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    Cadillac Escalade vs. Mercedes-Benz C300 in Drag Race
    Cadillac Escalade vs. Mercedes-Benz C300 in Drag Race

    While Cadillac is ready to challenge all rivals in the luxury automobile segment, Mercedes-Benz seems to be a great target. No wonder, Caddy took care of providing a video showing than it can easily beat one of the German automaker's products. The battleground is a segment of asphalt with a starting line, hit-the-gas-now light tree, and a finish line. The battle between Germany automotive action and America isn't really fair though, because of Cadillac. While General Motor's luxury arm chose Mercedes-Benz C300 as the acceptive target, the American automaker chose to stick with the Escalade.

    Seems like vehicles of different sizes and shapes are lining up in head-to-head motorsports fight, though it doesn't appear to be fair. The German side features Mercedes-Benz C300, an entry-level luxury sedan carrying not a representative 228-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine (while the most powerful 'regular' C-Class engine is noticed in the 302-hp C350). The American side in its turn boasts a much more expensive luxury SUV equipped with the 6.2-liter 403-horsepower V8 unit.

    Cadillac Unveils CUE Infotainment System
    Cadillac Unveils CUE Infotainment System

    Last week, Cadillac introduced its new break-through infotainment system at the CTIA Enterprise & Applications conference. Having spent nearly 3 years on development, GM created a competitive system that offers another level of how we interact with cars.

    The CUE (Cadillac User Experience) system is accessible using an 8'' capacitive LCD touchscreen. The display is housed within a black faceplate, integrated in the front console. So far, there are no resolution details listed for the screen, what is known is that the display offers 1,000 brightness, 24-bit color depth, and the ability withstand temperatures as low as -40 deg. CUE supports Bluetooth 3.0 connection, has two USB ports and an SD card slot. The system offers on-board navigation tools, AM/FM and XM radio, weather maps with Doppler radar, and integration of rear-facing camera input. CUE comes with the speech-to-text and text-to-speech features for the user to record and listen text messages and e-mails. Being based on the Linux OS, CUE supports Stitcher and Pandora, and provides an HTML-5 browser with JavaScript support. Together with CUE, Caddy introduced several industry firsts for the system, including multitouch hand gestures (flick, tap, spread, and swipe), haptic feedback (buttons on the faceplate pulse when pressed), natural speech recognition (eliminates the need to use awkward commands), and proximity sensing. The company will also offer a CUE-powered 12.3-inch LCD gauge cluster behind the steering wheel.

    The CUE system will come standard on the 2013 Cadillac XTS scheduled to debut next month at the 2011 LA Auto Show. It will also be offered on the 2013 Cadillac ATS and SRX prior spreading to the entire lineup.

    Cadillac's Future Flagship: Premier Sedan or RWD Sportcar?
    Cadillac's Future Flagship: Premier Sedan or RWD Sportcar?

    Rumors about Cadillac's new flagship model appeared a while ago and now a blurred gossip has become covered with new details. According to popular automotive publication, Car And Driver, there are two scenarios of this front runner development.

    The first possibility for Caddy's lead ship might be a top-notch sports car which would borrow some design cues from the Cien concept that was first introduced almost a decade ago, at the 2002 NAIAS in Detroit. If that's the case, the two-seater Cadillac would use a brand new platform and a mid-engine structure that could be also used in other future GM products, such as the C8 Corvette. There is also a chance this sports car could be a large model, perhaps something as imposing as a Maybach. Naturally, such a car would be expensive costing minimum $150,000, as suggested by Car And Driver.

    According to the same source, the other shape a Cadillac's flotilla leader could take is a large-sized sedan going under code name "UP". This model would be developed as a rival to such segment sharks as the Audi A8, the BMW 7-Series and the M'-Benz S-class. The car would use an alleviated version of the long-wheelbase RWD Zeta platform mated to either a turbocharged, direct-injected V-6 or a naturally aspirated V-8. The price tag of the suggested model would fix at around $80K.

    Cadillac is expected to reveal their decision as to what model will become the crown jewel in the middle of 2011.