Chosen randomly from the correct entries was Jeff Miller, of Martinez, who told us:
“The Cadillac XTS comes with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine matched to a Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission. The XTS comes with a ‘space age’ magnetically assisted suspension. Let’s hope the U.S. doesn’t start building roads out of ferrous materials anytime soon.
“It starts at $45,000; you even get 18 cubic feet of trunk space. The XTS will be built in the General Motors Canadian Oshawa, Ontario, plant, eh? I’m not looking for a libel suit but, this isn’t your fathers – or your grandfather’s – Cadillac; that’s for sure!”
Miller wins a prize from The Augusta Chronicle. Other readers identifying the vehicle were:
CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “Cadillac decided years ago to go with the alphabet soup nomenclature and so the Seville Touring Sedan became the STS and the Deville Touring Sedan became the DTS. Now the XTS has come along to replace both of those.
“Marketed as the flagship of the Cadillac lineup, the XTS is loaded with technology, from its Magnetic Ride suspension adopted from the CTS-V lineup to its (much maligned) CUE driver interface system.
“There is no mistaking that this is not the boulevard-cruising-living-room-sofa-on-wheels of a generation ago. With that change to the alphabet soup nomenclature, Cadillac made the active decision to market to a younger audience, and today’s entire Cadillac lineup is aimed at that younger audience. Cadillac is working as hard and fast as possible to dispel the rumor that Cadillac is a brand that belongs only in the garage of your grandparents or aunts and uncles.
“As an owner of three classic Cadillacs and a member of the local and national Cadillac LaSalle Clubs, I lament the passing of those storied Cadillac nameplates: Deville, Seville, Fleetwood, Brougham and Eldorado. It is up to us ‘old guys’ to remember and remind everyone what Cadillac used to be, while at the same time appreciating and supporting what the brand has become.”
EVANS: Wayne Wilke wrote: “The car is a 2013 Cadillac XTS. A leading consumer magazine in its January 2013 issue reviewed this model and ranked it in sixth place (among seven entries) of luxury sedans. The article said ‘XTS’s high tech infotainment system called CUE … is the most annoying we’ve seen yet.’
“It also mentions that you need to frequently change screens while navigating the system and some on-screen buttons don’t appear until your finger gets close to the screen. It sounds like something one wouldn’t want to mess with while driving at 65 mph on Interstate 20.”
Jerry Paul wrote: “This week I’m going to guess a Cadillac XTS.”
MARTINEZ: Jim Muraski wrote: “This weeks car is a 2013 Cadillac XTS.”
PERRY, FLA.: Larry Anderson wrote: “It’s a 2013 Cadillac XTS. New name, new car. About the only thing the XTS has in common with its DTS predecessor is standard front-wheel drive.
“All versions include GM’s Magnetic Ride Control suspension, which uses sensors and special fluid to adjust suspension damping in real time.
“Also standard is Cadillac User Experience, which is the brand’s infotainment system. It includes an 8-inch touchscreen with capacitive controls, haptic feedback, gesture and voice recognition. All these features are designed to emulate a modern smartphone or tablet.
“Speaking of, all XTS buyers will receive an Apple iPad. It includes a CUE app, which replicates the car’s dashboard screen. All XTS versions have front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available on the Luxury, Premium, and Platinum.
“The sole engine/transmission combination is a 304-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission.”
SHAWANO, WIS.: Karen McKenna