Cadillac CT6 and My Favorite Murder

One of my Wife’s birthday presents in August was a trip to see Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstack from the  My Favorite Murder podcast live when they were to be in Dallas.   The PodCast live performance was this November weekend, and what better weekend for us to have a 2018 Cadillac CT6 in the driveway for the ride downtown?

The CT6 is the largest Cadillac sedan, with a huge 122.4″ wheelbase — the space between the front and rear axles.  That’s almost a foot longer than the other large Cadillac sedan, the XTS.

I had driven a CT6 Platinum with the 3L TT but had not tried the ‘standard’ CT6 with 2L Turbo or 3.6L V6.   In a way this weekend’s test drive was a delight to find just how much Cadillac one can get for a least expensive CT6, around ~$50K.

The test CT6 had the LGX 3.6L autostop, variable displacement V6 engine for 345 hp.  The all wheel drive (AWD) system requires no attention, but gives you the benefit of four wheel propulsion if the weather or conditions demand.  A lot of our CaddyInfo fans have expressed concerns about start/stop, but I am getting quite used to it.  Start/stop technology is when the car automatically turns the engine off when stopped, then turns it back on when or before you need to proceed.  There is a button on the dash to turn this feature off, but I think the more time we spend with it the more we will trust the Cadillac will handle it and let it do so.

The real treasure of the CT6 design is it is a full size car with the svelte shape of a midsize

For our drive down to the historic Majestic Theater in downtown Dallas, I hooked up a USB cable and my iPhone so we could use the huge 10″ center infotainment display for navigation.  The route was pretty easy, except we knew one of the bridges on the way was under construction and impassable.   Also, once I get downtown in Dallas I find careful planning and route management are the order of the day.

Parking in a local public parking garage was uneventful — we bypassed the ‘compact car’ sections for an open area higher up where the CT6 could have some room.

We arrived early for the Podcast show, and walked over to Dallas Chop House for coffee and dessert in the lounge area.    That worked out very well for enjoying our wait, but we footnoted it for a return trip for a full steak dinner another trip.

The My Favorite Murder Live! 10:30 pm show started late, but was engaging and funny.  Our seats in the theater were front-row after the orchestra pit, and we laughed throughout the two woman show about every but murders, and murders.  My Wife is a big fan of the podcast.  We had VIP tickets and we stayed after the show for my Wife to meet and have a picture taken with the Stars.

Ann (center) with the Podcast stars, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstack

The drive home went very well, with the CT6 happy cruising at the speedlimit and limited traffic due to the very late hour.  Overall I enjoyed the weekend test drive.

My favorite features of the CT6:

  • Wonderful seating and view out the front, huge leg room and space in the rear seats
  • Variable displacement V4/V6 feature — I like the power of the LGX V6 but I would like to explore the ability to go into V4 mode and get much better fuel economy more.
  • Selectable Dash display — although limited to 2 selections in this model.

My nits about the CT6:

  • Cadillac should have gone even more dramatic with the styling
  • I would make a Heads Up Display a standard feature; this model did not have it
  • The 3.6L V6 and 3L TT V6 are only available in AWD, not RWD.

Crest Cadillac in Frisco, Facebook, provided  the car for this test drive.   I am also a Crest Cadillac customer — I bought my ATS-V there, and recommend them to others.

Oil change and New Cadillacs

Saturday I had a fun visit to Crest Cadillac .  My 2016 Cadillac ATS-V had contacted Crest via Onstar and the called to schedule my appointment.

While I waited I had a lovely breakfast burrito, then wandered out to see the new Cadillacs.

Gorgeous blue CTS-V with blacked out highlights

The CT6 TT 3L would be a great choice for a full size Cadillac.

I was glad to see the Crest milkion dollar wash had no impact on my Caddyinfo site decal.

CADILLAC HOUSE TO HELP DESIGNERS BRING THEIR VISIONS TO LIFE IN ITS THIRD SEASON AS OFFICIAL NYFM: MEN’S VENUE FOR S/S 2018

  • CADILLAC AWARDS GRANTS TO DESIGNERS Exhibiting AT CADILLAC HOUSE
  • NYFW: MEN’S OFFICIALLY KICKS off with the Todd Snyder SHOW and after-party AT Cadillac House

NEW YORK — Cadillac will celebrate its fifth season as a sponsor of New York Fashion Week: Men’s (NYFW: Men’s), continuing its partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Additionally, Cadillac House (P4), which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, will serve as an official runway venue for the third season.

To further demonstrate its commitment to menswear for Spring/Summer 2018, Cadillac awarded grants to the seven designers showing at Cadillac House: Todd Snyder, Robert Geller, DYNE, Kenneth Ning, Matiere, Luar and Rochambeau. The designers submitted proposals demonstrating how they would creatively reimagine Cadillac House, an adaptive space that naturally provides a blank canvas to develop immersive concepts. The seven designers selected represent the diverse mix of talent displayed at NYFW: Men’s each season, from icons who have showed since its inception to newcomers showing for the very first time. This funding will enable the designers to push boundaries and produce an experience beyond the traditional runway show.

“It was important to us that our commitment to NYFW: Men’s continued to evolve this season, so we provided grants to help both established and emerging designers realize their most dynamic and compelling shows possible,” said Nathan Tan, associate director of Brand Partnerships and Experiences for Cadillac. “To cut through the clutter today, designers need to think outside the box, but too often their vision can be limited by the venue. Cadillac House was developed as a place to foster new ideas, offering the designers the opportunity to transform the space as they wish.”

“New York Fashion Week: Men’s continues to provide a world-class platform to showcase the creativity of the American menswear industry,” said Mark Beckham, vice president of Marketing for the CFDA. “Cadillac’s continued commitment to the CFDA provides designers with the opportunity to present their collections to a global audience in a unique and impactful manner.”

Cadillac House will be a busy destination this NYFW: Men’s season. The venue will kick of the week on July 10 by hosting the Todd Snyder runway show and after-party, featuring a performance by Lewis Del Mar, and the space will wrap up the week with a closing party on July 13 hosted by Rochambeau.

“We are very excited and honored to be selected to present at Cadillac House this season.  It’s such a great space; it has all the technology you could hope for,” says Todd Snyder. “The grant from Cadillac gave us the ability to put a spin on our presentation.  I am really excited to have Lewis Del Mar playing live music during our show and we’ve created a video that will play pre-show on Cadillac House’s unique displays.”

Each day, Cadillac House will transform with new scenes from each designer. Its open veranda features the 1953 Cadillac Le Mans prototype vehicle and its oversized windows give those who pass by on Hudson Street a glimpse of all the action.

  • July 10 | 7 p.m. Todd Snyder + After-party
  • July 11 | 12 p.m. Robert Geller | 4 p.m. DYNE
  • July 12 | 12 p.m. Kenneth Ning | 4 p.m. Matiere
  • July 13 | 12 p.m. Luar | 8 p.m. Rochambeau + After-party

From the designers:

Robert Geller: “I am really looking forward to showing at Cadillac House. It is a beautiful location in the heart of Manhattan and their grant really helped us to put on an inspired show.”

Christopher Bevans, DYNE: “Being a fan of Cadillac since I was kid, I loved their attention to detail and how iconic the silhouettes are. It’s exciting to be a part of a brand like Cadillac and showing in their beautiful space; everyone on the team has been so helpful in executing my ideas. It gives me an amazing platform to showcase the Spring 18 collection and the grant allowed me to create a video piece that is as dynamic as the collection.”

Kenneth Ning: “Cadillac’s generous grant allowed me to go digital with our atmospheric ambience. The video installation we were able to produce, will give our guests an immersive experience starting from the street leading into the venue.”

Scot Shandalove, Creative Director of Matiere: “The timing couldn’t be better for Matiere to be showing with Cadillac this season as we feel the technology and energy that Cadillac House provides reflects the core ethos of our brand. The grant Cadillac awarded to Matiere provided us an opportunity to elevate our show experience by including a collaboration with the Alonzo King LINES Ballet from San Francisco for our SS18 ‘Reflections’ presentation.”

Raúl López, Luar: “Cadillac House provides the perfect opportunity to infuse technology and open space into the context of my show – something I am always looking to do but not always able to achieve. The subtle yet powerful use of 72 monitor screens to create an ambiance is a techie’s dream, especially for someone like me who is constantly looking to the future for answers.”

Rochmabeau: “Cadillac is a dream partner for Rochambeau for this NYFW:Men’s. Ever since Cadillac House opened in our neighborhood, we have wanted to do something amazing there; turning the entire space into a Yung Jake art installation is the perfect opportunity.”

ABOUT CADILLAC

Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. Today Cadillac is growing globally, driven by an expanding product portfolio featuring distinctive design and technology. More information on Cadillac appears at www.cadillac.com. Cadillac’s media website with information, images and video can be found at media.cadillac.com.

ABOUT CFDA

The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc, (CFDA) was founded in 1962 and aims to strengthen the impact of American Fashion in the global economy. In addition to hosting the CFDA Fashion Awards, the organization owns the Fashion Calendar and stages the bi-annual New York Fashion Week: Men’s. Other initiatives include the CFDA {Fashion Incubator} and the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund as well as several Scholarship and charitable programs. For more information, please visit www.CFDA.comfacebook.com/cfdatwitter.com/cfda,cfda.tumblr.com, and youtube.com/cfdatv.