What’s next for Cadillac?

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It’s Groundhog Day for Cadillac. They have a new brand chief vowing to reboot the brand.

New division president Steve Carlisle said, “We lost our mojo for a long period of time. This time, it is different and we will show you.” Really?

They’ll be spending billions introducing new models, which is sorely needed as the market has shifted dramatically to SUVs. The new XT4 was recently introduced and is geared to younger buyers, starting at around $35,000. Of course, any intro Caddy is going to bring back nightmares with the 1983 Cadillac Cimarron, though I doubt they make the same mistakes this time.

The bigger issue seems to be pricing. The cars have been great, but Cadillac is trying too hard to match the Germans when it comes to premium pricing. The article linked above goes into other issues as well such as marketing.

We’ll see what happens next, but we’ve seen this movie before.

Photo by Michael Appleton for Cadillac

  

Toyota redesigns the Avalon for 2019 model year

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With the fifth-generation Avalon, Toyota tries to add some more styling to this model, and overall this sedan has an improved look for the 2019 model as you can see from these photos. Still, as pointed out by Car and Driver, it’s still a car targeting buyers in their fifties.

I like the new front end and the rim options, but there’s little to set this apart from other sedans in the marketplace. And will sales of this segment plummeting, it will be interesting to see how this newly designed model sells.

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Ford Wants to Build a Smart Police Car That Will Hunt Law Breakers Autonomously

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Is the future freaking you out? Do the prospects of robots taking over the earth scare you? Well then, this following bit will be even more unnerving. In the future police cars will be chasing bad (and good) drivers all on their own, which means the police will be more effective through elimination of the human factor. A police officer will not be needed to write you a ticket. Instead, these smart police cars will do everything themselves.

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My teen is driving; Now what?

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When you’re teaching your teen to drive and helping them through driver education, getting that coveted license seems like the light at the end of the tunnel. That’s what you’ve been working towards together, but it’s important to remember that once they pass the test, your work isn’t over. There’s still plenty of work to be done during the first few years of your teen’s driving experience to make sure that they continue to form good habits and stay safe behind the wheel. Read on to check out some of our tips and advice for parents of new drivers!

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Is “detailing” different from a car wash? Why should I get it done?

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Yes! Detailing is different from a regular car wash. While running your car through a car wash can certainly have it looking clean, and these days some automated washes even offer wax treatments, a thorough detailing will go far beyond this. A traditional detail treatment cleans your car inside and out, and pats much closer attention to the details, from brake calipers and lug nuts to the smallest plastic, rubber, and metal accents. Don’t get us wrong- if you’ve got a hot date tonight and only have half an hour to spare, run by that drive-thru car wash and spiff up your ride. For real deep clean, though, that will have your car feeling just like new, a thorough detailing at least a few times a year is the only way to go.

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