Herman Cain, Kim Kardassian — Taking a Cadillac moment

Two very disparate news items this week, one about Herman Cain as a Presidential candidate dealing with a story from his past, and one about Kim Kardassian and her recently announced premature footnote to her celebutante wedding.  Both these developing stories however strike me as situations which could have benefited (and may still benefit)  from taking a moment to reflect.

That’s what I like about driving a Cadillac, even with the performance V Series model I enjoy as a daily driver.  It gives me some quiet time on the way about my day.  I try not to have the sort of stresses that Mr Cain or Ms Kardassian seek out, but I still find that I need some isolation from the day to day noise and traffic.  Nothing does that better than surrounding yourself with sculpted wood and leather with the surety of precision machinery.

What is a Cadillac moment?  To me a Cadillac moment is that opportunity to listen to cool jazz or the latest pop tune while cruising along to my destination and enjoying the journey.  Taking a Cadillac moment means instead of responding to the latest stress unprepared or off the cuff, taking a moment to reflect on the context and impact of the issue and of your response, and gaining some perspective.

Things that seem an unfair attack on your campaign at first, can get better or worse in terms of perspective depending on your response.  Your response helps to define the issue.

When you meet and date and marry someone, especially if you choose to do so in a very elaborate, public, televised manner, there are probably multiple points which could benefit from a moment of reflection.  Is this someone I want to spend my life with?  Is this someone that I can go through thick and thin with?

Stress is not what happens to you, it is how you respond to what happens to you.   When you do have something(s) come up in your life, take a Cadillac moment and attempt to gain some perspective before you respond.    You will certainly in the long run be glad you did.

Living the Cadillac lifestyle includes keeping a lot of perspective.

Cadillac August 2011 CTS Sales up 39%

Good news — Cadillac sales overall were flat August 2011 compared to August 2010.   Why is that good news?  With the DTS discontinued, flat sales means that CTS and SRX sales have stepped up to hold the line until the XTS, ATS, and ELR arrive.

CTS sales blossomed at 5.8K for the month, a 39% month vs month, or 34% increase when the number of sales days are factored in.  SRX sales continued to show strength at 4.6K for the month.

(Calendar Year-to-Date)

January – August

2011 2010 % Chg Volume %Chg per S/D
2011 2010 %Chg Volume
Selling Days (S/D) 26 25

CTS 5,783 4,155 39.2 33.8
37,237 28,756 29.5
DTS 719 1,896 -62.1 -63.5
10,172 12,117 -16.1
Escalade 1,105 1,076 2.7 -1.3
8,964 9,842 -8.9
Escalade ESV 655 724 -9.5 -13.0
5,057 4,874 3.8
Escalade EXT 174 188 -7.4 -11.0
1,241 1,196 3.8
SRX 4,627 4,325 7.0 2.9
34,960 32,703 6.9
STS 145 324 -55.2 -57.0
2,806 2,728 2.9
XLR 0 1 ***.* ***.*
12 177 -93.2
Cadillac Total 13,208 12,689 4.1 0.1
100,449 92,393 8.7


Cadillac sales are up 9% from last year for the same period.  Cadillac CTS sales are a highlight.

Press Release summary: Cadillac:  Combined sales of the Cadillac CTS sedan, coupe and wagon increased 39 percent compared with August 2010.  Cadillac reduced its fleet sales by 51 percent.


Cadillac goes with Alpha & Omega

Cadillac apparently has internally approved development of a modified Zeta platform called Omega.   The Zeta platform is the GM Full-size Rear-wheel Drive platform.  GM platforms lately have received greek letters for their internal references.  The Zeta was originally designed as a replacement for the W, H, and K platforms, but was not used, instead becoming the underpinnings of the Chevrolet Camaro.  The long wheel-base version of Zeta has also arrived in the form of the Chevrolet Caprice police vehicle.

Zeta has an independent suspension utilizing MacPherson struts coupled with a dual ball joint lower A-arm in front and a four link independent setup in back.   Holden is working on a variant of Zeta to make it lighter and more economical.  One would suppose the new Cadillac Omega platform would be lighter and more premium — utilize more expensive components for the same platform in order to save more weight and improve performance.

GM Zeta Rear Wheel Drive Platform

The upcoming Gen V V-8 is the suggested powertrain for the new Top-Cadillac.  This seems a good selection to me as it should give terrific power and relatively good fuel economy for what promises to be a heavier vehicle.

The upcoming ATS will be on the Alpha platform, and the refresh of the CTS will also go onto a long-wheelbase Alpha.  Alpha was originally designed as a small rear-wheel drive program.  The advantage of the new Omega platform perhaps is that it allows for a even longer wheelbase for the upcoming Top-Cadillac.  Also, with the addition of the Omega platform for the larger Top-Cadillac (ULS?) Cadillac will have a nice mix of platforms to develop from.  The upcoming XTS is on the Epsilon II Front-wheel drive platform, although it may be all-wheel drive with rear-wheel drive bias.   It will be interesting to see how the XTS, ATS, CTS, and SRX fare in the showroom.