GM's luxury brands take bold steps forward in 2015. Adam Morath reports on this edition of Autoblog Minute.
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[00:00:00] GM's luxury brands take bold steps forward in 2015. I'm Adam Morath and this is your Autoblog Minute Year-in-Review for Cadillac and Buick.

Cadillac announced a move from Detroit to New York. While the majority of Cadillac's workforce will remain in Michigan the new headquarters will be in Manhattan. Brand president Johan de Nysschen acknowledged the company's Detroit heritage but pointed to New York as "the epicenter for sophisticated living" and the best place for Cadillac to grow.

Part of Cadillac's growth strategy includes two new vehicles. A new flagship sedan in the CT6 and the XT5 crossover.

The CT6 is a tech-heavy luxury sedan. Key features include it's lightweight aluminum-intensive Omega architecture, standard all-wheel drive on V6 variants, Cadillac's Active Chassis System, and magnetic ride control. CT6 production is slated for late 2015 at Cadillac's Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant.

The XT5 crossover debuted at the 2015 LA auto show. It's an important vehicle for Cadillac as the official replacement of the popular SRX. The new crossover sheds 278 pounds over the old SRX, while offering an extra 3.2 inches of interior space. XT5 will feature the same 3.6-liter V6 as the CTS and ATS sedans. All-wheel drive comes as an option.

Cadillac also updated it's German fighting sports coupe and sedan. The ATS-V and CTS-V saw both styling and performance upgrades for 2016.

GM's other luxury brand, Buick, introduced the third generation LaCrosse at the LA Auto Show. The 2017 LaCrosse features updated design inspired by the Avenir concept vehicle, a lighter weight frame, and is punctuated by Buick's return to the red white and blue coloring on its tri-shield badging.

And those are the highlights from Cadillac and Buick's year in review. For Autoblog, I'm Adam Morath.

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