Cadillac CT6 Performance Gets Upgrades: New Hydra-Matic System

Cadillac CT6 Performance

Cadillac is redefining the automotive industry with the new CT6 design. Scheduled to receive some major overhauls, in terms of performance, Cadillac is pulling out all the stops. Perhaps one of the most interesting new features on the new model will be the next-generation hydra-matic transmission design. Cadillac CT6 performance is promising to blow you away.

Although you might not think transmissions are that interesting, wait until you hear about what Cadillac has in mind for the CT6. According to Cadillac, the recently-patented Hydra-Matic 8L45 paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission is a benchmark in automotive engineering, offering drivers seamless gear-shifts, reduced fuel consumption, a stop/start system, and added boost in performance.

“The shift performance of the new 8L45 paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission complements the CT6’s new threshold for efficient luxury to help take it to an even higher level,” said Bill Goodrich, assistant chief engineer for new transmissions. “The shifts are quick and nearly imperceptible, establishing a benchmark for Cadillac.”

Although Cadillac weren’t that creative with the name (8L45), this design enables 33 lbs in weight reduction, optimal RPM range, and friction-reducing design. The hydraulic design looks promising for high-octane enthusiasts, especially when paired with a 3.6-liter V6. We can’t wait to see the new CT6 in action!

Chevy Tahoe, Impala, and Suburban Recognized as Best Family Cars

What goes into the best family cars? Some will tell you that size is the key. Others will mention comfort, and others still might bring up entertainment to keep the kids distracted.

At Wiesner of Huntsville, we think the key to a great family vehicle is reliability and safety. What good is a big, comfortable, entertaining vehicle you’re not sure if it’ll get you and your family from point A to B safely every time you get into it?

Best Family Cars

That’s why we recommend the Chevrolet Tahoe, Impala, and Suburban to everyone who asks us for a family car. The former two were named among KBB.com’s 15 Best Family Cars of 2015 and the latter two among U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Cars for Families, thanks to their great family features and reliability and safety.

For example, the Impala comes with available Front Automatic Braking, which can apply the brakes when the forward-sensing radar system sees a crash coming before the driver does; and the Tahoe and Suburban both offer the GM Safety Alert Seat, which alerts drivers about potential crashes via directional vibrations in the seat.

“Chevrolet puts families first, with cars, trucks and SUVs that provide the latest safety technologies and crash protection at a value,” said Alan Batey, senior vice president, Global Chevrolet and president, GM North America. “It’s why Chevrolet was the most-awarded car company in 2014 and is driving toward another year of strong recognition.”

What is the Best Wheel Drive for You?

Best Wheel Drive

When it comes to deciding on the right system for you, choosing between front-wheel, rear-wheel, all-wheel, and four-wheel drive can seem intimidating. Here we’ll break down each system, so you’ll know the best wheel drive option for you and your family.

Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD)

Rear-wheel drive vehicles send engine power to the rear wheels, propelling the vehicle forward. RWD was the most popular option until front-wheel drive was created in the 1980s. RWD is ideal for cars that need to manage large amounts of power and/or weight, making it a popular option for large trucks, race cars, large performance vehicles, and law-enforcement vehicles. If you have the need for speed and high degrees of control, RWD may be right for you.

Front-Wheel Drive (FWD)

Front-wheel drive is today’s most popular option, and comes standard on all Buicks. Engine power is sent to the front wheels, and thanks to its compact setup, FWD tends to be more fuel efficient and allows more room inside the vehicle. An added benefit is that the weight of the powertrain is centered over the front wheels, offering added traction on slick roads.

All-Wheel Drive (AWD)

All-wheel drive systems typically operate as a RWD or FWD, where the power is pre-emptively sent to both the front and rear wheel axles on every acceleration to avoid any loss of traction, then backs off if there is no slip. No driver effort is needed to activate AWD. You may consider AWD if you live in areas with unpredictable weather or road conditions, or for light off-roading. AWD is available on the Regal, LaCrosse, Encore, and Enclave.

Four-Wheel Drive (4WD)

Often confused with AWD, 4WD is fundamentally different in a few important ways. First, 4WD vehicles usually operate as a RWD with a two-speed transfer case featuring high and low ranges to enhance traction. The majority of 4WD vehicles operate in RWD until the driver activates the 4WD option. Many modern 4WD vehicles will automatically engage the high range when road conditions are slippery, but the low range still requires driver engagement. Look for 4WD if you plan to tackle any serious off-roading trails.

Stop by Wiesner of Huntsville today to put these systems to the test!

The Iconic Chevy Camaro Design Throughout the Years

It’s got that can’t look away, stare it down, rubbernecking flair, and it has been around for five generations. You know the one we’re talking about – the king of the road, Chevy Camaro. The Chevy Camaro design has played an integral role in automotive history and we’re here to lay it all out for you.

The first generation Chevy Camaro was introduced in 1967 and, admittedly, wasn’t expected to reach the amount of success it experienced. However, the Baby Boomers in that generation craved a personal coupe and the Camaro’s success quickly followed. The clean lines added with a muscular flair made the first generation Camaro one of the most heralded cars in history.

The second generation came in 1970 and changed up the game. It was a radical change from the first generation, getting a completely original design. The new design featured a horizontal crease running the length of the body, split bumper, sail panel, and Chevrolet’s signature dual taillights. It also had a European grand-touring-esque style. The second generation Camaro was around for 12 years before being redesigned.

1971 Chevy Camaro Z28

1971 Chevy Camaro Z28

The third generation Camaro was introduced in 1982 is said to be a cultural statement of the 80s. John Cafaro, executive director of Chevrolet’s Global Car Design, said, “Perhaps more than any other generation, the third-generation Camaro was a car of its time. You can see that influence in every detail of the car, from the aerodynamic details of the exterior, such as the ground effects on the Z28, to the introduction of digital instruments on the interior.”

1981 Chevy Camaro Z28

1981 Chevy Camaro Z28

The fourth generation Camaro took an even more aggressive styling approach and provided greater performance. Perhaps the most prominent feature was the lower, “bottom breathing” engine design. The design stood the test of time and is remained a favorite until its fifth, and current redesign.

Finally, the fifth generation Camaro came in 2010 and design cues are still prominent throughout the 2015 edition. The new Camaro was inspired by the 1969 Camaro and its sharp, electric style is meant to capture everyone’s attention. With a contemporary take on the first-gen Camaro, the design has been a big hit.

Chevy Camaro Design

2015 Chevy Camaro

To check out the latest Camaro and its favorable design, visit us at Wiesner of Huntsville!