• [Article 213]Edmunds.com Names CTS Vsport Top Rated Vehicle

    Earlier this week, Edmunds.com released their Top Rated Vehicles List. And it should come as no surprise that the 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport sedan was one of the vehicles on the list.

    The experts at Edmunds.com were impressed by the CTS Vsport’s 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine which produces an outstanding 272 horsepower will still earning a respectable 20/30 miles per gallon (EPA Estimated). They also were impressed by the available V6 all-wheel drive with 321 horsepower and 3.6L Cadillac Twin-Turbo V6 with 420 horsepower.

    This is not the first accolade that the CTS has been honored with recently. Since last year alone, the CTS has been named a Top Rated Vehicle by Edmunds.com, the Motor Trend Car of the Year, one of Car and Driver’s 10 Best Cars, Road & Track’s Luxury Car, and an Automobile Magazine All-Star.

    “With a contemporary new look, a revised interior and more powerful and fuel-efficient engines, the redesigned 2014 Cadillac CTS is a serious contender in the midsize luxury sedan class,” said Edmunds.com Editor-In-Chief Scott Oldham.

    Cadillac having the CTS Vsport named a Top Rated Vehicle was not the only accolade that they received from Edmunds.com this week. The 2014 Cadillac Escalade was also recognized as Edmunds.com’s Most Popular Premium Luxury SUV.

    Being recognized as a Top Rated Vehicle by Edmunds.com is a great honor. We are thrilled about the recognition of the CTS Vsport, and know that everyone out our Indianapolis Cadillac dealership feels the same.

    Edmunds.com names the 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport one of their Top Rated Vehicles.
    Edmunds.com names the 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport one of their Top Rated Vehicles.

  • [Article 205]NHTSA Looks to Stop Texting While Driving

    You’re driving along and decide that you want to stop and get a bite to eat before heading home. But you don’t want to be rude so you want to ask your roommates if they want anything to eat. So you text them, and while you’re looking down at your phone to see what their order is, you run through a stop sign and get t-boned by a huge truck.

    This isn’t some made up scenario. This is something that happens every day. More and more people are texting while driving, causing more and more deaths and serious injuries. In 2012 alone, over 3,000 people were killed because of texting while driving, and another 420,000 were seriously injured.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is doing everything that they can to deter everyone from texting while driving. Their new campaign is looking to fight distracted driving with the slogan “U Drive. U Text. U Pay”.

    Their latest video shows exactly what can easily happen to you or a loved one when texting while driving.

    Texting while driving is a terrible idea. We strongly urge you to take this message seriously, and to put down your phone while behind the wheel.

  • [Article 200]GM Earns Back to Back Sustained Excellence Award from EPA

    For the second year in a row, General Motors has received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award. The award was granted to GM by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their superior energy management.

    General Motors was recognized by the EPA for all of their efforts during 2013, which included:

    • Reduction of greenhouse gases by 158,000 tons
    • Addition of 9 nine (and retention of 22) achievers of the EPA ENERGY STAR Challenge
    • Avoidance of 23,000 tons of Co2 emissions with the use of landfill gas
    • Conversion of two coal boilers to natural gas, reducing carbon output by 57,000 tons

    In addition to the Sustained Excellence Award, GM was recognized with the 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Climate Communications Award for the efforts listed above.

    “As the world faces sustainability challenges, we strive to be part of the solution—from designing more efficient vehicles to transforming how they’re built to reduce environmental impact,” said Mike Robinson, vice president of GM Sustainability and Global Regulatory Affairs.

    GM is continuously taking steps to improve their plants while at the same time helping to protect the environment. It is great to be recognized with the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award, so to receive it back to back years is truly an honor.

    GM receives 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner Sustained Excellence Award.
    GM receives 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner Sustained Excellence Award.

  • [Article 197]A Look Back at the Cadillac Ciel Concept

    Concept cars come and go all the time. Auto manufacturers get consumers all hyped up about the possibility of an industry changing vehicle, and then we never hear about it again. And while from a business stand point it makes sense to not produce certain cars, we still are left with an empty feeling. So we thought we’d take some time to look back at one of the cars everyone was excited about but never go to see: the Cadillac Ciel Concept.

    The Cadillac Ciel Concept was inspired by the west coast, specifically California’s Highway 1. Engineer’s of the Ciel imaged what consumers love to experience while their driving down the coast line, with the sun shining bright, and the top down.

    The imagination of the engineers led the team to give the Ciel Concept a dramatic interior with Italian Olive wood and soft leather, and a nickel-plated trim. Engineers also had the incredible idea of having a floating center console that reached from the front to the rear seats, which included hidden connectivity for each passenger.

    The four seat convertible was set to open up a new chapter in Cadillac history. The vehicle was described as a “modern interpretation of expressive luxury” that was Cadillac. However, after testing the waters and examining the potential market, Cadillac realized the Ciel Concept was not suited to be a production vehicle.

    Since the Cadillac Ciel Concept, we have seen some incredible new Cadillacs, including the ELR and ATS Coupe (set to come out in the next couple of months). But just because Cadillac did not pursue the Ciel Concept does not mean that we have forgotten about it.

    The Cadillac Ciel Concept was one of our favorite vehicles that never made it to production. - Photo courtesy of That Hartford Guy
    The Cadillac Ciel Concept was one of our favorite vehicles that never made it to production. – Photo courtesy of That Hartford Guy

  • [Article 193]Habitat for Humanity Gets Donation from General Motors

    Producing some of the best cars in the world is not the only thing that General Motors cares about. In fact, the company is highly involved with local communities all over the world, and is a huge supporter of Habitat for Humanity.

    General Motors donated over $1.45 million to Habitat for Humanity that will be put towards building 10 new homes, revitalizing 15 neighborhoods, and funding a special veterans’ program.

    In all, GM is partnered with over 50 Habitat affiliates. Some of the affiliates that will be benefiting from the recent donation include:

    • Huntington County Habitat for Humanity – Roanoke, IN
    • Habitat for Humanity Detroit
    • Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia
    • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati
    • Habitat for Humanity of Buffalo

    “This new funding will provide opportunities for many families — and veterans in particular — to partner with Habitat affiliates across the U.S. to build or repair their homes. The donation demonstrates a deep commitment from the General Motors Foundation to help Habitat change lives and transform communities,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International.

    Even though General Motors is a powerhouse in the auto industry, it is very clear that they understand there are more important things in life than cars, trucks, and SUVs. The company has a strong focus on providing assistance for those who need help, and is dedicated to being a solution for these families in need.

    GM's donation will help fund over 25 total Habitat for Humanity projects over the next year.
    GM’s donation will help fund over 25 total Habitat for Humanity projects over the next year.

  • [Article 190]2015 ATS Coupe Adds Enhanced in-car Connectivity

    We are not even through the first quarter of the year and Cadillac has already wowed everyone with some of their new vehicles, including the all new ELR and upcoming 2015 Escalade. But the brand wanted to make sure we really knew they were serious about becoming a global competitor, and is releasing more information about the 2015 ATS Coupe.

    Later this summer, when Cadillac releases the 2015 ATS Coupe, the car will come equipped with OnStar 4G LTE. This will allow for faster and more reliable connections for in-car apps. And thanks to a built in Wifi hotspot, the ATS will be able to allow up to seven devices to access the internet.

    In addition to the 4G LTE, the ATS will also come with CUE Collection, a new app marketplace expected to include iHeartRadio, The Weather Channel, NPR, and Slacker Radio. Cadillac CUE also includes a Text-to-Voice feature capable through Bluetooth technology.

    If you have an iPhone iOS 6 or iOS 7, Cadillac also has an additional feature for them. New to the 2015 ATS Coupe CUE system is Siri Eyes Free, which allows users to connect their phones to the CUE system, and use voice controls to allow drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and their phones in their pockets.

    All of the 2015 ATS Coupes will come standard with 12 free months of OnStar Directions and Connections. This service includes all OnStar advisor based safety, security, and navigational services, as well as OnStar RemoteLink Key Fob Services.

    Cadillac is extremely excited about the upcoming release of the 2015 ATS Coupe.
    Cadillac is extremely excited about the upcoming release of the 2015 ATS Coupe.

    We are very excited for the upcoming release of the 2015 ATS Coupe this summer. Be sure to keep up with us on Twitter to find out exactly when you can expect to find the ATS at our Indianapolis dealership!

  • [Article 186]Cadillac Sponsors Trump National Doral in Miami

    Each and every year, millions of people look forward to signs of warmer weather and summer. One of these signs; the World Golf Championship. And this year, Cadillac is lending a hand at the Trump National Doral in Miami.

    As part of their sponsorship for the Trump National Doral, Cadillac will be providing an Escalade Lounge. The lounge will be an on-course hospitality space, which will provide patrons shuttle rides in the all new 2015 Escalade between the lounge and the Cadillac V-Series Performance Center. The performance center includes race simulators, a putting challenge, and a chance to win a 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan.

    While we are biased towards Cadillac, it won’t be the only thing at the Trump National Doral that people will be able to enjoy. There will also be a fashion show hosted by Ivanka Trump, as well as a live performance by Gym Class Heroes’ lead vocalist Travie McCoy.

    The first round of the Trump National Doral began on March 6, with the second round taking place on March 7, and finally finishing up on the 8th. Once all players in the field have finished their final round, Travie McCoy will give his performance.

    Players who are participating will also have an opportunity to get involved with some Cadillac. As part of the sponsorship, Cadillac will give away a 2014 CTS Sedan to any player who can get a hole-in-one on the 9th hole, or a 2015 Escalade to anyone who gets a hole-in-one on the 15th hole.

    The sponsorship of the Trump National Doral in Miami is just one way that Cadillac is continue to prove that they are becoming a world-wide leader in the auto industry. Players from all over the globe will be in attendance at this year’s tournament, and will be getting a first-hand look at all new Cadillacs.

    The 2014 CTS Sedan is being offered as a prize to anyone able to get a hole-in-one on the 9th hole at the Trump National Doral in Miami.
    The 2014 CTS Sedan is being offered as a prize to anyone able to get a hole-in-one on the 9th hole at the Trump National Doral in Miami.

  • [Article 184]Cadillac Extends Partnership with IvyConnect for Ivy Innovator Program

    Why mess with something that is successful? That’s the approach that Cadillac is taking with IvyConnect, who they started a partnership with last year. This year however, Cadillac will be helping IvyConnect with the Ivy Innovator Program.

    IvyConnect is a members-only social network that consists of business leaders, accomplished professionals, and entrepreneurs, with the goal of exposing people to their luxury brands (prefect for Cadillac).

    Cadillac is going to continue to be IvyConnect’s automotive partner, and is going to be a strong support for the Ivy Innovator program by sponsoring 12 different events this year, including four Technology Summits, four Films Screenings, and four Design Receptions.

    During 2014, IvyConnect will also be holding three national competitions. These competitions will help the company name the winners of the 2014 Ivy Innovator Awards (which will be presented by Cadillac). IvyConnect will choose one winner and five finalists in three categories: Technology, Film, and Design. Applicants for the Ivy Innovator Awards will be evaluated on the following criteria:

    • Expansiveness of personal vision
    • Approach to creativity innovation
    • Uniqueness of innovative endeavors
    • Dedication to building life-long collaborative bonds
    • Potential to impact their field of choice

    Besides the Ivy Innovator Program, Cadillac is also going to be collaborating with IvyConnect on an additional 26 events during 2014. Some of the other events include film screenings, salon discussion on creativity and innovation that will be moderated by CNBC, and the highly anticipated Second Annual Hampton Modern Manor Weekend.

    Cadillac is very excited to continue their partnership with IvyConnect. This is going to be a great opportunity for both companies to showcase their products, and gain interest in the market.

  • Featured Image[Article 180]The Hollywood Reporter’s Nominees Night Sponsored by Cadillac

    The 2014 Cadillac ELR was showcased by Cadillac at the Hollywood Reporter's Nominees Night in Beverly Hills.
    The 2014 Cadillac ELR was showcased by Cadillac at the Hollywood Reporter’s Nominees Night in Beverly Hills.

    Every year, The Hollywood Reporter gathers together to celebrate the announcement of the Academy Awards nominees. This year the event was held at Spago, located in Beverly Hills, and sponsored by Cadillac.

    This year, over 400 guests were at this event, and included many of the stars who were nominated for this year’s Academy Awards, including:

    • Leonardo DiCaprio – “The Wolf of Wall Street”
    • Lupita Nyong’o – “12 Years a Slave”
    • Spike Jonze – “her”
    • David Warshofsky – “Captain Phillips”
    • Steve Cogan – Philomena”

    During the event, Cadillac was showing off their all new 2014 Cadillac ELR, the brands first electric luxury coupe. Cadillac believes because of its advanced luxury system, combined with its synergy of power and fuel, that the ELR is the perfect representation of the Academy Awards nominees.

    Melody Lee, Global Cadillac director of Brand and Reputation Strategy went on record as saying that sponsoring the event would help Cadillac work towards one of their goals of becoming more involved with the film industry.

    While most people are excited about the awards, we are thrilled about the early success of the ELR. Cadillac has been making huge strides in terms of global recognition, and continues to look towards growth in the industry.

  • [Article 176]Cold Weather Decreases Fuel Economy

    If this happens, you will have bigger problems to worry about than your fuel economy.
    If this happens, you will have bigger problems to worry about than your fuel economy.

    Do you ever feel like the colder it gets, the more it seems like you have to fill up your gas tank? Well, you’re not crazy (at least as far as we know). The truth is during the winter months you are probably filling up more often because your fuel economy isn’t as good.

    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been conducting research for some time now, and has just recently released some of their findings. On top of the list, the effects that cold weather has on fuel economy.

    Based on their results, a car’s fuel efficiency (in a conventional gasoline vehicle) can drop as much as 12 percent when temperatures dropped below 20 degrees. And hybrid vehicles were even worse off, seeing decreases reaching between 31-34 percent.

    There does need to be some clarification, however. While the temperature itself can knock off a few MPG, it is not the only factor that hurts the car’s efficiency. If you’re driving and your tires begin to spin, you are using fuel (even though you’re not actually moving forward).

    And one of the other big factors that some people fail to realize is idling. People don’t want to just jump in their cars and go when it’s cold outside, so they start their cars and then go back inside where it’s warm. But what they don’t realize is that they’re still burning fuel, and getting 0 MPG.

    If you’re really looking to maximize your fuel economy in the winter, then here are a few tips.

    • Use manufacturer recommended cold weather oil
    • Spend less time running your car at idle – it warms up faster while you’re driving anyway
    • Check your tire pressure – if they’re too low, it can cause more resistance

    If you have any questions about the fuel economy in your Cadillac, or if you think that there might be another reason that you’re always at the pump, stop in to our Indianapolis Service Department and let us take a look for you.