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Old 01-19-2008, 01:06 PM   #1
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While Ed Welburn, GM's vice president of Global Design, told reporters at the CTS coupe's press conference "this vehicle really wasn't supposed to exist," the new luxury coupe has been part of GM's plan since at least the middle of 2006. Code-named GMX226, the 2010 Cadillac coupe will start rolling down the assembly line at the Lansing Grand River plant in early June of 2009. Annual production is expected to be in the range of 15,000 to 20,000 units.

Don't expect the production model to differ much from the concept. In back, the very short rear deck lid, angular taillights and sculpted sheet metal will appear on the real coupe. One thing the production model will have, that the concept does not, is a lip spoiler with an integrated middle brake light. The center-mounted exhaust will also be swapped out for a more conventional setup.

In the front, we're expecting a moderately toned down lower fascia and a pair of headlights with a few less LEDs. The side skirts may not make the transition to production and a hood with fewer creases will also be in order.

It's still too early to say exactly what GM will call this car; however, "CTC" was the logical guess floating around the Detroit show floor.

What this means to you: If you long for a two-door Cadillac without the XLR's hefty price tag, your dream becomes reality next summer. Kelly Toepke, News Editor
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Old 01-19-2008, 01:12 PM   #2
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but they cant bring the monaro/GTO and RWD impala because of "teh gas"? they are one big contradiction
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Old 01-19-2008, 01:30 PM   #3
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but they cant bring the monaro/GTO and RWD impala because of "teh gas"? they are one big contradiction
You said what I was thinking.
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Old 01-19-2008, 01:34 PM   #4
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This was in the pipeline before the Cafe was ruled on.The other vehicles were just Concepts not in the pipeline.
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Old 01-19-2008, 01:49 PM   #5
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Also, the A in CAFE stands for average. The GTO is envisioned as a higher volume car than the Caddies like this one. They can afford to sell fewer of these at a nice high Cadillac-price because they won't affect CAFE as much.
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Old 01-19-2008, 02:21 PM   #6
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Also, the A in CAFE stands for average. The GTO is envisioned as a higher volume car than the Caddies like this one. They can afford to sell fewer of these at a nice high Cadillac-price because they won't affect CAFE as much.

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Increases fleetwide average fuel economy for all cars, SUVs, and trucks up to 10,000 lbs in weight by 10 miles per gallon from model years 2011 to 2020—from 25 to 35 miles per gallon by model year 2020.
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The rules will use attribute-based classes (such as size or weight) determined by the Department of Transportation’s National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). Each class of vehicles—as determined by NHTSA—will be required to meet the new fuel economy standard for that particular class to achieve the fleetwide average of 35 miles per gallon by 2020. Each automaker will no longer be required to average the fuel economy for the entire fleet of cars they produce.
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From 2011 to 2019, NHTSA must set fuel economy standards that are the maximum feasible, and ratchet these standards up to meet the 2020 target of 35 miles per gallon. In 2020, the total average must meet 35 miles per gallon, unless NHTSA determines that the achievement of the 35 miles per gallon standard would not be cost-effective for the nation. The bill defines “cost-effective” to mean that the value to the United States of reduced fuel use from a proposed fuel economy standard is greater than or equal to the cost to the United States of such standard. From 2021 to 2030, NHTSA must set fuel economy standards that are the maximum feasible, and ratchet these standards up at a reasonable rate.
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Establishes a credit system and trading program for automakers run by NHTSA. Should an automaker exceed the standards it can sell its credits to another automaker, or bank the credits for up to 5 years. If an automaker cannot meet the standards in a given year, it can purchase credits, use banked credits, or borrow from projected surpluses from future years.
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Establishes an “off-ramp”, or mechanism for alternative standards, for automakers (upon their application), if NHTSA determines that the prescribed standard is more stringent than the maximum feasible average fuel economy level that manufacturer can achieve.
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Directs NHTSA to develop a structure to evaluate and establish fuel efficiency standards for commercial trucks that increase at the maximum feasible rate. Requires improvement in the fuel economy of medium and heavy duty trucks over a 20 year period. It also removes work truck weighing up to 10,000 pounds from the fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks.
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Automakers that sell less than 0.4% of the cars sold in the United States would have their fuel economy standard set by NHTSA at the maximum feasible level outside of the regular car standard. (Currently 0.4% of the cars sold in the US each year is approximately 60,000 cars).
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Creates a consumer labelling program that also includes greenhouse gas emissions.
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Uses money raised by fuel economy penalties to fund research into fuel-saving technologies and to expand the availability of alternative fuels. Calls for an advanced battery initiative and standards for biodiesel.
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Requires NHTSA to issue a final rule by 2018 to create safety standards that address the differences between the largest and smallest vehicles.

The final version also removes the earlier provision that mandated that 50% of cars be flex-fuel in 2012, increasing to 80% in 2015. The new language calls for ensuring that 50% of vehicles sold in the US are alternative fuel vehicles by 2015—including but not limited to flex-fuel vehicles, hybrids, electric vehicles, fuel cells and others.

The action on fuel economy now moves to the House.
wouldnt GM make more money selling a higher volume car.. one that they could get away with even sticking a V6 in to help bring down the fleetwide average as apposed to selling the caddy witch will have ewither a v8 or a bigger v8?
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great something else aimed for the 30+ children at heart highrollers
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Old 01-21-2008, 01:22 PM   #8
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Thats a damn sexy looking car.
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it's on my shopping list, when finish college.
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I'll take one with that 2.9 Diesel or IF I make out all right in a year, 6.2 Supercharger?
By then BMW will have refreshed E92 3 series coupe probably and Acura might have a nice medium sized coupe.. Infinity might throw TT on 3.7 and call it a day..
Competition is good..
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Old 01-21-2008, 10:32 PM   #12
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That is one hell of a great looking car, and unlike some of it's competition, it has a look all it's own.

Yea, so where's Lincoln again??
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That is one hell of a great looking car, and unlike some of it's competition, it has a look all it's own.

Yea, so where's Lincoln again??
I see a lot of last generation Celica placed on a photocopier with "enlarge 50%" selected.

And I still say that C pillar is really awkward looking. The Chinese Buick Riviera concept handled that part so much better:
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I see a lot of last generation Celica placed on a photocopier with "enlarge 50%" selected.

And I still say that C pillar is really awkward looking. The Chinese Buick Riviera concept handled that part so much better:
I love the C pillar on the CTS
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That's a good looking gaijin jidosha!
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Caddi is smaller volume luxury brand which requires a V-8 RWD somewhere in the lineup whereas Pontiac/Chevy does not. Better to have a FWD Impala to help up CAFE so you can have less fuel efficient Caddies which make you more profit.
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