• Uh Oh – Behind the Scenes Video of Cadillac ATS Sedan Leaked

    Just a few days ago, a behind the scenes commercial video for the 2015 Cadillac ATS sedan was leaked online. We’re not sure how it happened and we are pretty sure Cadillac didn’t intend for it to be seen ahead of an official announcement or campaign launch, but we aren’t complaining. We’re just enjoying these stolen glimpses of the new sedan.

    From what we can see in the video, the biggest update for the 2015 model is the front bumper with its revised grille. It sports Cadillac’s new logo sans the wreath.

    The video follows the star sedan during its filming through the Canadian Hidden Bench Vineyards and Winery. In true photo finish fashion, the video ends with a few still shots of the new ATS sedan as it poses for its close-up.

    With the 2015 ATS coupe on its way, spy shots of the ATS-V prototype recently captured, and this leaked video, we at Lockhart Cadillac are excited to see what vehicles will officially compose the Cadillac ATS family in the next few months.

  • Cadillac Joins Leaders in Style + Tech for Exclusive Event

    When leaders in the fashion and technology industries get together to honor avant-garde thinkers and their ideas, it only makes sense that Cadillac would be in the mix. The luxury automaker co-presented the Driven by Digital: Leaders in Style + Tech event with Refinery29, the largest independent fashion and style website in the States.

    The exclusive cocktail party in Los Angeles was attended by West Coast celebs, local influencers, style and technology honorees, and fashion designer/TV personality Kelly Osbourne, who served as host.

    The honorees were Mona Bijoor, founder of JOOR; Cheryl Han and Elenor Mak who co-founded Keaton Row; Geri Hirsch and Erin Falconer, co-founders of LEAFtv; and Stephaine Mark, one of The Coveteur founders.

    Of course, Cadillac was also on the VIP guest list with the ELR electrified luxury coupe greeting attendees as they made their red carpet entrance.

    Cadillac’s ELR is infused with sleek design elements and progressive technology, making it the guests’ perfect introduction to the event. Inside, they were given a hands-on opportunity to explore the  reinvented luxury coupe.

    While we aren’t hosting an exclusive cocktail party with roaming celebrities, you are cordially invited to Lockhart Cadillac for your opportunity to explore Cadillac’s stylish lineup.

  • General Motors to Offer Replacement Keys

    There is no denying that General Motors has been under a bit of pressure lately with all of the recent recalls. One thing is for sure, however, and that is how actively they are currently trying to rectify the situation. While there are still millions of cars that are awaiting some sort of repair, GM has stated that they will be offering replacement keys for some of those affected.

    Included in the replacement key offerings are two Cadillacs; the Deville and DTS. Devilles from 2000-2005, as well as DTS models from 2007-2011 will be able to receive a replacement keys.

    General Motors is working very hard to take care of the recent set of recalls. They understand the need to complete their work quickly and efficiently.

    The company has asked that in the mean time, consumers remove any additional keys or accessories that previously hung on the ignition key.

    For more information regarding this matter of replacement keys, you can read the full story here.

  • Galvano Chrome Helps Make 2015 Escalade Unmistakable

    “It’s all in the details” is a saying that we’ve all heard but probably never took the time to really comprehend what it means. However, Cadillac knows exactly what it means, because it’s the motto they used in the design of the 2015 Escalade.

    You wouldn’t think that there would be any way to make one of the most unmistakable vehicles in automotive history even more unmistakable, but Cadillac was able to do it.

    The 2015 Escalade has more sculpture on the body side compared to past generations. And new to this generation of Escalade is Galvano chrome, which has a brighter finish than standard chrome that was used on the previous models.

    The application of Galvano chrome is more complex than that of standard chrome, but the engineers at Cadillac have stated that it was worth it in the end.

    “We have taken an established brand element and constructed them with absolute state-of-the-art technology. The result is bold, modern and pure Cadillac,” said Bob Boniface, Global Cadillac Director of Design.

    We could sit and talk about the 2015 Escalade for hours, but it doesn’t do the vehicle justice. The only way to truly get a feel for what the new Escalade has to offer is to come to Lockhart Cadillac near Indianapolis and take one for a test drive today!


  • OnStar to Play Big Role in New Belt Assurance System

    Like most people, you probably forget to buckle your seat belt once in awhile. Nobody’s perfect, it happens to all of us. And while we are privileged with the pinging of the seat belt reminder after we take off on our journey, sometimes that can be too late.

    So how do we fix the problem? Simple: take away the car’s ability to be put in drive.

    That’s exactly what the Belt Assurance System from GM and OnStar is going to do. This system is going to be installed on a few select fleet vehicles this year, with potential to be added to all vehicles depending on its success.

    With the Belt Assurance System, the driver will be unable to shift the car out of “Park” until the driver is buckled in. The system will also work with the occupant detection system, and will not allow for shifting in the event that the front passenger is unbuckled.

    “Customer safety is on the forefront of everything we do. It is essential for the safety of our customers’ and all drivers’ safety to develop the habit of buckling up each and every time they get into their vehicles,” said Jeff Boyer, vice president, GM global vehicle safety.

    GM’s new Belt Assurance System is sure to save thousands of lives, and we applaud the company for coming up with a system to help ensure driver safety.

    You won't have this concerned look on your face with the new Belt Assurance System from General Motors.
    You won’t have this concerned look on your face with the new Belt Assurance System from General Motors.

  • Only 500 2015 CTS-V Coupes to be Produced by Cadillac

    Cadillac announces that they will only be producing 500 of the upcoming 2015 CTS-V Coupes.
    Cadillac announces that they will only be producing 500 of the upcoming 2015 CTS-V Coupes.

    Growing up, most children end up with some sort of collection. Whether it be baseball cards, Barbies, action figures, or comic books, a lot of children had collections. And with every collection there is always the one that you are most proud of because it is so rare. While not quite the same as a baseball card collection, Cadillac is attempting to give consumers a similar feeling of pride with the 2015 CTS-V Coupe.

    In an announcement earlier this week, Cadillac has stated that they will only be producing a total of 500 Limited Edition 2015 CTS-V Coupes. With so few of these to be produced, Cadillac doesn’t expect it to take long to fill up on orders.

    The last of this V-Series generation is going to feature an Ebony interior with Recaro performance seats that have red contrast stitching. Midnight Sapele wood trim will also flow throughout the interior.

    On the outside, consumers will have their choice of Crystal White, Black Diamond, or Phantom Gray exterior color. And if while you’re deciding, you might also want to consider which color would go best with the available sunroof package for $700.

    “The V-Series continues to elevate Cadillac, providing an exclusive family of high-performance luxury models that attract a new audience of elite and passionate buyers,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, chief marketing officer, Global Cadillac.

    If you’re interested in the Limited Edition 2015 CTS-V Coupe, you’d better hurry, because Cadillac is already taking orders.

  • IAED Names OnStar Advisor 2014 Dispatcher of the Year

    Some people don’t realize the significance of having OnStar as part of their Cadillac. Sure it can help you find a gas station when you’re low on fuel, or find you the best pizza place in Indianapolis, but it can also help save your life in an emergency. Case and point is the story of Bryan Anta, whose quick thinking saved a life, and earned him 2014 Dispatcher of the Year from the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch.

    NaToshya Reed was on her way to the hospital with chest pains when she began to have a serious asthma attack. Quickly pulling off the road, Reed tried calling her mother, but quickly became unable to speak.

    After realizing that she was not going to be able to talk to her mother, she pressed the OnStar button in her car. Bryan Anta was the dispatcher who took her call.

    On the other end of the line, Anta could only hear faint breathing, as well as the cries of Reed’s three year old daughter who was also in the car at the time. Quickly realizing what was going on, Anta began to ask Reed questions, informing her to “honk once for yes and twice for no”.

    Through this system, Anta was able to access what was going on, and able to walk Reed through the situation until paramedics were able to arrive.

    “I am so thankful, grateful, and blessed for Bryan Anta and his ability to think under pressure. If it were not for him I would not have been able to receive the much-needed medical help that I did,” said Reed.

    It was Anta’s quick thinking and rigorous emergency training that helped save Reed’s life, while earning him the 2014 Dispatcher of the Year.

  • GM Tests “Super Cruise” with Lightning-Fast Driving Simulator

    One of GM’s big goals for the end of the decade is to offer a fully-functional semi-automated driving system called “Super Cruise” in consumer Cadillacs.

    To help achieve this goal, the Detroit automaker has been using its high-tech Research Driving Simulator to gather data on how drivers behave with “Super Cruise”.

    The simulator features a 360-degree high-definition project screen integrated with a lightning-fast image generator that can output 2 terabytes of information per second. This is important for the simulation to accurately and instantaneously respond to steering and pedal force inputs, which it can do in about 70 milliseconds.

    Using the simulation, GM’s “Super Cruise” developers can measure the way drivers interact with the controls, where they look, and how they approach road elements. The system is also able to load different vehicle designs and prototypes to test new theories and applications for “Super Cruise”.

    According to the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration, more than 90 percent of all car accidents are caused by human error. If GM were able to produce a functioning automated driving system, the number of deaths on the road could be drastically reduced.

    Until then, however, cruise control is the closest thing we’ve got! Enjoy it in one of our cars at Lockhart Cadillac!

    Check out this early demonstration of the “Super Cruise”!

  • 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.

  • 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.