Take Your Top off with the Cadillac Convertible

Rumors are that Cadillac will once again be looking into a convertible to add to their lineup. - Photo courtesy of Matt on Flickr

Rumors are that Cadillac will once again be looking into a convertible to add to their lineup. – Photo courtesy of Matt on Flickr

There just seems to be no slowing down Cadillac this month. In these last few weeks, we have heard learned that the brand will be revealing what we assume to be their new flagship with the LTS. We also know that the SRX is getting a complete redesign. But this most recent news might be the most “shocking”, as we have just learned that there may soon be a Cadillac Convertible.

According to a recent article from Automobile Magazine, Cadillac’s Chief Engineer Dave Leone hinted that the company was interested in a topless ATS Coupe. The ATS Coupe was originally supposed to be built on a convertible platform, but for reasons not released to the public was never seen through.

While the ATS Coupe is probably the first guess at the Cadillac Convertible, other theories are circulating as well. One other expert from Automobile Magazine believes that the brand will build the convertible based on the XLR, slightly bigger than the ATS.

While these are currently just rumors and speculations, all of us here at Lockhart Cadillac of Greenwood would love to see a Cadillac Convertible. It would be a fantastic addition to our new lineup, regardless of what platform it’s built on.

What you need to know about Escalade Platinum

Silver is nice, gold is better, but the Escalade Platinum is forever! Ok, not forever in the sense that it will last until the end of time. But it is an amazing vehicle that we’re really excited to talk about!

The 2015 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Edition ensures the Escalade’s position as the leader in luxury SUVs. Available later this year, the Platinum Edition adds more bling than you thought possible.

Front and second row seats of the Escalade Platinum provides a strong sense of pleasure with Nappa leather, while a suede microfiber headliner will comfort your head. Hand-stitched leather wrapped door panels and center console also add to your comfort levels.

Additional features that consumers should be excited about include:

  • Massaging function in driver seat
  • Dual 7-inch LCD screens built into back of front headrests
  • 9-inch overhead screen in third row
  • Cooled center console
  • Premium floor mats
  • Ventilated and cooled seats

While you’re already able to treat yourself to the 2015 Cadillac Escalade at Lockhart Cadillac of Greenwood, if you’re looking to step up your luxury game even more the Escalade Platinum Edition will be available later this year.

The 2015 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Edition will be available later this year.

The 2015 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Edition will be available later this year.

New Cadillac Flagship to Debut in NY

For months, well actually maybe even years, auto “experts” have been stating how they would love to see a new Cadillac flagship. While the all new 2015 Escalade brought a lot of excitement, it wasn’t quite what experts were expecting. What they wanted, what most of us wanted, was to see the Elmiraj. Well, we might just be getting our wish… sort of.

It was announced earlier this week that a new Cadillac flagship, the LTS, will be debuting at the 2015 New York Auto Show (held in April). The Cadillac LTS, which we are assuming will remain its name, is inspired almost entirely by the Elmiraj concept that debuted earlier this year at the North American International Auto Show.

Some spy shots of the new Cadillac flagship have been taken, but it doesn’t give us much of an idea about what we can expect to see under the hood. Based on what we saw with the Elmiraj concept, we can only speculate that it will be either a twin-turbo V6, or a refined 5.3-liter V8.

We are trying to not get our hopes up too much about the Cadillac LTS, since all we know is that it is making a debut next year. No official word has been made about whether or not this will actually become the new Cadillac flagship. But one thing is for sure; if it’s based on the Elmiraj Concept, consumers and experts are going to love it.

Rumors are circulating about a new Cadillac flagship, based on the Elmiraj Concept featured here.

Rumors are circulating about a new Cadillac flagship, based on the Elmiraj Concept featured here.

GM Joins Collaboration on Better Grids for Electric Vehicles

General Motors is joining up with seven other automakers and 15 electric utilities to collaborate on the development of a standard smart grid system.

The main goal of the collaboration is to develop a standard Demand Response solution. Demand Response is a utility signal sent to energy companies, telling them the supply and demand needs for an electric grid. That company in turn communicates that information to electric vehicles.

The issue that has risen is there is not a standard system for communication. Each automaker has their own system that they use for their electric vehicles, which makes things more difficult on the electric utilities.

With a standard system for communication, utilities would be able to communicate with all electric vehicles more efficiently.

“As electric vehicles become more prevalent in the marketplace, it will present some unique challenges and opportunities for utilities who manage the flow of the electric grid. The focus of this collaboration is to create a standard program that will allow utilities to work with different types of plug-in vehicles to more efficiently manage their demand on the grid.” said Dan Bowermaster, EPRI manager of Electric Transportation.

GM currently has three extended range electric vehicles; Cadillac ELR, Chevy Volt, and Chevy Spark EV. The implementation of a standard system would be highly beneficial to all of GM’s consumers who own these vehicles, as well as future electric vehicles that the company may release.

GM is collaborating with other OEMs to develop a better grid system for electric vehicles, such as the ELR.

GM is collaborating with other OEMs to develop a better grid system for electric vehicles, such as the ELR.

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.

Power your ELR without Plugs

It seems like the words plugging, wires, cords, and chargers are starting to become “dirty” words. Wireless charging looks to be the way of the future. People don’t want to have to deal with the hassle of toting around multiple chargers for their phones/tablets, and heaven forbid you even mention having a house phone that still uses a cord. With so many people yearning/asking for wireless charging for their devices, it was only a matter of time before they wanted it to be an option for their ELR.

Well, ask and you shall receive (sort of). Evatran has been testing Plugless Power (wireless charging stations for electric vehicles) for some time now. In fact, they are the same company that established the wireless charging systems for the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf.

With steady growth in the EV market, Evatran has stated that their next project is to get wireless charging for the Cadillac ELR. Their goal is to have something available to ELR owners by the end of 2014.

If you’re still not quite sure what Evatran has to offer, then check out this video that explains in a little more detail what Plugless Power can do for your ELR.

New ATS Gains Torque and Safety Upgrades

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.

Upgrades in torque and safety come to the 2015 Cadillac ATS.

Upgrades in torque and safety come to the 2015 Cadillac ATS.

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.