New ATS Gains Torque and Safety Upgrades

The all new ATS from Cadillac is going to have a lot of new available features, including Lane Change Alert and Lane Keep Assist.

The all new ATS from Cadillac is going to have a lot of new available features, including Lane Change Alert and Lane Keep Assist.

When it comes to the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe and ATS Sedan, everyone pretty much expected there to be an increase in the power and performance. But the new ATS is also gaining some safety upgrades as well.

Let’s just start with what most people are interested in hearing about; the 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engine. The turbo engine is able to produce 295 lb-ft of torque and 272 horsepower. This was thanks in part to engine calibration that increased boost pressure.

“The ATS is already the most agile vehicle in its respective classes. The additional torque works to further improve on an already dynamic vehicle,” said David Masch, Cadillac ATS chief engineer.

While power is important, safety is also playing a major key in the new ATS Coupe and ATS Sedan. Available on the 2015 ATS is now going to offer Lane Change Alert and Lane Keep Assist.

Lane Change Alert is a feature that works in unison the Side Blind Zone feature, and warns drivers of rapidly approaching objects. Lane Keep Assist is a new feature that operates over 37 MPH, and detects if the vehicle is leaving the lane unintentionally. If it detects this, the ATS will automatically put itself back in alignment with the lane.

Here at Lockhart Cadillac of Greenwood, we know that both power and safety are important factors to Cadillac lovers. That’s why we are proud to say that the all new ATS provides the best of both worlds.

What We Learned from Spy Shots of the Cadillac ATS-V Prototype

Spy photographers recently caught the Cadillac ATS-V prototype in action, testing on public roads right next to its CTS-V sibling. Side by side, we get a clear(er) picture of some of the similarities and differences between the two high-powered vehicles.

Despite its heavy camouflaging, the ATS-V shows its front fascia for the first time, revealing vertical slats for the grille. However, Autoblog notes this design may be used for the prototype only.

Overall, the ATS-V carries similar shapes to the larger CTS-V. Of note are its swollen fenders, larger wheels, and four rear exhaust pipes.

In addition, based on the tester’s camouflage, we dare hope the ATS-V will sport air vents to go along with a 425-horsepower engine. But we’ll just have to wait and see.

Okay, so we admittedly gained a fairly small bit of new information from the spy shots, but there is one other detail we know: since the ATS-V is out and about testing, that means Cadillac is getting ever closer to turning that prototype into a vehicle ready for production and market sale. Of course, we at Lockhart Cadillac of Greenwood will let you know when that happens.

Cadillac SRX Wins Third AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award

For the past two years in a row, the Cadillac SRX has had a lock on the luxury crossover SUV segment when it comes to earning an AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award. This year is no different, extending the crossover’s reign to a three-year streak. The SUV continues to capture hearts and leave a trail of satisfied customers in its wake.

AutoPacific, an automotive market research and consulting firm, gathers vehicle satisfaction data by surveying new vehicle owners. Those surveyed answer questions to determine perceptions of their vehicles’ comfort, safety, and operation along with their experience during the purchase/leasing process.

“The SRX crossover continues to be Cadillac’s sales leader, and is again on a record pace so far this year,” said Bill Peffer, U.S. vice president of Cadillac sales and service. “In a market segment featuring the world’s top brands, the SRX stands out by delivering more distinctive design, along with the luxury and utility that crossover buyers demand.”

Stop by Lockhart Cadillac of Greenwood today to test drive the vehicle that boasts the most satisfied customers in the luxury crossover SUV segment.

Cadillac SRX receives its third AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award.

Cadillac SRX receives its third AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award.

GM Receives LEED Gold Certification for Korea Design Center

General Motors is very happy to announce that their Korea Design Center recently received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

GM’s Korea Design Center is their seventh facility worldwide to earn LEED certification (the sixth to earn Gold certification), and the first automotive facility in South Korea.

With seven LEED-certified facilities, GM is demonstrating its long-term commitment to its employees and the environment,” said Doug Ravas, General Motors Senior Manager of Global Facilities.

The Korea Design Center was recognized for the following efforts:

  • Reusing rainwater for toilets and landscaping
  • Using storage and collection facilities for recyclables
  • Installing low volatile organic compound ventilation system
  • Installing a CFC-free cooling system
  • Adopting LED lighting and energy efficient technology which reduced energy cost by 26%
  • Using recycled materials for construction

General Motors continues to pursue greener building worldwide. For more information about GM’s efforts and their LEED Gold certification, you can check it out here.

Ways to Lower Your Insurance

Everybody should have car insurance, it’s just common sense. It’s not worth the risk driving around without it, because if something happens, it’s coming right out of your pocket. Some people think that car insurance is too costly, but we have a few ways to lower your insurance.

  • Increase your deductible – This will decrease your monthly premium, but you should also be aware that it will increase the amount you’ll pay out of pocket if you do get in an accident.
  • Change the terms – Check to see if your provider offers a discount for having a private garage that you park your vehicle every night. You might also consider removing collision coverage if your car is older, since it may cost more than your car is worth.
  • Discuss safety features – If your car is equipped with an alarm or other security system, it’s less likely to be stolen. You can also be sure to let your insurance company know about any preventative safety features that your car may have.
  • Bundle – Many insurance companies will give you a discount if you use them for all of your insurance needs: auto, home, life, renters, boat, etc

These are just a few of the ways to lower your insurance. If you would like to learn more about lowering your insurance, the best way is to call and talk to your insurance agent and see what kind of help that they can provide you.

Tips for Preparing Your Cadillac for Summer Heat

To put it bluntly, cold weather sucks for your car. Ice, snow, sleet, slush (if you don’t know what slush is, you’re one of the lucky ones); these are all things that can be detrimental to your car’s performance. However, what many fail to realize is that summer heat can be just as bad for your car as winter cold. And since not everyone knows how to properly prepare their Cadillac for summer, we’d like to share a few tips on preparing your Cadillac for summer.

  • Check tire pressure – Over inflation can make tires wear unevenly, eventually leading to wheel damage.
  • Check your alignment – After a rough winter, especially in areas like Indianapolis were potholes spring up, it’s important to get an alignment to keep tires from wearing out quickly.
  • Inspect cooling system – During winter months, people do not think to check on their A/C, but the reality is that if it sits for too long without use, it can actually cause the car to overheat, and cost you a visit to the Service Center.
  • Switch your anti-freeze – Not every anti-freeze is designed for year round use. Some are specifically designed for cold weather, while others are designed for hotter temperatures. Make sure to check your anti-freeze to see if yours is acceptable for the heat.
  • Wash your undercarriage – It might seem a little silly, but all the salt from the trying to keep the streets clean in the winter can build up and eat away at your car.

These are just a few tips for preparing your Cadillac for summer. If you really want to go above and beyond for your vehicle, we strongly suggest seeing the Service Department at your Cadillac dealership, and let the professionals give it some TLC.

Next Generation of Cadillac Crossover Apparently Axed from Plans

GM is rumored to be axing the new large Cadillac Crossover to focus on a smaller, two row crossover.

GM is rumored to be axing the new large Cadillac Crossover to focus on a smaller, two row crossover.

It was a couple of months ago the General Motors reported plans for a new Cadillac Crossover, to be sized between the SRX and Escalade. However, recent reports are indicating the GM has decided against the large Cadillac Crossover.

GM has stated on more than one occasion that they were working on a total of three new crossovers to add to the Cadillac family, one of which was said to already be in late-stage development: the large crossover.

Apparently after some research and further analysis, the brand realized that with the large Cadillac Crossover based on the Lambda platform (the same platform as the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia), they realized that potential to hurt the sales of some of their other models in the same segment would be too high.

There is some good news to this story however, as the company is still indicating that plans for at least one new Cadillac Crossover is still in the works. A smaller model, with two rows rather than three, is expected to be added to the new Cadillac lineup sometime in the future.

It is likely that GM has decided to go the route of a smaller crossover in order to better compete with the popular German luxury crossovers (specifically BMW).

While we are slightly disappointed that we will not be seeing three new Cadillac Crossovers, we are excited to see what the new, smaller crossover will have in store. We will continue to update our readers on this situation on Twitter and future blogs.

New 2015 ATS Coupe Enhances Cadillac’s Already Popular Line

The all new 2015 ATS Coupe from Cadillac looks to increase the brand's already popular lineup.

The all new 2015 ATS Coupe from Cadillac looks to increase the brand’s already popular lineup.

Some things are really great by themselves, but are even better with just a little “enhancement”. Peanut with jelly, popcorn with butter, and anything with the addition of bacon is always good! And you know what else falls into that category: the 2015 ATS Coupe.

While Cadillac’s lineup has been increasing in popularity over the last few years, the 2015 ATS Coupe looks to put the company over the top. And with its new slick design, the company is providing drivers with not only the luxury that they have come to know and love from Cadillac, but is providing even better driving dynamics as well.

“All of the surface development unique to the ATS Coupe was done with aerodynamics in mind. We are able to achieve lift and downforce requirements to insure, at top speed, we retain handling without having to add a rear spoiler,” said David Masch, ATS chief engineer.

There are a lot of unique features to the 2015 ATS Coupe. The roof, rear fenders, trunk lid, and doors have all been designed specifically for the Coupe’s wider track, which improves steering precision. A lower roof (approximately 1 inch lower than the sedan) provides a lower center of gravity, which also improve steering response.

Consumers who are around Indianapolis and interested in the 2015 ATS Coupe won’t have to wait too much longer on the vehicle. So once you’re ready, come to Lockhart Cadillac of Greenwood and let us show you all the reasons why the ATS should be your next new Cadillac.

Cadillac Willing to Pay: Customers Received $100 for Test Drives

Cadillac is on a mission to prove its cars are worth a test drive. Convinced that a Cadillac sells itself, Cadillac ran a two-month promotion in March and April, offering a $100 gift card as incentive to get customers into dealerships, and into their cars.

In an effort to jumpstart slow sales, Cadillac gave $100 Visa gift cards to any insured driver over the age of 21 who currently drives a non-GM vehicle built after 2004. The intent is to get non-GM owners to consider the brand. Customers who ended up buying a Cadillac were offered additional incentives, including $1,500 according to autos.aol.com.

“This is our way of way of trying to reach out and get people. The way to conquest in that super competitive market is to get people’s seats in seats,” said Bill Peffer, U.S. Vice President for Cadillac Sales and Service.

While the promotion has come and gone, Cadillac test drives continue to be the most important step in the buying cycle. Once you test drive a Cadillac, you never go back.

Stop by Lockhart Cadillac of Greenwood to get behind the wheel of a Cadillac today!

How would you like to earn $100 to test drive a Cadillac?

How would you like to earn $100 to test drive a Cadillac?

How about a Little Hennessey with your Escalade?

You know what goes great with the all new 2015 Cadillac Escalade? Hennessey!

No not the liquor, that would just be totally irresponsible. We’re talking about Texas-based Hennessey Performance.

The 2015 Escalade isn’t even available at Indianapolis Cadillac dealerships yet, but that doesn’t mean that Hennessey isn’t already working on their own high-performance model.

If you’re just getting the Escalade off the showroom floor, you’ll be cruising around Indianapolis with a 6.2-liter Ecotec3 V8 engine, which is capable of putting out 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.

But if you let Hennessey supercharge your Escalade, you’ll be powering through the city with a direct inject 6.2-liter engine delivering 557 horsepower and 542 lb-ft of torque. And for a little comparison, these numbers are enough to leave the Mercedes GL63 AMG in the dust.

Oh, and if you’d like, Hennessey will even install some lightweight 20-inch H10 forged monoblock wheels.

“The new 2015 Cadillac Escalade is the perfect platform for a Hennessey infusion of horsepower,” said founder and President John Hennessey.

So if you’re really into power, then consider letting Hennessey supercharge your Escalade! Cost for the upgrade will cost you approximately 16 grand before taxes.

If this is what the standard 2015 Escalade looks like, then imagine what Hennessey Performance can do!

If this is what the standard 2015 Escalade looks like, then imagine what Hennessey Performance can do!