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Honda And GM Cruise Team Up To Develop Autonomous Vehicle

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Honda invests in GM Cruise self-driving unit.

Honda, Cruise and General Motors have teamed up to develop a new autonomous vehicle that will serve a variety of uses and be manufactured at a high enough volume to be used globally.

The agreement calls for the Japanese automaker to invest $750 million in Cruise and collaborate with the two companies to develop a purpose-built autonomous vehicle for Cruise, as well as contribute an additional $2 billion to the partnership over the span of 12 years.

In addition to the autonomous vehicle, the three companies will also explore more global opportunities to deploy the Cruise network.

Honda Executive Vice President and Representative Director COO Seiji Kuraishi stated:

“Honda chose to collaborate with Cruise and General Motors based on their leadership in autonomous and electric vehicle technology and our shared vision of a zero-emissions and zero-collision world. We will complement their strengths through our expertise in space efficiency and design to develop the most desirable and effective shared autonomous vehicle.”

GM and Honda previously teamed up to develop a next-generation battery for their future electric vehicles. General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra noted:

“This is the logical next step in General Motors and Honda’s relationship, given our joint work on electric vehicles, and our close integration with Cruise. Together, we can provide Cruise with the world’s best design, engineering and manufacturing expertise, and global reach to establish them as the leader in autonomous vehicle technology – while they move to deploy self-driving vehicles at scale.”

In an era when automotive companies are shacking up left and right as a means of survival, the union between General Motors and Honda is deep and looks to be strengthening by the day.

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This Crossover Concept Previews Cadillac’s First-Ever EV

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New Cadillac EV Crossover Concept

It came out of nowhere and shocked the Detroit Auto Show.

Cadillac followed up the unveiling of the Cadillac XT6 large crossover with a preview of its first-ever all-electric vehicle.

Taking the form of premium electric crossover, the concept is striking and likely also hints at the brand’s future design direction.

“Cadillac’s EV will hit the heart of the crossover market and meet the needs of customers around the world,” said Steve Carlisle, president of Cadillac. “It will represent the height of luxury and innovation while positioning Cadillac as the pinnacle of mobility.”

  • New Cadillac XT6 Debuts As Cadillac’s First Three-Row Crossover
  • The surprising reveal comes not long after General Motors announced that Cadillac will lead its electric vehicle strategy, effectively making it the automaker’s Tesla-fighter. Specific details such as power or features aren’t known, nor do we have a definitive timetable as to when the production model will be ready, but it will be the first GM vehicle to be built on the company’s forthcoming dedicated EV platform and should offer level 4 autonomous capabilities at the least.

    In essence, not only will the vehicle be Cadillac’s first step into the EV world, but it will also push it deeper into the autonomous realm.

    New Cadillac EV Crossover Concept, front

    New Cadillac EV Crossover Concept, front angle

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New Cadillac XT6 Debuts As Cadillac’s First Three-Row Crossover

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New Cadillac XT6 Family SUV

The new crossover joins the XT4, XT5 and XT6 in Cadillac’s growing lineup of utility vehicles.

Cadillac used the 2019 Detroit Auto Show to unveil its much-needed Cadillac XT6, it’s first-ever large three-row crossover.

Slotting below the flagship Escalade SUV, the new XT6 is aimed at the Audi Q7, Infiniti QX60, Acura MDX and the new Lincoln Aviator and should offer buyers a more car-like experience than the Escalade, which is technically a V8-powered pickup truck underneath.

Cadillac played it safe with the exterior styling, which aside from the distinct front fascia, is relatively bland, especially when compared to big brother Escalade and the Lincoln Aviator. Even the baby XT4 seems to have more street presence despite having a smaller footprint.

We have no problem with the substance over form approach taken, but some personality could go a long way to appeal to a broader audience. Seriously, where is the swag, Cadillac?

Buyers have the choice of two trim levels: Premium Luxury and Sport. The XT6 Premium Luxury goes for a more sophisticated and understated look with brighter accents and wood trim, while the XT6 Sport gets slightly different front and rear fascias, a black grille and black window moldings, clear rear taillights, carbon fiber trim, and unique exhaust housings.

Regardless of trim, LED projector headlights are standard ware, while a “performance” LED option is available. Wheel sizes range from 20-inches to 21 inches.

The interior mirrors that of the XT5, featuring a clean and premium look that, like the exterior, leans on the safe side. It is a tour de force on the tech front, however, giving buyers the latest in convenience and safety features.

Notable highlights include an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility; near-field pairing for compatible smartphones, allowing owners to connect to the car via Bluetooth by simply touching their phone to an icon on the dash rather than by fumbling through menus on their phone or infotainment system; a 15-watt charge pad for fast wireless charging; and a powerful Bose Performance Series audio system with 14 speakers.

With 29.5 inches of legroom and 37.2 inches of headroom, the XT6 has more third-row head and legroom than the Audi Q7 (29.2/35.9) and Acura MDX (28.1/35.6), and more headroom than the Infiniti QX60 (30.2/36.5). A standard power-folding third row makes it easy to free up space for your cargo.

Powere is provided by a 3.6-liter V6 rated at around 310 horsepower, paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission and an available twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system. A five-link independent rear suspension, front McPherson struts and adaptive dampers at all four corners should help ensure a compliant ride.

On the safety front, all XT6 models come standard with forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and lane keeping assist. Adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, night vision, and a head-up display are optional.

Interestingly, as with the XT4, Cadillac made no mention of Super Cruise in the XT6’s press release. Let’s hope the company is still on track to offer in all its vehicles by 2020.

Production of the new Cadillac XT6 begins in spring 2019. Is it everything you expected?

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Cadillac Is GM’s New Tesla-Fighting Electric Vehicle Brand

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Cadillac ELR range-extended EV

Cadillac is being conditioned to be a Tesla-fighter.

General Motors has selected Cadillac to lead its electric vehicle strategy, effectively putting Chevrolet on the back burner.

The company had previously focused on making electric vehicles under Chevy, it’s mass-market brand, including the plug-in Chevrolet Volt and all-electric electric Bolt. However, that branding initiative didn’t gain much traction.

According to knowledgeable sources that spoke with Reuters, Cadillac is developing an all-electric vehicle aimed squarely at Tesla, unlike the Bolt, which aside from its range and plentiful standard features, has failed to stand toe-to-toe with the Model 3 in just about every way.

The new EV will supposedly be underpinned by GM’s new ‘BEV3’ platform architecture, one presumably purpose-built for electric vehicles, and should be able to drive over 300 miles (482 km) on a single charge.

The growing popularity of Cadillac in China is a big reason for the decision to turn it into an EV brand. Cadillac’s sales in China rose 17.2 percent in 2018, surpassing 200,000 units for the first time.

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