Cadillac DTS

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Cadillac DTS
06-07 Cadillac DTS.jpg
A Cadillac DTS in March 2007.
Overview
Manufacturer General Motors
Production 2006–2011
Assembly Hamtramck, Michigan, U.S.
Body and chassis
Class Full-size luxury car
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout FF layout
Platform G platform[1]
Related Buick Lucerne
Powertrain
Engine 4.6 L Northstar LD8 V8
4.6 L Northstar L37 V8
Transmission 4-speed 4T80 automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 115.6 in (2,936 mm)
Length 207.6 in (5,273 mm)[2]
Width 74.8 in (1,900 mm)
Height 57.6 in (1,463 mm)
Curb weight 4,009 lb (1,818 kg)[3]
Chronology
Predecessor Cadillac DeVille
Successor Cadillac XTS

The Cadillac DTS (DeVille Touring Sedan) is a full-size luxury sedan produced by General Motors, an American automobile company. The DTS replaced the Cadillac DeVille as General Motors' largest luxury car for the 2006 model year. This renaming followed new styling conventions set by the earlier CTS and STS.

The first version of the DTS was initially shown at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show on February 9.

Production and specifications

The DTS was manufactured at GM's Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly factory from 2005 through May 2011.[4] The "Luxury" models were priced at US$46,280 for the 2010 model. Even though priced lower than the rear-wheel drive STS flagship, the DTS is longer than the STS.

One major feature change from the Deville to the DTS was the elimination of the standard 6-passenger seating configuration for non-limousine models. However, such capability remains an optional feature for fleet clients.[5] It had a square clock but circular gauges.[2]

The DTS incorporates the updated G-platform, however GM chose to continue referring to it as the K platform;[1] as denoted by the 4th letter in the VIN, and is powered by the 32V Northstar V8, which produces 275 bhp (205 kW) in "Standard", "Luxury" and "Premium" trims. The DTS "Platinum" is equipped with 292 bhp (218 kW) version.[3] The DTS has standard industry features including multiple airbags, xenon high power headlamps, leather seating, and power seats. Options include navigation system, Magnetic Ride Control (magnetic ride control on performance models only), moonroof, chrome wheels, heated/cooled seats, and a heated steering wheel. A fully loaded DTS costs approximately $55,000(US) depending on color choice and options. A new DTS Platinum Edition was released in 2007 with special interior trim, badging and other luxury features. GM phased out all GM badges from vehicles on the 2010.5 models, including the Cadillac DTS.[6]

2007 Cadillac DTS-L
Model Year Engine Power Torque
Standard
Luxury I, II, III
2006 4.6 L Northstar LD8 V8 275 bhp (205 kW; 279 PS) at 5200 rpm 292 lb·ft (396 N·m) at 4400 rpm
2007–2008 275 bhp (205 kW; 279 PS) at 6000 rpm 295 lb·ft (400 N·m) at 4400 rpm
Standard
Luxury
Premium
2009–2011
Performance 2006 4.6 L Northstar L37 V8 291 bhp (217 kW; 295 PS) at 5600 rpm 286 lb·ft (388 N·m) at 4400 rpm
2007–2009 292 bhp (218 kW; 296 PS) at 6300 rpm 288 lb·ft (390 N·m) at 4500 rpm
Platinum 2009–2011
[3][7]
Facelifted version of 2008, with specially designed longer rear doors

DTS-L

Especially for the limousine market, the lightly stretched DTS-L was released in November 2006 for the 2007 model year. Developed and finished by Accubuilt, this version was being touted as having greater rear legroom.[8] Early DTS-L Cadillacs are easily recognized by the wider rear C-pillar, similar to the one used on the older Fleetwood 75 Series. This was necessitated by the use of the standard length DTS rear door, which left a strange-looking space between the rear wheelwell and door. In 2008 a new version, with longer rear doors, was introduced. This change also meant that the C-pillars became considerably slimmer. Despite these efforts, the small production DTS-L soon disappeared from the marketplace.

End of production

The last DTS rolled off the assembly line at 11:51 a.m. on May 27, 2011.[9]

Presidential State Car

Limousine of former US President George W. Bush

See: 2005 Cadillac DTS Presidential State Car

A specially designed and outfitted armored vehicle with DTS styling and a high-roof fitted to a GM four-wheel drive chassis was used in the second inauguration of U.S. President George W. Bush. While details of the modified vehicle, codenamed "Stagecoach", remain classified, previous such vehicles indicate that it would have been upgraded with advanced armor and safety features in order to protect the president from various threats.[10]

Yearly American sales

Calendar Year Total sales
2005 23,322
2006[11] 58,224
2007 51,469
2008[12] 30,479
2009[13] 17,330
2010[14] 18,640
2011[15] 11,589
2012[16] 465

Next generation

The automotive press has reported that the next full-size Cadillac will be called the XTS according to the March 2011 issue of Car and Driver.[17]

Prior to bankruptcy, GM had considered a rear-drive sedan, powered by the new Ultra V8 engine (replacement for the Northstar), to bow for 2010.[18] GM later stopped development of new North American Zeta-based models and canceled the Ultra V8 engine.[19][20]

References

  1. ^ a b Frame, Phil (16 January 1995). "GM H CARS MOVE TO G PLATFORM". Automotive News. Archived from the original on 17 May 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Newbury, Stephan (2006). The car design yearbook 4. Merrell. ISBN 1-85894-286-1. 
  3. ^ a b c "2011 Cadillac DTS official specs". Cadillac.com. Retrieved 2011-06-24. 
  4. ^ "Cadillac DTS Awaits Place in Bulgari Collection" (Press release). GM Media. 2011-05-27. 
  5. ^ "GM Fleet Cadillac DTS specs". Prod3.gmautobuilder.com. Retrieved 2011-06-24. 
  6. ^ "GM to drop corporate logo from vehicles – Detroit News". The Detroit News. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  7. ^ "Cadillac DTS specs @ V lane". Vlane.com. Retrieved 2011-06-24. 
  8. ^ "2007 Cadillac DTS-L". Car and Driver. November 2006. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  9. ^ Ganz, Andrew (2011-05-27). "Last Cadillac DTS rolls off line… and into Bulgari Collection". Leftlanenews.com. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  10. ^ Automobile (April 2009). "Cadillac Unveils the 2006 Cadillac DTS Presidential Limousine for George Bush's Inauguration". Automobile. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  11. ^ http://media.gm.com/servlet/GatewayServlet?target=http://image.emerald.gm.com/gmnews/viewmonthlyreleasedetail.do?domain=74&docid=31596
  12. ^ http://media.gm.com/servlet/GatewayServlet?target=http://image.emerald.gm.com/gmnews/viewmonthlyreleasedetail.do?domain=74&docid=51161
  13. ^ "Deliveries December 2009". Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  14. ^ "DeliveriesDecember2010". Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  15. ^ "Sales: December 2011 - General Motors - Cheers & Gears: Forums". Cheersandgears.com. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  16. ^ "GM's U.S. Sales up 5 percent in December". media.gm.com. 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2013-01-03. 
  17. ^ Ralph Hanson (2009-04-10). "Cadillac exec confirms sub-CTS model and STS/DTS replacement". Motor Authority. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  18. ^ "GM could use Zeta platform for large Cadillac". Left Lane News. 2007-02-26. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  19. ^ "Holden cutbacks: Holden cuts design and engineering jobs as GM abandons global RWD projects" (PDF). GoAutoNews Issue 449. 2008-09-03. 
  20. ^ John Neff (2008-01-03). "GM cancels new DOHC V8 engine program". Auto Blog. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 

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