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2016 Cadillac CTS-V – 640 Horsepower: 0-60 MPH In 3.7 Seconds

2016 Cadillac CTS-V  – 640 Horsepower: 0-60 MPH In 3.7 Seconds

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When the current, second-generation CTS-V first hit the scene back in 2008, the car’s 556 horsepower pretty much blew most of the competition out of the water. However, the next dedicated performance model from Cadillac, the ATS-V unveiled at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show, is outmatched in the power stakes by its rivals from Lexus and Mercedes-Benz. This has left some fans concerned that the new third-generation CTS-V may not eclipse the outputs of its rivals.

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Well, Cadillac has put those concerns to rest with confirmation that the new CTS-V, which makes its debut at the upcoming 2015 Detroit Auto Show, as a 2016 model, will come packing a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 good for 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque (the same mill found in the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06). Yes, that makes the new sledgehammer of a sedan more powerful than supercars like the Ferrari 458 Speciale and Lamborghini Huracán, but more importantly it outmatches all off its rivals by a considerable margin. By comparison, the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG deliver 575 and 577 hp respectively in their most potent trim.

We also know that the engine comes with direct fuel injection and cylinder deactivation, and, of course, delivers some incredible performance numbers. Cadillac says the luxurious five-seat sedan it powers should sprint to 60 mph from rest in just 3.7 seconds and keep accelerating until it maxes out at 200 mph. Drive is to the rear wheels only, via General Motors Company’s [NYSE:GM] brilliant 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission. The paddle-shifted unit features a launch control system and specific shift programing for the 2016 CTS-V.

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Track-honed design, chassis and suspension elements complement the supercharged engine and further elevate the car’s capability, performance and driver control over the regular CTS. Additional upgrades include a carbon fiber hood, beefy Brembo brakes, third-generation Magnetic Ride Control suspension (damping response is now 40 percent faster), structural enhancements (stiffness is up 25 percent), a wider track, and track-tuned traction and stability control systems. Buyers of the 2016 CTS-V can also opt to have a hood vent, front splitter, rear spoiler and rear diffuser fitted—with all the components made from carbon fiber.

Nineteen-inch wheels wrapped with specially developed Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires give the CTS-V its footprint and enable nearly 1 g in lateral acceleration. The lightweight, forged aluminum wheels—measuring 9.5 inches wide in the front and 10 inches wide in the rear—are constructed of a low-mass forging that helps reduce unsprung weight for greater agility and a more direct feel to steering inputs.

The suspension and electronic power steering system have also been tuned for quicker response and work together with an electronic limited-slip differential to further aid handling. The standard Brembo brakes include two-piece 15.3-inch steel discs up front with six-piston calipers and 14.3-inch discs at the rear with four-piston calipers.

Moving inside, CTS-V buyers will be treated with a performance-oriented design featuring sueded microfiber accents and matte-finish carbon fiber trim. Sporty Recaro front seats are available and come with adjustable bolsters that help hold occupants in place during high-load cornering. The standard front seats are 20-way adjustable with heating and ventilation.

Advanced safety and parking technologies include a front curb-view camera system that provides a visual cue of curbs to protect the front splitter; automatic parking assist to find and steer into parallel or perpendicular parking spots; side blind zone alert, forward collision alert, lane keep assist and rear cross traffic alert. Additionally, the car comes with unique menus, the CUE infotainment system, GM’s Performance Data Recorder, and most of the standard goodies from the regular CTS.

The 2015 Detroit Auto Show gets underway January 12.  In the meantime, additional coverage of the event can be accessed via our dedicated hub.

Source: Motor Authority

General Motors first-degree murder cover-up! the Increasing Death Toll

General Motors first-degree murder cover-up! the Increasing Death Toll

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By Pete Bigelow

Following fresh revelations that General Motors has continued to conceal information related to its ongoing safety crisis, a leading US Senator has called the company’s conduct “outrageous” and called for more hearings on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), one of the top critics of the automaker’s conduct in handling an ignition-switch flaw now linked to at least 32 deaths, said Tuesday that GM’s “continuing, purposeful concealment strains credulity, and stains the company’s conscience – setting back efforts to reclaim GM’s good name.”

General Motors had internally identified Averill as one of the 13 victims it had initially acknowledged as related to the defect.

His comments came one day after The New York Times reported the company withheld critical information from the family of Jean Averill, a Connecticut woman killed in a single-car crash in 2003 that it determined was caused by the defective ignition switch.

General Motors had internally identified Averill as one of the 13 victims it had initially acknowledged as related to the defect. In fact, hers was the first death that involved a Saturn Ion, one of the vehicles at the center of multiple investigations spawned by the problem.

But the company reportedly kept that information hidden, even from Averill’s family. The family didn’t learn of the link to the problem until 11 years later – when her children were contacted by a Times reporter last week. At the same time, they learned they’re running out of time to file a claim with GM’s victim’s compensation fund. A company-set deadline of December 31 is looming on the horizon.

“General Motors failure to inform the Averill family of its clear internal determination – that Jean’s death resulted form the company’s continuing use of a defective ignition switch – undercuts everything it has said about its good faith and its integrity,” Blumenthal said in a written statement.

The Times’ revelation came one day after new documents revealed GM placed an urgent order for 500,000 ignition switches with Delphi Automotive, its supplier, in December of last year. The order indicates they knew of a problem with the ignition switches – yet it did not initiate a recall for nearly two more months.
“These documents raise deeply disturbing questions about the validity of the Valukas report.” – Sen. Richard Blumenthal

The order was sent one day after an internal committee discussed the problem, but decided not to recall the vehicles. A recall wasn’t announced until February, despite the fact federal law requires auto companies to initiate a recall within five days of discovering a safety threat.

To date, more than 2.6-million GM models, including the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion have been recalled due to the ignition-switch flaw, which makes it easy for the ignition to slip from the “run” to “accessory” position. When that happens, power is lost to the engine, power steering and airbags.

In response to the new documents outlining the order, Blumenthal questioned the integrity of the Valukas report, a document produced by outsider investigator Anton Valukas that largely exonerated GM’s upper management as the ignition-switch problem enveloped the company.

“These documents raise deeply disturbing questions about the validity of the Valukas report, as well as the timeline of GM’s effort to protect its car owners,” Blumethal said. “The question is why the delay and how many lives were put at risk since GM waited at least two months before issuing a recall even though it had already decided to order parts.”

GM Delivers Best Third Quarter Sales Since 1980 – 2.4M vehicles sold

GM Delivers Best Third Quarter Sales Since 1980 – 2.4M vehicles sold

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GM Delivers its Best Third Quarter Global Sales Since 1980
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Chevrolet up 9 percent in North America
Cadillac up 63 percent in China
Buick global sales up 7 percent

DETROIT – General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) sold 2,449,595 vehicles around the world in the third quarter of 2014, up 2 percent compared with a year ago. It was the company’s best third quarter since 1980. In the first nine months of 2014, GM sold 7,371,743 vehicles, up 2 percent.

Third quarter sales in the United States and China, the company’s two largest markets, were up 8 percent and 14 percent, respectively. Year to date, sales in the United States and China were up 4 percent and 12 percent, respectively.

GM is on track to surpass sales of 3 million vehicles in China for the second consecutive year and the company expects to top last year’s record sales of 3.16 million vehicles. During September, GM’s cumulative sales in China surpassed 20 million vehicles.

“GM delivered its best third quarter global sales in 34 years thanks to solid growth in the United States and China, and steady improvement in Opel’s market share,” said GM CEO Mary Barra. “We have launches now underway, including the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon in North America, the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa in Europe, and the Buick Envision and Cadillac ATS-L in China, that will keep our momentum going.”

Highlights (vs. 2013)

Chevrolet had record sales in China in the third quarter, up 13 percent to 169,830 units. For the first nine months of year, the brand is up 7 percent to a record 505,316 units. September was Chevrolet’s best month ever in China.
Calendar year to date, Chevrolet sales in South Korea are at record levels.
The success of the new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra helped GM increase its estimated share of the U.S. retail market for large pickups from 32.7 percent in the first quarter of 2014 to 34.7 percent in the second quarter and 35.6 percent in the third quarter.
Buick’s global sales were up 7 percent in the third quarter to 284,540 units and they are up 11 percent calendar year to date to 858,046 units, driven by strong growth in the United States and China. Buick’s China sales were up 8 percent in the quarter to 220,578 units and they were up 11 percent to 670,999 units in the first nine months of the year.
In China, combined, sales of small SUVs – the Buick Encore, Chevrolet Trax and Captiva – were up 90 percent in the third quarter. In the United States, the Buick Encore has been the best-selling vehicle in its segment for six months in a row. The Chevrolet Trax will launch in the United States in early 2015.
Cadillac’s global sales were up 4 percent in the third quarter and they are up 9 percent year to date, driven by strong growth in China. Cadillac’s China sales were up 48 percent in the quarter to 18,665 units and they were up 63 percent to 52,425 units in the first nine months of the year.
Opel/Vauxhall gained market share in 11 European countries in the first nine months of this year, including Germany, where the brand earned 7 percent of the market, up 0.3 points.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.

GM to pay Millions to switch victims–How it will be distributed

GM to pay Millions to switch victims–How it will be distributed

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WASHINGTON — Victims of General Motors faulty ignition switch could get as little as a few thousand dollars to millions, according to Kenneth Feinberg, compensation expert hired by GM to administer a fund to pay victims and their families.

In an interview with USA TODAY, Feinberg, a lawyer specializing in dispute resolution, laid out details of how the program will work, who will be eligible and gave some examples of possible payouts. He’ll making the details public this morning in a press conference at the National Press Club.

 

The fund will begin accepting applications Aug. 1, and the application period will closed Dec. 31 at 11:59 p.m.

Feinberg said the fund probably will finish doling out payments and be dissolved by the middle of next year. He said his goal is to pay valid claims within 90 days — 180 days in complicated cases.GM to pay Millions to switch victims–How it will be distributed

While he has a formula to determine compensation amounts, the is no limit on payments to individuals nor for the total fund, he said. Payments also are not limited to those deaths and injuries directly tied to the recall problem of front airbags not deploying — including, for example, rear seat passengers and occupants of other cars involved in crash with the GM car.

“There’s no aggregate cap. It’s not as if General Motors is putting up X dollars and telling me, ‘Spend it wisely because that’s all there is,’ ” he said.

And Feinberg has the last word on claims. “GM delegated to me, at my full and sole discretion, to decide which claims are eligible, and how much money they should get. There are no appeals (by GM or victims). Once I make the decision, that’s it.”

GM CEO Mary Barra repeatedly has promised that GM will “do the right thing” for victims, and pledged that, effectively, the sky’s the limit on total spending to pay victims of crashes related to the faulty switches.

Though costly in the short term, that approach can save a company from spending years in court defending itself case by case, appearing hard-hearted in the process — and perhaps eventually paying out more than it would funding a generous compensation fund. GM expects about 90% of claims to be settled through the fund.

In February and March, GM recalled 2.6 million 2003-2011 GM small cars worldwide, 2.19 million of those in the U.S. The recall is to replace defective ignition switches that the automaker links 13 deaths in 54 crashes. The switch can inadvertently rotate from the “run” position to “accessory” while the car is underway, shutting off the engine and power steering and brake assist and disabling the airbags.

The critical safety flaw in the recall — and for the compensation fund — is the failure of the airbags to deploy when the should.

If the airbags inflated in a crash, “you’re not eligible. Automatic disqualification” for the compensation fund, Feinberg said.

“But if the airbag didn’t deploy, it could have been the switch,” he said. “If the airbag didn’t deploy, or you don’t know if the airbag deployed, file a claim.”

Feinberg is setting up a website and toll-free phone line for the fund. He’s also sending letters to the current registered owners of the 2.6 million recalled vehicles. A million former owners will get letters, too, a result of suggestions by the Center for Auto Safety.

The only other no-limit, sole-discretion fund run by Feinberg like the one he’s running for GM was the one for victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He said that one paid out $7.1 billion in taxpayer’s money and that 97% of 3,077 claims were settled by the fund. The rest chose to seek better deals in court.

Other high-visibility compensation funds he’s handled include ones for victims of the BP oil spill, Boston Marathon bombing and Virginia Tech campus shootings.

The GM compensation payments, in most cases, will hew to a matrix like the one he designed for the 9/11 fund. “It’s not rocket science,” he said, because it’s based on U.S. Bureau of Labor calculations of economic loss from human tragedy.

Special circumstances will be evaluated individually. One of those he’s expecting involves a woman whose GM car crashed, killing her boyfriend who was a passenger. She was fined for felony reckless driving.

“For 10 years she’s been living with the idea that she recklessly killed her boyfriend. I find that’s a rather extraordinary circumstance,” that should be evaluated outside the fund’s formula, he said.

Three categories of claims will be compensated: Deaths, catastrophic injuries and less-serious injuries.

Most death claims will be based on the Labor formula that uses considers a person’s age and income before the accident. To that amount, Feinberg adds $1 million for pain and suffering, which he said is higher than the average court award of $750,000 for pain and suffering, plus more if the death leaves behind a spouse or children.

Examples of death compensation payments under the Feinberg math:

17-year-old student, no wages, no dependents: $2.2 million.
25-year-old earning $46,000 a year, married, two children: $4 million.
40-year-old, earning $75,000 a year, married, no children: $5.1 million.
Catastrophic injury victims are defined by the fund as those who, as a result of crashes linked to the GM switches, are quadriplegic, double amputees, permanently brain damaged and requiring continuous care or pervasively burned over their entire bodies. Those victims can be paid more than death cases.One example:

10-year-old parapalegic, who will need care for many years: $10.8 million.
Victims who claim lesser injuries will be paid according to how long they were hospitalized, starting at a few thousand dollars. Claimants have to have gotten verified treatment by a doctor or hospital within 48 hours of the accident. “Don’t send me wheelbarrows of medical records. I only need to know you were treated within 48 hours,” he said.

Payment examples:

One night in a hospital, up to $20,000.
Two to seven nights, $70,000.
34 days’ hospitalization for extensive treatment of broken bones, head injuries, up to $500,000.
The GM switch fund is open only to claims for injury or death, in any country, involving the 2.6 million 2003- to 2011-model GM small cars recalled earlier this year, including people in other vehicles involved in crashes with those recalled GM models. If the car’s not included in the ignition switch recalls in February and March, “forget it,” he said.

Passenger in these GM can apply for compensation regardless of whether they were in front seats, which should be protected by airbags, or in back, where there may be no airbags.

Carelessness, intoxication or other “contributory negligence” by the driver or passengers will be ignored, Feinberg said. “Intoxication, speeding, texting with your cell phone — irrelevant. This fund will not look in any way, shape or form at the negligence,” he said.

People who’ve already settled claims with GM, before the switch recall, can seek more money, he said. If they qualify, the award to them will be in addition to what GM already paid, but reduced by the amount already paid.

People who accept Feinberg’s compensation agree not to sue GM. But people who already are suing, or considering it, should file a claim for compensation any way, Feinberg said. “It is, in effect, a free preview. File your claim and see what will be done with it, then you can always continue to litigate” if the proposed settlement seems unsatisfactory.

He has set up what he calls a “menu” of ways people can provide evidence the faulty switch caused their crash. They needn’t prove the switch was faulty. “Not absolutely, positively, but more probable than not that the ignition switch failed, then they’ve satisfied the burden” of proving a legitimate claim for compensation, he said.

The plan outlines a number of ways people making claims can use to show the switch was faulty or that air bags did not deploy when they should have, including police reports, accident photos, medical records or “black box” data from the car if still available.

Once the fund closes, Feinberg said, he will provide “a full reckoning, an audit for the public. What claims were approved, what ones denied, and why.”

Feinberg said he will meet, at their request, with any victims or families whose claims involved deaths or catastrophic injuries.

He’s learned from previous fund cases that, “These people do not come to see me to talk about money. They want to vent: ‘Why my daughter, Mr. Feinberg?’ Unless you have a heart of stone, it’s really difficult.

“A law degree in a problem like this is probably irrelevant. A divinity degree, maybe.”