Cadillac CTS-V Named Car and Driver 10Best For Fifth Straight Year

2012 Cadillac CTS South Carolina

The 2012 Cadillac CTS-V is available in coupe, sedan, and wagon styles with a 556-HP supercharged engine.

For the fifth consecutive year, the editors of Car and Driver magazine have named the Cadillac CTS-V to their annual 10Best list.  Each year, the magazine’s editors invite manufacturers to submit their new or newly-revised models with prices below their $80,000 limit in addition to the reigning 10Best winners from the previous year; to keep the title for this length of time is a high honor.

The Cadillac CTS-V is available in sedan, coupe, and wagon body styles with a 556-HP supercharged engine mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission (the latter with paddle shifters on the steering wheel).  Also included are Brembo race-inspired brakes, dual-mode Magnetic Ride Control pioneered by Cadillac and used in some of the world’s most expensive supercars, and available Recaro seats for additional support in heavy cornering.  As a Cadillac, it still comes naturally well-equipped with features including touchscreen navigation, Bose premium sound system, keyless access system, rearview camera with ultrasonic rear parking assist, heated leather seats (with suede inserts on the Recaro seats), and much more.

Also included with every new Cadillac CTS for sale in Columbia SC is Cadillac’s exclusive Shield program, which includes a suite of owner benefits and privileges:

  • Cadillac Premium Care Maintenance, which includes these complimentary maintenance services for the length of the 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty:
    • Oil changes, based on the onboard Oil Life Monitor System that uses the engine’s operating conditions to estimate the usable life remaining
    • Tire rotations every 7,500 miles
    • Engine air cleaner filter replacement
    • Passenger compartment air filter replacement
    • Multi-point vehicle inspections to ensure your Cadillac is operating in top form
  • 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty
  • Roadside assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles
  • Courtesy transportation while under warranty coverage
  • One year of OnStar Directions and Connections service, which provides several benefits:
    • OnStar will attempt to contact you if it detects you’ve been in an accident, as well as alert nearby first responders to your exact location and an estimate of the severity of your injuries
    • If your Cadillac is stolen, OnStar can provide the police with its exact location and in most cases send a signal to slow the vehicle down or prevent it from being started again to help ensure a safe recovery
    • Turn-by-turn directions downloaded to your Cadillac by an OnStar advisor at the press of the blue button, or by using Mapquest or Google Maps.
    • Monthly diagnostic emails providing you with an overview of your Cadillac’s maintenance needs, which are also available on the go using the OnStar RemoteLink app on your smartphone
    • OnStar RemoteLink can also remotely lock, unlock, remote start (if equipped), and flash the horn and lights on your Cadillac, all from your smartphone no matter how far off you may be.

Cadillac Dealerships in South Carolina

Jim Hudson Cadillac is one of the top Cadillac dealers in South Carolina, serving the Columbia area with a focus on complete customer satisfaction.  Jim Hudson’s high customer service standards have earned it The State’s annual Readers’ Choice award for Best New Car Dealership an unprecedented eleven years in a row and counting.  Jim Hudson Cadillac is conveniently located at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, and can be reached by phone toll-free at (888) 377-4971.

2012 Cadillac CTS Upgrades Announced for Columbia SC

2012 Cadillac CTS Columbia SC

Cadillac's CTS luxury sports Sedan, Coupe and Wagon will add an upgraded V-6 engine, new grille and new Touring Edition for the 2012 model year. (Image: GM Media)

Cadillac has announced a slate of upgrades for the 2012 Cadillac CTS, making one of the finest luxury automobiles on the market even more appealing to Columbia SC drivers in the coming year.  Available in sedan, coupe, and sport wagon models, the Cadillac CTS has been one of the most popular models in Cadillac’s lineup for many years.

Perhaps the most noticeable of the changes for the 2012 Cadillac CTS in Columbia SC is a revised grille, which has been redesigned with world-class finishes that offer a fresh take on the frame and mesh arrangement that has become a trademark of Cadillac styling.  The Cadillac wreath and crest emblem has also been redesigned slightly, with sharper colors and raised ridges giving the emblem more of a three-dimensional look compared to the outgoing model.

2012 Cadillac CTS Sees More Power, Less Weight

From behind the wheel, Columbia drivers will find an even more exciting improvement underneath their right foot, as the 3.6L V6 engine in uplevel models have been altered for improved performance.  Built from an award-winning design, the new engine delivers 318 horsepower to beat the outgoing engine by 14 horses.  In addition, Cadillac’s engineering teams were able to integrate components to make the engine 20.5 pounds lighter than the outgoing engine, which helps the CTS’ weight distribution for improved handling and allows it to maintain the 18/27 city and highway fuel economy ratings from the EPA.  Driving a 2011 CTS with the outgoing 3.6L engine was an effortless experience, with plenty of acceleration on tap without sounding rushed.  Paired with the 6-speed automatic transmission, the 2012 CTS will only improve upon this reputation for exceptional driving dynamics.

Luxury Features and Packages Added to Cadillac CTS

Another welcome change for the Cadillac CTS Coupe in Columbia is the addition of Side Blind Zone Alert.  In combination with the mirrors and checking over your shoulder, Side Blind Zone Alert provides an extra measure of assurance when changing lanes by illuminating a warning on your outside mirrors should another vehicle be in your blind spot.

Rainsense wipers, a popular feature in years past on the CTS, returns on Luxury and Premium models; Performance models can receive it as part of the Luxury Level One package.  In addition, the new CTS Touring Package offers an exclusive dark-finish grille, metal pedals, dark Sapele wood interior trim, sueded seat inserts, steering wheel, and shift knob, and upgraded wheels, 18″ on 3.0L V6-equipped models, and 19″ wheels on models with the 3.6L engine, the latter of which will also receive 14-way Recaro adjustable performance seats.  On the sedan and wagon versions, the CTS Touring Package adds chrome door handles; the coupe uses a hidden touchpad instead to open the doors.

Cadillac CTS-V Delights Columbia SC Drivers

Facing less in the way of change is the CTS-V, Cadillac’s flagship performance model packing a supercharged 556-HP V8 engine.  Available with your choice of a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, the CTS-V is available in all three body styles and features magnetic ride control, touchscreen navigation, keyless start, and Brembo performance brakes.  A Car and Driver 10Best winner on multiple occasions, the Cadillac CTS-V is the top choice for those select Columbia drivers that demand nothing short of a world-class driving experience.

2012 Cadillac CTS Coming To Columbia SC at Jim Hudson Cadillac

Pricing has not been announced for the 2012 Cadillac CTS lineup, which is available in Columbia, South Carolina from Jim Hudson Cadillac, Columbia’s exclusive authorized Cadillac dealer for sales and service.  Jim Hudson has been serving Columbia drivers for over 30 years with a focus on complete customer satisfaction, and has been recognized by readers of The State an unmatched ten years in a row and counting as Best New Car Dealership.  For more information on the Cadillac CTS, visit the 2012 Cadillac CTS Columbia SC page on Jim Hudson’s website.

Used Cadillac CTS Sedans for sale in Columbia, SC

Even as the economy continues to improve, many Columbia car shoppers are looking to find used cars that suit their needs.  The Cadillac CTS is no exception, as a wide variety of models are available for both the first generation (which ran from model year 2003 to 2007) and the second generation (which began production for the 2008 model year).

Columbia drivers are wise to ask any prospective seller for a comprehensive vehicle history report, such as one from CARFAX, as well as inspecting any used Cadillac CTS they may be considering to get a full picture of its current condition.  While there are many used CTS cars in Columbia that are in impeccable condition, less reputable sellers may try to let some issues unbefitting a Cadillac slide past.

A popular option when looking for a used Cadillac CTS in Columbia SC is to look at a Cadillac Certified Pre-Owned vehicle.  Cadillac Certified Pre-Owned vehicles are hand-selected vehicles that are still within the four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty, and have been researched though both Cadillac’s internal systems and an independent vehicle history report to ensure that it has not been subjected to severe use or damage from, for example, an accident where the vehicle was totaled or used in livery service.  From there, Cadillac certified technicians examine every vehicle with a standardized 117-point vehicle inspection to ensure a wide variety of points, from the thickness of the brake pads to the hinges of the doors are in excellent working condition.  From there, any deficiencies are reconditioned to bring back a like-new appearance to the CTS.

All Cadillac Certified Pre-Owned CTS models are backed with many of the ownership privileges that come with the purchase of a brand new Cadillac CTS in Columbia SC, including the balance of the new-vehicle limited warranty.  When that warranty expires, the Cadillac Certified Pre-Owned Limited Warranty takes effect for 6 years or 100,000 miles from the vehicle’s original in-service date (whichever comes first) to provide many more years of peace of mind.  In addition, customers receive 24-hour roadside assistance, courtesy transportation should your Cadillac require warranty service, and a three-month trial of OnStar Directions and Connections service and XM Satellite Radio on vehicles so equipped.  Whether you’re looking for a Cadillac CTS or any other used Cadillac in Columbia SC, Cadillac Certified Pre-Owned models are the cream of the crop.

Cadillac Certified Pre-Owned CTS models are available exclusively at authorized Cadillac dealerships, and Jim Hudson Cadillac is the exclusive Cadillac dealer in Columbia, South Carolina.  Jim Hudson became a Cadillac dealership in May 2010 after 30 years of providing world-class customer service to Buick, GMC, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac owners in the Columbia area.  Jim Hudson has been voted Best New Car Dealership in The State’s annual Readers’ Choice poll an unmatched ten years in a row, which only underscores a commitment to complete customer satisfaction.  Jim Hudson Cadillac is located at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, beside I-77 and the Dorn VA Hospital, and can be reached by phone at (888) 377-4971.

Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition Now Available in Columbia SC

Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition in Columbia, South Carolina

The Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition is available to order now in Columbia, South Carolina, with deliveries starting in March 2011.

Ever since Jim Hudson became Columbia, South Carolina’s exclusive Cadillac dealership, customers have been drawn to the immense power of the Cadillac CTS-V family. It’s no surprise, with its 556-horsepower supercharged V8, magnetic ride control, and status as the world’s fastest production sedan (unless, of course, you choose the coupe or wagon models).  For those looking for something even more exclusive, Cadillac has introduced the CTS-V Black Diamond Edition, an option package that enhances the appearance of the Car and Driver 10Best-winning CTS-V line of performance luxury sedans, coupes, and wagons.

Headlining the Black Diamond Edition is the car’s exclusive Black Diamond Tricoat paint color, the first use by an automaker of JDSU’s proprietary SpectraFlair pigment in North America. JDSU, a Milipitas, Calif.,-based optical technology firm, specializes in cutting-edge color solutions for a wide range of markets. Its pigments are used in certain DuPont paints supplied to Cadillac.

In the CTS-V Black Diamond, a dark tri-coat paint is embedded with SpectraFlair Bright Silver pigment. While other luxury makers offer metallic paints, the SpectraFlair pigment in Black Diamond uses aluminum flakes encapsulated in a glass-like substance called magnesium fluoride. The result is a paint with added dimension that has a superior diamond-like sparkle as light hits the surface from different angles.

“The CTS-V Black Diamond Edition is like a finely crafted, tailored tuxedo,” said Michelle Killen, exterior paint designer for Cadillac. “The base color may be a simple black, but the details and richness of the material set it apart.”

Black Diamond Tricoat helps Cadillac meet growing demand by luxury buyers in Columbia and beyond for cars whose paints that are set apart not just by their color but also by the unique properties of their finish.

“Auto makers and consumers are looking to differentiate the color black, an ubiquitous color in automotive,” said John Book, Custom Color Solutions product manager at JDSU. “Black Diamond offers the discerning Cadillac customer a special option color that stands out and remains true to their sense of luxury and style.”

In addition to the unique paint, CTS-V Black Diamond comes offers Columbia drivers a suite of style and appearance options available as standalone options on the CTS-V that complements its look and feel. The special edition has:

  • Satin Graphite 19-inch wheels with yellow Brembo brake calipers. These six-piston front, four-piston back brake calipers provide exceptional stopping capabilities.
  • Recaro seats that feature 14 adjustable elements, French-stitched leather and microfiber suede inserts in the center sections of the cushions and seatbacks.
  • Midnight Sapele wood trim known for its durability and distinctive grain.

“We’ve already established V-Series as a serious sub-brand for Cadillac,” said Rich Pinto, Cadillac creative designer. “Black Diamond further establishes V-Series in the market as a performance-minded line of vehicles with a luxury twist.”

The CTS-V Black Diamond comes with a suggested retail price, including destination charges, of $69,190 for the manual or $70,490 for the automatic, a $4,850 premium over the CTS-V base price. With the included wheels, seats, and trim costing $4,800 on their own, the Black Diamond Edition offers Columbia drivers an exceptional choice when looking for the ultimate in style and performance. The CTS-V Black Diamond is available to order now, with deliveries beginning in March.  For more information, visit our Cadillac CTS Columbia SC page on our website, or call (803) 783-0110.

Cadillac CTS-V in Columbia SC Beats Ford Shelby GT500 in MotorAuthority Awards

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe in Columbia, SC

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe, available in Columbia, South Carolina from Jim Hudson Cadillac

Jim Hudson Cadillac, the exclusive Columbia Cadillac dealer, is thrilled to announce that the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe and Wagon for the 2011 model year have both been named “Best Performance/Luxury Car” by MotorAuthority, a leading Website catering to luxury car buyers.

MotorAuthority’s “Best Car to Buy Award” is chosen from the newest sports cars, sedans and SUVs priced above $50,000. The esteemed field of finalists for 2011 honors included the Bentley Mulsanne, Aston Martin V12 Vantage, Ford Shelby GT500, Infiniti M56 and Hyundai Equus.

Editors selected the nominees based on full road-test reviews. According to the website, the winner was the vehicle that editors would put in their own garages, to drive on a perfect day, on the perfect road.

“We’ve been rooting for more V-Series cars since we drove the CTS-V sedan,” said MotorAuthority Editor Nelson Ireson. “The stunning profile of the two-door CTS-V Coupe and the high-speed flexibility of the CTS-V Wagon add rubber-burning luster to a lineup filled with winning luxury vehicles.”

“Huge power, incredible handling despite the weight that comes with solid build quality and a luxurious Alcantara-swathed interior, and styling inside and out that rivals the best of any country all put the CTS-V duo at the top of our list. These are the cars we want to own ourselves,” Ireson continued.

The CTS-V Coupe and Wagon are both new for 2011, joining the popular CTS-V Sedan. All three V-Series models have a supercharged 6.2L V8 engine with 556 horsepower, Brembo brakes and a Magnetic Ride Control suspension that can read and react to the road in milliseconds.

“The V-Series is the ultimate embodiment of Cadillac performance,” said Don Butler, vice president for Cadillac marketing. “The addition of the V Wagon and Coupe gives us a family of luxury sports cars that rivals any competitor in the world. We’re pleased MotorAuthority agreed by selecting the new CTS-V models as its “Best to Buy” for 2011.”

Visit Jim Hudson Cadillac for your 2011 Cadillac CTS-V in Columbia, SC

With honors rolling in for the Cadillac CTS-V series, there has never been a better time to get behind the wheel of a Cadillac CTS of your very own.  Jim Hudson Cadillac is the exclusive Cadillac dealer in Columbia, South Carolina, a franchise awarded to Jim Hudson by Cadillac in May 2010 after 30 years of exceptional customer service to Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, and GMC owners in the Columbia area.  Jim Hudson carries a wide selection of Cadillac CTS models, including the CTS-V Sport Sedan and CTS-V Coupe.  (Wagon lovers fear not, we will bring a CTS-V Wagon to Columbia, SC to suit your needs too!)  For more information on the Cadillac CTS in Columbia, South Carolina, visit Jim Hudson Cadillac’s Cadillac CTS Columbia website.

Columbia Cadillac Dealer Announces Cadillac CTS-V’s Return To Racing

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Race Car

Rendering of the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe race car (GM Media)

Jim Hudson Cadillac, the exclusive Columbia Cadillac dealer, is thrilled to announce that Cadillac will return to racing in 2011 in the Sports Car Club of America World Challenge, the premier series in North America for production-based race cars, with a specially-prepared version of the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe.

Cadillac last competed in the SCCA World Challenge 2004 to 2007 using a race-prepared version of the last generation CTS-V sedan. Competing in the GT Class with the CTS-V Sport Sedan, Cadillac captured the Manufacturer’s Championship in 2005 and 2007 and the Driver’s Championship in 2005.

Cadillac will field two teams in the upcoming SCCA World Challenge GT Class with a racecar based on the CTS-V Coupe. The CTS-V line, which also includes the CTS-V Sedan and CTS-V Wagon, was recently named to Car and Driver magazine’s 10 Best list for 2011.

“Returning to racing in the SCCA World Challenge is a great way to demonstrate the performance and capability of the CTS-V Coupe,” said Don Butler, vice president for Cadillac marketing.   “The racecars in this series are production based, which allows us to validate our performance against the best of our competitors on the track, and not just the showroom.”

Cadillac is working with Pratt & Miller, an engineering firm which specializes in motorsports from New Hudson, Michigan, to develop the CTS-V Coupe racecar. While some of the production CTS-V components will be modified due to the unique demands of racing or to meet the SCCA series’ technical rules, every effort is taken to maintain as much production content as possible.

“The SCCA World Challenge lends itself well to a natural transfer of knowledge,” said Jim Campbell, GM vice president for Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “The series will become a key test-bed for Cadillac. We anticipate using what we learn on the racetrack to ensure the V-Series stays on the cutting-edge of performance.”

The first event in the SCCA World Challenge is March 25-27 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Johnny O’Connell, a three-time GT1 champion in the America Le Mans Series, and Andy Pilgrim, who won the 2005 SCCA World Challenge GT class in a Cadillac, will be behind the wheel of the CTS-V racecars.

Introduced for the 2003 model year, the CTS-V has quickly earned a reputation among luxury sports car buyers. For the 2011 model year, Cadillac added the CTS-V Coupe and the CTS-V Sport Wagon to the CTS-V Sport Sedan, creating an impressive family of performance vehicles. The CTS-Vs feature Brembo brakes, a supercharged 6.2L V8 delivering 556 horsepower and a Magnetic Ride Control suspension system that can read and react to the road 1,000 times a second.

Started in 1944, the SCCA organizes and supports racing at all levels from amateur to professional. The World Challenge series is designed to provide teams, manufacturers and aftermarket suppliers a competitive production-based race series in which to prove their products. The races follow a 50-minute maximum time limit, with the number of laps and total distance determined by track configuration, lap times and race conditions.

Visit Jim Hudson Cadillac in Columbia for your own CTS-V

Though not quite as race-ready as the cars Cadillac will field in the SCCA World Challenge, the Cadillac CTS-V available in Columbia, South Carolina from Jim Hudson Cadillac offers the distinct advantage of being street-legal.  Jim Hudson is the exclusive Cadillac dealer in Columbia, South Carolina, with a wide variety of Cadillac CTS sedans, coupes, and sport wagons with as much performance as your right foot will bear.  For more information, or to view our current inventory, visit Jim Hudson’s Cadillac CTS Columbia SC website, or visit them at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, South Carolina.

Cadillac CTS Sales Lead Columbia, SC Cadillac Sales Increases

2011 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon

Cadillac CTS sales increases have led the huge surge of interest in Cadillac nationwide.

Jim Hudson Cadillac, the exclusive Columbia, SC Cadillac dealer, is pleased to announce that the Cadillac CTS has played a major role in national sales increases for the Cadillac division both in the month of November and over the entire course of 2010.

Cadillac’s total U.S. sales rose 21 percent to 11,801 in November with another strong month from CTS. November marked the 10th straight month of year-over-year increases for Cadillac.

The launch of the all-new 2011 CTS Coupe spurred continued growth in the CTS family, which also includes the CTS Sport Sedan and CTS Sport Wagon. As a whole, retail sales for the CTS family shot up a whopping 97 percent, while total sales once non-retail sales are included rose an impressive 38 percent in November.

Cadillac has recorded total U.S. sales to date of 130,207, a 38 percent increase compared to the same period last year and the fastest growth rate in the luxury automotive market in the United States. “Cadillac continues to build strong sales momentum as it closes out the year,” said Kurt McNeil, vice president for Cadillac sales. “CTS Coupe is drawing luxury customers to Cadillac showrooms.”

The CTS continues to rack up awards and positive reviews. The CTS-V Coupe was recently named a Car and Driver 10Best, marking the fourth consecutive year for the CTS family to be on the magazine’s prestigious list.  In a recent review, the Detroit News wrote that “inside and out, the CTS Coupe draws a fresh direction for future CTS cars to follow as Cadillac continues to show its distinctive American luxury sports car design…This is more than just the only coupe in Cadillac’s lineup. It’s the Cadillac of coupes.”

Visit Jim Hudson Cadillac for your Cadillac CTS in Columbia, SC

Jim Hudson Cadillac is the exclusive Cadillac dealer in Columbia, South Carolina, and is the best source for a new Cadillac CTS in Columbia, SC.  With over 30 years serving Oldsmobile, Buick, Pontiac, and GMC customers with a commitment to complete customer satisfaction, Cadillac awarded Jim Hudson its dealership in May 2010 in the same location as its Buick-GMC dealership at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia.  Jim Hudson has won The State’s Readers’ Choice poll for in the category of Best New Car Dealership for an unmatched ten years running and has been declared the Free Times’ Best of Columbia multiple years in a row, a further testament to the high levels of customer service they provide.  Jim Hudson Cadillac can be reached by phone at (803) 783-0110.