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2021 Cadillac CT4 and CT5 add hands-free driving tech, get special edition

The 2021 Cadillac CT4 and CT5 gain available Super Cruise hands-free driving technology.

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Cadillac's two remaining sedans are getting high-tech upgrades for the 2021 model year and a special edition. The 2021 Cadillac CT4 and 2021 Cadillac CT5 will arrive on dealership lots later this year.

Buyers can opt to upgrade to a high-defiintion 12-inch instrument cluster that sits In front of the driver of each vehicle. The digital display is customizable to include a Tour and Sport theme. CT4-V and CT5-V models also get a Track and dark, minimalist Stealth mode.

2021 Cadillac CT4 and CT5 A new fully digital instrument cluster is available.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology have been added to the model, as well as SiriusXM with 360L, the next-generation radio system by SiriusXM that provides access to over 200 live SiriusXM channels plus on-demand programming. A rotary infotainment system knob can be added to the center console for easier system navigation.

CT4 and CT5 Premium Luxury and V-Series trims models General Motors' hands-free driving technology, Super Cruise, is available. It will include lane change on demand functionality when it becomes available in early 2021.

Cadillac is adding new standard Buckle to Drive safety technology to the car. If the driver's seat belt is not buckled when the car starts and Buckle to Drive is turned on, this feature will prevent the shifter from leaving Park for up to 20 seconds, or until the driver's seat belt is buckled, whichever comes first. The setting can be turned off in the infotainment system display.

On the Cadillac CT4 Luxury trim, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Safety Alert Seat are now standard.

2021 Cadillac CT4 and CT5 Cadillac will offer the CT4 and CT5 Diamond Sky special edition with a unique Diamond Metallic exterior color.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

In early 2021, the CT4 and CT5 will be available in a Diamond Sky special edition. Built off the Premium Luxury trim level, the special edition delivers unique exterior and interior components including a new Diamond Metallic exterior color, unique grille with bright accents and surrounds, Diamond Sky Metallic rocker extensions, Diamond Sky Metallic rear lower air diffuser, alloy wheels with Diamond Cut/Midnight Silver finish, all-season run-flat tires, Brembo V Performance front brakes with blue brake calipers, and neutral density transparent lens taillamps with crystalline inners. Larger alloy wheels with Polished/Dark Android Gloss finish are available.

In the cabin, the special edition car comes standard with Sky Cool Gray/Jet Black leather seating surface interior with exclusive Diamond Fall custom seat insert perforation, exclusive interior trim (Centaurus Finish Aluminum on CT4 and Galaxy Finish Wood on CT5), alloy driver pedals, a Diamond Sky Metallic accented key fob with color Cadillac crest logo.

2021 Cadillac CT4 and CT5 The Diamond Metallic models offer upgraded appointments.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

The 2021 CT4-V and CT5-V get upgraded Modena leather on the performance steering wheel, along with a standard leather-wrapped horn pad. In addition, the front brake calipers are now V Performance branded with the V-Series logo. On the CT4-V, the center console trim has been updated from aluminum to carbon fiber.

Select V-Series content is now available on the Sport trim of each vehicle as well. The CT5 Sport trim now offers an available V Performance package, which includes an upgraded performance suspension, Magnetic Ride Control, and mechanical limited-slip differential. Brembo V Performance front brakes are also available on the Sport trim for both CT4 and CT5, with a choice of red or blue calipers.

Cadillac has expanded its paint color roster one both models. Infrared Tintcoat and Rift Metallic (V-Series only) replace Red Obsession Tintcoat and Royal Spice Metallic. Infrared Tintcoat is a new cherry red color and Rift Metallic is an alabaster white-based color with a greige hue.

Pricing will be announced closer to the models' on-sale date.

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GM outlines huge investment in new EV production

The $7 billion number is GM's largest single investment to date.

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Automakers are not shy about their plans to electrify their vehicle lineups. In fact, it's just the opposite, as most can't wait to release a media kit that sings the virtues of moving toward electrification and outlines their commitments to investing billions to make the move a reality. General Motors has been more active than most, building new facilities and revamping existing factories to handle new-age EV manufacturing. Today, the auto giant announced a further investment to build a new plant and overhaul the Orion Township facility in Michigan. The move creates thousands of jobs and positions GM as an early powerhouse in the EV race.

GM EV investment. GM says its new and existing facilities will create and retain thousands of jobs.General Motors

The $7 billion investment is slated for four Michigan manufacturing facilities. GM says the move will create 4,000 new jobs and retain 1,000 existing positions, and notes that the amount represents the single largest investment in company history. A new Ultium Cells battery plant in Lansing is part of the deal, along with the conversion of the GM assembly planting Orion Township. Orion will eventually house production of the upcoming Chevrolet Silverado EV and the electric GMC Sierra, making it the second of GM's facilities dedicated to building electric pickup trucks.

The Orion and Ultium Cells Lansing facilities will help GM boost its total full-size electric truck production to 600,000 units per year when both Factory Zero and Orion are in full swing. Though Ford sells more full-size trucks than Chevy or GMC individually, GM notes that the two combined move more trucks per year than The Blue Oval. The two plants join General Motors' existing EV-ready facilities that include Factory Zero in Detroit-Hamtramck, Spring Hill Assemble in Tennessee, CAMI in Ontario, and the Ramos Arizpe Assembly facility in Mexico.

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BMW sends its V12 engine off in style

BMW will build its final V12 engine this June.

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Most automakers are focused on building EVs and extracting the best fuel economy from gas engines possible, so it’s not surprising to hear that BMW is pulling the plug on one of its biggest and most iconic engines. In June 2022, BMW will build its very last V12 engine for use in a super-limited-production special edition 7 Series model. The ultra-rare cars will carry a starting price of $200,995.

BMW 760i xDrive The last V12 will power a very special (and very expensive) 7 Series car.BMW

Only twelve lucky customers will have the option to nab a V12-powered BMW, which will be called the M760i xDrive. Displacing 6.6 liters, the twin-turbocharged beast produces a massive 601 horsepower. An eight-speed sport automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. BMW says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty 7 Series car to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

The final-run cars will feature little more than a special “V12” badge at the rear to differentiate them from standard 7 Series models. Inside, the car features a serialized plaque with the car’s production number out of the 12 units planned. The engine itself features a nameplate with “The Final V12.”

Beyond the badges, BMW’s 12-cylinder last-hurrah will come standard with 20-inch M double-spoke wheels, a choice of any available BMW full Merino leather color, M Sport brakes with black or blue calipers, a panoramic LED roof, remote control parking, a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system, and adaptive LED headlights.

BMW 760i xDrive Only 12 of the cars will be built, with a starting price of more than $200,000.BMW

Though it hasn’t been BMW’s most popular engine over the years, the V12 has been a part of the automaker’s catalog for 35 years. The first 12-cylinder engine showed up in 1987, producing 295 horsepower in the original 750iL sedan.

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