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  • 12/13/2019 8:19 AM | Anonymous

    Cadillac President Steve Carlisle outlines GM's plans for the luxury brand to be mostly, if not entirely, electric vehicles by 2030. (Photo: Jamie L. LaReau/Detroit Free Press)

    SOURCE: Jamie L. LaReau/Detroit Free Press)

    General Motors luxury brand Cadillac's entire lineup could be electric by 2030.

    That means production of its internal combustion cars and SUVs could move from the plants where GM currently builds them.

    All of this will happen in a slow transition with some overlap as internal combustion engines (ICE) are phased out and electric vehicles (EVs) are introduced,  Steve Carlisle, Cadillac president, said Thursday.

    "None of us knows how long this transition will take. We will be there with internal combustion engines as well as electric" for a period, said Carlisle.  "But the majority, if not all, Cadillacs will be electric by 2030."

    Carlisle dubbed it the "end of the ICE age for Cadillac."

    New names, same cars

    Cadillac's popular models, such as the Escalade, will likely continue, but the full-size SUV will be propelled by an electric engine.

    "We have no intention of exiting that segment," Carlisle said of the Escalade.

    But Cadillac's electric vehicles will get new names. Gone will be numbers like the current monikers, replaced by words.

    Carlisle made the announcement at a media event in Detroit.

    He said that there is still upside sales potential for internal-combustion engine vehicles.

    Through the third quarter, Cadillac's total global sales are up 8.8%; in China total sales are up 10.9%. 

    "We feel like we're headed to a second sales record this year globally," Carlisle said.

    In the U.S., sales sputtered because of the 40-day nationwide UAW strike, which  disrupted production. The strike started Sept. 16.

    U.S. year-to-date total sales are up just 2.4%. Still, Carlisle said the brand should finish the year with sales gains in the U.S., the first time in five years.

    Technology leadership

    The Escalade will finish the year leading the full-size SUV segment, said Carlisle.

    Cadillac has sold 4,351 of the new XT6 SUVs, which launched in August. Carlisle expects to sell 10,000 by year-end.

    Cadillac will reveal the next-generation Escalade in Los Angeles in February ahead of the Oscars. The new Escalade and all of Cadillac's future lineup, including the new CT5 and CT4 sedans, will have Super Cruise.

    Super Cruise is Cadillac's hands-free driving technology. Currently, Cadillac only offers Super Cruise on the CT6 sedan.

    But Cadillac is at its best when it is leading GM's brands in technology and innovation, said Carlisle. Most luxury customers are open to electric cars, Carlisle said. That's why GM said in January that Cadillac would be its electric vehicle brand.

     In January, Cadillac debuted the concept of an all-electric crossover that will be brought to market in 2022.

    It's unclear where GM will build it, but it could likely be at Detroit-Hamtramck where GM said it would invest $3 billion to build a new all-electric pickup that will go on sale in the fall of 2021. That pickup has not yet been assigned a brand or name, Carlisle said.

    "Our production footprint will migrate" as GM changes from internal combustion cars to electric, said Carlisle. He said GM will have discussions with the UAW on how factory work will change and which vehicles might move to other plants. But it is most likely that over the next decade some plants that build ICE vehicles will be retooled to build electric cars.

    "We're going to enter the decade as an internal combustion brand," said Carlisle. "But we'll exit the decade as a battery-electric brand."

  • 09/26/2018 5:39 PM | Anonymous

    Reprint from Detroit Metro Times - Devin Culham

    Nearly four years after the luxury car brand moved its headquarters from Detroit to the fashionable SoHo district in New York, representatives at General Motors have announced that Cadillac will make its move to Warren.

    The initial move to New York was made with the intention of creating greater autonomy for the Cadillac brand to operate. However, with thousands of Cadillac employees still based in Michigan, that wasn't so easy. According to the Wall Street Journal, the luxury brand still relied on decisions made by Michigan employees – everything from style designs, vehicle features, and even pricing.

    Steve Carlisle, a GM executive who took over the Cadillac brand in April, spoke about the decision to the Wall Street Journal, saying that decision in part comes down to a necessity to streamline. "We have a huge number of launches ahead of us," Carlisle says, “We’ve got to think about how we take inefficiencies out of the communication process between the Cadillac team and the GM partners.”

    This decision comes after the departure of Cadillac's former head, Johan de Nysschen. Mr. de Nysschen who formerly worked Volkswagen AG’s Audi of America was said to not have an aligned vision with Detroit-based GM executives, causing disputes. Under de Nysschen, Cadillac sales began to slump in the U.S., falling behind luxury car competitors like Audi and BMW.

    Cadillac's current New York headquarters house roughly 110 employees – mostly executives and marketing personnel. Carlisle says that the new headquarters will be based in a renovated space in Warren, near the GM technical facilities where thousands of Cadillac's engineering and vehicle design employees are already based.

  • 04/18/2018 11:58 AM | Anonymous

    Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen is leaving General Motors and will be replaced by the head of GM Canada, Steve Carlisle, the company said Wednesday. As head of the Cadillac business and a senior vice-president of the parent company, Carlisle will report to GM president Dan Ammann.

    The automaker also named Travis Hester as the new president of GM Canada. Hester is currently vice-president of GM’s global product programs.
    Carlisle has been at the head of GM Canada since November 2014.

    Carlisle led a resurgence of the GM Canada franchise, the company said. The automaker led retail auto sales in Canada last year, and Buick, GMC and Cadillac set sales records in the country that year.

    "We appreciate Johan's efforts over the last four years in setting a stronger foundation for Cadillac," said General Motors President Dan Ammann in a release. "Looking forward, the world is changing rapidly, and, beginning with the launch of the new XT4, it is paramount that we capitalize immediately on the opportunities that arise from this rate of change. This move will further accelerate our efforts in that regard."

    The move comes as Cadillac takes steps to improve its performance in the luxury segment. De Nysschen had overseen a number of efforts to turn the brand around after years of lost market share in the United States. It moved its headquarters to New York City and said it would completely revamp its lineup with 11 new vehicles through 2021.

    Cadillac has garnered praise for its luxury and high-performance sedans such as the CT6 and the CTS-V, but the brand has missed out on the shift in the market away from passenger cars and toward SUVs. Cadillac has recently attempted to address this shift with crossovers such as the mid-sized XT5 and the new smaller XT4 crossover, which debuted just before the New York Auto Show in March.

    Cadillac also recently appointed a new chief marketing officer, former McDonald's executive Deborah Wahl, in early March.

    De Nysschen had previously served in top roles at Infiniti and Audi of America before taking the helm at Cadillac.

  • 03/06/2018 2:03 PM | Anonymous

    Cadillac has appointed Deborah Wahl as Global Chief Marketing Officer, effective March 26. Wahl will be based in the company’s New York headquarters and report to Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. Deborah will lead the strategic marketing for the Cadillac brand around the world, building on the transformational work that has been done over the past several years.

    “Deborah’s diverse experience, as well as her proven track record of building successful global brands, makes her a natural addition to our leadership team,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. “Cadillac has made incredible progress over the past several years in our long-term journey to regain our position as the pinnacle of premium luxury brands. Deborah’s experience and strategic vision will build on that progress and help propel Cadillac forward during our next phase of global growth.”

    Wahl, who brings over 20 years of experience with high-level marketing and brand work, serves on the Boards of Directors of Groupon and media software company Mediaocean. She helmed marketing for three years as Chief Marketing Officer at McDonald’s, where she played an instrumental role in transforming the business and increasing brand perception.

    Previously, Wahl served as the first-ever CMO at PulteGroup, one of the country’s largest homebuilders. Additionally, Wahl brings deep automotive experience, having served as VP and CMO at Chrysler, VP of Marketing at Lexus, and having held multiple Marketing and Communications roles at Ford.

  • 12/18/2017 7:12 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Cadillac V-Club member Derek Odell - the Grand Prize winner randomly drawn from a list of all members who attended one of the recent annual holiday banquets. The prize includes a full a tuition paid trip (excluding airfare) to the Cadillac V-Performance Academy in Pahrump, Nevada at Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club.

    Derek joined the V-Club in 2017 as the owner of a new 2016 Vector Blue ATS-V.

    This drawing was conducted via where the names of all eligible members were uploaded to the "drawing app" which randomly selected the winner.

    Click here to visit the Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club website to learn more about the V-Performance Academy.

  • 05/25/2017 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    Reprint from Newsflash sent to all members 5/25/2017

    Please join us in welcoming our newest sponsors of the Cadillac V-Club, especially Covert Cadillac in Austin, Texas as a Platinum level Cadillac dealership sponsor of the local Austin Chapter.

    Chances are whether you were born and raised in Central Texas or just moved to the Austin area, you've purchased a vehicle from the Covert Auto Group or know someone who has. Since 1909, with the opening of the first automotive dealership in Central Texas, Covert has taken pride in maintaining its position as Austin's leading auto group. Now operating under its fifth generation of family members, with over 14 franchises in seven locations, Covert continues to provide an unmatched "total vehicle" experience for the surrounding Austin area.  "Cadillac is doing some amazing things right now. I don't think there has been a better time to come in and experience what American luxury has to offer." according to Brad Elliott, General Manager and Managing Partner.  If you are a member of the Austin Chapter, here are your Cadillac V-Club contacts at the dealership:

    Bryan Glenn, Sales Advocate 

    Jeff Payne, Technology Specialist

    Jason Wolk, Service Advisor 

    Covert Cadillac Shop Foreman, Dan De Pew who is a 2013 CTS-V Sedan owner and current member of the V-Club recently added "We are excited that we now have a local Cadillac dealership to offer service and support to the Austin Chapter of the V-Club."

    Located in Newport Beach, California and founded by James Renick, Renick Performance offers premium performance and body enhancement products to give the driver an unforgettable driving experience. They are a group of enthusiasts that desire excellence in parts and service. They aim for client satisfaction and experience compared to none. Renick supports their clients regardless, whether on the street or the track and they are focused on staying a small boutique company to keep quality always at its peak. This is a business built out of our passion for greater engineering and bespoke style. James Renick drives the same vehicle you do, which means he understands the vehicles and understands you expect nothing but the best in sales, service and performance.

    Located in Fairfax, Virginia, Moore Automotive, Inc. was founded in 1983 by John Moore who had a passion for cars and racing. Mr. Moore raced with some of the best driver’s in the world during his time in the Trans-AM series of the 60’s. In the early 1970’s, he was the Crew Chief for an Indy 500 team. Although his team never qualified for an Indy 500 race, his team’s car is displayed in the Indy Hall of Fame. Also during the 1970’s he worked for Porsche of America. In 1983 Mr. Moore decided to open Moore Automotive in Fairfax City, VA. as performance, tuning, fabrication, and full-service repair and maintenance facility. Moore Automotive prides itself on the result of Mr. Moore’s extensive experience, Moore Automotive became known in the area as a top-notch repair facility. In late 2006, John Moore passed away and the business was sold to its current owners. With a desire to build on Mr. Moore’s love of racing, the new owners of Moore Automotive chose to expand into the import performance market. Today, Moore Automotive is the East Coast’s premiere performance shop with their state-of-the-art equipment, ASE Certified Master Technicians, certified welders, and knowledgeable sales staff. They are dedicated to providing the best customer service in the industry.

  • 04/19/2017 5:53 PM | Anonymous

    The Demon CTS-V: Rick Knetsch’s Badass Cadillac

    LSX Magazine By Chase Christensen On April 17, 2017 


    The story of CTS-V ownership is often one of compromise. Let us explain a little more. A common story with CTS-V owners is that they started off with an LS-powered F-body, or Corvette, or something else and eventually they had kids and had to get rid of it. But the yearning for muscle didn’t leave with it. So they went searching for something “practical” that could still put a smile on their face. Well, for Rick Knetsch and his “Demon” 2009 Cadillac CTS-V, the story goes a little different.

    In The Beginning 

    Rick grew up racing Volkswagens and was looking for a street beast that could mimic the feeling of a race-style cockpit while being civilized enough for daily driver duties—and he wanted some American muscle. That’s why he took a gamble on a 2007 C6 Corvette and its 400-horse LS2. And while the car had plenty of giddyup, it lacked the musclecar/racecar feeling Rick was craving.

    DemonV new Color

    So the search for something else to satiate his craving for a street bruiser continued. A buddy of his, who just so happened to live in nearby Laredo, Texas, just so happened to own one of the fastest Corvettes ever produced, a C6 ZR1. Rick managed to talk his friend into letting him take the car for a spin and, after nearly topping the car out, he was smitten.

    The search for a ZR1 of his very own began. Rick stumbled across an Atomic Orange example in Fort Worth and was scheduled to go take a look at the car the following weekend. However, as fate would have it, Rick’s ZR1 friend gave him a ring to let him know that there was a clean CTS-V for sale in his neck of the woods that he needed to check out.

    “At that point, I had no idea what a CTS-V even was,” Rick explained. “But they sent me some pictures of the thing and I just thought it looked great—and it didn’t hurt that the car had a little work done to it already either.”


    Since there was no reason not to go drive the car, since it was nearby, Rick decided he’d give the car a whirl—though he was skeptical that the sedan could provide the feeling he was really searching for. That all changed as soon as Rick climbed behind the wheel.

    “I bought it right there and then,” Rick said. “I was really happy with how the car ran and drove, so I did that for a while but then I ran into some serious trouble with it.”


    The trouble Rick is referring to turned out to be five broken valve springs and seven bent valves. Just four months into owning the car, the top end of the motor was completely destroyed. Luckily for Rick, all of the valve spring retainers held and prevented even more damage to the bottom end of the LSA.

    Rick was about to run into more bad luck too as the original owner, and modifier, of the CTS-V was now sitting in jail for street racing. This left Rick with only a vague idea of what components where actually on, or in, the motor. So, he dove in head first and described the process to us as almost like a treasure hunt.

    2009 CTS-V

    “It was actually kind of neat because as I was taking the engine apart I would be like ‘oh, there’s 7.4-inch push rods from Texas Speed & Performance,’” Rick said. “And since there was so much Texas Speed stuff in it, I ended up contacting them and they sent me all brand new valves, new head gaskets—everything I needed to redo everything.”

    It turns out the previous owner had an aggressive LG Motorsports camshaft that had been poorly matched with the valve springs by the previous owner. This lead to the premature valve spring failure and the destruction of many components. But, like any true gear head, since the engine was apart it was time for upgrades.

    The Build Begins

    The valves were replaced in the stock LSA castings, which were then ported and polished by the guys at Texas Speed & Performance . The TVS1900 supercharger was also port matched to the heads to take advantage of the newly found flow. A 9.55-inch Integrated Motorsports lower pulley was added to a 2.85-inch upper pulley for a total of 13 pounds of boost pressure.


    A set of American Racing Headers  long tube headers in a 2-inch primary help speed away spent exhaust gases and funnel the fumes into a Corsa  exhaust system. All of that adds up to a combination that Rick described as still “relatively conservative.”

    “I have a full-on Volkswagen racecar sitting at home and that’s all it does is sit,” Rick said. “I break it all the time, so I wanted something I could go out and drive, that was fast—not necessarily the fastest thing on the street—but something that was competitive while being fun and dependable, as much as a modded car could be anyways.”

    DemonV Track Day

    The plan was originally to convert the car over to E85 to take advantage of the increased power that it presents in boosted applications, but unfortunately for Rick the corn-based biofuel isn’t readily available where he lives. Nevertheless, the CTS-V was already making good power once it was back together and its main problem was traction.

    Excersizing The Demon

    Rick tried running the car with drag radials on the stock wheels, but that combo just wasn’t doing it. A set of Weld wheels and a tire with a little more bite were in order. Rick dialed up Tyler at Mont Motorsports  and order a set of Weld  S71B wheels and wrapped them in M&H  Front Runners up front and Mickey Thompson  ET Street R drag radial front and rear respectively.

    After a few tire combos and getting a feel for the car, Rick recently drove the car to a 10.84 at 127 mph. Not too bad for a full interior sedan. And even more impressive when you watch a 4,000+ pound car yank the front tires coming off the line.

    DemonV Track Day 3

    This shot is from Rick’s best run of 10.84 at 127 mph.

    “Honestly, I didn’t even realize the car had pulled the front tires the first time it did it,” Rick said. “We had just got the ET Street Rs on the car and it was hooking pretty good, so I knew it would be a bit quicker. When I launched the car it really didn’t feel like anything special and the guy I was racing runs a 9.6, so relatively it didn’t feel like I was going that fast. I pulled around to pick up my slip and the Texas V Club President was like ‘You know you pulled the tires on that one right?’”

    An impressive feat, to say the least, considering the car has 100 percent stock suspension on it as well as the stock torque converter driving the stock 6L90E transmission. That means Rick is leaving the line at 1700 rpm and still managing to get the tires in the air.

    But the story doesn’t end there. While the car has a lot done to it, there is still plenty left to do according to Rick. The car is currently setup for a 100 shot of nitrous via a Zex  single nozzle wet shot system, which should carry the car well into the 10s.


    Devilish Good Looks

    The car isn’t lacking in the looks department either. The stock hood was ditched in favor of a D3 replica hood and the car’s original black hue was changed over to a flat red—not a common color for a V, but Rick says that was one of its biggest draws.

    “When I first started going to these V Club meets, it was just rows upon rows of black cars,” Rick said. “I just wanted it to stand out from the crowd and look a little bit different. What’s the sense in modding it like this if you can’t even pick it out of a crowd?”

    Initially, Rick wanted to paint the car but knew that he had a propensity to not like the colors he chooses for extended periods of time. Since he wanted something that wasn’t permanent, he decided to Plasti-Dip the car—which he accomplished himself. But the color it ended up was not the color Rick intended.

    DemonV Track Day 5

    “It ended up looking like shit, or at least I thought so,” Rick said. “It ended up being this purply color when it was supposed to be more of a red, but for some reason people absolutely loved it and I would get compliments on it all the time.”

    The compliments encouraged Rick to keep the color for a while, but eventually he grew tired of it and began to search for something he’d be more happy with. A friend of Rick’s volunteered to help him prep and spray the car in what ever hue he wanted, so the car headed back to paint.

    Rick told his wife that he wanted the color to be “demony”, hence the cars signature moniker. Initially, they mixed red and black together to try to get the menacing red Rick was looking for, but he was still unhappy with the color. That’s when he came across Carbon Lava, which had a vaguely orange tinge to it. Once that was added, it was nearly perfect, but Rick said he threw in a few more splashes of different colors to give the car its signature look—good luck paint matching it if it ever gets scratched.

    On The Inside

    To match the beautiful exterior, Rick had all of the piano black trim panels hydro dipped with a mural of engine parts while the rest has been wrapped in carbon fiber. This gives the car a unique look whether you’re inside or out.

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    And while the car is gorgeous as well as fast, Rick said that he credits his great love of Vs to the men and women of the Texas V Club—of which he is the San Antonio Austin director. He said that the sense of community he feels within the club is like nothing he’s ever experienced.

    So, the next time you are out in the San Antonio Austin area, we hope you bring an exorcist with you. If not, this badass V just might make your night a living hell.

  • 12/18/2016 11:44 AM | Anonymous

    The annual V-Club Holiday Celebration events for each Chapter of the V-Club  are now complete and we want to thank every member and their guests who RSVP'd and attended these events.  Over 175 members attended these 3 events and at each event, multiple door prizes were awarded that were contributed by our sponsors.  The Grand Prize winner plus the Runner-up prize winners were:

    Arash Changizian - DFW Chapter - Full tuition plus guest to attend the V-Performance Academy in Pahrump, Nevada at Spring Mountain Motorsports Resort

    Joe Dean - DFW Chapter - Cadillac V-Corral/VIP Suite  ticket package for two to attend the Lonestar Lemans IMSA event where the new Cadillac DPi-R race car will compete.  Steve Whitaker actually won the prize but had a travel conflict with the date and donated his prize to V-Club Joe Dean.

    Patsy Miller - Austin/San Antonio Chapter - Cadillac V-Corral/VIP Suite  ticket package for two to attend the Lonestar Lemans IMSA event where the new Cadillac DPi-R race car will compete.

    Tom Eadie - Houston Chapter - DFW Chapter - Cadillac V-Corral/VIP Suite  ticket package for two to attend the Lonestar Lemans IMSA event where the new Cadillac DPi-R race car will compete.

    Congratulations to all prize winners and a special thanks to Cadillac Hqs and Sewell and Ken Batchelor Cadillac for contributing to these success of our annual holiday celebration events.

  • 11/09/2016 8:55 AM | Anonymous
    The 2nd annual wannaGOFAST Texas 1/2 Mile kicks on this week-end on Saturday, November 12 in Sulphur Springs, Texas.  Sewell Cadillac is a "Double Platinum" sponsor and representatives of the Cadillac Racing Team will also be in attendance at the event.  Johnny O'Connell and Michael Cooper will both be onsite showing support for members of the V-Club who are competing and they will be available for autographs.

    There will be 42 V-Series vehicles competing in the two day event hosted by Blake Hutchinson of wannaGOFAST.   Blake founded wannaGOFAST in 2012 in order to fill a niche in the motorsports marketplace.  His goal is to create a safe and controlled environment for fellow car enthusiasts to pursue their “Need For Speed” without the restrictions of the standard 1/8 or 1/4 mile drag strip. Competitors are able to see what it’s like to hit speeds they have only dreamed of without the risk of law enforcement or causing injury to others, while being surrounded by on-site safety personnel.

    This is the 3rd wannaGOFAST event in Texas and the 2nd at the Sulphur Springs airport.   The current 1/2 Mile record for a V-Series vehicle was set in 2015 by Kurt Decker at 182.3 MPH in his 1,000+ WHP nitrous fed CTS-V sedan.  There will be several 1,000+ WHP V's competing for the Top Gun award this week-end and no doubt the current record will be reset.

    For more details on this event, visit our event calendar.

  • 05/28/2016 7:05 AM | Anonymous

    Founded in 2013, in just 3 years the V-Club has reached the 300th member milestone and continues to grow and increase V-Series awareness for Cadillac and our title sponsor the Sewell family of Cadillac dealerships.  Launched with only 8 "charter" members, the V-Club now has 3 Chapters:  Dallas/Fort Worth (146 members), Houston (98 members) and Austin/San Antonio (51 members).  Affiliate Membership includes 5 members.

    58 have been active members in the V-Club since 2013 and although there has been some natural attrition due to members selling their V's or moving to another state, with the launch of the new Gen-3 ATS-V and CTS-V, membership continues to increase.   The V-Club membership includes a wide variation of vehicles from Gen 1 through Gen 3 some of which are factory OEM stock while others are "mild to wildly" modified.

    Our Affiliate members do not reside physically in Texas but have committed to support the V-Club and are recognized as a valuable extension of our V-Series family.   Last but certainly not least, membership includes our sponsors who are key supporters of the V-Club.   The products, services and support they have provided to our members has been outstanding and is certainly much appreciated!

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