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GM’s 2014 Launch Lineup Hints at Buick Convertible & Minicar

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2014 Opel Cascada front side

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GM’s strong performance at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show is a prelude to the product blitz it will unleash on the market. Following the 18 vehicles it launched last year in the U.S., the company will introduce 15 new or updated models in 2014.

Those that follow GM closely already know what most of these vehicles will be; for those that don’t, the list includes:

A quick count reveals only 12 nameplates — what about the other three? Bear with me as I speculate: considering that Buick is conspicuously missing from the list, a Buick version of the Opel Cascada convertible (pictured above) and Adam minicar may account for two, while GM may decide to finally bring the Chevrolet Trax subcompact crossover over from Canada.

I was tempted to mention the all-new Chevrolet Cruze, but the launch of that vehicle has reportedly been delayed until 2015.

GM has shown a strong desire to bring the European-built Cascada and Adam to North America and has in fact trademarked the Cascada name in the region. 2014 may be the year when it finally puts its money where its mouth is.

Has my prodding lent credence to the numerous reports of a Buick convertible and city car? If not, what do you think the three missing vehicles will be? Share your thoughts.

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2020 Cadillac CT5 Has Very Low Price For A Luxury Sedan

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New, 2020 Cadillac CT5 Luxury sedan

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The CT5 hopes to undercut its German competition with a very low price and a lot of standard features.

Cadillac has announced pricing details for the all-new Cadillac CT5, and the car costs a lot less than we expected.

The CT5 replaces the CTS as the brand’s new midsize luxury sedan. Three trim levels will be available for the 2020 model year: Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport.

With a starting price of $37,890 in the United States, the CT5 Luxury is significantly less expensive than the CTS and much more affordable than the base Mercedes-Benz E-Class ($54 000), BMW 5 Series ($54,395), and Audi A6. The CT5 Premium Luxury and Sport start at $41,690 and $42,690, respectively.

All three trims come standard with a rear-wheel drive setup and a 237 horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four mated to a 10-speed automatic. Driver-assist systems such as forward collision alert and automatic emergency braking being are also standard, as are a 10-inch touch screen and keyless push-button start.

By comparison, the 2019 CTS’ price starts at $46,995 — nearly $10,000 higher — and comes with less standard equipment.

All-wheel drive is a $2,600 option on the Luxury and Sport trims, but $3,090 on the the Premium Luxury. Going for the CT5 Premium Luxury gets you some nice features like leather seats over the base Luxury model, while the Sport trim adds performance brakes and sporty appearance bits.

FbaPPs’s Take

The Cadillac CT5 has big shoes to fill as the successor to CTS, the nameplate that arguably brought the Cadillac brand into the modern era. But as good as the CTS was, it didn’t sell well.

With a dirt cheap starting price and wide array of standard features, the CT5 appears to primed to more successfully steal sales from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. Only time will tell if Cadillac’s pricing strategy achieves the desired results.

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GM Is Already Developing Hotter Cadillac CT4-V, CT5-V

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Cadillac will make the CTS-V and ATS-V proud.

If you were disappointed by Cadillac’s replacements for the ATS-V and the CTS-V, you weren’t alone. The first CT4-V and the CT5-V models are both significantly less powerful than that their predecessors, but that was all by design. Cadillac promised that the two models were just the beginning of things to come.

The company is already working on true top-of-the-line horsepower flagships for the CT4 and CT5, and they have been spotted undergoing testing at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.

Hotter Cadillac CT4-V Testing, rear

The prototypes are fully camouflaged, but we can tell they have more attitude visually than the lesser CT4-V and CT5-V, featuring model-specific body kits that add a different grille, more aggressive front bumpers, and a bigger spoiler out back, among other changes.

As true successors to the ATS-V and the CTS-V, we can also expect them to have more power, a sportier suspension and more capable brakes.

The CT4-based model will likely arrive with a powerful V6 engine, while the CT5-based sedan will get a V8 — possibly the twin-turbocharged, 4.2-liter Blackwing V8 from the CT6-V, which can be tuned to make either 500 or 550 horsepower.

Heck, considering how little we know about either model, a 600 horsepower CT5-V might even be in the cards. GM certainly has the hardware to make it happen.

It will be interesting to see what Cadillac names the hotter CT4-V and CT5-V. Do you have any suggestions? What are you hoping to see? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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New Cadillac CT4 Sports Sedan Debuts In Performance CT4-V Guise

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New, 2020 Cadillac CT4-V Sports sedan

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There is a new ATS, and ‘CT4’ is it’s name.

Cadillac has unveiled the CT4, its new entry-level sedan and the successor to the ATS sedan.

The company chose to show off the sporty, V-badged variant of the CT4 before the standard version to highlight a new strategy for its critically-acclaimed V-series performance line.

Visually, the CT4-V looks a lot like the new CT5 , featuring a shield-shaped grille flanked by thin, elongated headlights that shit atop vertical daytime running lights. However, unlike the CT5, it doesn’t have an arched, fastback-like roofline, retaining traditional sports sedan proportions that we find less polarizing.

Similarly, the clean and modern interior looks like a miniaturized version of the CT5’s, complete with a shield-shaped insert in the center console. A pair of analog gauges and an information display make up the instrument cluster, while the infotainment system gets a sizable screen that’s nicely integrated into the dashboard. Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available.

The CT4-V launches with a turbocharged, 2.7-liter that produces 320 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, sent to the rear-wheels by a 10-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can opt for all-wheel drive at an extra cost, but a manual transmission isn’t likely to be offered anytime soon.

Like the ATS, the CT4 is built on General Motors’ Alpha platform, giving it a 50/50 weight distribution. Other performance highlights include a limited-slip differential, Brembo front brakes, and GM’s lauded Magnetic Ride Control technology, all of which help the driver make the most of the engine’s power.

It’s a driver’s car from the look of things, but the available Super Cruise technology can take over vehicle controls should you get tired of driving. Super Cruise is the only true hands-off, semi-autonomous system currently available in the United States and Canada.

You’re not alone if you thought the CT4-V is weak compared to the outgoing, 460-horsepower ATS-V, but that’s where Cadillac’s new strategy comes into play. The CT4-V is just one of a series CT4 models that will wear the ‘V’ badge. Think of it as the base model of its kind, seeing as a true high-performance CT-V variant is already in the works.

Built in Michigan, the new Cadillac CT4-V goes on sale in early 2020. Let us know what you think about it in the comments below.

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