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Car Review: 2016 Cadillac ATS-V

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Frank Washington says that the Cadillac ATS-V can generate its own Wi-Fi hotspot that is good for 50 feet around the car.

Frank Washington says that the Cadillac ATS-V can generate its own Wi-Fi hotspot that is good for 50 feet around the car.

By Frank S. Washington
NNPA News Wire Automobiles Columnist

DETROIT – Apprehension came with the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V. It was winter, at least technically, and in these parts, that means snow. We had the coupe version of the car. But four doors or two doors the Cadillac ATS-V is rear-wheel-drive and that can be hazardous in winter months, especially when you’ve got power under the hood.

The ATS-V had a 3.6-liter twin turbocharged V6 that made 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. It was mated to a six-speed manual transmission with active rev match. An eight-speed automatic is available. In manual mode, Cadillac said the car had a zero to 60 mph time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 189 mph, neither of which were approached during the test drive.

Although the statistics make it sound like a brute, the car was extremely easy to drive. It had a Macpherson strut front suspension with lower ball joints and a direct stabilizer bar. In the rear, was an independent five-link suspension with Magnetic Ride Control.

It finessed the streets without a lot of fanfare because the third generation magnetic ride was set on touring. The ATS-V’s ride got a lot stiffer in sport mode and it was outright harsh in track mode while on city streets.

Steering was electric with power and variable assist. There wasn’t a lot of feedback, but the response to driver input was almost immediate. The brakes were four-wheel discs with Brembo aluminum six piston red calipers in the front and four red calipers in rear. On dry pavement stopping felt instant.

The 18-inch wheels had been shod with Bridgestone winter tires, which were due for a workout as an abundance of snow fell toward the end of the week-long test drive. The car handled the slush filled streets well as long as we stayed off the gas. One surprise was that the defrosters, front and back, worked quicker than any that came to mind. In the cold, that makes a difference when scraping ice off the front and back windows.

The fenders were wider to accommodate the tires. A light-weight carbon hood with an air extractor was just the beginning of features the Cadillac ATS-V had to enhance performance. Front and rear fascia with wider openings in the front along with an enlarged grille for more air was part of the package. The front splitter increased down-force for better handling.

The test car featured both a carbon fiber and track package. The splitter was carbon fiber, as was the air extractor, the rear diffuser and the hood vent. The rocker was made of a composite as was the body colored rear spoiler. The Track Package included a Performance Data Recorder and a low-mass battery. The standard floor mats and the tire inflator kit were dumped to save weight.

Inside, the driver was enveloped by Recaro performance seats. The seats were heated in front, 16-way power adjustable and trimmed in leather with microfiber inserts and seatbacks. The car’s interior trim was carbon fiber.

There were expected creature comforts. Bluetooth, satellite radio, voice controls, a navigation system, a backup camera and parking assist fore and aft were included. But there were a couple of areas were the Cadillac ATS-V went beyond what was expected. In addition to its auxiliary and USB jacks, it had slot for an SD memory card. It had a couple of 12-volt sockets but also one plug for 110 volts.

And the ATS-V’s Apple CarPlay feature enabled iPhone 5s and up to connect their applications like navigation, hands free texting, entertainment and news directly through the CUE display screen. The Cadillac ATS-V can also generate its own Wi-Fi hotspot that is good for 50 feet around the car.

Engineers did a lot of work on the ATS-V, which is the first V series car to be powered by a V6. For the enthusiasts, Cadillac said, “The twin, low-inertia turbochargers’ featherweight titanium-aluminide turbines are used with vacuum-actuated waste gate control for precise, responsive torque production. In fact, the titanium-aluminide turbines reduce rotating inertial load by 51 percent, compared to conventional Inconel turbine wheels. That means less exhaust energy – which spins the turbines – is wasted in stored inertial loads.”

What that means is relatively small turbochargers and their lightweight turbines foster immediate spooling, which eliminated turbo lag. We felt none, not once, during the week-long test drive.

The test vehicle was base priced at $62,665. Add options and a $995 freight charge and the sticker came to $74,635. That’s steep but you’ll pay a lot more for a comparable coupe from the competition.

PHOTO CAPTION: Frank Washington says that the Cadillac ATS-V can generate its own Wi-Fi hotspot that is good for 50 feet around the car.

Freddie Allen is the Editor-In-Chief of the NNPA Newswire and BlackPressUSA.com. Focused on Black people stuff, positively. You should follow Freddie on Twitter and Instagram @freddieallenjr.

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NAMAD Honors James Farmer with Lifetime Achievement Award

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “I can remember at a NAMAD banquet there were two tables, maybe three at a conference of minority dealers,” he said. “But I watched it grow to the level that it is today with many [tables] and, to be in a position within General Motors and to assist the industry and see it grow, has been gratifying,” he said.

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Retired GMAC Vice President for Merchandising, Advertising and Communications James Farmer remains one of the fiercest advocates for the Black Press in the automotive industry. The NNPA honored Farmer with the 2018 NNPA Torch Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service for over 50 years in the Automotive Industry and Support of the NNPA.

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent
@StacyBrownMedia

After a half-century in the automobile industry, James Farmer has certainly seen it all.

And, after receiving a lifetime achievement award from the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD) earlier this month, Farmer took time to reflect.

“I’ve seen this industry grow – and grow for African Americans,” Farmer said.

“I can remember at a NAMAD banquet there were two tables, maybe three at a conference of minority dealers,” he said. “But I watched it grow to the level that it is today with many [tables] and, to be in a position within General Motors and to assist the industry and see it grow, has been gratifying,” he said.

Farmer has set the example for many inside and outside of the automobile industry.

He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in marketing from Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio in 1967 and, after nearly 10 years in advertising, sales and marketing at the Airtemp division of the Chrysler Corporation, he began his career with General Motors at the former Delco Products Division in Dayton, Ohio, in 1976.

He held a number of key leadership positions at GM including: Group Director of Communications for GM’s Small Car Group in 1994; Group Director of Public Relations and Communications, GM North American Sales, Service and Marketing in 1998; General Director Marketing and Constituency Communications with GM’s Worldwide Communications Group in 1999; and Vice President of Merchandising, Advertising and Communications at GMAC until his retirement in 2004.

Even though Farmer retired as a vice president of GMAC in 2004, he remained committed to fostering positive business relationships between the Black Press and the auto industry.

“Jim Farmer has done so many great things, solved so many problems, and he’s bridged so many gaps for our industry,” said Damon Lester, the president and CEO of NAMAD, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that’s dedicated to developing strategic relationships and advocating for the advancement of business policies and practices that ensure diversity and economic parity remain a priority in all aspects of the American automotive industry.

“His value goes well beyond his tenure at General Motors,” Lester said.

“His character and integrity are legendary and no matter what the issue was, no matter how dire the situation, he could pick up that phone and call a Rev. Jesse Jackson or a Rev. Al Sharpton or someone and have a dialogue with them and get their perspective and come back to everyone else with some sort of middle ground that was fair for all parties,” Lester said.

“He has a heck of a legacy,” he said.

Farmer, who also has been honored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA, The Black Press of America) with the organization’s prestigious Torch Award, Legacy of Excellence Award and Lifetime Achievement Award, recalled his youth when he sold EBONY and Jet magazines and the Cleveland Call and Post newspapers.

He said that’s where his connection to the Black Press began.

“I grew up with it,” said Farmer, who remains an advocate of the Black Press.

“James Ellis Farmer is the epitome of more than a half century of career excellence in the automotive industry,” NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., said.

“The Black Press of America via the NNPA salutes Jim Farmer for his outstanding global leadership,” Chavis said.

Farmer was appointed to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities under President George W. Bush where he traveled the world as a cultural ambassador.

A member of the Board of Advisors at the Harvard School of Divinity Summer Leadership Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in Washington, DC, Farmer also served on the National Board of Advisors Development Team, planning the commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the John H. Johnson School of Communications at Howard University, Washington, DC.

Farmer also has presented the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in France, Vietnam and India, and most recently in China, as part of a Global Cultural exchange program with the U. S. Department of State and the Theolonious Monk Institute of Jazz.

However, Farmer’s passion has always been in the auto industry.

“My career has been gratifying,” he said.

“I do remember the unfortunate economic conditions that befell the country and the automobile industry, and we saw a drop off in automobile dealers – a dropping of Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Saturn,” Farmer said.

“That meant that it affected a number of dealers of color who had franchises,” he said.

Now that the economy is steady, or some would say robust, Farmer said he’s hoping that more young people of color will look to own dealerships.

“There are opportunities at GM and other places and the time is right,” he said.

“Today, it’s so diverse. I remember when GM, Ford and Chrysler had more than 90 percent of the market. Today, they collectively might have 40 percent.”

“So, in the auto industry these days, people have to have diversity. Not just in color, but in thought because we have cars today that we didn’t have 50 years ago, and I also remember when there were only about six black dealers [nationwide] and now GM has 50,” Farmer said.

With that, it’s important to capitalize on the opportunities available, which was a lesson Farmer said he learned when he was a child.

“I am one of 14 kids and my mother and father were married for 61 years and they raised us with the idea that, when much is given, much is expected,” Farmer said.

“So, when you’re blessed, you have to share those blessings and that is just basic philosophy and it’s kind of a religious belief that I have always had during my years at Chrysler and GM,” he said.

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