What is Cadillac Super Cruise?
Within the Cadillac community, the idea of hands-free driving, or Super Cruise™, has been one of those seemingly unattainable technologies. The wait is over and Cadillac Super Cruise™ is finally going to be available as an optional system on later production models of the 2018 Cadillac CT6 sedan. When the system becomes available to the general public, it will be the industry’s first true hands-free highway driving technology. An array of new and existing systems come together to make long stretches of highway driving no more strenuous than leisurely relaxing with a morning newspaper and a cup of coffee. However, it’s important to note that the driver still must be engaged in controlling the car.
“Super Cruise™ is a more technologically advanced hands-free driving solution, which in terms of capability, integration and validation is uniquely focused on customer convenience and safety,” Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac president said in a press release. “Cadillac’s philosophy is to elevate driving. Super Cruise™ enables safe, simple hands-free driving for the highway.”
How does Super Cruise™ work?
The two most important components of the Cadillac Super Cruise™ system are LiDAR and the driver attention system. During development, testing showed that keeping the driver engaged in a supervisory role with the hands-free system was the most successful way to go about things. A small camera on top of the steering column monitors the position of the driver’s head and determines if he or she hasn’t been looking away for too long. A series of lights and tones are then implemented to get the driver back in the game. LiDAR uses pulses of light to measure and determine where the car is on the road as well as in relation to other vehicles.
For an extra bit of safety, the Super Cruise™ system can safely bring the car to a stop and contact first responders if the system determines the driver is incapacitated. The new hands-free driving system will be available in the 2018 Cadillac CT6 this fall.
If you would like to be among the first to work with the new Cadillac Super Cruise™ system, contact a Don Wheaton sales professional today.
Next Cadillac crossover SUV coming in 2018
While the current crop of Cadillac vehicles is being faithfully displayed at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto and the Chicago Auto Show in the U.S., the automaker is getting closer to releasing its next new model. Not a whole lot is known about the next Cadillac crossover SUV that will be arriving at dealerships like Don Wheaton. According to Cadillac product experts as the auto shows, buyers can expect a small crossover SUV called the Cadillac XT3. It will be based on the current Buick Encore/Chevy Trax platform and will offer those new to Cadillac brand a, assumingly, value-based entry point.
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When will the new Cadillac XT3 be released?
Information currently available indicates the next Cadillac crossover SUV will be unveiled in the next year; probably in time for the big auto shows. Naturally, the Don Wheaton Blog will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
Features for new Cadillac crossover SUV
A lot can happen between now and when the new Cadillac XT3 crossover is shown to the public. It’s a pretty safe bet that it will be well equipped with the latest available technology and be powered by an efficient (also turbocharged) engine. Like its Trax and Encore cousins, the Cadillac XT3 will be wonderfully adapted to urban driving while still maintaining an excellent level of utility.
Other Cadillac news
In a previous Don Wheaton Blog, we described how the new Cadillac vehicle naming conventions will work. Basically, new sedans (and possibly coupes) will have the designation CT with an even number and crossovers will be labeled XT with an odd number. As the numbers get higher, the vehicles have higher levels of performance and more advanced or refined features.
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Cadillac flagship in display at auto show
If you would like to keep abreast of news about the new Cadillac crossover, bookmark the Don Wheaton Blog. If you would like to view our current inventory, contact a Don Wheaton sales professional.
Cadillac Racing at 24-hour Daytona race
A while back, the Don Wheaton Blog was very happy to announce Cadillac was getting back into the professional racing game with the custom-built DPi-V.R. The new Cadillac race car took home its first trophy-winning the 55th running of the Rolex 24 Hour at Dayton on Jan. 29. NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon was among the drivers to get behind the wheel for the Cadillac team to make him just the fourth driver in history to have won the Daytona 500 and the Rolex 24-hour race. Despite all of the engineering that went into the car as well as the skill of the drivers, it wasn’t an easy path to victory for the Cadillac team.
“This is unbelievable! I haven’t been this emotional for a win and an experience like this for a very long time. The reason is because I know what this means to this team, Wayne [Taylor], these kids [Ricky and Jordan] – Max. Oh my gosh! This is amazing,” Gordon said. “Daytona has always been special, but this one sent me over the top. I’m just blown away right now. When he told me about the Cadillac program, I was amazed. It is an amazing beautiful car with a lot of technology. To win in that car in a race like this is amazing.”
Throughout the race the drivers had to contend with more than just the competition; weather was also something to consider. It was sunny and quite warm when the race began. By the time night feel, the temperature had dropped significantly and it had started to rain. The next race will be a 12-hour affair in Sebring, Florida, another historically important race track.
If you would like to see some of the technology shared between the custom-built DPi-V.R and mass-produced Cadillac vehicles, contact a Don Wheaton sales professional today.
Wheaton Cadillac Contest winner
For most of the second half of 2016, Don Wheaton was running a promotion where the purchase of almost any Cadillac model would place the buyer in a very lucrative contest. In partnership with Edmonton International Airport, the winner would win a pair of business class tickets on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to anywhere in Europe they operate. Dawn Jacobsen was picked for the prize and was given her tickets during a small presentation at the dealership on Jan. 10.
Dawn’s purchase of a 2017 Cadillac XT5, the brand’s new crossover SUV, got her entered into the contest.
In the above photo, Dawn is in the center holding her gift bag with Kirstin Brown from Edmonton International Airport and Vincent Crabol of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines on her left. On Dawn’s right side stands Cadillac Sales Manager Troy Sorge and Andrew Wheaton.
Everyone at Don Wheaton Cadillac, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Edmonton International Airport would like congratulate Dawn and wish her nothing but the best on her upcoming adventures. If you would like to know more about the Cadillac options available at the Don Wheaton showroom, contact one of our sales professionals today.
Don Wheaton Cadillac Website
The building which is occupied by Don Wheaton GM is one of the most prolific in an already historic neighborhood along Whyte Avenue in Edmonton. That same attention to quality and style that when into the building’s renovations a while ago have been put into the brand new Don Wheaton Cadillac website. Luxury vehicle customers have different needs and offering a separate Cadillac website is just one way the brass at Don Wheaton is catering to those needs. The new website offers a stunning and modern look, a wide range of functionality as well as an encyclopedia’s worth of information.
What’s new with the Wheaton Cadillac site?
Staff at Don Wheaton worked with the best in the website business to build the new site to make sure it’s as useful as possible. The most important thing that future or repeat customers to know about the DonWheatonCadillac.com is that it can be viewed on almost any digital device. This means that people will be getting the same information regardless whether they are using a smartphone, tablet or laptop computer to visit the new Wheaton Cadillac website.
See what you can learn on the Don Wheaton Cadillac website
What can I do on the new Wheaton Cadillac site?
Functionality is a very important metric for any website. The new Don Wheaton Cadillac is there to pick up the slack when the brick and mortar building is closed for the day. If a problem with an owner’s Cadillac coupe, sedan or SUV crops up after business hours, an appointment for service can be made right from the website. Once the appointment is received, a qualified service team member will contact you and confirm the work that needs to be done. For those that like to turn their own wrenches, our parts department can accept order forms for Cadillac components online.
If you have any questions about anything you see on the new Don Wheaton Cadillac website, contact a Don Wheaton sales professional today.
Learn more about the 2017 Cadillac roster
It might seem a little late in the game to formally introduce you to the entire 2017 Cadillac lineup available at Don Wheaton. We thought it would be ok since we are so close to the calendar flipping over to the new year. Also, Cadillac has produced these outstanding videos showing off some of the outstanding features of the new Cadillac roster. 2017 marks a time when levels of technology meet new heights of available technology as well as cutting edge technology. Take a look at these videos and if anything catches your eye, please come by the Don Wheaton Cadillac showroom and ask us about it.
Introduction to the 2017 Cadillac lineup at Don Wheaton
Brand new Cadillac models
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High-performing Cadillac sedans
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Compact Cadillac performance
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Legacy Cadillac models in 2017
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2017 Cadillac How To videos
The lineup of 2017 Cadillac coupes, sedans and SUVs in the Don Wheaton showroom feature some of the most compelling and cutting edge technology in the entire automotive industry. On board Wi-Fi, smartphone integration, various safety systems all come together in Cadillac vehicles that truly puts the brand out in front of many competitors. Some of us who work with these technologies everyday forget how they can be overwhelming to new buyers. The Don Wheaton Blog has put together a few introductory videos to give prospective a peek behind the curtain. Hopefully, these videos will clear up any confusion you might have or prompt you to ask a Don Wheaton sales professional for more help.
Using Cadillac Navigation
How do I use Automatic Parking Assist?
What can I do with the Rear Seat Entertainment system?
Cadillac Lane Keep Assist/Lane Departure warning
Wireless cellphone charging
How do I use voice recognition?
New Cadillac technology available at Don Wheaton
New car buyers thumbing through the Cadillac inventory in the Don Wheaton showroom are likely to come across a couple of new technologies. Over the last few model years, Cadillac vehicles have been gaining a lot of ground on the competition because of incredible array of cutting edge features that are available. Cadillac laid the groundwork for this technological dominance with the 4G LTE Wi-Fi mobile hotspot. For 2017, the luxury automaker has developed the Rear Seat Reminder and Rear Camera Mirror. At the most basic level, these features are built for added convenience; but each one also serves as another layer of safety to protect passengers by preventing potentially dangerous situations.
How does the Cadillac Rear Seat Reminder Work?
The Rear Seat Reminder in vehicles, like the 2017 Cadillac Escalade, is as wonderfully simple as it is effective. After a long day at work, it’s pretty easy to forget something in the back seat. Basically, the Cadillac Rear Seat Reminder works by monitoring when the rear doors are opened in relation to when the engine of the vehicle is started. When the proper conditions are met, an audible alert will sound and a visual message will be displayed in the vehicle’s center gauge cluster. This system is also meant to help parents remember to check the back seat when they are driving with children in car seats.
What is the Cadillac Rear Camera Mirror?
Vehicles offering a rear view camera is nothing new. The Cadillac Rear Camera Mirror takes that technology to the next logical step. A centrally located camera on the back of models like the new 2017 Cadillac CT6 sedan as well as the previously mentioned 2017 Escalade, offers a field of view that is several times larger and clearer than competitor’s systems. Water and dirt is kept off of the camera’s lens thanks to a special hydrophobic coating.
To use the new rear camera system, a driver simply needs to pull the tab under the rear view mirror toward them like they were diming it. A high resolution image will be displayed instead of the mirror. Going back to a standard rear view mirror is as easy as pushing the tab forward.
If you’d like to see either of these new Cadillac technologies in person, make an appointment with a Don Wheaton sales professional today.
Cadillac technology used in race cars
When it comes to associating General Motors and professional racecars, Chevrolet is usually what comes to mind with its success in NASCAR. Cadillac also has a very rich racing heritage, though the brand races on a bit more exotic circuits. After a 14-year absence, Cadillac will be joining the International Motor Sports Association WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series in the Prototype class. The luxury automaker recently unveiled its 2017 DPi-V.R car to a packed house in New York. Wayne Taylor Racing and Action Express Racing will be handling the driving duties for the car’s first race, Jan. 28-29, 2017 at the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Cadillac racing technology used in passenger cars
The exterior of the DPi-V.R makes it very clear that this is not a daily driver and isn’t going to be showing up in the Don Wheaton showroom. It’s low slung body is designed for creating maximum downforce as well as the overall riggers of high-performance racing. Although, there are number of elements on the professional racing vehicle that were inspired by elements found on Cadillac production vehicles like the CTS-V super sedan.
“The DPi-V.R race car was an exciting new canvas for the Cadillac design and sculpting team,” Andrew Smith, Global Cadillac Design executive director said in a Cadillac press release. “The studio embraced the opportunity to interpret the Cadillac form language, line work and graphic signature for this premier prototype racing application. Every detail of the final design was selected to support the car’s on-track performance and unmistakable Cadillac presence.”
Engineers also installed the same Rear Camera Mirror found in 2017 Cadillac models like the CT6, CTS, XT5 and Escalade.
What kind of engine does Cadillac use to race?
The team in charge of building engines for General Motors is one of the best in the business. Drivers in the cockpit of the DPi-V.R racecar will be using a very familiar engine. The 6.2-liter, small block V-8 engine that has found homes with Corvette, Camaro and CTS-V is going to be used professionally. Believe it or not, the new Cadillac competition car’s version of the engine make 600 horsepower while the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V, available at Don Wheaton makes 640 horsepower. Use that information carefully.
If you would like to learn more about the racing technology available in Cadillac passenger vehicles, contact a Don Wheaton sales professional today.