Cadillac XTS in Running to Replace Lincoln Town Car

2013 Cadillac XTS

2013 Cadillac XTS

It’s New Year’s Eve, and many party-goers will celebrate by riding in the back of a hired limousine. However, with the end of the Lincoln Town Car, many other cars, including the Cadillac XTS, are looking for ways to enter the livery market.

The Detroit News recently interviewed Gary Kessler, CEO of Cary International, the world’s largest livery company, to get his take on the transition. While Kessler said his fleet is still composed of 85% Lincoln Town Cars, replacing the older models is going to fuel the need for new alternatives.

According to Kessler, “We’re clearly at a watershed event. There isn’t a clear replacement for the Town Car. But the more people who are in this space, the more that is going to raise the bar on the vehicles from which we can choose.”

To be one the choices in the running, General Motors’ Professional Vehicles division is introducing a new livery package for the Cadillac XTS, GM’s new flagship sedan. The Cadillac XTS livery package will offer the Cadillac CUE system for navigation, power inverters for charging and using multiple mobile devices, window shades, and heated rear seats. Instead of paring down the amenities as is typically done for fleet vehicles, the XTS liver package will borrow from the Platinum Edition, leaving drivers and passengers wanting for nothing.

Cadillac spokesperson David Caldwell said, “We do see opportunity for Cadillac to grow in this space, and we’re pursuing it in a way that’s parallel to our overall growth as we elevate and expand our brand. The experience inside a Cadillac will reach the same standard in the livery environment as for an individual retail buyer.”

To see the luxury of the 2013 Cadillac XTS for yourself, visit Don Ledford Automotive Center in Cleveland. Our sales team will happily answer any questions about the XTS and any other Cadillac, including features, pricing and availability. Browse our inventory online, visit our Chattanooga area dealership, or call 423-476-1191 for assistance.

Thank you for a great 2012, and we look forward to serving you in 2013!

Cadillac ATS on List of 10 Best Engines

Cadillac ATS engine, © General Motors

Cadillac ATS engine, © General Motors

The 2013 Ward’s 10 Best Engines awards have been announced, and the turbocharged 2.0L I-4 that propels the new Cadillac ATS claimed a spot on the list.

Ward’s 10 Best Engines honors traditional gas engines at a time when fuel efficiency regulations make the competition among them tougher and add pressure from hybrids and plug-ins. They considered 40 engines from 16 different car makers, and selected winners based on factors like refinement, fuel efficiency, innovation, and power. For the second year, half of the engines are four-cylinder, while only 7 years ago, the four-cylinder engine wasn’t even mentioned.

The 2.0L turbocharged engine in the Cadillac ATS is boasts the highest output of any GM production engine, with 272 horsepower, or 136 horsepower per liter. The aerodynamic design and lighter weight of the ATS also help give it a zero-60 time of 5.9 seconds and estimated fuel economy of 21/31 city/highway mpg.

Other impressive features of the engine in the Cadillac ATS include the twin-scroll turbocharger with air-to-air intercooler, jet-spray piston cooling in the two-stage variable displacement oil pump, four valves per cylinder with continuously variable timing, and the forged-steel crankshaft with modular balance shaft system.

According to Tom Murphy, executive editor of WardsAuto.com, “The 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder is a stout performer that impressed all the WardsAuto editors. It muscled its way back into the winners’ circle with remarkable horsepower per liter, and the engineers deserve kudos for reducing engine friction some 16 percent, which means it runs smoother and more efficiently.”

While the 2.0L four-cylinder was the award winner, the Cadillac ATS is also offered with a standard 2.5L four-cylinder and an available 3.6L V6. For questions about pricing and availability of the Cadillac ATS and its options, call Don Ledford Automotive in Cleveland at 423-476-1191. We also invite you to stop by our dealership, just a short drive from Chattanooga, for a test drive of the ATS or any other quality GM vehicle.

2013 Chevrolet Cruze Offers New Safety First

2013 Chevy Cruze

2013 Chevy Cruze

The Chevrolet Cruze already has a long list of safety features and designations to its name, but now it can add ground-breaking new airbag technology.

The Chevy Cruze was an IIHS Top Safety Pick in 2011 and 2012, and the 2013 Cruze earned highest ratings of “Good” in front, side, rear and rollover crash tests. The 2013 Chevy Cruze received the maximum 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA in 2011 and 2012 with a dual-stage airbag system. This year, the Cruze was tested using new airbag technology and continued its history of safety excellence.

While now-standard dual-stage airbags deploy using different inflators for high-speed or low-speed crashes, the new system in the Cruze is simplified. The new single-stage airbag uses an inflator with lower output for all crash types. The new system is lighter and has a flexible vent, allowing forward momentum of the occupant to push some of the air out of the way. GM tests have shown that together, these features help prevent airbag injuries to drivers.

According to Gay Kent, GM general director of vehicle safety and crashworthiness, “This new air bag technology is a smart way to manage crash forces, and is an integral part of Cruze’s continued success in safety testing. The latest safety rating reflects the confidence we have in its new and carry-over safety technologies and overall crashworthiness.”

In addition to the innovative airbags, the new Chevy Cruze offers many other standard safety features. At its introduction, the Cruze was the first car in the class to offer 10 standard airbags, including the segment debut of front knee airbags. The Cruze also features Enhanced Smart Pedal/Brake Override, Panic Brake Assist, StabiliTrak stability control, and the GM OnStar safety system.

To see the advanced safety and technology of the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze, visit Don Ledford Automotive center online or in person at our dealership in Cleveland. For questions, including pricing and availability, please call 423-476-1191.

2014 Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra Debut New Engines

New engines for new GM trucks (2013 Chevy Silverado pictured)

New engines for new GM trucks (2013 Chevy Silverado pictured)

The moment truck enthusiasts all over America have been waiting for has arrived – details about the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra have been officially released.

The most notable updates to the newest members of the General Motors truck family are found under the hood, in the three new EcoTec3 engines. These engines were designed with an advanced combustion system that will make the best use of technologies like continuously variable valve timing, cylinder deactivation, and the direct fuel injection system.

“We believe these are the most technologically advanced engines ever offered in light-duty pickups, and they are 100 percent truck – specifically designed for the way customers use trucks in the real world,” said Jordan Lee, Small Block chief engineer and program manager.

The new EcoTec3 engines were designed to give new flexibility and efficiency to the truck segment, providing large displacement that allows for rugged towing and powerful performance for the Silverado and Sierra when needed, while offering the ability to switch to four-cylinder mode for greater efficiency under lighter demands. Known as Active Fuel Management, this technology increases fuel economy, though specific numbers have not yet been released.

The new engines for the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra are all matched to six speed transmissions. EcoTec3 engine variations include the capable and budget-friendly 4.3L V6, the new 5.3L V8 that offers improved power and efficiency over the previous version, and the 6.2L V8 that GM expects to be the “most capable engine offered in any light-duty pickup truck.”

In addition to the three engines, the 2014 Silverado and Sierra will each be offered in three body styles and three box lengths. Unfortunately, they are not yet available for purchase, but Don Ledford Automotive Center in Cleveland has a full inventory of other new and used Chevrolet and GMC vehicles. Stop by for a test drive at our dealership near Chattanooga, or call 423-473-1191 to let a member of our team help you choose the perfect vehicle!

2014 Corvette C7 Revealed

Chevrolet CorvetteThe new Chevrolet Corvette C7 has only been driven by a handful of people in the world, and doesn’t officially debut until January, but video gamers now have the chance to take it for a virtual spin.

While some aspects of the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette remain disguised in the game, players of Gran Turismo 5 on Sony PS3 get a sneak peek. The prototype Corvette used in the game is camouflaged, but so realistically that it resembles any car spied on the test track. However, driving characteristics unique to the new Corvette, still being fine-tuned before the official debut, are present in the virtual car, making the driving experience authentic.

Like the six generations of Corvettes before it, the Corvette C7 can be downloaded for PS3 for no extra cost. Playstation players can race the test prototype on a variety of tracks, including the Nurburgring, test ground for the real Corvette C7 prototype.

Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Global Marketing, said, “Until now, only the most skilled drivers on the Corvette team have been authorized to push the test prototypes to the limits on some of the most challenging track surfaces in the world. Through this unique collaboration with Gran Turismo, Chevrolet is able, for the first time, to give performance car enthusiasts access to such an exclusive driving experience.”

Chevrolet remains one of the most popular nameplates in Gran Turismo. Let Don Ledford Automotive Center provide you with a real Chevrolet driving experience by stopping by our Cleveland dealership and test driving one of the exciting cars on our lot. We have a full inventory of new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles, as well as pre-owned models from many other popular names. Our courteous sales team is happy to help drivers in the Chattanooga area choose the perfect cars for their driving needs.

2014 Impala Features Updated Chevrolet MyLink Infotainment System

2012 Chevrolet Impala

The Los Angeles Auto Show is under way, and Chevrolet has used it as the stage to unveil the latest generation of the MyLink infotainment system.

The newest incarnation of Chevrolet MyLink will debut in the 2014 Chevy Impala, and will later expand to other 2014 Chevrolet models. Chevy reported that more than half of buyers of even less expensive models like the Sonic opt to pay more for infotainment, so updating and improving the system is a worthwhile investment. It is also a necessary one to stay competitive with other systems like Ford Sync and MyFord Touch, which will also be updated in 2014 models.

While MyLink will feature all of the expected amenities – navigation, weather, traffic, phone voice/text integration, music – the real changes lie in the new personalization of the system.

Chevrolet researchers used consumer interviews and online voting to develop four custom themes for MyLink, allowing drivers to choose the appearance of the interface for themselves. Themes include the uncluttered and efficient “Contemporary” design, the youthful and dynamic “Edge”, the neon-enhanced carbon fiber look of the “Velocity” for driving enthusiasts, and the bright and energetic “Main Street” design.

Matt Fuligni, design manager for Chevrolet User Experience, said that the new MyLink appearance was inspired by everything from smartphone icons to sports television graphics. In addition to the new theme options, accessed through the Settings menu, the new MyLink allows icons on the home page to be personalized for easy access.

Said Fuligni, “There is such a high level of attention, consistency and level of detail in the graphics on the cluster and center stack displays that they’ve become nearly as important to the overall interior look and feel as color and trim. We can’t design a custom Impala interior for every customer, but we can give them the next best thing.”

While we will all have to anxiously await the arrival of the 2014 Impala to dealerships, you can test drive a new 2012 Impala now at Don Ledford Automotive Center in Cleveland. With a 3.6L V6 engine offering 300 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque and a smooth, 6-speed automatic transmission, you’ll wonder why you ever drove anything else!

2013 Chevrolet Spark Easy to Afford, Easy to Drive, Easy to Maintain

2013 Chevrolet Spark

2013 Chevrolet Spark

Studies have shown that younger Americans are driving less and buying fewer cars, a trend that the 2013 Chevrolet Spark was designed to reverse.

With many young people, especially those in cities with public transportation, delaying driving and car ownership, the need for an inexpensive, easy-to-maintain, city-friendly car was obvious. Enter the Chevrolet Spark, which has a starting retail price of just under $13,000, can be parked virtually anywhere, and is a breeze to maintain.

According to GM engineer Jim Federico, “The Spark will appeal to young urban buyers who are always on the go. The Spark is perfect for these urban lifestyles because it is not only easy and fun to drive, but also easy to own.”

The Spark features Chevy’s advanced oil life system, which only recommends oil changes every 7,500 miles, or when the Oil Life Monitor detects the need for maintenance. If buyers take advantage of the Chevrolet Certified Service $29.95 gas saver bundle with oil change, they stand to save around $900 on oil changes alone over 150,000 miles, compared to a vehicle that needs an oil change every 3,000 miles. The Spark is also designed to use transmission fluid and electronic power steering fluid that are expected to last the life of the car.

The Chevrolet Spark is also equipped with an engine timing chain that requires no scheduled maintenance, rather than a timing belt. The Spark is also designed to go up to 100,000 before the spark plugs need to be changed, with is 36,000 farther than mini-car competitor Fiat 500 and 70,000 more miles than the Smart fortwo.

The Chevy Spark is also covered by a 6-year/100,000-mile rust-through limited warranty, 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty, and a 5-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. And if anything does go wrong, the Spark is equipped with OnStar, which can send monthly diagnostic reports to alert drivers of any maintenance issues.

For more information about the Spark or another new Chevrolet, visit Don Ledford Automotive Center in Cleveland. We have an impressive selection of new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles, as well as many quality used cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers. Drivers in the Chattanooga area are sure to find a vehicle to suit their needs, as well as a finance department to help with purchases and a service department to keep cars running like new! For a limited time, we have also partnered with Chick-Fil-A to offer a free sandwich when you test drive a car at Don Ledford Automotive Center!