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Cadillac CTS, Cadillac CTS-V, Sedan
May 21, 2003 (6:37 am)
From: http://media.gm.com/division/2003_prodinfo/03_cadillac/03_cts/pr.- html
"The longitudinally mounted V6 features a stiffer, stronger cylinder block, forged steel crankshaft, improved lubrication, better cooling and higher fuel pressure delivery to improve fuel injectors. Aluminum cylinder heads feature an improved combustion chamber design to reduce unburned hydrocarbons and a drive-by-wire throttle system for better emissions performance."
And the tech inspectors at the latest autocross had a heck of a time finding my throttle return spring.
May 21, 2003 (7:39 am)
I think we have all seen the ad where the woman driver gets out wearing a right foot sneeker. Well my wife wears a LEFT foot one so she can be more comfortable with the clutch!! How's that one??
#3083 of 6595 Electronic throttles
May 21, 2003 (8:14 am)
With continuously variable valve timing, the throttle is usually electronic so the throttle opening and valve timing can be coordinated to minimize emmissions and fuel consumption.
#3084 of 6595 Electronic Throttle - Yes or No?
May 21, 2003 (8:35 am)
Did I mis-speak! So what is the offical word on the CTS throttle?
The GM Media release seems to back-up my comments: "The longitudinally mounted V6 features a stiffer, stronger cylinder block, forged steel crankshaft, improved lubrication, better cooling and higher fuel pressure delivery to improve fuel injectors. Aluminum cylinder heads feature an improved combustion chamber design to reduce unburned hydrocarbons and a drive-by-wire throttle system for better emissions performance."
If I'm wrong, thanks for the correction, as I hate to mis-state things. -Jer:>)
#3085 of 6595 Orange Backlit Vs White or Blue
May 21, 2003 (8:55 am)
This is of course a matter of personal choice, but I prefer either orange or blue over white. The white seems too harsh (As I mentioned earlier, I saw one the other day). Forgive me for showing my age, but I still remember that the State of California said back in the 1950's that the most easily read license plate color combination was yellow-orange & black. This was after extensive testing. That was why the State chose that combination from the late 1920's till about 1968. Of course now the State has gone to reflective plates, so the yellow-orange color is out. Anyways, I think the earlier model orange (or blue) is easier on the eyes. Drop by the Dealership and take a look at the newer CTSs and see what you think. -Jer:>)
#3086 of 6595 Orange Backlit vs White
May 21, 2003 (2:08 pm)
I personally like the orange backlit guages. White seems to harsh for my taste. Just received my first issue of Cadillac's Vision magazine. Nice little story in there about the plant in East Lansing. How the workers themselves are taking great pride in building a really great car. Also, a good sidebar on how they paint the cars. Robotics do most of the painting. Pretty interesting.
#3087 of 6595 Cadillac Plant
May 21, 2003 (2:59 pm)
The plant where the Cadillac CTS is manufactured is in Lansing, Michigan and last year I had the privilage of touring it during a city wide 'Be A Tourist In Your Own Town' program. The tour went through almost every aspect of how the CTS gets put together. The line had been stopped so you could get up close to the vehicles on the line to see how each phase of assembly was done. I've also toured one of the older GM plants and I can say there is truly a huge difference between the two. You can certainly see the effects of the $560 Million GM spent in Lansing Grand River plant. Even more cool was the fact that you could talk with people who worked on the line about the CTS and see in the way they talked and how happy they were to put together such an awesome vehicle.
#3088 of 6595 Electronic throttle
May 21, 2003 (4:51 pm)
Well they sure are keeping it a secret. It isn't mentioned on Edmunds or on the Cadillac website or a couple of others I checked. You'd think a feature like that would be heavily advertised. I stand corrected.
#3089 of 6595 electronic throttle
May 21, 2003 (8:49 pm)
Very common these days. Almost more notable if a medium/high-end car doesn't have it now.
#3090 of 6595 Lansing Grand River Plant
May 22, 2003 (9:59 am)
Tyler is 100% right. I don't know if many of you have seen the video put out by Cadillac of how the 2003 CTS is built. The video is AWESOME. It shows the robotic painting process and has discussions with the line workers and Team Leaders. They are very excited about the new CTS and really want it to succeed. All of the workers have 10 to 20 years of experience, and have been hand selected by GM to work on the CTS line. The whole process is apparently a new concept infofar as the Management and Union relationship. It shows how the car body is assembled as a complete painted shell, then all the trim & interior is added. The complete drive line is on a robotic dolly, and comes up from below to mate with the finished body. As I recall it takes about 27 hours to build a CTS. By the end, this video makes you feel very proud to buy this new American product. I was lucky to get a copy of this video from my buddy and fellow CTS owner "DarkKnight". He found his original copy on ebay, but I've had no luck in locating an original copy. Anyone have any connections to get us all one? -Jer:>)