Cadillac Teams with ChargePoint for ELR Charging Locations

One thing that seems to deter people from being interested in a hybrid or an all electric vehicle is the notion that there is never anywhere to charge them while on the road. Wanting to squash this rumor for the ELR, Cadillac is teaming up with ChargePoint.

ChargePoint is the largest EV charging network in the world, with over 16,000 charging stations. Their real-time network app includes a list of all available charging stations in the area, as well as for the entire nation.

Knowing the popularity of ChargePoint, it was only fitting that Cadillac teamed up with the brand to help owners of the ELR gain immediate access to any charging station. Each Cadillac ELR owner will be given a ChargePoint card, which allows the driver to sign up for free and immediately gain access to all the perks that come with it.

“With the ELR, Cadillac is helping drive the rapid growth of EVs by offering an innovative and premium vehicle. We are confident that as more EV options come out, more people will make the switch to electric,” says Pasquale Romano, ChargePoint CEO.

To date, ChargePoint users have saved over 3.8 million gallons of gas, as well as 25 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. Cadillac looks to increase these numbers with their partnership and growing popularity of the ELR.

 

ChargePoint looks to help ELR owners by showing them the nearest charging station.

ChargePoint looks to help ELR owners by showing them the nearest charging station.

J.D. Power Rates Cadillac Highest in Customer Satisfaction

It was about a month ago that we learned that J.D. Power named Cadillac a 2014 Customer Champion. Well we have just learned earlier this week that Cadillac has been ranked the highest in customer satisfaction in the J.D. Power’s 2014 U.S. Customer Service Index (CSI) Survey.

Ranking in customer satisfaction for the J.D. Power CSI Survey are based on satisfaction rating provided by owners and lessees of vehicles one to five years old. Consumers rate the brand on five criteria:

  1. Service initiation
  2. Service advisor
  3. Service facility
  4. Service quality
  5. Vehicle pick-up

Cadillac has always taken pride in customer satisfaction. The implementations of many programs are a big reason for the success of Cadillac. Some of the top programs that consumers have grown to love are Cadillac Shield, Premium Care Maintenance, and Remote Vehicle Diagnostics. All Cadillac dealers must also go through extensive real-life customer service training.

“We believe every interaction with a Cadillac owner represents an opportunity to earn the loyalty of a customer,” said Bill Peffer, U.S. vice president of Cadillac Sales and Service.

This is the first time that the brand has ever received the highest ranking in the CSI Survey from J.D. Power, but follows up a second place ranking from last year’s survey.

Cadillac has been honored with the highest customer satisfaction rating in the J.D. Power Customer Service Index Survey.

Cadillac has been honored with the highest customer satisfaction rating in the J.D. Power Customer Service Index Survey.

GM Student Corps Starts Second Year

April 2 marked the beginning of the second year of the GM Student Corps, and they started off the year with an announcement that they will be expanding their internship program to include a new team of students from Flint Southwestern Classical Academy.

More than 100 students from 12 different high schools will be participating in this year’s summer internship program, and will be will be given an opportunity to not only be paid for their work, but will also have the chance to give back to their community.

“Last year, the bright young people in the GM Student Corps learned valuable skills that will help them succeed as professionals and citizens, and many of them told us it was a life-changing experience,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of GM Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain.

Just as teams did last year, this year’s teams will also be responsible for a number of projects in their communities, including restoring and repairing buildings and community centers, as well as landscaping and cleaning up parks. Through their efforts, the high school students will develop the leadership and teamwork skills that are part of the GM environment.

Students will work with mentors on their projects, but are encouraged to take control of the lead. And while the internship is the first paid work for many of these students, it will help to develop their professional skills for later in life.

The GM Student Corps is a great opportunity for many students who are looking to achieve great things in life. General Motors strongly believes in the development of the youth of the country, and looks to help mold the minds of the future auto industry leaders.

GM Student Corps begins it second year with an announcement that the program will be expanding.

GM Student Corps begins it second year with an announcement that the program will be expanding.

Cadillac Discusses the Interior of the 2015 Escalade

Luxury is a word that seems to be getting thrown around a lot in the auto industry these days. Brands claim that their “luxurious” cars are top of the line and provide their consumers with the best available. But let’s be honest, if everyone is claiming to have cars full of luxury, then maybe it’s time we change the definition of luxury. And the interior of the 2015 Escalade does just that.

To start, most of the interior of the 2015 Escalade features hand-stitched and hand-wrapped supple leather. This includes the dashboard, door panels, and steering wheel. And for those who want to go one step further, a semi-aniline Kona Brown leather is an option.

There are three different options available for the interior of the 2015 Escalade, each accented by a different type of genuine wood.

  • Gloss American Walnut wood trim accents the Shale environment
  • Kona Brown interior is paired with a Natural Finish Elm
  • Low-gloss Santos Palisander compliments the Jet Black interior option

All three interior designs feature an extensive use of cut-and-sew, a top of the line live stitching process that requires leather materials to be precision cut, wrapped, and stitched. This process is done on the instrument panel, center console, door panels, and other interior components.

“We have cut and sew materials with real live stitching throughout the entire interior. It is the foundation of the cabin design, and similar to the way fine furniture and seating are made,” said Eric Clough, director of design, Cadillac interiors.

If you’re looking for luxury, don’t buy into the hype from all the other brands. Because you haven’t seen luxury until you’ve seen the interior of the 2015 Escalade.

The interior of the 2015 Escalade is going to change your view on luxury.

The interior of the 2015 Escalade is going to change your view on luxury.

Say Hello to the ATS Crimson Sport Edition

The 2014 Cadillac ATS has been making an impact ever since it first hit the scenes last year when it was named the North American Car of the Year.  But just because it was a big deal last year, doesn’t mean that Cadillac can’t make it a big deal again this year. That’s why Cadillac would like to introduce to you the ATS Crimson Sport Edition.

The special edition ATS Crimson Sport is going to feature a custom Crimson Red Metallic paint and 18” Manoogian Dark Silver Premium Painted wheels.

For the interior, those interested will have their choice between four different designs:

  • Morello Red with Jet Black accents
  • Light Platinum with Jet Black accents
  • Jet Black with Jet Black accents
  • Caramel with Jet Black accents

Consumers will also have their choice of upgrades, which will include microfiber suede shift knob and heated steering wheel, as well as heated driver and front passenger seats. And under the hood drivers can enjoy either the ATS 2.0T Performance with 272 horsepower or the 3.6L Premium with 321 horsepower (rear or all-wheel drive).

You can expect to see the ATS Crimson Sport Edition at select Cadillac dealers in Indiana sometime in the month. And if you’re curious, the 2.0T Performance comes with a base price of around $46,000, while the 3.6L Premium holds a base price at just over $51,000.

How do you think this standard 2014 ATS will compare to Cadillac's ATS Crimson Sport Edition?

How do you think this standard 2014 ATS will compare to Cadillac’s ATS Crimson Sport Edition?

Rear Vision Camera by Cadillac Supported by IIHS

We have long known that Cadillac provides consumers with advanced technology and are well above the competition when it comes to features in their cars. And recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a study that fully supports the use of the Cadillac Rear Vision Camera.

The IIHS primary goal is to ensure that all vehicles on the road meet up with current safety standards. And with all the advances in technology over the past few years, they wanted to take a deeper look into something that they felt was becoming more and more important: rear vision cameras, or backup cameras.

Each year, nearly 300 people are killed due to back-over accidents, while another 18,000 are injured. Of these injuries and fatalities, the majority are young children. To prove the importance of rear vision cameras, the IIHS conducted two tests.

The first test involved drivers using rear vision cameras and parking sensors, and determining which was better at assisting drivers in detecting items in blind spots or below the windshield.

In the second test, drivers were asked to park a vehicle. While parking, a foam “child” would be placed behind the car, and drivers would have to avoid it.

In both studies, the IIHS found that when drivers had rear vision cameras available, it significantly decreased the percentage of “accidents” during the testing.

The testing further proves that Cadillac is already on top of the game when it comes to safety. The Cadillac Rear Vision Camera has helped our drivers avoid thousands of potential accidents, and saved drivers thousands of dollars in repairs.

The IIHS conducts a study that confirms that rear vision cameras are a major factor in preventing "back-up" accidents.

The IIHS conducts a study that confirms that rear vision cameras are a major factor in preventing “back-up” accidents.

Cadillac Announced as a 2014 J.D. Power Customer Champion

For the third time in company history, Cadillac has been recognized as a J.D. Power Customer Champion. Altogether, over 600 companies were evaluated by J.D. Power. But in the end, only 50 were selected as 2014 Customer Champions.

J.D Power evaluated the 600 plus companies qualified for this year’s Customer Champion accolade on five factors:

  1. People
  2. Presentation
  3. Process
  4. Product
  5. Price

An analysis by J.D. Power associates showed that Cadillac excelled in these factors not only in their industry, but also among the nine other industries that are evaluated.

“We believe that every interaction – at our website, in the showroom or on the service lane – represents a defining moment, an opportunity to differentiate ourselves and earn the loyalty of a customer,” said U.S. Vice President of Cadillac Sales and Service Bill Peffer.

Being chosen as a J.D. Power Customer Champion is a huge honor. It also continues to demonstrate Cadillac’s vision of becoming more defined as a global competitor. We are proud of Cadillac and their continued efforts to provide top quality service and products in not only the auto industry, but all industries.

Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound System Coming to 2015 Escalade

The 2015 Cadillac Escalade is already becoming a huge success, and it isn’t even available yet. With just a couple more months until consumers will be able to purchase the amazing new vehicle, we thought we’d take a couple minutes to let you know about something that many drivers overlook at times; the audio system.

For the 2015 Escalade, it’s getting a system as advanced as the Escalade is luxurious. The Escalade is going to feature a Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound System.

The Centerpoint surround system is going to be the most advanced audio system that a Cadillac has ever received. Bose is provided the 2015 Escalade with 16 strategically placed speakers, including 5 custom speakers that add crystal clear sound throughout the cabin.

But wait, there’s even more. Helping to make your music experience even better are 1” tweeters in each mirror patch and each rear door, as well as speakers in each of the rear doors and D-pillar. Oh, and have we mentioned the dual woofers in the front doors and under the front center console?

“Bose’s expertise is in perfect alignment with Cadillac’s progressive integration of advanced technology. With the standard all-new Bose audio system in the Escalade, we continue to elevate the level of luxury offered to our customers,” said Cadillac Chief Marketing Officer Uwe Ellinghaus.

The Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound System is going to come standard on all trim levels of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, which will be available at our Indianapolis Cadillac dealership in the next few months!

The 2015 Escalade is set to feature a Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound System.

The 2015 Escalade is set to feature a Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound System.

NHTSA Gives 2014 SRX Five Star Safety Rating

The 2014 SRX receives 5 star safety rating from the NHTSA.

The 2014 SRX receives 5 star safety rating from the NHTSA.

While Cadillac is most widely known for its luxury, many people do not realize that the brand also takes a lot of pride in the safety of their vehicles as well. That is why we would like to take some time to brag about the 2014 SRX five star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Each year, the NHTSA takes every vehicle that is going to be out on the roads, and puts it through rigorous testing to determine which ones are the safest, and which ones consumers should look to avoid if they are concerned with what will happen during an accident.

This year, after putting the 2014 Cadillac SRX through its testing, the NHTSA has rated the vehicle with the following scores:

  • Four star frontal crash rating
  • Four star rollover crash test rating
  • Five star side crash test rating
  • Overall five star rating

This is not the only safety rating scale that the 2014 SRX has scored well on this year. In fact, the SRX received an overall rating of “Good” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on their crash tests. The SRX was even able to receive a rating of “Good” on the small overlap test, which many vehicles have been unable to pass.

The 2014 SRX comes standard with a long list of safety features, including six airbags, side blind-zone alert, electronic stability control, antilock brakes, and rear cross traffic alert.

So if you’re in the market for an SUV that has the perfect combination of luxury and safety, then you need to check out the 2014 Cadillac SRX.

Three Cadillacs Named as Finalists for World Car of the Year Awards

The 2014 CTS has been honored with a nomination for World Car of the Year.

The 2014 CTS has been honored with a nomination for World Car of the Year.

Each year, a group a 69 automotive journalist from all around the world inspects, analyzes, studies, and examines hundreds of cars to determine which one will be named the World Car of the Year. With their list narrowed down to a mere 12 cars, Cadillac would like to announce that the 2014 CTS has been named one of the finalists.

The CTS is looking to add this incredible award to its already great list of accolades that it has achieved this year, including Motor Trend’s Car of the Year, one of Car and Driver’s 10 Best, and Road & Track’s Best Luxury Sedan. The CTS is also in the running for World Car Design of the Year.

But the CTS is not the only Cadillac that was noticed for the World Car of the Year Awards. The all new Cadillac ELR, and the Cadillac Escalade were both chosen as finalists for the World Luxury Car of the Year.

If you’re as anxious for the announcement as to which car will be selected as the Overall World Car of the Year, you’re going to have to find a way to wait. The winner of World Car of the Year will not be officially announced until April 17 at the New York Auto Show.

It is an honor just to be nominated as a finalist for any of the World Car of the Year categories. But we would love to see the 2014 Cadillac CTS bring home another amazing accolade.