Back in Black
With the CTS sedan and ATS sedan and coupe, Cadillac has some of the most striking luxury performance vehicles on the road today.
And the company is turning the looks up to 11 with what it is calling the “Black Chrome Package” for the cars.
Yes, this means that the otherwise shiny bits on the exterior of the vehicles—the upper and lower grilles, the side window moldings, the rear fascia accents, the door handles—aren’t shiny. They’re, well, black. Although the side window moldings are a gloss finish and the door handles aren’t black unless the body color is, say, Black Raven: they’re body colored.
As we’ve said in this space before, the CTS and ATS are two vehicles that are really far better than their performance in the market indicates. Through February, Cadillac has delivered just 2,658 ATS models and 2,474 CTS’s.
Black Chrome should help—a bit. But those cars aren’t just about the exterior sheet metal. The engineering team has given them great structure and an array of engines that, combined with their fundamental nimbleness (one of the underlying approaches to the creation of contemporary Cadillacs is to focus on minimizing weight without sacrificing performance), makes these cars contenders against anything their global competitors can throw at them.
Ram Truck chief exterior designer Joe Dehner talks about how they’ve developed the all-new pickup. “We’ve been building trucks for over 100 years,” he says. “Best I could come up with is that this is our 15th-generation truck.”
Topology optimization cuts part development time and costs, material consumption, and product weight. And it works with additive, subtractive, and all other types of manufacturing processes, too.
A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.