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First Drive: 2021 Cadillac CT4-V

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The Cadillac CT4-V offers enhanced street driving capability that blends nimble performance and Cadillac’s signature technology features.

Cadillac is on a journey of reinvention, albeit one that has lasted for nearly two decades. We’ve seen the automaker struggle to find the precise design formula, the right powertrain line-up, the right model mix and, of late, even the right product nomenclature.

It’s in the midst of another transformation as it abandons the familiar ATS and CTS models and, more or less, replaces them with the new CT4 and CT5 sedans. Adding to the confusion, it is bringing back the V-Series, but not as Caddy fans might anticipate.

The “V” designation no longer graces the brand’s most powerful models, that role going to the new Blackwing line. If it helps, think of it as the equivalent of Audi’s A, S and RS performance ladder.

(Cadillac expands V-Series line-up with CT4-V, CT5-V.)

The Cadillac CT4-V is the replacement for the outgoing ATS-V sedan.

Overview: So, we were quite anxious to get our hands on the new 2021 Cadillac CT4-V so see how this strategy plays out from behind the wheel. A quick look at the specs might seem disappointing, the ATS-V’s 464-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 replaced by a turbo-four making a relatively meager 325 hp.

Yet, after spending some time literally taking the CT4-V to Hell (Michigan) and back, we found ourselves much more impressed than we expected.

Exterior: Cadillac execs insist the base CT4 is not a direct replacement for the old ATS. The outgoing model was something of a “tweener,” where the new sedan more directly targets the likes of an Audi A3 or BMW 2-Series. That said, there’s not all that much difference in size, the wheelbase between ATS and CT4 lines essentially identical.

… Visually, the new sedan follows the latest Cadillac design theme which has been retrenching from the extreme angles of the brand’s breakthrough Art & Science language …

It’s still more crisp and angular than most of its competitors, but the overall look is more rounded, with a flowing, coupe-like roofline and softer curves to the side profile. Even the lighting has been revised. There are new horizontal slit headlamps, though the LED running lamps retain the virtual lighting cue that Cadillac is known for.

The CT4-V overall look is more rounded, with a flowing, coupe-like roofline and softer curves to the side profile.

The CT4-V, meanwhile, gets some subtle, largely performance-oriented design cues, including distinctive red high-performance brake calipers and large air intakes up front.

Interior: If anything, the cabin of the new CT4 line feels a bit more cramped than the outgoing ATS. Frankly, interiors are, to our way of thinking, the single weakest point in the current Cadillac line-up. They’re reasonably luxurious but don’t quite have the level of plush refinement you’d expect of products in the luxury class. Pop the trunk, for one thing, and you might as well be looking at a Chevrolet in terms of detailing and execution.

That said, the CT4, and the CT4-V add plenty of new features, from the slick power seats to the next-generation infotainment system. There’s also an active noise management system that keeps things quiet – until you’ve got your foot to the floor. We’d just like Caddy to upgrade the cabin a bit and would suggest a look at what crosstown rival Lincoln has been doing of late.

(First Drive: 2020 Cadillac CT5-V.)

The interior of the Cadillac CT4-V is very good, but it could stand to be upgraded a bit.

Powertrain: Here’s where you might expect to hear us really whine, considering the sharp downgrade in the V-Series drivetrain. Surprisingly, once you clearly understand the new performance line-up, it all makes sense. And, as the new center of the mix, the CT4-V really comes through in shining form.

The stock version of the CT4 is offered with two engine options, a base 2.0-liter four making 237 hp and 258 lb-ft, as well as a 2.7-liter inline-four that takes the numbers up to 310 and 350. In the V you get a recalibrated version of that 2.7-liter package jumping up to 325 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. It may not sound like much of a difference on paper, but it becomes readily apparent on the road.

At launch, the torque is what impresses. Thanks to a trick dual-volute turbo design, power comes on fast, reaching its peak at just 2,000 rpm. That really paid off when we took the 2021 CT4-V out on our favorite Michigan roads in the appropriately named town of Hell. The winding route requires you to get constantly on and off the throttle and, with the assistance of the car’s 10-speed automatic, it always seemed to be in just the right gear to give us a solid launch coming out of a corner. The transmission can get a bit busy in the Tour mode setting, but it proved spot-on in Sport.

The CT4-V was developed for a new generation of sedan customers, the first-ever CT4 blends nimble handling and Cadillac’s signature technology.

The CT4-V, we need add, can be ordered in either rear or all-wheel-drive configuration. We tested the latter and would recommend that option.

Technology and Safety. Caddy made headlines when it introduced its Cadillac User Experience, or CUX, a few years back. The completely touch-based system seemed brilliant – until it came time to make it work. Then, things didn’t quite live up to expectations, commands often lagging in execution. The good news is that the latest iteration found on the CT4 line-up all but completely resolves our previous concerns. The system is much quicker to respond, whether to touch or voice commands, Cadillac having adopted a new electrical architecture, dubbed the “Vehicle Intelligence Platform.”

An 8-inch touchscreen handles Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as an optional navigation system. There’s wireless phone charging, Amazon Alexa, and we would recommend the auxiliary rotary knob to make the infotainment system easier to operate.

… The new system is not only faster but has much more advanced cybersecurity built in, and it also permits smartphone-style over-the-air updates …

Caddy officials weren’t offering specifics but we expect that the OTA system will eventually allow software revisions to most all of the CT4’s microprocessor-based technology.

On the safety side, the CT4 gets the expected list of advanced driver assistance systems, including active cruise, forward collision with auto braking, blind-spot detection and more.

Cadillac’s exclusive Super Cruise, the first true hands-free driver assistance feature for the freeway, will be available on the CT4-V.

The sedan also will soon share the Super Cruise system first introduced on the big CT6 sedan. That’s one of the market’s most advanced semi-autonomous technologies, allowing hands-free driving on about 200,000 miles of limited-access freeways and other roads. And, when it does migrate into the CT4 and CT5 lines, it will get enhanced capabilities, including the ability to tap the turn signal to automatically execute a pass.

Drive Impressions:  As our drive through Hell reminded us, performance is more than just about power. And here’s where the CT4-V really shines, thanks to its mechanical rear limited-slip differential, magnetic ride control suspension and Continental SportContact 6 summer tires.

The sedan remained glued to the pavement, even during a sudden downpour. The suspension soaked up bumps while minimizing body roll, and the V’s steering was entirely predictable and precise. Better yet, the set up proved forgiving, especially when we had to abort a passing maneuver.

What we particularly love about the latest iteration of the magnetic ride control system is how transformative it can be. In Sport mode it keeps the sedan firmly hunkered down. In Tour, it provides the sort of boulevard-smooth dynamics that Detroit luxury sedans used to be known for.

Wrap Up: The luxury market can be a tough place to compete these days, with plenty of product available from a long list of brands. It’s especially tough to play in the sedan market, considering shrinking sales. So, those who hope to survive really have to deliver.

Though we do have our concerns about the 2021 Cadillac CT4-V, they are generally minor. And the sedan’s positives dominate. This is a sold product that is just plain fun to drive. Better yet, it’s the sort of performance sedan that can serve up weekend adventures while still being a comfortable daily driver.

(Cadillac Blackwing Series taking performance up a big notch.)

The base CT4 starts at $33,950 and runs up to $45,490 for the CT4-V, including $995 for destination. The all-wheel-drive model bumps that to $47,585.

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Source: https://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2020/07/first-drive-2021-cadillac-ct4-v/

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How Car Tires Are Manufactured

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🚗 Cars are complex machines, each part made in highly specialized and specific ways, car tires included. Here is how car tires are manufactured.

🚕 Car tires are the part of your vehicle that keeps you moving forward. But have you ever wondered about how car tires are manufactured? Read ahead for a quick overview of the process.

❋ Design and Plan 👇

Designing the item you plan to manufacture is the first part of any industrial process. Car tires have been around for a long time now, and the manufacturing process is becoming increasingly digital. The design is usually created through engineering software, and the dimensions and curvature are handled with precision. After that, the tire-making machines receive this digitized format.

❋ Select Materials  👇

Most tires consist largely of rubber, both natural and synthetic. Oils, pigments, antioxidants, and other materials mix with the rubber to create each part of the tire. Tires must be crafted from quality, durable materials, including chemical agents, metallic cables, and fabric reinforcers.

❋ Melt and Mold 👇

Heat and friction work together to produce the final rubber composite that will mold the other parts of the tire. Tires are not one singular piece of rubber—they contain tread rubber, sidewall rubber, fabric-coated plies, and bead wires, among other components. A factory worker or automated apparatus then uses a tire-building machine in the shape of a collapsible drum to glue and set the tires. Finally, the tires cure over time, and subsequent heating and steaming help them fully coalesce

❋ Distribute Widely 👇

Quality control is important with tires—after all, tires must handle transporting drivers for thousands of miles on the road. After rigorous testing, the manufacturer packs the tires and distributes them to various sellers. These include tire stores all across the United States, from Trenton, New Jersey to Anderson, Indiana.

🟥 Knowing how car tires are manufactured can help you better select the parts for your vehicle. Because all cars are different and have specific needs, you should consult with a tire expert before choosing your next set of wheels.

👉↘ Source: Christina Duron is a freelance writer for multiple online publications where she can showcase her affinity for all things digital. She has focused her career around digital marketing and writes to explore topics that spark her interest.

 

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Feast your eyes on the all-new, all-electric GMC Hummer EV

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GMC has a new all-electric version of its classic Hummer oversized SUV. This thing is a beast, as you might expect, with an advertised 350-mile range and a 3-second zero to 60 mph time. It’s a bit ridiculous to be honest, which is kind of what the Hummer has always been about so that makes sense.

Alongside a teaser, GMC released a number of press photos of the 1,000 HP bruiser, so take a look below. It definitely looks like a Hummer – which may or may not be your cup of tea.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2020/10/20/feast-your-eyes-on-the-all-new-all-electric-gmc-hummer-ev/

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ALYI Highlights Next Steps

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Dallas, TX – October 20, 2020 – OTC PR WIRE – Alternet Systems, Inc. (OTC PINK: ALYI) today announced plans to publish a comprehensive progress update next week targeting a Wednesday, October 28th release date.

Management indicates a number of major endeavors underway in important stages of development to include RevoltTOKEN financing partner’s efforts to finalize ICO details, next steps after finalizing the multiparty milestone agreement announced last week, and a new design path development for the company’s long-term plans for future electric vehicles in Africa.

Management anticipates wrapping up details on the above-mentioned endeavors by next Wednesday and being ready to release a comprehensive update.

For more information and to stay up to date on ALYI’s latest developments, please visit www.alternetsystemsinc.com.

Disclaimer/Safe Harbor: This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act. The statements reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events that involve risks and uncertainties. Among others, these risks include the expectation that any of the companies mentioned herein will achieve significant sales, the failure to meet schedule or performance requirements of the companies’ contracts, the companies’ liquidity position, the companies’ ability to obtain new contracts, the emergence of competitors with greater financial resources and the impact of competitive pricing. In the light of these uncertainties, the forward-looking events referred to in this release might not occur.

Alternet Systems, Inc. Contact:
Randell Torno
info@lithiumip.com
+1-800-713-0297

Source: https://otcprwire.com/alyi-highlights-next-steps/

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