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Cadillac's Redesigned 2014 CTS Honored as Motor Trend Car of the Year

Cadillac's Redesigned 2014 CTS Honored as Motor Trend Car of the Year

By Philly Murtha, November 11, 2013
This past week, Motor Trend, a magazine for automotive enthusiasts, named the redesigned Cadillac CTS as its Car of the Year for 2014, just as the third-generation 2014 model is about to be delivered to dealer showrooms. The magazine's editor-in-chief Ed Loh said in a statement that judges were impressed by the sedan's "responsive powertrains, smooth ride and sporty handling." The second-generation CTS sedan also received the car award in 2008.

To become one of seven finalists in this year's competition, 22 all-new or substantially upgraded 2014 models were put through a battery of performance tests to measure acceleration, braking, and handling on three separate courses. Each vehicle was driven on a real-world road loop with a range of road surfaces in various traffic conditions.

The award process includes 10 days of testing, driving, and evaluation where judges examine each vehicle and assess six factors: design advancement; engineering excellence; efficiency (fuel); safety; value; and performance of intended function.

In addition to the Cadillac CTS, car finalists this year were: BMW 4 Series; Chevrolet Corvette; Jaguar F-Type; Kia Forte; Mazda 3; Mazda 6; and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Coverage of the award process will be featured in the January issue of Motor Trend, which has a circulation of more than 1.1 million, or at www.motortrend.com.

The 2014 Cadillac CTS is equipped with a standard 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 272 horsepower and is rated by the EPA to return 20 miles per gallon (mpg) in city driving and 30 mpg on the highway. A 321-horspower V-6 engine is also offered in addition to an all-new 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6 that generates 420 horsepower.

The 2014 CTS is Cadillac's first model to feature an 8-speed automatic transmission. Suggested retail pricing for the 2014 CTS begins at $46,025, including a $925 destination charge.

During the first 10 months of 2013, sales of the current CTS model were 26,483 vs. 40,809 a year ago, according to manufacturer-reported sales data tracked by J.D. Power.  Cadillac brand sales in the United States increased nearly 27% from 2012, with a significant sales boost from the addition of the ATS premium compact sedan.

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