GM Canada press release
Oshawa, Ontario (August 4, 2011) — General Motors will invest $117 million to prepare the Oshawa Assembly Plant to build the all-new Cadillac XTS, creating or retaining 400 jobs on the Flex Line.
Oshawa, Ontario (December 1, 2010) — Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac posted retail sales increases in November, up 59.6 percent for the month and 26.6 percent calendar-year-to-date. All four brands continue to outpace Canada’s retail market growth by a substantial margin, with award-winning cars leading the way.
“Strong demand for our cars is clear evidence that our award-winning lineup is connecting with customers,” said Marc Comeau, GM of Canada’s vice-president of sales, service and marketing. “We have had sustained retail growth all year, in line with our targets, and are winning new customers with every new vehicle we launch.”
Chevrolet car and truck retail sales grew 65 percent in November, also the first full month of sales for the all-new Chevrolet Cruze. The Cruze, recently named the Best New Small Car (over $21,000) by Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), has been met with strong customer demand, helping Chevrolet retail car sales grow over 92 percent. The Chevrolet Equinox continued to build momentum, with increased production added at CAMI and Oshawa earlier this fall in response to customer demand.
Buick continues to win new customers through world class execution. Its retail sales increased almost 77 percent in November, with its impressive, award-winning cars leading that growth. The Buick Regal, having recently won the AJAC award for Best New Family Car (over $30,000), posted month over month gains, after launching earlier this summer.
GMC posted a strong month, with retail sales growing 48 percent. GMC saw increases across its professional line-up, including award-winning crossovers like the Terrain, whose steep demand also drove production increases at CAMI earlier this fall.
Cadillac retail sales were up 28 percent in November, with the SRX continuing to lead sales growth. Cadillac launch products have performed extremely well, with the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe, launched earlier this summer, recently honoured with the AJAC award for Best New Sports / Performance Car.
November marked the start of the Chevrolet Season’s Best Event and the Buick GMC Holiday Bonus Event, offering holiday bonus cash on most new vehicles in addition to low financing rates and no payments for 90 days. Combined with the innovative Smart Purchase financing option, or attractive lease offers for Buick and Cadillac products, now is a great time to visit a Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac showroom to check out GM’s leading range of award-winning, high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles.
November 2010 Retail Sales Highlights
Chevrolet cars turned in a very strong month, up over 92 percent, driven by increases from fuel-efficient small cars like the Aveo and Cobalt, with a strong first month of sales by the Chevrolet Cruze.
Chevrolet crossovers and trucks performed well in November, with Chevrolet Equinox sales up 76 percent, and Chevrolet Silverado sales up 49 percent.
Buick delivered sales increases across its lineup, with car sales up almost 126 percent. This was led by LaCrosse, up 133 percent, as well as the all-new Regal. Enclave sales were up 21 percent.
GMC crossovers and trucks also posted gains, with the Ingersoll-built Terrain up 30 percent. Acadia was up 42 percent, and GMC Sierra was up 47 percent.
Cadillac sales were again led by strong customer demand for the SRX, posting 31 percent growth, its eleventh consecutive month of increases. CTS also performed well, delivering a 9 percent increase.
Total GM fleet and retail sales were up 33.7 percent compared to last November.
“The CTS-V Coupe is the ultimate luxury performance coupe and the new focal point of Cadillac, expressing our design, performance and technical capabilities,” said Kevin Williams, president and managing director, GM Canada. “Packing more punch, luxury and technical sophistication per dollar than any other competitor, the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe brings the performance and luxury of exotics into a price range that discerning Canadians can embrace.
This latest award for the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe results from recent back-to-back driving evaluations of 48 new vehicles at the AJAC Test Fest evaluation – the foundation of the Canadian Car of the Year Awards (CCOTY) program. Seventy (70) of Canada’s top automotive journalists judged this year’s competition which aims to provide consumers with sound, comparative information on new vehicles.
The 2011 CTS-V Coupe combines the new CTS Coupe’s dramatic design with the 556-horsepower supercharged V-8 engine from the CTS-V sedan. The result is a luxury sports coupe aimed squarely at driving enthusiasts. Its suite of technical and performance elements include Magnetic Ride Control, racing-bred Brembo brakes and an available automatic transmission with paddle-shift control. With a starting price of $71,250, the all-new CTS-V Coupe offers Canadian driving enthusiasts a world class luxury performance coupe.
Oshawa, Ontario (November 2, 2010) — Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac posted retail sales increases in October, up 5.8 percent for the month and 24 percent calendar-year-to-date, continuing to outpace Canada’s retail market growth by a substantial margin. New launch vehicles have played an important role in this growth and this trend is expected to continue thanks to the impressive showing at the recent “TestFest” competition held by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), where each brand claimed segment winners: Chevrolet Cruze, Buick Regal, and Cadillac CTS-V Coupe.
“We continue to bring stylish, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive new cars to market, and consumers and critics alike are recognizing that our new lineup can compete with the best and win,” said Marc Comeau, GM of Canada’s vice-president of sales, service and marketing. “With our award-winning lineup of vehicles connecting with Canadian customers, we are confident that we will continue to grow retail sales of our four core brands in line with our targets.”
October marked the Canadian launch of the all-new, much-anticipated Chevrolet Cruze, already an international success in over 60 countries. Last week, Cruze went head-to-head with the best of the competition and won, claiming the AJAC award for Best New Small Car (over $21,000). Cruze designers set out to establish new benchmarks in the compact segment for fuel economy, refinement and standard safety features, and customers are reacting very positively with a strong first week of orders and sales.
The Buick Regal, launched earlier this summer, also continues to build momentum, winning the AJAC award for Best New Family Car (over $30,000). Based on the award-winning Opel Insignia, the 2009 “European Car of the Year,” Regal is a modern performance sedan to rival the best in its class and brings a whole new dimension to the Buick lineup.
Finally, the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe, also launched earlier this summer, was honoured with the AJAC award for Best New Sports / Performance Car. The all-new CTS-V Coupe is a luxury sports coupe aimed squarely at driving enthusiasts, boasting the performance and luxury of exotics at a price range that discerning Canadians can embrace.
November marks the start of the Chevrolet Season’s Best Event and the Buick GMC Holiday Bonus Event, offering holiday bonus cash on most new vehicles in addition to low financing rates and no payments for 90 days. Combined with the innovative Smart Purchase financing option, or attractive lease offers for Buick and Cadillac products, now is a great time to visit a Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac showroom to check out GM’s leading range of award-winning, high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles.
October 2010 Retail Sales Highlights
Chevrolet cars continue to grow sales, up almost 37 percent, driven by increases from fuel-efficient small cars: Aveo, Cobalt and Cruze.
Buick sales were up almost 21 percent, led by strong car sales including LaCrosse, up 39 percent, as well as the all-new Buick Regal.
GMC crossovers also posted gains, with the Ingersoll-built Terrain up 34 percent. Acadia was up almost 17 percent.
Cadillac sales were up 3 percent, led again by the SRX, posting 8 percent growth, its tenth consecutive month of increases.
Total GM fleet and retail sales were down 6.1 percent compared to last October when major clearance efforts were underway for discontinued brand inventories such as Pontiac.
GM Canada press release
Oshawa, Ontario (August 4, 2010) — Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac continued to build momentum in July, with retail sales increasing 69 percent, driving sales growth to more than 37 percent calendar year-to-date.
July marks the eighth straight month in which retail sales for GM’s brands increased year-over-year, demonstrating the continued strengthening of each brand in the marketplace.
“The continued strong consumer demand for our products reflects our commitment to design, build, and sell the world’s best vehicles,” said Marc Comeau, GM of Canada’s vice-president of sales, service and marketing. “The success of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac each month further indicates our four brand strategy is working, helping build profitable sales in line with our targets.”
Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac delivered retail sales increases across the entire award-winning line-up, with launch vehicles continuing to hit the mark with consumers: Chevrolet sales increased 50 percent, Buick sales increased 11 percent, GMC sales increased 170 percent, and Cadillac sales increased 86 percent.
Building on this strong momentum, new offerings launching this summer and fall include the Buick Regal sport sedan, the Cadillac CTS Coupe, the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra heavy duty pickups, and the much-anticipated fuel-sipping Chevrolet Cruze compact car. Each of these entries will set new benchmarks in their segments, bolstering the stable of new vehicles that are winning with consumers.
With employee pricing available continuing in August on most 2010 model year offerings and some 2011 models, now is a great time to visit a Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac showroom to check out GM’s leading range of award-winning, high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles.
July 2010 Retail Sales Highlights
Chevrolet cars continue to show strong growth, up 37 percent. The fuel-efficient Chevrolet Cobalt posted its sixth consecutive monthly increase, up 132 percent bringing the CYTD increase to 71 percent.
The Oshawa-built Chevrolet Camaro, recently announced as winner of the Edmunds.com Launch Breakthrough Award, and winner of the AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle and Customer Satisfaction Award (sport segment), delivered a 49 percent increase for July.
Strong sales growth for compact, midsize and luxury crossovers continues: Combined Chevrolet Equinox/GMC Terrain sales were up more than 78 percent, with added capacity coming online in CAMI and Oshawa to meet demand; combined Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave sales were up 41 percent – their ninth consecutive monthly increase; Cadillac SRX was up more than 900 percent – its seventh consecutive monthly increase.
GM pick-up truck sales continued to grow in July as the economy strengthens: Combined Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra sales increased 170 percent, their best July since 2005.
The Buick LaCrosse – a Consumers Digest Best Buy for 2010, an IIHS 2010 Top Safety Pick, and the winner of MotorWeek’s Driver’s Choice Award for ‘Best Family Sedan” – continues to post positive results and achieved its highest sales month in July.
Total GM fleet and retail sales were up 21 percent.
Cadillac is one of those brands that everyone, regardless of background, has a long standing perception of. Throw away what you thought before, because the 2010 SRX ain’t your Zaidy’s Caddy!
First things first: The all new 2010 SRX is sexy as hell. From the knife edged body lines, well placed bling and jewel like exterior lamps, everything about the exterior looks hot. Inside, quality leather surfaces abound, broken up only by pearled chrome and real polished wood. The look is elegant yet sporty and certainly modern. Much attention has been paid to lowering ambient noise levels and it shows. Even with a football field sized glass sunroof, the SRX is nearly silent at highway speeds.
Reaching highway speeds in our tester was a breeze thanks to the optional 2.8l turbo V6 that produces 300 horsepower and 295 ft/lb of torque. A super smooth 6 speed automatic sends power to all four wheels when needed. Government test ratings shows this combination delivers combined city/highway fuel economy of 11.6 l/100 km. On our road trip, we manage to eek out 12.2 l/100. While that number isn’t too far off the ratings, it should be pointed out that we had the SRX fully loaded with 5 people and a full cargo area and we were traveling well above the speeds that the tests are recorded at. Given the level of performance and the type of driving, I was rather happy with the fact that we had well over 600 km from a single tank.
The down side to this performance and economy is that the 2.8 turbo is only allowed to drink premium fuel. Not too big a deal south of the border where premium isn’t too much more expensive than regular, but here in Ontario there is often a 20 percent or higher price difference.
Dual zone heater controls and heated front seats ensure that passengers are comfy in any weather Ontario can throw at us. Front and back seat passengers are treated to every technological toy know to motoring kind. From the vanishing lcd screen to the navi to bluetooth and XM Satellite radio, driver and front seat passenger are well looked after. The highlight for the kids has to be the big dual lcd monitors for the dvd player.
The back seat has one major flaw if your family includes 3 kids. The 2 cupholders reside in the fold down center armrest, meaning that a road tripping family of 5 doesn’t have any cupholders in the back. If you’ve only got 2 kids, you’re good.
As I’m one of the few who really cares about the U part of the S/CUV equation, namely Utility, I can’t get over how cool the SRX’s cargo area is. A U shaped aluminum track is embedded in the cargo area floor. This track provides for movable tie down points to keep your stuff from floating around. An optional cross bar barrier separates the space to keep large objects upright. There is also more storage space hidden beneath the floor.
Pricing for a front wheel drive SRX in Canada starts at $41,575 while our tester, a premium package with every toy imaginable rang in at $62,770. To put that into perspective, the 300 horsepower BMW X5 starts at $62,800 and climbs to $69,590 when all of the same options are added in. Some may think the X5 buyer is a lofty target, but both vehicles offer many of the same attributes.
Grandma and Grandpa used to float their Caddy down to Florida for the Winter, showing off their style to the shuffle board set. Modern Grandparents are a whole bunch cooler than that and so are Modern Cadillacs. The SRX is so good that buyers are likely going to be folks who might have never stepped foot in a GM store. Perhaps they have been loyal to the European brands. Times have changed in the car industry and so have the vehicles. Buyers of the traditional upscale imports might be surprised when they slide behind the wheel of the SRX. They might even find themselves driving off in their own Caddy.[nggallery id=87]
Few will question that the Cadillac CTS might be the best car Caddy has ever built. In fact, you could pretty much say it is world class. The sedan has won over legions of owners, especially in the wicked CTS-V format. The newly introduced wagon added an even more family friendly element. The only problem is that the intended target market might be more interested in 2 doors rather than 4 or a wagon. The answer? Create a coupe that is every bit as world class as the rest of the family and don’t forget a seriously quick V version.
Cadillac has done just that. The new coupe not only looks stunning, but promises to be an even better performer thanks to less weight and a stiffer chassis, not to mention having better aero.
Fortunately, it isn’t just the journos who feel that way. The readers of The Detroit News have voted and they have awarded the CTS Coupe the Best In Show award. GM did well in other categories as well, with the Cadillac XTS concept winning the Future Fantasy/Concept award and Chevy Volt being named Most Earth Friendly.
More photos and GM Press release after the break.
Oshawa, Ontario (September 1, 2009) – Cadillac has expanded its model line-up with the new 2010 CTS Sport Wagon which is available at Cadillac dealers beginning in September. Starting at an MSRP of $44,325 the new CTS Sport Wagon offers the same design and technical features of Cadillac’s centrepiece model, the CTS sport sedan – but in a striking wagon body style that effectively doubles the car’s cargo space. The all-wheel-drive model starts at an MSRP of $46,950.
“Cadillac’s first-ever wagon in Canada offers new dimensions of versatility and fuel efficiency in line with the changing priorities of luxury consumers,” said Marc Comeau, vice president of sales, service and marketing for GM of Canada. “The Sport Wagon provides impressive cargo flexibility while retaining the CTS’s acclaimed balance of performance and luxury, all with highway fuel consumption of just 7.2 L/100km.”
The Cadillac Escalade is a bit of a curious beast in that it is loved equally by families and rappers. Of course families love schlepping the kids to and from activities in a style that says I’ve arrived, while the gangsta crew wants da biggest and baddest all pimped out wit dubs yo. Ok, so I’m lame, but you get the idea. Enter the Escalade Hybrid. Big, mean and green and sporting some killer chrome 22′s, it might be the perfect ride for this somewhat offbeat family to cruise to a dance competition in Buffalo. Yes, it was one of the kiddies dancing, not me.
Since I was in San Fran, Mrs G picked up Big Red so my introduction involved packing the beast for a long weekend away. There were 6 of us along for the ride, and a need to keep the teenagers and the annoying little brothers separated meant that all seats were coming along for the ride in the upright position. It also meant that the space allotted for stuff was seriously limited. While the center and rear rows of seating are easily removed and reconfigured, the 8 passenger Slade is either an awesome passenger hauler or a gargantuan gear hauler, not both. All that being said, if it were only the 5 of us, we’d remove the rearward seats and have a cargo bay big enough to swallow 2 weeks worth of camping gear and our giant hairball of a dog.