Nov. 07 - Motor Trend picks the 2014 Cadillac CTS from General Motors as its Car of the Year, snubbing GM's foreign luxury rivals including BMW, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz. Fred Katayama reports.
Cadillac did it again. Its redesigned CTS won the Motor Trend Car of the Year award for the second time in six years. The sport sedan is larger, lighter, and pricier than its predecessor. Cadillac is on a roll with U.S. sales up 27 percent this year to more than 148,000. And although sales of Cadillacs have surged recently in China, it's a laggard there, where German automakers BMW, Mercedes, and Audi rule. China is crucial because it's the world's largest market for new cars. Motor Trend editor-in-chief Edward Loh thinks the new CTS will turbocharge sales there. SOUNDBITE: MOTOR TREND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF EDWARD LOH (ENGLISH) SAYING: "Definitely, Cadillac has had some challenge in trying to capture market share. But why this is a significant win for Cadillac: this is truly now a game changer now on a global scale. This is the right size, the right performance, high efficiency, and great overall package that can really take it to the Germans and other markets." GM opened its new Cadillac plant near Shanghai this summer. GM vice president of global design, Ed Welburn: SOUNDBITE: ED WELBURN, VICE PRESIDENT OF GLOBAL DESIGN, GENERAL MOTORS (ENGLISH) SAYING: "We have designers on the ground in China. They understand the market. They understand what consumers are looking for. The ultimate thing is we have to know our customers. We know them in China." GM aims to quadruple its share of China's luxury market to 10 percent by the end of this decade.