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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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Aladdin Connect has joined the Samsung SmartThings family.

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If you own an Aladdin Connect smart garage door opener and a Samsung SmartThings hub, you're in luck. The Genie Company announced that the Aladdin Connect smart garage door openers and retrofit kits are now "Works With SmartThings" certified and integrated within Samsung SmartThings.

This means that users will now be able to open or close their garage door by voice command. SmartThings works with all major voice platforms including Alexa, Google, and Samsung's Bixby. Many new vehicles, including the Buick Encore GX and Acura MDX have Alexa integration.

Owners can retrofit their existing garage door in order to take advantage of the technological breakthrough.Photo courtesy of The Genie Company

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Additionally, users can set up a geo-tag to recognize entry to the driveway to automatically open the garage door. There's also protocol that allows a garage door to open if smoke is detected by a smart smoke detector inside the home, or if carbon dioxide levels are sensed to have reached a dangerous threshold.

Samsung SmartThings already brings together 200 brands to allow for a connected living experience for its 63 million users in 200 countries. It can be controlled via Android and iOS mobile apps, devices, televisions, and appliances. The service was launched in 2012.

"SmartThings is commited to working with partners to enhance our user experience and continue to make connected living a reality for all,"said Ralf Elias, Global Vice President IOT/ Business Development & Partnerships at Samsung Electronics. "We we thrilled to partner with Genie and expand our ecosystem to make the car-to-home and home-to-car experiences that much easier."

"Genie is excited to be part of the growing ecosystem of products on the SmartThings platform," said Mike Kridel, President of The Genie Company. "This integration enables geofencing and garage safety capabilities that create clear value for our customers."

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The 2022 BMW M5 CS Sedan is the quickest, most powerful vehicle the company has ever produced.

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The newest member of the BMW family is also the quickest and most powerful production BMW car ever made. The limited edition 2022 BMW M5 CS Sedan will be made for just one model year.

The model builds on the BMW M5, which was recently updated for the 2021 model year and combines an amplification of power with a weight reduction to achieve its performance and dynamics that enhancing both on-the-road and track capabilities of the 5 Series.

The design of the M5 is mostly unchanged with the new car, however there are definite differences. There is extensive use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic. There is a gold finish on the BMW kidney grille, model badging, and 20-inch forged light alloy wheels. The adaptive LED headlights feature L-shaped light tubes that illuminate to yellow instead of the standard white. There is a BWM Individual Shadowline trim that adds a dark shaded appearance and accentuating the yellow accent lighting.

The M5 CS is available in a standard Brands Hatch grey metallic paint with two optional BMW Individual colors – Frozen Brands Hatch grey metallic and Frozen Deep Green metallic.

2022 BMW M5 CS Sedan: Exterior

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BMW's engineers have tuned the car's 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 to achieve 627 horsepower, a 10-horsepower increase over the Competition model, and 553 pound-feet of torque, delivered in a wider band than the M5 Competition. The engine is paired with an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission with Drivelogic. The M5 CS reaches 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds, 0.2 seconds quicker than the M5 Competition model. Top speed with the standard M Driver's Package is 190 mph.

The rear-biased M xDrive all-wheel drive system is standard on the car and is able to distribute all of the available torque between the front and rear axles. The Active M Differential further optimizes power between the rear wheels for maximum grip and lateral dynamics.

Drivers can select from three xDrive modes including 4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD. The Dynamic Stability Control system can be adjusted to DSC ON, MDM (M Dynamic Mode), and DSC OFF. The Drivelogic switch on the gear selector lever allows three modes - Efficient, Sport, and Track.

There are three drive modes: Comfort, Sport, and Sport+. Individual configuration is available. Drivers can toggle between Road, Sport, and Track settings using the M Mode button. Engaging these modes also changes the look of the driver information screen and head-up display. Road mode is the default setting.

The M Driver's Package also includes a voucher for BMW driver training.

The car's dual-branch, electric flap-controlled sport exhaust system, with quad stainless-steel tips, has a tone that changes depending on the selected mode (Efficient, Sport, or Sport+). Additionally, the M Sound button can soften the exhaust tone for a more understated note.

The M5 CS builds on the M5 Competition Package's offering when it comes to chassis and suspension tuning. There are stiffer engine mounts, firmer springs, a 0.2-inch lower ride height, increased front negative camber, a firmer rear anti-roll bar, and tow-link ball-joint mounts. There has also been furtherspring and Dynamic Damper Control tuning.

Standard mixed-size non-runflat high-performance tires measure 275/35R20 at the front and 285/35R20 at the rear and are fitted to Gold Bronze 20-inch M forged Y-spoke wheels. Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires are available at no cost.

2022 BMW M5 CS Sedan: Interior

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This car is the first time BMW has put four-passenger seating in a M model in combination with M carbon sport seats up front and two bucks seats for rear passengers. Headrests on all four seats are imprinted with the map of Nurburgring's Nordschleife.

The interior of the car has black Merino leather with Mugello red accents and contrasting red stitching. The M Alcantara steering wheel has a perforated section with red background and lightweight carbon-fiber shift paddles with matching red trim in the cut-outs and on the back panels. Alcantara is also used for the headliner.

The lightweight black Merino leather center console cover with red double stitching replaces the traditional armrest and together with the absence of the armrest area tray helps to further reduce weight. Red "CS" badging can be seen on the instrument panel and between the rear bucket seats. The M seat belts feature BMW M tri-color stitching and the "M5" badge also appears on the velour M floor mats with bespoke piping and in the illuminated "M5 CS" badge on the door sill finishers.

Pricing for the car will be announced at a later date. The M5 starts at $103,500. Expect the limited edition model to be priced higher.

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