm sure he's meeting with congressmen to reduce our debt. Yeah that's it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
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      Mac
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can imagine the table talk in the independent living lunchroom, discussing their favorite diesel stations and meeting the charming truckers, with their fabulous tattoos, and how far they can spit. The first CTS I saw was driven by a 93YO from my late mother's nursing home, parking it across two handicapped spots, and taking five minutes to navigate his walker into the CVS. Yeah, that Cadillac.
        09GT
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mac
        I'm about 55 years away from being 93 - and I love my CTS wagon! Yeah, THAT Cadillac!
        Lemon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mac
        A friend of mine that's 24 just bought an 08 CTS. Caddy's new products are starting to really catch on with younger people
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      there is only one problem..the GM/Opel/Saab Diesels are not very good.
      Manuel Ruiz Zamora
      • 3 Years Ago
      " Those of you in America shouldn't bother " I LIVE IN AMERICA I LIVE IN COSTA RICA AND HERE ALL BRANDS SELL DIESELS. YOU SHOULD SAY THOSE OF YOU IN USA DAMN USA IS NOT AMERICA TRY BE PROFESSIONAL
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