AD #1816 – Apple & Google Face New Competition, New Act to Protect Racing Enthusiasts, Cadillac XT5 Impressions

March 9th, 2016 at 11:54am

Runtime: 8:05

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- INRIX Acquires OpenCar to Challenge Apple & Google
- Chrysler Reveals Pacifica Fuel Economy #’s
- Pacifica Gets Bridgestone Turanza Tires
- New Act Could Protect Racing Enthusiasts
- Ford Offers Track Experience for GT350 Owners
- Toyota Aims to Help Visually Impaired
- All-New Cadillac XT5 Impressions

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25 Comments to “AD #1816 – Apple & Google Face New Competition, New Act to Protect Racing Enthusiasts, Cadillac XT5 Impressions”

  1. Lex Says:

    Will the to be redesigned Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain be built on the same platform and share components and drive-trains with the Cadillac XT5?

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Does anyone here know the source of the transaxle in the CT5? Does Hydramatic have a new one, is it purchased, or ?

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I meant XT5.

  4. Jon M Says:

    Another quick note about the Pacifica, select models will wear Bridgestone’s all-season Turanza tires. And in other news, I ate cereal this morning made by Kellogg.

  5. Lisk Says:

    Kit, it is an Aisin AF-508 much to my disappointment…

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Lisk, thanks for info.

  7. WineGeek Says:

    Sean do you really think having a model specific electronic display is an advantage to the consumer? I think Apple Car Play or Android Play are preferable because they offer an already known interface that the driver can work easily without having to learn the nuances of a new system from an automobile manufacturer that is confusing and wastes lots of time. I’ll take Apple Car Play anytime.

  8. marshy Says:

    WineGeek +1

    It doesn’t matter how open an alternate in car system is, if the phone OS refuses to play ball, it is going nowhere. And iOS DOES NOT play ball.

  9. marshy Says:

    Aren’t those wood accents just razor thin veneers? I’ll concede that the styling does cost more and add complexity, but they are not exactly steaming walnut planks…

  10. RumNCoke Says:

    For the record, I wanted to really like the Cadillac XT5 since I am in the market for this class of vehicle. After doing a static comparison with the Jaguar F-Pace at a recent auto show, I think Caddy has some more work to do. And the soft leather seats and micro fiber materials get dirty real fast, so buyer beware.

    I look forward to test driving the XT5. I hope that it is not just suited to real estate sales people cruising potential buyers around.

  11. Roger T Says:

    Am I alone in being glad about a plug in minivan? This sounds like a great idea. I hope Chrysler executes this well, their Pacifica looks very upscale and yet their outgoing minivan is not particularly smooth or well rated. Yet the concept of mommy not using gas while taking kids to school and soccer is right on, I may actually try this when our lease is up.
    Any info on whether this is a dry cell system or whether this is a water cooled pack? Battery capacity deterioration is notorious in dry cells such as the ones found in Nissan Leafs (Leaves??). Battery capacity is similar to those of 2014 Volts, actually.

  12. Roger T Says:

    Another question for Pacifica – it operates like a normal hybrid after the 30 miles or is the engine a mere generator like the Volt? I really like how the Volt works actually.

  13. MJB Says:

    9. Typically, yes (just thin veneers). But better to be thin real veneers and thick fake ones. Just for perspective though, in a Bentley, those thin veneers are laminated to real, solid wood substrates.

  14. MJB Says:

    …meant to write “better to be thin real veneers THAN thick fake ones.”

  15. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I don’t believe the Equinox and Terrain are related to the XT5, however, the upcoming GMC Acadia will be a ‘kissin cousin’ to the XT5 though the XT5 has the 8-speed tranny while the Acadia will have the 6-speed tranny. Other than that they should be very close (especially with the Acadia Denali).

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 The Pacifica is a great candidate for a plug-in. If you give up “stow and go” seating, you have lots of space for batteries, without losing cabin space.

    The batteries are liquid cooled, and the hybrid system is fairly similar to the Toyota/Ford systems, except that both motors can be clutched together in pure electric mode.

    It sounds very well though out.

  17. BobD Says:

    Roger (12) – In the Gen1 Volt, in extended range operation, and while in “mode 2″ at higher speeds, the engine is mechanically connected to the planetary ring gear (although power is still coming from the drive motor too) for better efficiency, so the engine is not “merely” a generator (as it is in “mode 1″ during extended range operation). In the Gen2 Volt, this is also the case, but there is also one more blended mode to add even more efficiency.

  18. Roger T Says:

    Thanks for the comments Kit & Bob. I will say I had heard of the Volt direct drive at high speeds but will say my 2013 doesn’t seem to care up to 80MPH, it stays in e-mode. I haven’t tried speeds above that so maybe the threshold is higher than 80 or it only happens when battery is depleted.

  19. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Since the embargo ended on the XT5 last night, I was hoping for more driving impressions (from the guys); maybe they are forthcoming. The XT5 is a big deal for Cadillac so it has to be right, especially since the SRX had a long run and was starting to lose ground to it’s competitors. And the XT5 is the first of what is coming down the line from Cadillac which is said to be the (in development with spy pictures) rumored XT7 and also rumored XT3/4.

  20. HtG Says:

    19 Here’s a YT review, Chuck. I’d start watching at about the 5min mark.

  21. Earl Says:

    I’m looking forward to driving an XT5 and MKX this fall.

  22. Chuck Grenci Says:

    #20 HtG
    Thanks for the link, I had subsequently found that very one. MotoMan does a nice job IMO.

  23. ukendoit Says:

    I agree, the minivans or SUVs make great vehicles for electrification. Lots of floor space for batteries for longer range, more people carrying capacity sounds much greener, and the higher (electrics) prices for larger vehicles seems more justified than it does for the small electric cars.

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20 Interesting report. It sounds like it is designed to drive better than the competition. Hopefully, it will also appeal to people who don’t care about that, like the typical RX-driving real estate sales person. The Cadillac’s looking less wild might help it against the current RX.

  25. Marshall Says:

    Why aren’t there any turbocharged minivans on the market? You could downsize the engine and still get better acceleration and fuel mileage.