2023 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing To Get Super Cruise: Exclusive

The 2023 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing will offer the Super Cruise driving assistant. The advanced semi-autonomous driver assist technology is available as a part of the Super Cruise 2 package, which includes Super Cruise and leather-wrapped Super Cruise steering wheel.

It's worth noting that Super Cruise is only available in conjunction with the optional 10-speed automatic transmission, and is not offered with the standard 6-speed manual transmission. In addition to the Super Cruise 2 package, customers must opt for the Driver Assist Package as well as the Parking Package in order to obtain the semi-autonomous driver assist feature. Pricing for Super Cruise on the CT5-V Blackwing has yet to be revealed.

Super Cruise is also available on the "regular" Cadillac CT5 models in Premium Luxury or Sport trims, as well as on the CT5-V. The technology is not offered at al on the base Luxury trim. This has been the case for the preceding model year. However, Super Cruise for the CT5 luxury sedan is currently under constraints as a result of the ongoing global microchip shortage. With that in mind, finding a CT5-V Blackwing equipped with Super Cruise might ultimately prove to be quite the challenge, given that finding a Blackwing is the equivalent of looking for a needle in a haystack, while the constraints related to Super Cruise complicate matters further.

By: Alexandra Purcell - July 23, 2022.

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This Is The 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

This Is The 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

GM has pulled the streets on the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, debuting a supercharged monster with enough muscle to push the luxury four-door to 321 km/h.

The new Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing makes its case with updated exterior styling that includes wind-tunnel-tested aero upgrades. The front end, splitter, rear spoiler, rear valence, and "underwing" help to keep the CT5-V Blackwing glued to the pavement, while also making it stand out from the rest of the CT5 lineup. Wheel sizing is set at 19 inches at all four corners, with 10-inch width in front, and 11-inch width in the rear.

Under those rollers, you'll find a track-capable Brembo brake package with 15.7-inch rotors in front and 14.7-inch rotors in the rear, clamped by six-pot calipers and four-pots calipers, respectively. The Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing also offers a lightweight carbon-ceramic brake packages.

Keeping it all shiny side up is Magnetic Ride Control 4.0, with stiffer spring rates, higher-rate bushings, and hollow stabilizer bars.

Making the go is the supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 gas engine, the same lump-o-go previously equipped by the third-generation Cadillac CTS-V. This time around, the LT4 produces 668 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque, which catapults the four-door to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds.

Routing the output rearwards is a standard six-speed manual transmission, while a 10-speed automatic is also on the table.

No doubt about it, the CT5-V Blackwing is impressive when it comes to performance, but it's also comfortable, with three levels of interior appointment to choose from. A 15-speaker AKG stereo is standard, while a high-performance semi-aniline leather front seat setup with lightweight carbon fibre backs, heating, and ventilation is offered. Instrumentation includes a standard 12-inch HD configurable instrument cluster.

-Jonathan Lopez - Feb 1st, 2021.

This Is The 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing

This Is The 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing

GM has finally unveiled the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing, adding a new range-topper to the CT4 sedan lineup.

The Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing its top-dog position with a variety of exterior cues and aero upgrades. The front end is equipped with a pronounced lower lip section, which is attached to a reshaped bumper with new side intakes. A larger spoiler was added to the trunk, and there are new underbody panels that reduce drag. Black trim is used extensively. Wheel sizing is set at 18 inches, front and back.

Inside the cabin, drivers get to grips with a leatherette performance steering wheel, as well as various carbon fibre trim bits. The Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing also features performance front seats with 18-way adjustability and heating, plus optional ventilation. Models with a manual transmission rock a shift knob that incorporates a 3D-printed metal medallion. Three interior trims levels are offered, each with unique features and tech. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is wireless phone charging.

While the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing is exciting to look at and sporty inside the cabin, it also has all the right performance upgrades to match the more aggressive demeanor. The star of the show is the twin-turbo 3.6L V6 LF4 gas engine, which was previously equipped in the Cadillac ATS-V, with output now rated at 472 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. Sending the muscle to the rear wheels is a standard Tremec six-speed manual transmission, but a 10-speed automatic is also on offer. Ninety seven km/h arrives in 3.8 seconds, while top speed is pegged at 304 km/h. Further standouts include special Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires sized at 255/35R18 in front and 275/35ZR18 in the rear, plus upgraded Brembo brakes. Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 keeps it all under control.

-Jonathan Lopez - Feb 1st, 2021


Cadillac CT6 Named Best Upper Midsize Premium Car In 2020 J.D. Power APEAL Study  J.D. Power publish the results from its 2020 Automatic Performance, Execution and Layout Study this week, with the Cadillac CT6 topping the upper mid-size premium car segment in the survey. The J.D. Power APEAL Study attempts to gauged how much excitement and emotional attachment a brand or vehicle is able to generate in customers. Intended to serve as a complement to the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, the APEAL study helps identify companies and models "that create joy for their owners," that helps overcome "any negatives," owners experience related to quality and overall reliability. For example, a sports car that drives great but perhaps has quality issues may do well in the APEAL study. Brand and vehicles are measured on a 1,000 - point scale when tabulating the results. The Cadillac CT6 finished atop the upper mid-size premium car segment, beating our the BMW 5 Series. The CT6 was also the only upper mid-size premium car to finish above the segment average with regards to APEAL score. The upper mid-size segment is for a larger luxury sedans, with J.D. Power referring to the Cadillac CT5 and vehicles in its segment as "mid-size" and to vehicles like the Audi A3 as "small." The CT6 was also one of the only eight vehicles on sale to top its segment in both the Initial Quality study and the APEAL study. This is a sign the sedan is performing well both with regard to build quality and inciting positive emotions in its owners when they are behind the wheel. By: Same Mceachern -July 26, 2020
WorkSafe BC COVID-19 Safety Plan - Return To Work The Dueck Auto Group is working closely with WorkSafe BC, Public Health, the Vehicle Sales Authority and the New Car Dealers Association of BC to ensure our operations remain healthy and safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. We are taking all necessary precautions to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission. In order to reduce the possible risks to our employees and customers we have implemented a number of internal protocols, including work-from-home arrangements, virtual meetings, rescheduling work of tasks, reorganizing employee work spaces and schedules, and limiting the number of employees and visitors in the workplace. We are encouraging our customers to primary schedule by-appointment meetings and vehicle service times wherever possible. We have installed physical distance signage and physical barriers to ensure social distancing between customers and workers. Occupancy Requirements: WorkSafe BC states that based on the size and layout of facility, our legal maximum occupancy rates are as follows:
  • The recommended maximum occupancy for our Dueck on Marine Showroom is 200 people.
  • The recommended maximum occupancy for our Dueck on Marine is 200 people.
  • The recommended maximum occupancy for our Dueck Richmond is 300 people.
  • The recommended maximum occupancy for our Dueck Downtown facility is 375 people.
However, please note that we are taking even further actions to ensure customer safety by not allowing more than 50 people on the showroom floor, and no more than 20 people in our customer waiting areas at any given time.  Dueck has implemented extensive cleaning protocols at all our facilities, and are working closely with out operational partners to ensure all products used are Health Canada approved, heavy duty antibacterial. We are Proud and Certified Participant in the National General Motors Clean Dealership Program. There are numerous hand sanitizing and disinfectant wipes stations located throughout the facility. In our Service Department, we have implemented additional procedures to ensure both our employees and our customers are protected. It is our policy to sanitize vehicle touch points and use steering wheel and seat covers upon entry to our service department, key sanitation, and a repeat of these procedures when returning the vehicle to our customer. As always, we encourage everyone to follow the recommended behaviours from the BC Health and Authority at all times:
  • Wash your hands often using soap and warm water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Be alert for respiratory systems - if you feel sick, please contact your physician.
To ensure that we keep all our customers and employees safe and healthy we must refuse entry to:
  1. Anyone who has had symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 10 days. Symptoms include fever, chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and new muscles aches or headaches/
  2. Anyone directed by Public Health to self-isolate.
  3. Anyone who has arrived from outside of Canada or who has had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case must self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.
All the Staff and Management of Dueck Auto Group appreciate your patronage during this unprecedented time. We want to thank you for your business and would be pleased to answer any further questions you have about our COVID-19 Response Plan. -Dueck Auto Group
AMAZON ALEXA NOW ARRIVING ON NEW GM VEHICLES Amazon Alexa Now Arriving On New GM Vehicles The Amazon Alexa digital assistant technology is now arriving on new GM vehicles, offering up a host of convenient voice recognition commands for new vehicle owners. GM vehicle brands offering the feature include Buick, Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac. The feature is built-in for many new GM vehicles, and requires the respective on-board internet connection package. The in-vehicle apps capability must be included as well. Amazon Alexa offers voice recognition for numerous infotainment capabilities. These include voice commands for audio streaming services, such as SiriusXM, Spotify, Pandora, and Amazon Music. What's more, owners can use Amazon Alexa to place and online order, or track and existing order, as well as add something to a shopping list without taking their eyes off the road. Further functions include placing phone calls, checking the weather, and finding nearby gas stations. For those with the right set up at home, Amazon Alexa will also allow users to issue a variety of smart home commands, such as opening the garage door, turning on the lights, or adjusting the thermostat. General Motors recently published a video documenting Amazon Alexa capabilities as equipped on the new Chevrolet Blazer. Stay tuned for that post soon. By: Jonathan Lopez -June 18, 2020
OSHAWA GM PLANT BEGINS PRODUCTION OF 10 MILLION FACE MASK Oshawa GM Plant Begins Production Of 10 Million Face Mask Workers at Oshawa's GM plant have begun work on producing 10 million face masks over the next year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday. "As we speak GM employees are making these masks, they will keep people safe and help slow the spread of COVID-19," said Trudeau in his public remarks on May 26. "For the autoworkers in Oshawa, this contract will support good, well paying jobs in a industry that's faced tough times." The formal announcement from Trudeau comes after GM stated in April that a portion of its sprawling Oshawa plant would be converted to face mask production. At the time, GM officials said the company would produce a million masks per months for the Public Health Agency of Canada at costs. In a statement on Tuesday, GM officials said the company received its medical device license to produce the mask on April 22 and the machinery has been installed, materials had been sourced and workers have been trained over the past month. "This is one of the proudest moments in our history to be step-up and support all Canadian during this challenging time," said GM Canada president and managing director Scott Bell in a statement. "With the support and collaboration of the Government of Canada, we will start production in Oshawa today and deliver 10 million face mask to the Public Health Agency and Canada over the next year." Bell recently detailed safety steps at GM plant including screening, cleaning and sanitizing, wearing protective equipment and social distancing. In April, GM Canada Vice-president of corporate affairs David Paterson said the Oshawa site was selected not only because of its capacity but because it has clean room facilities. That allow GM to source materials and build a Canadian mask-making clean room with enhanced safety protocols.
HERE ARE THE 2021 CADILLAC ESCALADE TOW RATINGS Here Are The 2021 Cadillac Escalade Tow Ratings Now, we're back to t ell you about the 2021 Cadillac Escalade tow ratings. In short, the new Escalade's trailering capabilities with the standard, naturally-aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline engine are as follows:
  • The regular-length 2021 Escalade can tow a maximum of 8,200 pounds for 2WD models or 8,000 pounds for 4WD models
  • The extended-length 2021 Escalade ESV can tow a maximum of 8,100 pounds 2WD models or 7,900 pounds for 4WD models
Meanwhile, models equipped with the optional (but free-of-charge) 3.0L I-6 LM2 turbo-diesel Duramax engine have a maximum trailering capacity that's 200 pounds lower than of the gas engine. To wit:
  • The regular-length 2021 Escalade Diesel can tow a maximum of 8,000 pounds for 2WD models or 7,800 pounds for 4WD models
  • The extended-length 2021 Escalade ESV Diesel can tow a maximum of 7,900 pounds for 2WD models or 7,700 pounds for 4WD models
GM Targets May 18th For Reopening Plants In U.S. and Canada After COVID-19 Shutdown General Motors is targeting May 18th for reopening its U.S. and Canadian vehicle assembly plants, the automaker said in a memo sent to UAW members on Tuesday. "GM plans to begin a limited, cadenced, and site-specific approach for a return to the workplace in many of our North American manufacturing facilities," the memo said. "We are targeting Monday, May 18, and we are collaborating with state government and union partners. We are confident that we have an approach that allows us to move into this next phase with safety as our guide." Crucially, GM has agreed to pay workers who are forced to quarantine for up to 14 days. The UAW has said the Big Three must agree to pay workers who are self quarantining after contracting COVID-19 or coming into contact with someone who had the virus, as employees may be apprehensive to report symptoms if they believed they would lose pay over it. GM outlined the safety measures it will take to curb the spread of COVID-19 at its production plants one they come back online. These protocols will include taking employees' temperatures when they arrive at work, setting up hand sanitizing stations and staggering work shifts to reduce the number of employees that are concentrated in on area. The automaker developed the handbook using lessons learned at some of its plants in China and Korea, along with its ventilator production facility in Kokomo, Indiana. GM is expected to make an official announcement with regard to the May 18th restart date sometime on Wednesday. -May 6, 2020
COVID-19 VENTILATORS THIS WEEK General Motors Will Begin Making COVID-19 Ventilators This Week General Motors will officially begin making ventilators at its component plant in Kokomo, Indiana this week and will ship the first 6,000 units to hospitals before June 1st. GM is making Ventec Life Systems brand ventilators under a government contract that will see it deliver a total of 30,000 of the life-saving devices before the end of August. GM workers were already present at the Kokomo components plant last week preparing the site to produce the ventilators. Ventec has had to retain GM workers on how to make ventilators, while the automaker has also begun producing the necessary components necessary to put them together. In a statement, GM spokes person Dan Flores to Automotive News the company is not making the ventilators at a profit. In addition to the ventilators, GM is also making face masks at its Warren Transmission Plant in Michigan to help address the PPE supply shortage at many U.S. hospitals. It began shipping the face masks out last week and has since doubled the production output on the masks. GM has implemented strict safety measures at the Kokomo and Warren facilities to protect employees working there. Employees have their temperature taken with a contactless thermometer upon arriving at the plant and work at spaced out work stations. The work stations and common area are also sanitized and are wiped down every few hours.
GM IS PARTNERING WITH VENTEC LIFE SYSTEM GM Is Partnering With Ventec Life System To Help Increase Production Of Ventilators General Motors is partnering with Ventec Life Systems to help increase production of ventilators that are needed in hospitals dealing with patients who have the novel coronavirus, the companies announced Friday. In the most severe cases of COVID-19 infection, patients need the assistance of ventilators to breathe, and there are widespread concerns that the US does not have enough ventilators to meet the coming demand. Seattle-base Ventec is one of a handful of ventilator manufacturers in the US, according to NBC News, and already has ramped up to production. Ventec CEO Chris Kiple says the company is aiming to produce 1,000 machines per month (up from its usual 150 per month), in the next 90 days, and eventually, to produce 2,000 ventilators per month. Ventec will rely on GM's manufacturing, logistics, and purchasing to help build more ventilators more quickly. GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said in a statement that GM would "continue to explore ways to help in this time of crisis."
COVID-19 OUTBREAK To Our Customers, Over the past few weeks, it's become clear that the world is facing an unprecedented challenge. Like you, we are deeply concerned and want to do what we can do help keep our communities and our families safe and healthy. We are committed to caring for the health and well-being of our employees and customers and are taking necessary actions & precautions, in preparations for COVID-19. What We're Doing: We are introducing rigorous additional cleaning procedure, and are increasing the number of wipers, hand sanitizers, and other cleaning material available throughout the dealerships We're taking sensible steps to help protect out team of associates. This means fewer meetings, limiting travel, and making it easier for our people to take the time they need to care for themselves or their families in the event they are directly affected by COVID-19 We are monitoring new developments so that we can quickly adapt Asking staff who show any signs of illness or feel unwell to stay home Eliminating all physical contact including hand shaking Disinfecting high-touch areas throughout the day, before and after every guest and staff interaction Mandating staff regularly wash hands and disinfect work areas even if guest and staff interaction didn't occur We recognize this is a challenging time for all, and we will remain deeply committed to the safety of our customers and community. Our customers are the heart of our company and we look forward to welcoming and serving you. Please take care of yourselves and each other. -Dueck Auto Group
CELESTIQ ELECTRIC SEDAN! Cadillac Introduces New Celestiq Electric Sedan! The Cadillac Celestiq will represent the ultimate expression of Cadillac design and technology, with a bold, dramatic presence, and unparalleled refinement and innovation. A concept version the Cadillac Celestiq is expected to be shown later today during the EV Day event. We're heard the Cadillac Celestiq will have a design that closely resembles that the Cadillac Escala concept. While the Escala also influenced the Cadillac CT5, there's still plenty of inspiration for Cadillac designers to pull from the well-received the designed study. The Celestiq will likely arrive sometime in 2023 or 2024.
UPCOMING NEW ELECTRIC CADILLAC CROSSOVER! Upcoming New Electric Cadillac Crossover! The new Cadillac electric crossover will feature the brand's next-generation design language. We also hear it will feature "inspiring" driving dynamics, so we wouldn't be surprised if it's available with a powerful electric drivetrain and features sporty handling characteristics. The Cadillac Lyriq will be based on GM's new BEV3 modular electric platform and will be available in two-wheel-drive, just like other electric luxury crossovers. The Lyriq will also be about the size of the Cadillac XT5 crossover, which is 189.6 inches long, 74.9 inches wide, 66.1 inches tall and has a wheelbase of 112.5 inches. The vehicle will be called the Cadillac Lyriq and will go into production in 2022 as a 2023 model year vehicle.