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AAH #165 – No Lack at Cadillac

September 14th, 2012 at 2:28pm

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Cadillac calls itself “The New Standard of the World” while BMW claims to be “The Ultimate Driving Machine.” That’s all marketing. When it comes down to building the vehicles that can live up to the hype, these top dogs turn to their engineers. This week’s guest, David Leone, the Chief Engineer for Cadillac, has the not-insignificant task of meeting and exceeding the “Standard.” We’ll be asking him how Cadillac plans to knock BMW off the top perch. As usual, you can expect us to take a dive into the biggest news of the week as well. It looks like Mark Fields may just be the executive to succeed Alan Mulally at Ford, and John has some impressions of the powerful Porsche 911 he’s been testing. Joining John McElroy in studio is his After Hours co-host Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist, and Gary Vasilash of Automotive Design & Production!

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One Comment to “AAH #165 – No Lack at Cadillac”

  1. Scott V. Says:

    This was one of, if not the best episode of AAH I have seen. I thought David was remarkably candid about the new ATS and its development. The panel’s questions kept the discussion focused and allowed David to really expound on what GM did to create and execute this vehicle. I’m more excited than ever before to drive the ATS and it’s all because of this episode. Knowing how much went into making this car peaks my interest as a lover of dynamically engaging vehicles.

    Also, Peter has been saying this for awhile and he’s right – the ATS needs to be seen on the street in person. The front end has real road presence that doesn’t quite translate in photos.

    Color me excited for the coupe and V-series!