Seat Time: 2017 Cadillac CT6 – A Story In Steering (With All Four Wheels)

July 29th, 2016 at 3:35pm

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Reviewer: John McElroy
Vehicle: 2017 Cadillac CT6
Price: $53,495 – $87,495

Final Impression:

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Cadillac is by no means the first to the market with 4-wheel- steering. I believe that distinction goes to the Honda Prelude, which offered a mechanically operated system in the late 1980’s. Mazda offered an electrically operated system in the 626 around the same time. And General Motors briefly offered it in the early 2000′s on pickups and SUVs. Several automakers offer it today, but this is a technology that never fired up the public’s imagination.

That’s probably because four-wheel- steering is not very noticeable, unless you really pay attention. At low speeds you might think, “Hmm, this car has a good turning radius.” At highway speed you might think, “Hmm, this car steers well.” But you’ll never think, “OMG, four wheel steering is the best thing that ever happened to me!”

And yet, 4WS truly enhances the Cadillac CT6 driving experience. This is a 17- foot long sedan, as long as a Cadillac Escalade. But it has a turning radius that is two feet smaller than the Escalade. That makes it much easier to maneuver in tight parking or U-turn situations.

Check out this video to see 4WS in action:

At highway speeds 4WS gives this car excellent stability. You can snap the steering wheel to dart into another lane with almost no body sway or steering corrections. And while I don’t recommend driving that way, this is exactly what you want in an emergency situation.

Cadillac is offering 4WS as part of a $3,300 option package which includes magnetic ride control and 20” aluminum wheels. In my book, if you are a serious driver, it’s worth it.

This was my first driving exposure to the CT6 and I was impressed by several features besides 4WS. The new 3-liter twin-turbo V6 is flawless. Powerful and responsive, most people could be fooled into thinking it’s a V8. I averaged 22 mpg, slightly better than the EPA label.

The interior design of the car is well crafted and now rivals that of its best luxury competitors. And the CUE infotainment system is much improved, though it’s still too easy to trigger the volume control when you’re trying to change a radio station. But there was one flaw that made me hate stop and go driving in this car. As you come to a slow stop, there’s a lurch as the 8-speed transmission downshifts from 2nd gear to 1st at around 4 mph. I don’t expect to find that in any car, much less the flagship of a luxury brand.

Cadillac is getting very close to becoming a serious player in the luxury segment again. But a car that is 99.9% good is not good enough. Nothing short of perfection will pry people out of their Benzes and Bimmers.

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AAH #340 – Choosing Cars That Could Become Classics

July 29th, 2016 at 10:57am

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SPECIAL GUEST: Ray Arondoski III, owner 1971 Cadillac Eldorado

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01:00 – Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s
18:00 – McElroy’s Future Classics
37:40 – More Chinese buying pickups
41:00 – VW US Marketing to name next SUV
44:57 – FCA under investigation for sales reporting
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ATW #2024 - Lightening the Load

July 28th, 2016 at 4:00pm



Marco Palmieri, President, Novelis North America; Alisa Priddle, Motor Trend; Richard Truett, Automotive News. Topic: Aluminum components.

You’ve been drinking from its cans for years. More recently, you’ve probably sent an email or answered a phone from one of the computing/telematics companies it supplies. And soon, if not already, you may be driving an aluminum-bodied car or truck brought to you, in part, by Novelis.

On this week’s show, John McElroy welcomes Novelis president of North America Marco Palmieri to the Autoline studios to talk about its expansion into automotive and where the company goes from here. Also on the panel are Alisa Priddle of Motor Trend and Richard Truett from Automotive News.

AD #1911 – VW AG Still #1, Ford Loses Some Momentum, BMW’s Trick New Manufacturing Technology

July 28th, 2016 at 12:11pm

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- VW AG Still #1
- VW’s Earnings Get Pounded
- Ford Looses Some Momentum
- Mercedes Unveils All-Electric Semi-Truck
- Acura Debuts GT3 NSX
- BMW Pioneers New Manufacturing Technology
- Formula E Cars Get A Face Lift

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AD #1910 – More Chinese Buying Pickups, PSA Posts Better Earnings Than FCA, Ford Expands Mobility Testing

July 27th, 2016 at 12:06pm

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- More Chinese Buying Pickup Trucks
- FCA Reports Mixed Earnings
- PSA Outperforms FCA
- Ford + MIT = Mobility
- Mercedes Launches MasterSolutions for Upfitting Vans
- You Said It!

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AD #1909 – Nissan Adds Titan Models, Hyundai Slips Again, McElroy’s List of Future Classics

July 26th, 2016 at 12:40pm

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- Hyundai Slips, Again
- Porsche Hunts For Talent
- Nissan Adds Titan Models
- High-Tech EGR From BorgWarner
- Daimler Doubles Down On Ride Sharing
- McElroy’s Future Classics

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Seat Time: The Name’s Q50, Infiniti Q50

July 26th, 2016 at 12:36pm

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Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.

Reviewer: Chip Drake
Vehicle: 2016 Infiniti Q50
Price: From $33,950

Walking Around The Red Sport: VIDEO FEATURE

Final Impression:

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Q Branch, in James Bond film lore, was the gadget department of MI5 which created everything from his “loaded” attache case to the “weaponized” Aston Martin DB5. And though Bond was the super spy hero of the series, who didn’t enjoy the spice that Q and his “tools” brought to each movie?

And speaking of spice, that’s what the Infiniti brand is bringing to its own branch of Q products, namely the three versions of the Q50 sport sedan.

The Q, you might recall, replaced Infiniti’s G sedan back in 2013. And now Nissan’s premium nameplate is rolling out three new versions of this compact luxury car. All come with a refreshed sexy exterior styling and the safety/security systems we’ve all come to expect. What differentiates the vehicles are some Performance/Technology features, optional add-on packages and the fact that all three versions have their own new engine.

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The 2016 Q50 starts with a new base engine, a 2-Liter turbocharged inline 4 with 208 horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque with 24 miles per gallon combined. Our loaner vehicle was an All-wheel drive model which was definitely fun to drive. The vehicle’s MSRP, almost $43,000 ($33,950 base), was disappointing on the interior; with the “Leatherette seating surfaces” and the faux wood trim. For $43k, you’d think you might be getting a little nicer cockpit.

But if you’re looking for a little more power, Infiniti equips the Q50 with what it calls its lightest, most powerful, cleanest and most fuel-efficient V6 ever offered. Built in Nissan’s famous Iwaki Plant in Japan — home of previous award-winning engines — you can move up to the Q50 Premium which delivers 300 horsepower and starts at $40,000.

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However, if you’re looking for the big gun, Infiniti didn’t let you down. The third model of the Q50 sport sedan is actually called The Red Sport and it’s this new V6 powertrain mentioned above with not only 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, but coming in only a couple of mpgs behind the 2-Liter with 22 combined. In addition, the luxury quotient goes up on this model with leather seats, aluminum and maple wood interior trim and three different optional packages that bring the price of the Red Sport up to $57,475.

Every engine in the Q50 family was fun behind the wheel. The choice really becomes what do you want surrounding you in the cockpit : an upgraded interior and technology that makes the car darn close to its luxury competitors, or fewer features to bring the price down.

In the end this Q50 may not be a “weaponized” Aston Martin, but if you’re driving the 400 horsepower Red Sport you almost feel like you’re flying Q’s “Little Nellie” (the Wallis WA-116 autogyro) from “You Only Live Twice” and you just may not want to come down.

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AD #1908 – Aluminum Raptor Prices Released, FCA Under Investigation, VW Of America To Name New SUV

July 25th, 2016 at 11:53am

Runtime: 8:03

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- VW Of America To Name New SUV
- U.S. Sales On the Rebound
- Ford Expands Sync 3
- Aluminum Raptor Prices Released
- FCA U.S. Under Investigation
- Smart fortwo Adds Fabric Top
- Comic-Con Civic
- Why Fiat Passed On Chrysler

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AD #1907 – Production Running Red Hot, GM & Isuzu End Truck Partnership, U.S. Plans More Charging Stations

July 22nd, 2016 at 11:50am

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- U.S. Plans More Charging Stations
- GM & Isuzu End Truck Partnership
- Ford Makes It Easier To Develop Apps
- BMW Expands Connectivity
- North America Running Red Hot
- Why OEMs Don’t Want You To Mod Your Car

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AAH #339 – Back When Fiat Did Not Want Chrysler

July 22nd, 2016 at 10:48am

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SPECIAL GUEST: Steve Miller, CEO, IAC Automotive
 
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- A life in Automotive – Steve Miller
- Tesla Master Plan

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