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Cadillac 2008 CTS - General Motors new machine the Cadillac 2008 CTS

A true luxury car, the Cadillac 2008 CTS boasts the latest update of Cadillac’s distinctive sharp-edged styling theme, separating it from its more European-styled opposition.

Former Holden design boss Michael Simcoe, now based in Detroit working in the company’s global design department, had a hand in smoothing the lines of the CTS.

There’s also impressive attention to detail, with the use of chrome finishes and even upmarket exhaust outlets in a market segment that demands it.

Under the bonnet, the CTS gets a 3.6-litre V6 engine from the same family as that used in the Holden Commodore.

The main difference with the CTS is that it comes with a more advanced direct-injection fuel-injection system, which improves power and efficiency.

The Cadillac will deliver around 225kW of power, well up on the 195kW from the most potent of the Commodore V6s.

The good news is that the latest generation, direct-injection engine should make its way into the Commodore some time in 2008.

As well as a more powerful engine, the Commodore is expected to get a six-speed automatic transmission to replace the already outclassed four-speed that’s currently used on most Commodores sold.

Initially expected to sell in modest numbers, the CTS is a crucial step in the global expansion plans for Cadillac.

It’s the first Cadillac in decades to be built in right-hand drive, making it suitable for markets such as Japan, the United Kingdom and Australia.

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