H Cadillac ανακοίνωσε ότι θα κατασκευάζει το νέο XTS και στη Κίνα ώστε να το πουλά στη τοπική αγορά. Θα κατασκευαστεί από τη κοινοπραξία Shanghai General Motors (SGM) με την παραγωγή να ξεκινά από το φθινόπωρο με τις πωλήσεις να ξεκινούν στο τέλος του 2012. Το νέο XTS διαθέτει ένα σύστημα ανεφοδιασμού το οποίο οποίο δεν διαθέτει καπάκι. Αντ’αυτού χρησιμοποιεί ένα σύστημα με δύο πώματα το οποίο αφήνει να μπει η μάνικα χωρίς πρόβλημα, αλλά κλείνει αεροστεγώς το ντεπόζιτο μόλις η μάνικα βγει.

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XTS Capless Fueling Keeps Hands and Paint Clean

Smart engineering makes gas stops quicker, less messy

The new Cadillac XTS luxury sedan features many technologies that are noticed the instant the vehicle’s ignition button is pushed. But some advancements, like a new capless fuel filler assembly, hide literally behind closed doors.

“This new system has advantages for both the car and the driver,” said John Hamilton, Cadillac fuel fill systems design engineer. “It helps keep hands free of dirt and fuel, paint free of scratches caused by a swinging cap, and the engine running smoothly.”

Because fuel systems must be fully sealed, a loose cap can trigger a “check engine” light and lead to service visit.

The 2013 XTS doesn’t have a traditional twist-off cap hidden behind its fuel door. Because of this, the door itself doesn’t need to accommodate a hand and was designed to be smaller and less noticeable on the XTS’ sheet metal.

Despite having no cap, the system meets all fuel system sealing regulations. When a fuel nozzle is inserted, it pushes aside a set of two doors, each locking fuel in with a rubber seal around its edge. The two doors are designed to assure the system will remain air-tight through years of ownership.

“Some capless systems on the market have just a single door, making them vulnerable to leaks,” said Hamilton. “Unlike competitors, Cadillac’s system also has no internal drain, something that can also lead to inadvertent dripping.”

Moving beyond capped systems has further advantages for car owners. It eliminates the risk of leaving a gas station with a dangling cap, which can lead to paint damage and messy fuel dripping.

Because the XTS uses an advanced V-6 engine with direct-injection and lightweight innovations like exhaust manifolds integrated into the cylinder heads and a next-generation six-speed transmission, fuel stops will also be less frequent.

“We ignored no detail in making XTS the most advanced Cadillac sedan yet,” said chief engineer Sheri Hickok. “Even things taken for granted, like a fuel cap, deserved and received a full rethink.”

Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. In recent years, Cadillac has engineered a historic renaissance led by artful engineering and advanced technology.

Cadillac Expands in China

2013 XTS production marks new stage in brand’s global growth

DETROIT – Cadillac announced at this week’s Beijing Auto Show that it will build the all-new XTS luxury sedan in China in conjunction with joint venture partner Shanghai General Motors (SGM). The production expansion for the Chinese market is a major landmark in the brand’s global growth.

The new 2013 Cadillac XTS launches in North America later this spring with production beginning in the coming weeks at the Oshawa, Ontario Assembly Plant.  XTS production will begin in China this fall. The XTS is a new approach to the luxury sedan, blending traditional Cadillac spaciousness with advanced technologies, some of which are industry and segment firsts.

“China is the second-largest market for Cadillac, and of course is one of the largest and strongest markets in the world for luxury cars, so it is a core part of our vision as a brand,” said Don Butler, Cadillac vice president of marketing. “It is projected that by the end of the decade half of all luxury purchases in the world – all categories, not just cars – will occur in China.”

Cadillac’s expansion in China in 2012 is the result of impressive growth for the brand. Since its small-scale debut in China in 2005, Cadillac has steadily earned a solid position. Cadillac sold a record 30,000 vehicles in China in 2011, compared with 17,000 in 2010.

XTS is not the first Cadillac assembled in China. That distinction belongs to the SLS Executive Sedan, an extended-length luxury car exclusive to China that began production in 2006. However, the expansion of XTS production to China marks the biggest step in Cadillac’s growth in the world’s largest automotive market.

All of the brand’s core product lines are sold in China, with the CTS Sedan and Coupe, SRX crossover and Escalade imported from North America. The SRX is Cadillac’s top seller in China.  In March Cadillac sales set a monthly record of 2,745, an increase of 35.2% over the same period in 2011.

The average age of a Cadillac buyer in China is 35, signifying the explosive growth of the luxury marketplace and consumer perceptions of Cadillac.

“We’re very encouraged by the positive response Chinese luxury consumers have to Cadillac,” said Butler. “Qualities like innovation and entrepreneurship are admired by many luxury consumers in China, which aligns well with Cadillac. The American spirit of Cadillac creates a distinct and compelling position in the luxury marketplace.”

Cadillac’s dealer network has grown to 68 locations with projected growth to 120 dealers by the end of 2012. “Our dealers in China are experiencing strong growth, with some of them quickly becoming among the largest and best we have in the world,” said Butler.

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