2008 Cadillac Cts, Other Cadillac Vehicles Showcased in Geneva

by : Lauren Woods

Cadillac, along with other auto manufacturers will be showing off their wares at the 2007 Salon International de l'Auto in Geneva, Switzerland. The star of the show for the car maker is the 2008 CTS sedan which will make its European debut at the said event. The luxury vehicle will be the centerpiece of Cadillac's amazing display of vehicles. Production of the said model is scheduled to start this summer and the release of the CTS in the European market will follow soon after that.

Jim Taylor, the General Manager of the Cadillac brand, is all praises for the new luxury sedan. "The all-new CTS has a mission to bring the striking design of a concept car, the performance of a sports car and sophistication of an elegant sedan right into the heart of the luxury market," Taylor stated. He also added that the "Cadillac is injecting more dramatic character into the normally reserved luxury sedan category".

What Taylor is pointing out as a concept car design is the use of the same elements of style on the CTS found in Cadillac's sixteen concept car. The CTS also has the same attributes performance capability of the car maker's V-series. The performance of the CTS can be enhanced further with the use of aftermarket parts. Just like the ones used by Audi which is also a leader in the luxury car segment, Audi's cars can be enhanced by the use of the system. The V-series of Cadillac also offers luxurious interior and the CTS has the same attribute.

The Cadillac CTS will be powered by an advanced direct-injection gasoline engine which can churn out 300 horsepower. The 3.6-liter V6 engine, thanks to its design and efficient exhaust system has exceptionally good fuel efficiency for its class and has significantly lower emission. The powerplant is not the only thing that has received much attention from the designer but also its chassis. The frame on which the Cadillac CTS is built upon was tested all over the world to gauge its performance. The designers took the chassis to German race tracks and the roads of China and the United States. The company hopes to ride on the previous successes of the CTS. According to studies, the more than 275,000 owners of CTS are the most satisfied among the customers of the automobile industry.

Aside from the new generation CTS, Cadillac will also be showcasing at the motor show their SRX luxury crossover. The SRX has received enhancements on its exterior styling. The interior meanwhile was completely redesigned. The upgrade of the SRX gives it a more spacious interior which adds to the luxury aura of the vehicle. The most notable change in the crossover vehicle is the new instrument panel designed to be easily visible and readable for drivers. What more, the cockpit of the SRX is hand-built which increases its luxury value. Another upgrade that this vehicle has is the availability of the Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed transmission. This gearbox increases the fuel efficiency of the car by facilitating smooth gear ratio changes.

Another Cadillac vehicle which will debut in Geneva is the new generation Escalade. The iconic luxury sports utility vehicle has received upgrades which makes it more powerful, more stylish and more refined. The Escalade will be powered by a massive 6.2-liter all-aluminum V8 engine which is capable of producing as much as 409 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque. The styling of the car is also made more attractive thanks to the effort to make the vehicle more aerodynamic which decreases wind resistance and therefore increasing the fuel efficiency of the vehicle.