Congrats to the excellent Engineers and Suppliers at Cadillac who were recognized by an Engineering Society for innovation (39th Society of Plastics Engineers’ Automotive Innovation Awards Competition):
Body Exterior: Exterior spoiler with integrated stop light assembly is used on the Cadillac® CTS® Sport Wagon.
Highly dimensionally stable, this thermoplastic Class A horizontal body panel meets stringent gap requirements by managing a low coefficient of thermal expansion (3.9) while also maintaining heat, impact, and surface quality for a highly aesthetic application. The center-high-mounted stop light is also integrated in this part.
Read more: Injection-Molded Breakthroughs Highlight SPE Winners – 2009-11-17 16:49:29 EST | Design News.
Another example of a part that one might take for granted as part of the CTS Sport Wagon design that the experts recognize as an innovation.
Bob Lutz Says Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon is Definitely Coming – Car and Driver Blog.
GM’s vice chairman Bob Lutz has confirmed that the 556-hp Cadillac CTS-V wagon will indeed become a production reality. Lutz dropped the W-bomb during a recent one-on-one interview while discussing how to prime the market for cool cargo haulers—like a possible Buick Regal wagon—especially among the over-35 set that grew up traumatized by wood-paneled Grand Marquis and Chrysler K-car wagon-trocities. Then Lutz said, “You know what’s really going to get you guys [on board with wagons] is the CTS-V wagon.”
This is terrific news, and something I think a lot of people see as a “no brainer”! The Sport Wagon is around 200 lbs heavier than a CTS Sedan, but the Supercharged LSA engine has plenty of horses to handle that. This is great way to extend Cadillac sales — put together products that performance luxury enthusiasts are excited about.