The transaction experience with the Mercedes dealer was so professional. Of course it helped that I'm friendly already with my sales representative there. He's among my personal customers at my place of employment. In addition to another of the sales representatives. Spotless reception areas - no big screen tv tuned to FoxNews. Service area visible to those waiting while their vehicle is serviced. Every vehicle washed, every time. My ATS sold to another of my personal customers @ work. Pleased me very much.
The point? Cadillac absolutely must get it together at dealer level. Cadillac's behind the power curve in product selection as it is. Spent way too much time, effort and money on sedan versions with a market going full tilt to SUV's.
It's very disappointing. Yes. Chevrolet's throwing out one high performance version of the new Camaro after another. And absolutely nailing it. Go test drive a new Camaro SS 6.2 and tell me why you'd run right over to a Cadillac dealer and throw down another $20,000+ for an ATS-V with a TT 3.6 V6.
Certainly a full out CTS-V makes a fabulous sedan for $87,000+. Then. Consider a Camaro ZL1 for $25,000 less. Sure. The Camaro is a very tight coupe and the CTS-V a full on sedan. BUT? I know. Intended for very different customers. Trouble? A Cadillac dealer doesn't provide the overall experience of a Mercedes dealer. And a customer is expected to throw down serious money for a Cadillac without the "Mercedes" dealer experience. HELLO.
Mercedes customers are "high end" and expect "high end" service. Cadillac's, generally speaking, not in that league.
Let's talk model selection. Mercedes provides basically 3 performance levels across the board. The basic model. The AMG Sport upgrade. The full on AMG version. Cadillac seems attempting this. An ATS V sport version didn't happen. I understand a CTS V sport version of the 2.0 T and 3.6 V6 can be ordered. Again, late to the "party".
Understand the problem?
The extreme selling rate of the MKC and MKX simply underscore how badly Cadillac misjudged the market. Literally everyone jumped into the ultra high end SUV market within the last 18 months. Maserati created the new Levante from the Ghibli platform in 22 months. What's taking Cadillac soooooooo long? It is reported Cadillac cancelled the ultra high end CT8 sedan. The market isn't there anyway.
Some interior updates for the ATS, that's it? 4 years is an eternity without a thorough exterior update for a model with serious lack of sales. Same for the CTS. No ATS-Vsport? Oh come on. Basically what Cadillac is doing? Isn't working.
Lincoln tv ads are so much more current and interesting with Matthew. Shows Lincoln in perfect and very current light.
Look around for off lease base model 2 year old ATS sedans. Cheap rides now. So glad I got out of mine when I did. My iPhone6 never would work in it. Calling Cadillac never fixed the problem. So much for calling Cadillac.
You're a text book sore loser. After 8 years of Republican racial hatred, payback's a bitch.
What she just very well might do? Nominate then Former President Obama to the Supreme Court and with the backing of a Democrat controlled Senate, get the nomination passed.
That, without doubt, would be the icing on the cake. After Republicans spit into the wind so much they drowned in their on spit.
I agree. That's why I prepaid all routine, non warranty maintenance in the lease on my 2016 Mercedes E400. Lovely vehicle, don't get me wrong here. Yet. I'm having a real "opportunity" learning to use all the dash features. It's NOT a simple system. Sure works great with my iPhone. By the way. You guys see the pictures of the China only 5.5 inch extended new E Class sedan? It's gorgeous. Uses a version of the Mayback roof line. Much nicer than the stateside regular length sedan.
I read that Bob Lutz article and agree with his assessment. Totally different world existed in VW. Is it materially different now? Who knows. VW's in deep doo-doo and knows it. It seems though the EU lab testing of emissions helped create this mentality. We don't have "real world on the road" testing either. Appears this must change. What did President Ronald Reagan say? "Trust but verify" applies here.
I watched that particular interview and did not come away with an understanding which matches your post. Perhaps you've a hearing issues, or you misunderstood the interview.
GM and Ford co-developing that new 10 speed made dollars and cents sense. The coming Camaro ZL1 gets the 10 speed first apparently with several other GM and Ford models benefitting in time. A big win for both.
The coming completely updated Lincoln Navigator certainly benefits with an uprated 3.6 TT. I'm a big fan of the Navigator Concept. I know those clamshell doors won't make production. Those very interesting steps? Hopefully. The Concept's so much more modern than the Escalade.
"Quiet Luxury" - smart approach. The Navigator Concept presents a very needed fresh approach to a big SUV. The coming Continental and refreshed MKZ hit the mark nicely. No pretending to be something they are not. Way ahead of Cadillac in small SUV's - where the market is right now. The new MKC and MKX hit the mark squarely. And they're handsome. Using Matthew to promote is spot on correct marketing.
Getting their footing in the market, finally. With a complete update of product. The coming Continental appears ready for a successful introduction preceded by the nicely updated MKZ. The new Navigator Concept is gorgeous. Much more interesting looking than the current run of big SUV "boxes". "Quiet Luxury" really works.
Pray tell? Cruz can't get anything done in the Senate. How on earth could he get anything done as President? The Senate won't work with him now - come on guys. He's dead in the water. He and Kasich now attempt to simply stop Trump. LOL What a group of jokers. 3 most unelectable. Which leaves us with Hillary, who IS electable. Republicans made this "bed".
I recently traded my 2013 ATS. I leased a 2016 Mercedes E400 coupe. The Cadillac dealer service wasn't worth working with. Talk about service. Now let's see how Mercedes does their business. So far. Very professional and attentive. I was sold when I opened the door of the black E400 coupe, in AMG trim with light grey Nappa leather trimmed interior. OMG. Virtually the same monthly money as the Bank of America 4.1% loan on the ATS. All routine maintenance prepaid on the E400. We shall see. The E400 includes a TT 3.0 V6/7 speed automatic and it's giving me the same mileage as the 3.6 ATS.
Yes. I'm sold. Cadillac? A long way to go.
OK. Then you'll get your vote? Trump sucks. Cruz sucks. Bernie? Kasick? Oh boy. What a field of losers.
The law which opened the funding door to elections must be repealed. It's among the root causes of our present situation.