Please Don’t Steal my Escalade #Cadillac #soundtrack

I wrote a new song called “Please Don’t Steal my Escalade” last week.  Cadillac Escalades frequently top the ‘most stolen’ vehicle lists.

Here is a link to the song:

Please give it a listen.  I think this song could be part of  a fun commercial for Cadillac.

Scene: Recording studio, band performing
Camera angle: show the mixing boards and a view through the window of the band recording, with 2 engineers in the booth.  Sound is live. Shoot with a studio band performing the song; mix with video of Escalades  being driven on the   booth walls around the band.

Cast the studio band with a mix of ages, but the lead singer needs to be younger – 20s/30s.  Final scene is with the Producer in the booth murmuring “I tell you what I’d do if someone tries to roll with my Escalade!”  and a nod in reply from the 2nd Engineer.  Perfect if the Producer is the ‘name’ talent and has the line.

It would show a sense of humor and perhaps help humanize the Escalade theft issue.


Copyright Bruce W Nunnally 2011
Original Mix – Adult Contemporary


I got a new Escalade
‘Cause I need it
To carry pieces that I need
To do all the things I do
To do the things that I do

Please don’t steal my Escalade
It’s an instrument I need
How I play the notes of my life
It’s my Cadillac

We both want my Escalade
But let’s think of how you’ll feel
When You have your own
You’ll say to some guy,
Hey You! Please don’t steal my Cadillac!

Please don’t steal my Escalade
It’s an instrument I need
How I play the notes of my life
It’s my Cadillac


Please don’t steal my Escalade
It’s the way that I do
The things That I do
You know that we all want to
Just do the things that we do

What do you think?  Would this make a fun commercial?

V8 Speculation

With the GM’s investment in the Tonawanda Engine facility, there is some excitement among enthusiasts about just what product(s) we might expect.

The most likely product is the direct injected 5th Generation 6.2L V8.  The 6.2L L94 engine in the Escalade is a Gen IV engine, and makes 403 hp.  Earlier tests by GM showed that a direct injected variant of the earlier L92 (like the L94 but without Active Fuel Management AFM) made another 50 hp, got 3-6% better fuel economy, and ran cleaner, with no other changes.  So hopefully one output of the new investment at Tonawanda will be a new 6.2L V8 that makes 450+ hp in the Escalade, and 475+ hp in the Camaro or base Corvette.

The ability to make more power gives other nice options — moving to a smaller displacement and keeping the same power.  By increasing power capacity by 10% one can decrease displacement by 10% and maintain the same power output.  So if a 6.2L engine makes 450 hp one could change to a 5.5L engine and still make 400 hp like the current L94.  The smaller displacement engine should gain in fuel economy and emissions from the smaller displacement.    I am always in favor of MORE horsepower, but to meet the new fuel economy and emissions regulations some changes will be required.  Changes that maintain excellent power output while becoming more environmentally friendly are the best changes.

Of course the real gain would be a Gen V version of the LSA Supercharged Direct Injection 6.2L V8 for the CTS-V that made 600+ hp.   One can dream…

Press Release:

    • Five plants receive work: Tonawanda, N.Y.; Defiance, Ohio; Bedford, Ind.; Bay City, Mich. and St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
    • Investment creates or retains about 1,600 jobs
    • New engines to save more fuel through direct injection technology and advanced combustion system design

DETROIT General Motors will invest more than $890 million which will create or retain more than 1,600 jobs in five North American plants to produce a new generation of fuel efficient small block truck and car engines.  The investment consists of the following:

  • Two plants will support the engine production:
    • Tonawanda, N.Y. – an investment of $400 million resulting in more than 710 jobs
    • St. Catharines, Ontario – an investment of $235 million resulting in approximately 400 jobs
  • Three plants will support engine casting and component production:
    • Defiance, Ohio – an investment of $115 million resulting in up to 189 jobs
    • Bedford, Ind. – an investment of $111 million resulting in about 245 jobs
    • Bay City, Mich. – an investment of $32 million resulting in over 80 jobs

The investments include facility renovation and installation of new, highly flexible engine machining and assembly equipment and special tooling designed for manufacturing efficiency and engine quality.  At the casting facilities, investments include expansion of  semi-permanent mold and precision sand casting technologies that result in a high degree of dimensional accuracy and material strength properties needed to support the newer, more efficient engines in GM’s product portfolio.

“GM is investing in our plants, restoring and creating jobs and making progress toward our vision of designing, building and selling the world’s best vehicles,” said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America.  “These latest investments show our commitment to improving fuel economy for buyers of every GM car, truck and crossover and giving them the best possible driving and ownership experience.”

The next generation small block engine family will have unprecedented fuel efficiency through direct injection and an all-new advanced combustion system design.  The new engine family will rely exclusively on aluminum engine blocks, which are lighter and contribute to the improved fuel efficiency. In addition to being E85 ethanol capable, these engines are being designed with the capability to meet increasingly stringent criteria emissions standards expected throughout this decade.

Specifics about the engine capabilities as well as product applications will be shared at a later date.

Since the launch of the new GM last July, the company has announced investments of more than $2.3 billion at 22 facilities in the U.S. and Canada.  These investments restored or created more than 9,100 jobs, and they demonstrate a strong commitment to GM’s future and to the United States and Canada.

The Most Escalade The Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum

Cadillac offers the full-size Escalade in three models:  Escalade, Escalade EXT, and Escalade ESV.  The EXT model offers a pickup truck bed.  The ESV offers more Escalade — the ESV is an extended variant of the already full-size Escalade SUV, and offers a full 45.8 cubic feet of space behind the 3nd row of seats.  Yes, that is about the same as 3 trunks in addition to 3 rows of seats.  Need the maximum Escalade?  The Escalade ESV may just be your perfect vehicle.

2010 Cadillac Escalade ESV

Summary Information

Models: Cadillac Escalade; Cadillac Escalade ESV; Cadillac EXT
Body style / driveline: Escalade: full-size, 4-door luxury SUV, front-engine, 2WD & AWD (7 to 8 passengers);

Escalade ESV: full-size, 4-door extended wheelbase luxury SUV, front-engine, 2WD & AWD (7 to 8 passengers);

Escalade EXT: full-size, 4-door luxury sport-utility truck, front-engine, AWD (2 to 5 passengers)

Construction: body-on-frame, all-welded, fully-boxed, ladder-type channel design, with hydroformed front and rear sections
EPA vehicle class: full-size, 4-door luxury sport utility
Manufacturing location: Escalade and Escalade ESV: Arlington, Texas; Escalade EXT, Silao, Mexico
Key competitors: Lincoln Navigator, Lexus LX 470, Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Infiniti QX56; Lincoln Mark LT

2010 Cadillac Escalade ESV Console

The Escalade ESV comes with 3 rows of seats; you can either get dual bucket seats on the 2nd row, or an optional 3-seat bench.  With the 3-seat bench the ESV will seat a full 8 passengers, and with the extended length can carry their luggage too.

The Escalade L94 engine is almost perfect in this application.  With 403 hp, the V8 has plenty of power for almost any situation, even given the mass of the Escalade ESV.  New for 2010 is Active Fuel Management, which allows the V8 to run as a V4 under low load conditions such as steady state cruise.

Escalade ESV Platinum

Cadillac offers the Platinum Variant of certain models as the Maximum Luxury version.  For the Escalade, the Platinum package adds:

Platinum Includes unique front fascia with upper and lower grilles, LED headlamps, 22-inch multi-spoke chromed aluminum wheels, exclusive Light Linen/Cocoa interior, TEHAMA first- and second-row leather seating surfaces, embroidered Cadillac insignias and unique door sills, genuine olive ash and burled walnut wood trim, Rear-Seat Entertainment System with two 7-inch-diagonal screens integrated into the back of the front head restraints, remote, 2-channel headphones and heated and cooled front console cup holders.

Tahama Leather is a particularly delicate, soft, supple leather.   In this process, the leather is tinted all the way through, but in a way that does not hide any imperfections in the leather.  Therefore only the highest quality leather can be used.  Full-grain leathers are used, as found in the finest of leather goods.  Full-grain leathers have not been sanded or refinished in any way to remove imperfections; again, so only the best, highest quality leathers can be used, but allowing for the best fiber strength and durability.  Over time the Tahama leather will develop a patina rather than wear out.

Advantages of the Escalade ESV:

  • Seats 7 (or 8 with center bench)
  • Extended space for luggage or items behind the 3rd row of seats
  • Luxurious appointments throughout
  • Up-high seating allows excellent view in traffic

Disadvantages of the Escalade ESV:

  • People may assume you bought it for the bling factor (Do we care?)
  • Size — this is a large vehicle, which has to be taken into consideration when parking and similar situations