Cadillac coming to New Zealand; dealers announced

Cadillac coming to New Zealand; dealers announced

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General Motors’ flagship brand, Cadillac has launched in Australia at the 2008 Australian International Motor Show with the Cadillac CTS sedan and the Australian premiere of the CTS Coupe Concept.

Cadillac’s product renaissance has created global expansion for the brand.  Following the launch of the CTS in the United States in September 2007, sales increased by almost 60 percent.

Continued growth in Europe and emerging markets like China and Russia, paired with the brands introduction in South Africa in 2007, have supported Cadillac’s total sales growth this year outside of the United States of 11.5% through to July 2008.

For over a century, Cadillac has built a reputation for design and innovation.  Cadillac was the first automaker to use a self-starter, the first with an independent front-wheel suspension and syncromesh transmission, as well as being the first to introduce vehicle streamline design.

Cadillac CTS

Spearheading Cadillac’s New Zealand introduction is the new-generation CTS. Named ‘2008 Car of the Year’ by Motor Trend magazine in the US, the CTS delivers a comprehensive package based on dramatic design, serious performance and sports car handling.

The rear-wheel drive CTS will be powered by a 3.6-litre V-6 direct injection petrol engine with variable valve timing, which generates 227 kW and 370 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Direct injection fuel delivery enables very efficient combustion, helps reduce emissions and allows higher compression ratio to maintain fuel efficiency. Unlike many of its competitors, the 3.6-litre engine requires only regular unleaded petrol, resulting in additional savings for the owner.

New Zealand customers will have the choice of two performance-tuned suspension packages. The CTS was developed and tested on city streets and country roads across China, North America and Europe, including the famed Nürburgring track.

The standard features, include Stabilitrak electronic chassis/stability control system and front, side and curtain airbags.

The Cadillac interior boasts hand-cut and sewn interior trim components, an innovative ambient interior lighting system, integrated iPod®/MP3 compatibility and an advanced audio system with an integrated 40 gigabyte hard drive.

The Cadillac CTS will go on-sale in early 2009 and pricing, full technical and feature specification and certification details will be available closer to the on-sale date.

Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept

The CTS Coupe Concept, which was unveiled at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in January 2008, extends the dramatic design of its sedan predecessor to cast a striking road presence.

Designed under the direction of Michael Simcoe, former head of GM Holden Design in Australia, the CTS Coupe concept possesses fast-rake styling blended with hand-sculpted bodywork to project a profile unlike anything else on the road.

Exuding the design cues of a carefully cut diamond, the CTS Coupe has classic Cadillac cues such as vertical headlamps and tail lamps to acknowledge the brand’s heritage combined with a forward-looking design.

A classic 2 + 2 interior environment enhances the CTS Coupe’s personal feel. It shares the hand cut-and-sewn instrument panel and centre console with the CTS, but features unique front and rear seats, a continuous console running between the front and rear seats, and custom door panels.

Like the sedan, the CTS Coupe concept’s interior is home to a host of technologies, including a premium Bose audio system, and a 40-gigabyte hard drive to support iPod®/MP3 functionality and — like the CTS — features a screen that rises out of the centre of the instrument panel.

The CTS Coupe has the same 3.6L V6 engine as the sedan, including the 227kW Direct Injection power plant, and has also been designed to take other engine variants.  A six-speed manual transmission backs the engine and a sport-tuned suspension gives it a slightly lower ride height than a production CTS.

The production CTS Coupe is confirmed to join the Australian and New Zealand Cadillac model line-up in late 2009.

Cadillac will join Saab and HUMMER and be managed in Australia and New Zealand by the GM Premium Brands group. Cadillac also announced that 16 dealers throughout Australia and New Zealand will represent Cadillac as part of the distribution network.

New Zealand dealer details:

Schofield Cadillac    Newmarket
Williams & Adams Cadillac    Wellington
Blackwell Cadillac    Christchurch

Cadillac fq

General Motors’ flagship brand, Cadillac has launched in Australia at the 2008 Australian International Motor Show with the Cadillac CTS sedan and the Australian premiere of the CTS Coupe Concept.

Cadillac’s product renaissance has created global expansion for the brand.  Following the launch of the CTS in the United States in September 2007, sales increased by almost 60 percent.

Continued growth in Europe and emerging markets like China and Russia, paired with the brands introduction in South Africa in 2007, have supported Cadillac’s total sales growth this year outside of the United States of 11.5% through to July 2008.

For over a century, Cadillac has built a reputation for design and innovation.  Cadillac was the first automaker to use a self-starter, the first with an independent front-wheel suspension and syncromesh transmission, as well as being the first to introduce vehicle streamline design.

Cadillac CTS

Spearheading Cadillac’s New Zealand introduction is the new-generation CTS. Named ‘2008 Car of the Year’ by Motor Trend magazine in the US, the CTS delivers a comprehensive package based on dramatic design, serious performance and sports car handling.

The rear-wheel drive CTS will be powered by a 3.6-litre V-6 direct injection petrol engine with variable valve timing, which generates 227 kW and 370 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Direct injection fuel delivery enables very efficient combustion, helps reduce emissions and allows higher compression ratio to maintain fuel efficiency. Unlike many of its competitors, the 3.6-litre engine requires only regular unleaded petrol, resulting in additional savings for the owner.

New Zealand customers will have the choice of two performance-tuned suspension packages. The CTS was developed and tested on city streets and country roads across China, North America and Europe, including the famed Nürburgring track.

The standard features, include Stabilitrak electronic chassis/stability control system and front, side and curtain airbags.

The Cadillac interior boasts hand-cut and sewn interior trim components, an innovative ambient interior lighting system, integrated iPod®/MP3 compatibility and an advanced audio system with an integrated 40 gigabyte hard drive.

The Cadillac CTS will go on-sale in early 2009 and pricing, full technical and feature specification and certification details will be available closer to the on-sale date.

Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept

The CTS Coupe Concept, which was unveiled at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in January 2008, extends the dramatic design of its sedan predecessor to cast a striking road presence.

Designed under the direction of Michael Simcoe, former head of GM Holden Design in Australia, the CTS Coupe concept possesses fast-rake styling blended with hand-sculpted bodywork to project a profile unlike anything else on the road.

Exuding the design cues of a carefully cut diamond, the CTS Coupe has classic Cadillac cues such as vertical headlamps and tail lamps to acknowledge the brand’s heritage combined with a forward-looking design.

A classic 2 + 2 interior environment enhances the CTS Coupe’s personal feel. It shares the hand cut-and-sewn instrument panel and centre console with the CTS, but features unique front and rear seats, a continuous console running between the front and rear seats, and custom door panels.

Like the sedan, the CTS Coupe concept’s interior is home to a host of technologies, including a premium Bose audio system, and a 40-gigabyte hard drive to support iPod®/MP3 functionality and — like the CTS — features a screen that rises out of the centre of the instrument panel.

The CTS Coupe has the same 3.6L V6 engine as the sedan, including the 227kW Direct Injection power plant, and has also been designed to take other engine variants.  A six-speed manual transmission backs the engine and a sport-tuned suspension gives it a slightly lower ride height than a production CTS.

The production CTS Coupe is confirmed to join the Australian and New Zealand Cadillac model line-up in late 2009.

Cadillac will join Saab and HUMMER and be managed in Australia and New Zealand by the GM Premium Brands group. Cadillac also announced that 16 dealers throughout Australia and New Zealand will represent Cadillac as part of the distribution network.

New Zealand dealer details:

Schofield Cadillac    Newmarket
Williams & Adams Cadillac    Wellington
Blackwell Cadillac    Christchurch

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