Cadillac BLS Attacks Fuel Efficiency

1.9-liter direct-injected, turbocharged diesel engine averaged 6.1 L/100km (38.5 mpg) compared to CTS 2.8L American-made Caddy that consumed 11.7 L/100km (20.1 mpg)

Published: 22-Jun-2006


PARIS -- As gas prices continue to skyrocket, U.S. Cadillac buyers may well cast an envious eye across the Atlantic, where the luxury automaker's first European-made model is setting new companywide benchmarks in mileage and handling.

In many respects, the first European-made Caddy is a Saab with a Cadillac body. Not only is the BLS produced at General Motors' Saab headquarters in Trollhättan, Sweden; it also has the same platform as the Saab 9-3.

While driving along the often-curvy roads between Paris and the Brittany Coast in France, the Cadillac BLS certainly did not feel like any other Caddy I had driven in the past. Conspicuously absent are the floating-sensation and lack of handling for which Caddys, as well other American luxury cars, are famous. Instead, the BLS' steering is crisp, clean and direct. I felt comfortable taking the BLS around curves at great speeds while remaining in firm control. I would have been much less inclined to race along France's windy roads behind the wheel of a U.S.-made Cadillac, and would not even consider such a feat in the more top-heavy Escalade SUV.


Technology allows diesels to meet toughest upcoming emissions rules; automakers' hybrid alliances show lack of belief in gas-electric future.

Mercedes-Benz confirmed that it will introduce five diesel models beginning this fall. Honda, BMW, Nissan and the Chrysler group each confirmed plans to add diesels to their lineups over the next three to four years. Photo: Mercedes E-320 BlueTec diesel.

With over seven million of its world-famous HDi diesel engines under its belt, PSA-Peugeot-Citroen is considered the foremost authority on diesel technology,


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