CARandDRIVER recently got the lowdown with Cadillac at Los Angeles, following a year full of big changes. For one thing, Cadillac just moved their entire center of operations from Detroit to New York, and there’s a new CEO in town to move Caddy into the next level. That CEO would be Johan de Nysschen, formerly of Audi and Infiniti, and he sat down with C/D in a recent interview.
In that interview, C/D learned de Nysschen has big plans for Cadillac, one of which involves a new ultra-luxury sedan competitor to go neck-and-neck with some Rolls-Royce and Bentley models, which was recently confirmed by de Nysschen to be around 15 years away from happening. There’s also mention of a sports car to rival the Porsche 911 and new Cadillac diesels in 2019. Nonetheless, he strongly implies Cadillac’s goal to grow into a world standard once again.
Old-geezers will cringe at the words Cadillac and diesel but all the Germans have been doing diesels just fine, even in America. So, in order for Cadillac to run with the Germans, they need powerful yet efficient diesels.
Audi teased us twice over the years over the prospect of a possible modern day rendition of the original Quattro Sport Coupe by creating and showcasing two concepts.
To boot, we had the Audi Quattro and Sport Quattro concepts, with the first sporting a hot 2.5L turbocharged five-cylinder modeled after the original’s unit while the second Sport Quattro had a 700hp hybrid powertrain.
On both cases, Audi denied any possibility about the models reaching production, despite many of us asking for it. But now, it seems the production Quattro could be on the table once again for production consideration, according to AutoCar.
“We are working on Quattro, it is still alive,” said Audi’s design chief, Marc Lichte to AutoCar at the LA Auto Show. However, the next rendition will be “more extreme” with new “surprises,” whatever that means.
Earlier this year, Subaru announced to be slightly revising the XV Crosstrek for the 2015 model year and now, they said it’ll cost ya $21,595 for one.
For that price, one gets the XV Crosstrek 2.0i, which is $400 cheaper than the outgoing base model. That model still exists and actually climbs in price by $300 to accommodate the extra cost of a new multimedia infotainment system.
Prices obviously climb as you start adding power amenities such as replacing the five-speed manual with a CVT, which bumps it up t $23,295 for the Premium trimed XV Crosstrek. Should you get the most expensive XB Crosstrek money can buy, that would be the hybrid version, which starts $29,295 for the most expensive model.
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A new crossover concept seems to have surfaced in China, which could provide a glimpse into a possible new crossover model, as it appears.
It’s called the Kia KX3 and according to Terranismo, the new model is a concept based on the Hyundai ix25. As a result, it could preview a future crossover, perhaps a new Sportage for our shores.
The production version should come with the choice of two Hyundai-sourced inline-fours with 1.6 and 2.0L of displacement, a dual-clutch automatic or the choice of a manual, and optional four-wheel drive.
EMC Enterprise is a data management and cloud solution company who apparently has some sort of relationship with Lotus F1.
And recently, the two came together in an interesting world-record truck jump as a commercial pitch, which was approved by the Guinness World Record. Here’s the break down. There’s an F1 car being driven by Martin Ivanov and Lotus F1’s semi-truck, piloted by Mike Ryan. Both are esteemed members in motorsports and staged stunt driving.
Ryan drives the semi-truck off of a jump, which sets the record for the furthest distance a truck jumped off of a ramp, at 87 feet and 7 inches.
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Big news rings in from Cadillac following the Los Angeles Auto Show. Reuters sat down with Cadillac’s new CEO, Johan de Nysschen, who confirmed to be establishing plans for a super luxurious model to compete against the likes of Rolls-Royce and Bentley with a projected starting price of around $250,000.
“It is too early today for a $250,000 Cadillac,” de Nysschen said to Reuters during their interview. “Fifteen years from now, it won’t be.”
Cadillac may seem a bit far away from being capable of making a $250,000 car at the moment, especially when their most expensive model is the Escalade EST Platinum, which rings in at $97,940 for starters. But with the company’s growing trends treating them well so far, this could very much be a possibility.
The Takata airbag recall is the latest recall issue to hit the news since GM’s massive recalls over the past year.
The problem has become so widespread that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a request of nationwide action as they continue to investigate. Due to the rise in finding deaths related to faulty Takata airbags, the Department of Transportation and the NHTSA both strongly feel in fact that a national recall of these driver’s side frontal airbags is necessary.
So far, the Takata airbag issues affect a total of ten automakers: BMW, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota. In total, the NHTSA estimates some 7.8 million vehicles could have faulty airbags. Around five deaths worldwide are possibly related to these faulty airbags.
News and rumors recently began picking up with the next generation Jeep Wrangler in discussion. At first, there were rumors and fears the Wrangler would lose its character by becoming a crossover SUV with a unibody, versus the rugged and simple body-on-frame truck it is today and always has been. But those rumors were shut down, thankfully, as the Wrangler is said to keep its construction. However, it may still use an aluminum body to reduce weight.
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Additionally, AutomotiveNews reports the Wrangler could gain a new ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic, which doesn’t sound too off, considering Chrysler’s new obsession with ZF automatics. This would be the new eight-speed automatic serving duty in a variety of applications and forms from the Chrysler 300, to the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, and the Ram 1500.
The new Wrangler is scheduled to surface in 2018 with an aluminum body to improve fuel economy. Chances are to expect the usual 3.6L Pentastar V6 under the hood, but hopefully, our fingers our crossed for a diesel version featuring the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel’s 3.0L V6.
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The BMW i8 is undoubtedly making electric waves through the automotive sphere as of recent and amid the spotlight at the 2014 LA Auto Show, AutoBlog officially announced that the i8 just received their coveted Technology of the Year Award for 2014.
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The award was announced last week at the beginning of the LA Auto Show and featured a panel, which reviewed 50 qualified submissions from readers, editorial staff, and the industry to name the winner.
And thanks to the i8’s advanced construction, it’s ability to invoke smiles while being somewhat kind to the wallet in terms of running costs, and being all-wheel drive, the i8 was an unchallenged winner.
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So the 2014 Los Angeles International Auto Show Press Days have just about wrapped up and after a week long of festivities, there’s a lot to keep your eyes out for if you’ll be attending the show during the public’s viewing.
As previously reported, the LA Auto Show features over 30 world debuts with about 60 in general total. And in this post here, we’ve just about rounded up the most important reveals for this year’s exhibition.
Should you want to learn any more about this year’s LA Auto Show, follow the banner after the jump or click the photos for links to the individual posts.