Luxurious, renovating, powerful, and stunning are just a few of the words that have been used in describing the all new 2015 Cadillac Escalade. And while we don’t have all the specs just yet, we thought we’d give you some highlights of what you can expect when the details are released at the beginning of the year.
The first thing that consumers will notice when they look at the 2015 Escalade is a refined, more mature front grille. A quick walk-around will also reveal new distinctive taillights, as well as a smooth looking rear hatch.
Opening the doors to look inside and you will be pleasantly surprised with deployed illuminated running boards perfect for hoping in and out of the vehicle. Making your way inside the Escalade you’ll be greeted with stitched leather interior that flows perfectly with the alloy door trim.
Now just to touch base a little bit about what you can expect from what’s under the hood:
- 6.2 L V8 Engine
- 420 horsepower with 455 lb-ft of torque
- 6 speed automatic transmission
- 16/22 MPG city/highway (EPA estimated)
- Top speed of 130 MPH
We are anticipating having the full specs for the 2015 Cadillac Escalade at our Indiana dealerships sometime during the first week of January.
And in case you missed the reveal, here is a short clip of the event!
Education is something that has always been supported by General Motors. They have a strong belief that education is the key to the future of the auto industry. That is why earlier this week they announced $2.9 million in grants to support STEM.
Over the last ten years, GM has generously donated over $31 million to their University/Organization Partner Program. Through the program, GM has been able to help prepare students for graduate degrees relating to STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).
This year’s grants will be divided up between 26 of the participating schools in the University/Organization Partner Program from all over the United States. Some of the schools who included are Duke University, Ohio State University, Michigan State University, Purdue University, and University of Cincinnati.
“By supporting higher education programs, we are ensuring that the next generation of leaders and innovators receive the necessary knowledge and skills to compete in a global marketplace,” says Vivian Pickard, GM Foundation President.
STEM is very important to the future of GM. The company strongly believes that by preparing students for graduate degrees, they will in turn bring about important advances. By educating the youth, they will be prepared to take on the challenges of their generation.
New Smart Grid technology will be available on the Cadillac ELR thanks to the help of OnStar.
OnStar is most widely known for helping drivers out when they are in a less than desirable situation. If you get a flat tire, run out of gas, get lost driving somewhere new, OnStar is there to help you. But Cadillac looked to OnStar for a different type of help with the all new ELR. The two companies worked together to create Smart Grid for the ELR.
By combining OnStar’s cloud based connection with the ELR’s technology, the vehicle will be able to communicate with Smart Grid through the OnStar RemoteLink App. The app will allow drivers to check all of the car’s systems, including current state of charge, electric range available, and total number of electric miles driven.
Smart Grid will have four available interfaces available on OnStar, each with its own unique functions.
- Demand Response – Connects utilities to companies that have energy management products, helping to save money on energy costs.
- Time-of-Use rates – Sends emails to ELR owners to notify when charging rates will be at their lowest
- Charging Data – Sends and receives information to help identify charging locations in the area
- Aggregated Services – Allows electric service providers to manage charging of EVs in a specific geographic location
“While RemoteLink is really our first Smart Grid service to be available for consumers, the same connection we use to enable the app’s EV functions can be used to open the door for more energy cost and load control benefits,” said Russ Eling, manager, Smart Grid and EV Services, General Motors.
OnStar and Cadillac are very excited about the Smart Grid for the ELR, which will be available at Indianapolis Cadillac dealers sometime in January.
It appears that birds are not ones who want to go south this winter. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra also has their hopes on heading down to Florida this winter, and thanks to a generous donation from GM, it looks like they’re going to be able to.
The GM Foundation recently gave the Detroit Symphony Orchestra a $400,000 grant to help fund their tour of southern Florida. The tour will begin in February and end in March.
“Thanks to the generosity of the GM Foundation, the DSO will be on the road for the third time in a year. We’re really looking forward to seeing our friends in Florida again,” says DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin.
During the last ten years, the GM Foundation has donated over $84 million to nonprofit organizations and cultural institutions, including the DSO.
General Motors is always happy to help out local nonprofits such as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, especially when they bring so much joy and pleasure to those that they entertain.
If you have never heard the DSO perform, here is a clip of one of their live performances earlier this year.
The 2014 CTS was recently named the 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year.
It’s official! The 2014 Cadillac CTS has been announced as the Motor Trend Car of the Year!
There were 22 models up for the Car of the Year award, each judged on a number of criteria. First, all vehicles were put through a performance test, which measured acceleration, braking, and limited handling.
After this test, vehicles were then evaluated on three different professional test center courses. If a vehicle was able to pass this rigorous testing, it was then able to move on to the final test.
The last test that vehicles were put through was a real world loop road, which not only changed elevation, but also surface types and traffic conditions. Once this testing was complete, the vehicles were then evaluated on six criteria:
- Design advancement
- Engineering excellence
- Performance of intended function
When it was all said and done, the 2014 CTS prevailed as the top choice for Motor Trend Car of the Year.
“The all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan delivers crafted design, thrilling performance and sophisticated technology,” said Bob Ferguson, General Motors’ senior vice president of Global Cadillac.
Cadillac is very excited to have the CTS named the Motor Trend Car of the Year. If you are driving around near an Indianapolis Cadillac dealer, then you need to stop and check out the all new CTS!
How do you think the new Cadillac crossover will compare to the 2013 SRX?
Following up with a recent story about how Cadillac is in the works of designing a new flagship vehicle, the company has announced that they will be coming out with a new three row crossover sometime in 2016.
It was earlier this week that GM gave the green light on the all new Cadillac crossover, but development for the new model is said to already be under way.
People have already commented that the new Cadillac crossover will just be a replica of the three row SRX crossover, but Cadillac has said that is not the case. The new model will be a cross between the SRX and Escalade, and will be designed based on a strict crossover platform.
The original three row SRX was based off of the CTS sedan’s platform, but the new model will be built on the Lambda II platform. This is the platform that is currently used for the Acadia, Enclave, and Traverse.
We do not currently have a lot of detailed information about the new Cadillac crossover, but you can be sure to find all the latest details on your local Indianapolis Cadillac dealer’s Facebook as they become available.
The Cadillac CTS is just one of many vehicles that Cadillac Kate sold during her time selling cars.
It isn’t very often that when you go into a dealership that you find a female salesperson. There is a stereotype that only males are capable of selling cars. But, as Cadillac Kate Sullivan shows, that is not the case at all.
Kate Sullivan became one of the first women to sell cars in Detroit in the late 1970’s purely by chance. While working as a teacher for hearing impaired, she would spend her summer vacations helping work for her husband’s boat business. One day, she delivered a dinghy to a gentleman named Paul Mika, who was the general manager of a local Cadillac dealership at the time.
After several minutes of chit chat and small talk, Mika realized that Kate would be perfect at selling cars. “I knew she would be very good. I just knew it,” Mika says. “She was personable, very honest. I needed good people.”
It took Mika over a year to convince Kate to join his team, but it didn’t take long for her to get the nickname Cadillac Kate. Kate was extremely friendly to everyone, and while some people were taken back by a woman selling them cars, others were joyous to see a change of scenery.
Now 63, Cadillac Kate is currently teaching sales (mostly to women) at a firm in Detroit. “I find if you can talk women into working in a dealership, they’re usually top-notch. It’s difficult to recruit them, but they are very nurturing and they are very good listeners, and the best way to sell something to someone is to listen to what they say. They’ll tell you everything you need to know to sell them a car.”
How do you think the next Cadillac flagship vehicle will compare to the Escalde?
With the recent reveal of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, car experts have been pointing out how the Escalade has, and will likely always be, the brand’s flagship vehicle. Well Cadillac chief Bob Ferguson had other thoughts.
While Ferguson did agree that the Escalade had been the Cadillac flagship vehicle for a number of years, the brand was in the process of moving towards one of their many other popular models.
People have been raving over the 2015 Escalade since its reveal, but what Ferguson reminded reporters was that they have also released two other incredible vehicles this year: the fully redesigned CTS sedan and the ELR plug-in hybrid.
Ferguson also made a mention that the new Cadillac flagship could be a vehicle that they are preparing to release in 2015. The new vehicle that Cadillac is considering is a seven passenger rear wheel drive crossover (although it has the potential to be a subbrand of the Escalade).
Ferguson also made his overall message to reporters very clear. “There are a lot of people still out there who don’t understand that our vehicles are really terrific. We’re going to really work hard to find ways to market Cadillac so that we drive consideration beyond what it is today. It’s too low today.”
It is currently unclear which direction the new Cadillac flagship vehicle will go. But there is one thing for certain, that when it does come, you will be able to find it at your local Indianapolis Cadillac.
The official announcement has finally been made, and the 2014 Cadillac ELR will be available at your local Indianapolis Cadillac dealer in January!
Consumers who are considering the ELR for their next vehicle will see a base price of around $75,995, but may be eligible for a tax credit, pricing the car at around $68,495.
“The ELR is a unique blend of dramatic design with electric vehicle technology capable of total range in excess of 300 miles. ELR is also unique in that it will be offered nationwide within a luxury customer experience, with proven benefits and care extending from the shopping process all the way through the ownership experience,” said Bob Ferguson, senior vice president Global Cadillac.
The ELR will come standard with Cadillac Shield, which is a comprehensive suite of owner benefits. These benefits include:
- Remote Vehicle Diagnostics
- Premium Care Maintenance Program
- 24/7 roadside assistance
- Extended battery/propulsion warranty of 8 years or 100,000 miles
- 4 year or 50,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty
We are very excited for the 2014 ELR to arrive at our dealership. Be sure to keep up with us on Twitter for the exact date in January when you can check out the ELR in person!
There has been a lot of excitement lately about the expansion and advancements in fuel cell technology. Uncertainty with gas prices and growing concern with CO2 emissions have led auto engineers/scientists to focus hard on finding alternative fuel sources. So far, fuel cell technology seems to be one of the favorites.
Fuel cell technology has become so popular in fact, that the US Army has decided to expand their agreement with General Motors in the collaboration of fuel cell research and development.
GM and TARDEC (US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center) will begin testing new hydrogen fuel cells materials and designs to be evaluated for use in full scale systems.
“We believe hydrogen fuel cell technology holds tremendous potential to one day help reduce our dependence on petroleum and we are committed to building on our leadership through the continued development,” says Charlie Freese, the executive director of GM’s global fuel cell engineering activities.
General Motors recently began building a new Fuel Cell Development Laboratory in which they are planning to do all of the fuel cell research and development. The plant is located in Pontiac, MI, roughly 20 miles away from where TARDEC currently does all of their fuel cell research and testing.
Fuel cell technology has the potential to change the auto industry forever. Electric vehicles (such as the Cadillac ELR) have already made a major impact on the industry, so there is no reason that fuel cell vehicles can’t do the same. Be sure to get all the latest news about GM and Cadillac advancements by keeping up on Twitter.