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The Mother of All Cars

Sunday May 10th, 2009 at 2:55 AM
Posted by: asgruben

By Adrienne Gruben

Flipping channels, I stopped on a cop show rerun – a police pursuit of a young couple running lights, hopping curbs and then screeching to a stop in front of an ER. The wife spilled onto the sidewalk…and delivered a baby. Awwww. Ok, they were drug dealers, but it got me thinking about Moms and the cars that drove them to give birth. Since it is Mother’s Day, I decided to poke around for stories of Moms, newborns and the cars they rode in on.

1959 Cadillac Sedan de Ville finsCadillac
In a Boston suburb in 1962, Mrs. Castignetti went into labor with child number five, and she knew she had to act fast.  A four-time Mom’s labor can be short, so the Castignettis jumped into their 1959 silver Cadillac Sedan Deville and took off. With HP and weight comparable to, say, today’s Nissan Titan, the 1959 Sedan Deville was part of an elite club of GM luxury cars from an era where a spectacular bottle of Bordeaux would be called “the cadillac of wines”.  But it wasn’t just glamorous, it was wild. How Stuff Works wrote, “What can’t be disputed is that the 1959 Cadillacs, defined by those saber-edged fins and projectile taillamps, are among the most evocative objects of the 20th Century. What precisely they evoke is open to interpretation, and that’s part of the magic.” So it should surprise no one that of the 16 newborns at the hospital, the youngest Castignetti really stood out. Through the maternity window, amidst a sea of only pink blankets, Albert Castignetti slept right in the middle, wrapped in blue. An early standout, Albert Castignetti eventually became Vice President and General Manager of the Nissan Division, maker of, among other vehicles, the Titan.

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Cadillac Volt Coming To Detroit?

Monday December 22nd, 2008 at 10:1212 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Cadillac VoltNow, this is just a rumor at the moment, but it’s a pretty good one, so why not spread it?

The rumor is that GM, via its Cadillac brand, will be bringing a Volt platform Caddy to this years Detroit show.

This is important. Why? Two reasons:

1 – Car manufacturers have been dropping out of the North American International Auto Show (as the Detroit show is formally known) like flies in a closed up window, so anything to add spice helps the show. And,

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2009 Cadillac CTS-V Performance Reaches The Stratosphere at Nürburgring (video)

Thursday August 14th, 2008 at 6:88 AM
Posted by: Derek

Certified at 556 horsepower, acceleration times are top among V-8 sedans

2009 Cadillac CTS-V

MILFORD, Mich. – As final testing of the limited-edition 2009 CTS-V nears completion, the results suggest that Cadillac’s upcoming sports sedan is entering the stratosphere of the world’s highest-performing cars. Cadillac announces the following performance specifications for all-new 2009 CTS-V. In-car video of the record setting lap time is below the jump.

  • CTS-V, with its supercharged 6.2-liter LSA engine, has achieved SAE-certified peak output of 556 horsepower (415 kW) at 6100 rpm and 551 lb.-ft. (747 Nm) of torque at 3800 rpm.
  • CTS-V accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds. CTS-V covers the quarter-mile in 12 seconds at 118 mph. These acceleration times are believed to be the fastest for any V-8-powered sedan currently in production.

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2008 Cadillac CTS Review

Wednesday July 9th, 2008 at 9:77 AM
Posted by: Francois

By Francis Cebedo

2008 Cadillac CTS

Pros:

  • Good, distinctive exterior styling
  • Excellent interior design and build quality
  • The 300 hp V6 engine is a great balance of power and efficiency
  • Handling is very capable
  • GPS system is the one of the best we’ve used to date
  • Clean and powerful audio system
  • UltraView sunroof is a very nice touch
  • It is an excellent family car with luxurious room for four

Cons:

  • Rear window visibility is limited
  • Accelerator pedal is very heavy
  • Steering is not tight and responsive enough
  • The car feels heavy when cornering

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2009 CTS-V: Cadillac’s Ultimate Expression Of Performance And Luxury

Wednesday January 23rd, 2008 at 12:11 PM
Posted by: Derek

2009 Cadillac CTS-V

DETROIT – As the new CTS sport sedan earns accolades and new owners, Cadillac takes the next leap forward by premiering the 2009 CTS-V, the brand’s ultimate expression of performance and luxury.

Launching in the fourth quarter of 2008, the all-new CTS-V intends to combine the serious performance of an elite sports car with the poise and elegance of a prestigious luxury sedan. Part of Cadillac’s acclaimed V-Series of high-performance models, CTS-V delivers an estimated 550 horsepower (410 kW). More than just power, CTS-V also includes a comprehensive suite of technical and design enhancements, including Magnetic Ride Control, an industry-first Performance Traction Management program and the addition of a new automatic transmission with paddle-shift control. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cadillac To Showcase Future Design And Performance Technology

Tuesday January 8th, 2008 at 11:11 AM
Posted by: Derek

Cadillac Provoq

DETROIT – Cadillac extends its ongoing design and technology momentum with tomorrow’s debut of the Provoq Concept, a vision for a petroleum-free future of luxury transportation. GM CEO Rick Wagoner will present the Cadillac Provoq concept vehicle January 8 at the influential Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, beginning a showcase of Cadillac’s future performance technology and design that will continue at next week’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Read the rest of this entry »

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