Cadillac shows plenty of promise. Will it deliver?

The 2013 Cadillac CTS-V coupe is a 555-horsepower, intercooled and supercharged beast of a performance car and it hints at all the promise in the world for General Motors’ 110-year-old premium brand. The thing is, though, Cadillac has been largely about promise, unrealized promise, for more than a decade. Continue reading Cadillac shows plenty of promise. Will it deliver?

The $25,000 Question Edition

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• Scion announced pricing for its FR-S coupe this week. Starting at $24,930 for the 6-speed manual and $26,030 for a car fitted with a 6-speed automatic, paddle shifters and a rev-matching feature, the FR-S is positioned to compete with the Hyundai Genesis 2.0T, at $25,125 to start, and the V-6-powered Ford Mustang, at $22,995. Scion’s rear-wheel-drive coupe also received its E.P.A. fuel economy estimates this week. On premium gasoline, the manual car is expected to achieve 22 miles per gallon in city and 30 m.p.g. in highway driving, and the automatic 25 m.p.g. in city and 34 m.p.g. in highway driving. The Subaru BRZ, which was co-developed with the FR-S by Scion’s parent, Toyota, received the same estimates, although Subaru has not announced pricing for its coupe. (Scion)

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The Luxury Fishing Lodge Edition

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• On Wednesday evening, General Motors introduced the 2013 GMC Terrain Denali, a higher-zoot version of its compact crossover, with luxury amenities and the option of a more powerful engine. The Terrain’s 3-liter V-6 has been replaced by a version of the direct-injection 3.6-liter V-6 found elsewhere in G.M.’s product line, including in the Cadillac SRX crossover and CTS sedan, producing 301 horsepower in the Terrain. GMC says the 3.6-liter power plant achieves the same fuel economy as its less powerful predecessor. The standard 182-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine would still be available at the Denali trim level, which includes chrome exterior finishes, Denali badges on the leather seats and a touch-screen infotainment system. Pricing will be announced this fall. (General Motors)

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The Eastbound Edition

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• Volvo is expected next month to announce a joint partnership with its owner, the Chinese manufacturer Geely, to build cars for the Chinese market. Though Geely holds a majority stake in the Swedish automaker, Volvo must partner with a local manufacturer to legally produce and market its cars in China. If approved, the joint venture would base its operations in Chengdu, located in China’s southwest. (Bloomberg)

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The Damage Control Edition

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• Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk held a conference call on Tuesday morning to allay concerns that the departures of two executives indicated broader problems within the California-based company. Tesla announced last Friday that Peter Rawlinson, the company’s vice president and chief engineer, left for undisclosed personal reasons. Mr. Musk said on Tuesday’s call that Nick Sampson, a chassis engineering supervisor, was dismissed. After falling 19 percent on Friday afternoon, Tesla’s stock was rebounding on Tuesday morning. The company still intends to sell its Model S sedan this summer and reveal a prototype of the Model X, Tesla’s third vehicle, on Feb. 9, Mr. Musk said.

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