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We also discuss Hyundai Accent and possible NAIAS date change

On this week's Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by Green Editor John Beltz Snyder and Associate Editor Joel Stocksdale. We talk about driving the 2018 Ford Ecosport and Hyundai Accent. Joel tells us why he loves the naturally aspirated engine in our long-term Honda Ridgeline. We discuss Tesla's profitability claims, Johan de Nysschen leaving Cadillac and a possible date change for the Detroit Auto Show. As usual, we'll also spend a listener's money on a car.

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The slow rollout of crossovers from Caddy may be to blame

Johan de Nysschen, a longtime automotive industry executive, is out the door at Cadillac after four years at the helm of GM's flagship luxury brand. Steve Carlisle will replace de Nysschen as General Motors senior vice president and president, Cadillac. Carlisle previously served as president and managing director of GM Canada.

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Brand has more challenges than millennials' disinterest in driving

Last week, Motor Trend ran coverage on a journo roundtable with Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen. During the roundtable, de Nysschen cited a few reasons for the decline in sedan sales, including gas prices, "young consumers" — read, millennials — less interested in driving dynamics than lifestyle accessories, and the state of U.S. infrastructure. Jalopnik homed in on the last two reasons, and those became the story, including here in our post on the roundtable. So de Nysschen cal

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It'll become the brand's new flagship above the CT6

Cadillac is reportedly planning a new flagship four-door, and it won't be based on its alphanumeric naming system a la the CT6. It'll be the Escala, the stunning concept fastback it revealed in 2016 in Pebble Beach.

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And he has some off-beat theories on why people aren't buying sedans

Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen chatted with journalists at a recent roundtable, expounding on everything from domestic racing to Chinese manufacturing. The brand's been doing a slow burn on rolling out new products and increasing sales, but admittedly, there was a lot of work to do. After closing out last year 0.8 percent down in the U.S., the domestic luxury brand is more than 5 percent up so far this year, thanks to healthy double-digit bumps for the ATS and Escalade, and increased fleet

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Cadillac sales have been energized in China

Cadillac sales have been energized in China

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We think he should take an honest look at Cue, too.

Someone's not pleased.

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It’ll slot below the XT5, if that isn’t obvious.

Also (still) on the menu: an XT7 three-row, and a CT3 small sedan.

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It may sound strange, but it makes sense. Probably.

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And it's all in a bid to continue wooing young, wealth Chinese customers.

Cadillac is scoring big with young Chinese buyers, and its bid to hang on to these wealthy consumers will have ramifications for the brand on a global level.

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With four sedans and one crossover, Cadillac's lineup isn't where it needs to be. And yes, President Johan de Nysschen is frustrated over this.

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Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen says that diesel-fueled models are coming to the luxury brand's US lineup in the early 2020s. The four- and six-cylinder engines would arrive in Europe slightly earlier.

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Cadillac will soon offer up separate financial results and push for its own dealer model in a bid to distance itself from its parent company, General Motors.

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Cadillac has $12 billion to spend over the next five years to revitalize its brand and model line with new products and a new image. Boss Johan de Nysschen has an idea of just what the company needs.

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During an online Q&A with Jalopnik readers, Cadillac CEO Johan de Nysschen threw more light on the future of the brand and the CT6. Eventually, the engine bay in the new flagship sedan will boast "a very wide mix of engines, starting with a 2-liter turbo, up to, eventually, a high-performance advanced V-8 turbo."

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Nissan and Infiniti may be abandoning a trio of bold, driver-oriented products in a bid to bolster its volume offerings, a new report claims.

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Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen says that the company's compact luxury crossover is at least four years away from hitting the market. After better establishing itself in the US, he also wants Cadillac to start appealing to Europe with some diesel models.

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Takes A Swipe At Ford For Aluminium F-150

Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen says his company is going to add electric powertrains "across the spectrum of our portfolio," starting with stop/start tech and then more plug-in vehicles, thanks to GM's EV leadership.

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Cadillac will add a small sedan and a compact crossover to its lineup in the next several years as part of an ambitious product blitz that will remake its lineup.

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Cadillac informed dealers today that it will be trimming the price of its 2015 CTS by anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 amid slow sales and dealer complaints.

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