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What Does The 2012 Buick Verano Mean For GM? [Review]

By Peter Dushenski @carenvy

What does this compact car mean for Buick, a company renowned for staid near-luxury and burdened by associations to bailouts? It means that Buick has succeeded.

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From Einsteinian Relativity To GM Luxury [Comparison Test]

By Peter Dushenski

Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT’S relativity.

Einstein’s famous quote is perhaps more familiar than his scientific theories. It’s certainly more digestible. His contributions to physics, and by extension philosophy, are so out there that they’re tough to swallow even today, a century on. Time dilation has to be the mother of them all. It states that time and therefore reality are relative to the observer.

It also turns out that whether reality is being experienced at speeds approaching that of light or just in terms of the very earthly notion of luxury, the theory holds true. It’s all relative. If you’re reading this on your MacBook Air at the hippest new Third Wave coffee shop, then your idea of luxury is very different from the 585 million Sub-Saharan Africans without electricity. See? Relevant and gratitude-inducing.

So if we agree that luxuries are relative, it seems natural to wonder how three of GM’s most notable luxury brands compare, relatively speaking. Not only to each other, but to their notable competition. So let’s take a look at two of the newest, most prominent, and successful offerings from The General: the 2012 Buick Regal eAssist and the 2012 Cadillac SRX Premium Collection AWD, to see how they match up with an odd Swedo-luxury wagon of yesteryear: the 2008 Saab 9-5 2.3t Wagon.

This is far from a “fair” comparison – as if the world were ever fair – the spread in price, utility, and features is significant if not silly, but it’ll still be interesting to see how a car made in Sweden, a car made in Canada (but previously in Germany), and a car made in Michigan compare in terms of luxury, particularly since they all come from the same parent company.

Disclaimer: This is a very CarEnvy-esque test.

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Cadillac Coupe Confirmed: CTS Goes 2-Door

Cadillac today unveiled the 2011 CTS Coupe, the latest and most

BMW, Audi and Infiniti have compact coupes in their lineup so it seemed reasonable to assume that Cadillac would make a production version of its CTS coupe concept.

Confirmation of production was going through an off and on phase as the restructuing at GM carried on, but now it’s official. The new coupe will join the sedan and wagon in the CTS lineup.

GM calls it Cadillac’s “most radical design”, whereas I call it the best you can do only having a ruler at your disposal. Too many sharp edges. But hey, that’s the new design direction, and there is definitely no mistaking it for anything else on the market.

More below.

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Review: 2009 BMW 535xi

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By Kevin Harrison

A little while back I reviewed the Cadillac CTS. It was by no means a horrible car, but I gave it a less than stellar rating.

Designed to compete against a BMW 5-series (even more so when it likely will move more upscale once the smaller ATS arrives), it is priced like a 3-series and thus, retains the price advantage.

As I followed sales manager Campbell Harbord out to the back to the dealership to pick up my tester, I had mentioned my review of the CTS and how I was eager to see how it compared.

He stopped and laughed.

“Oh, you consider it to be more of a 3-series competitor then?” I asked.

“We don’t consider Cadillac to be competition for us at all,” Campbell replied.

Bold statement.

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Review: 2009 Cadillac CTS 6-Speed Manual

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After President Obama put GM on a much needed diet – shedding itself of brands it didn’t need, he also stipulated that they do something about their gas guzzling line up or else government money would disappear quicker than Jessica Simpson’s sex appeal.

So the restructuring process began. For Cadillac, the new SRX is now Saturn Vue sized, the DTS and STS are going to be axed in favour of a single model and a new entry level Caddy is expected to be introduced to comepete against the likes of BMW 3-series et al.

So where does that leave the CTS?

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Chevy and Cadillac: Taking Aim

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GM just couldn’t contain themselves with announcements today including how the Chevy Volt supposedly gets 230 mpg city.

That’s all fine and good, but the real exciting news is actually from GM’s most interesting brand of late: Cadillac.

VP of Design Ed Welburn reportedly showed off a concept that will replace both the boring DTS and the forgotten STS. Dubbed the XTS, it draws on much of the styling cues that we saw in the Cadillac Sixteen concept (which was actually driven by Top Gear’s James May, and he was quite fond of it).

The Sixteen concept debuted in 2003 and one would probably be forgiven for wondering why GM would want to borrow styling cues from a seven year old car, but the truth is, the Sixteen was fairly ahead of its time in terms of design and was quite radical for a Cadillac.

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Cadillac: Regal and XTS On The Way

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It’s been a while since we’ve done any Cadillac-related news on CarEnvy.ca – probably not since news of GM’s bankruptcy broke. So here’s some good news, for once, from the be-wreathed brand.

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PSA: Bankrupt General Motors Still Makes Good Cars

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I figure that it’s about time for a little Public Service Annoucement, CarEnvy.ca-style. Your usual PSA tell you things like “don’t fly to Mexico” or “wash your hands”, but those have nothing to do with cars. This does.

So now that GM is finally, officially set to file for Chapter 11 bankrputcy protection in the US today, you’re probably wondering if your local dealership will still be open and if your warranty will be any good. Well I’m here to tell you that your warranty is still good and your dealership will still be open. Well, there’s only a 58% chance that your nearest Canadian GM dealer will still be open by the end of 2010, but today, it’s more like 95%.

Anyway, all those “facts” were about as interesting as Stephen Harper’s haircut, so let’s get back to the cars.

There are great deals to be had on GM products right now, so find your wallet and crack it open. After the jump is a list of the 5 best cars that GM makes today:

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