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Cavender’s Cool Cadillacs #1: The Cadillac Mirage

By Eli Nichols | Posted in Dealer Information on Friday, May 15th, 2015 at 1:50 PM

San Antonio: Like “Bruce Springsteen” and “boss,” “Tim Duncan” and “fundamentals,” “Cadillac” and “cool” are two words that are the perfect fit for one another. Throughout its storied history, Cadillac has epitomized coolness time and time again with their cruisers.

These autos are often crafty, sometimes quirky, and always “cool,” and we at Cavender Cadillac in San Antonio thought it’d be fun to take a look back from time to time to cover some of Cadillac’s most remarkable vehicles of the past, simply as a reminder to us all that there’s nothing as cool as the old school.

Cheesy? Yes. True? You’d better believe it.

 

May we present to you the Cadillac Mirage in all its glory.

 

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 Where to begin with this quirky cool Cadillac? We could tell you all about its mind-boggling features like the Caddyshack-inspired golf bag door (ahh, the 70s) but the story behind the Mirage is what is most fascinating.

 

Essentially a pickup truck that started out as a 1976 Coupe Deville, Cadillac commissioned this from builder Gene Winfield, who took the Coupe Devilles, cut them and put a pickup bed in the back, and sold them at Cadillac dealerships. Sounds like a small operation, no?

 

Small indeed! On record, only 216 of these El Camino looking Cadillacs were produced. Under the hood is an 8.2L V8 that pumps out 400 pounds per foot of torque. It’s got some hop for a machine that weighs 4,500 pounds of pure American steel. Considering so few were made, it’s nearly impossible to come across a Cadillac Mirage to test drive, but we hear these things are remarkably silky smooth, even for a Cadillac. And you know that’s saying something.

The console is a bit dated with the 70s style dashboard, but sometimes 70s isn’t so bad. The drive feels like you’re sitting in an old school plush recliner. It’s really too bad that so few Cadillac Mirages were produced, because this car seems like it’d be a dream to drive.

A Cadillac with a truck bed is reason enough to give this model a “Cavender’s Cool Cadillac” seal of approval.

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Price Cuts to Come For the 2016 Cadillac ELR Coupe

By Eli Nichols | Posted in Dealer Information on Thursday, May 14th, 2015 at 1:46 PM

For all those Cadillac lovers out there excited about the 2016 Cadillac ELR Coupe and its jaw-dropping clean energy and regal features, but put off by the incredibly steep price tag on last year’s model, we at Cavender Cadillac have good news to report.

 

A head honcho of the marketing department at Cadillac has gone on record to state that the ELR pricing was so high it was beyond unnecessary.

 

What? A company admitting its mistake? What is this, honesty hour?

 

The Cadillac ELR’s initial price tag is so lofty compared to other electric hybrid cars because its many lavish features come standard—a very different offering than every other electric hybrid on the market, that comes standard with very bare bones. All you San Antonians know that pulling punches when it comes to luxury is simple not the Cadillac way. And because of this, the price tag is noticeably higher than more run-of-the-mill electric hybrids.

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Regardless, Cadillac’s marketing chief, Uwe Ellinghaus, noted “One thing is fair to say: We’ve had a great learning exercise with this car.”

 

Hindsight is 20/20, and Cadillac shouldn’t beat themselves up for reaching for the stars, but the silver lining with this realization is that Cadillac will be going back to the proverbial drawing board to produce a more moderate price-tag for the ELR. It truly is an incredible machine, and Cadillac just wants more people to be able to experience the ELR’s masterful blend of economy and luxury.

 

Cadillac has dared greatly time and time again. What we at Cavender Cadillac in San Antonio appreciate about the company is that they are able to recognize where they have fallen short and work to gain that ground back.

 

Keep your eye out for a price cut on the 2016 ELR coming soon. Its price tag is shaping up to be a much more cost-effective machine.

 

We are proud to call San

Antonio home.

Cavender Cadillac has been serving the San Antonio area for 30 years. If you are searching for new and used cars, trucks, and SUVs in the San Antonio, Live Oak, New Braunfels area, visit Cavender Cadillac today.

 

Cadillac V12 Victoria Convertible Discovered in Barn in Austin Texas

By Eli Nichols | Posted in Dealer Information on Monday, May 11th, 2015 at 1:15 PM

Do you ever watch Pawn Stars or Buried Treasure on Netflix and think to yourself, “That’s not such a special find.” Well, you probably won’t be saying that about what Motostalgia uncovered at a nearby barn. They came across a TON of dusty vintage vehicles that are incredibly rare and sought after in the auto geek community, one of them being a prototype Cadillac V12 Victoria convertible.

 
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So here’s the scoop: a local auto buff bought up a bunch of these vehicles intending to fix them up to enjoy or sell, but ended up letting them rust quietly in his barn throughout the years. According to Jalopnik, the cars haven’t moved a muscle since the 1970s at the very latest. Among the auto finds, Motostalgia uncovered a 1932 Cadillac Model 370B Convertible Victoria, which has mounted a V12 135 horsepower engine and a three-speed manual transmission.

The treasure that is this vintage Cadillac is not so much what is under the hood—rather, it’s the context of how this vehicle came about. Motostalgia states:

 According to the research done by our consignor, this car carries what is effectively a prototype body for Cadillac’s Convertible Victoria. Starting with a Town Coupe, modifications were made to create a rather stunning coachwork where the proportions and lines played well on the multi-cylinder car chassis. This body, which carries serial No. 1, was placed on a 370-B chassis and was used for a number of marketing tests and engineering studies. While 3 other similar bodies would eventually find their way to the V16 chassis, this is the only example ever placed on a V12 car. After its corporate uses were completed it was presented to an executive of the Cadillac Division where it was used for a couple of year before being sold off. Our consignor acquired the car in the late 1960’s, at which time it appeared to have had some cosmetic work done, but the body was sound and solid. When the family moved to Texas in the early 1970’s, this V12 Convertible Victoria followed 

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Other Cadillacs in the collection include a 1938 Cadillac V-16 Series 90 Fleetwood Limousine once owned by the Wrigley Family and a 1933 Cadillac Model 370C V-12L. Both impressive vehicles by any measure, but the real treasure here is the Model 370B Convertible Victoria.

 

Nothing quite like dusting off an oldie.

 

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Cavender Cadillac has been serving the San Antonio area for 30 years. If you are searching for new and used cars, trucks, and SUVs in the San Antonio, Live Oak, New Braunfels, Seguin area, visit Cavender Cadillac today

William Shatner’s Motorcycle Design Based on Cadillac CTS-V Engine | Cavender Cadillac San Antonio

By Eli Nichols | Posted in Dealer Information on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 at 5:23 PM

All of us in San Antonio appreciate what’s underneath hood of the Cadillac CTS-V. It’s built to perform, plain and simple. And it appears that William Shatner is quite an admirer of the CTS-V’s engine because he has embarked on quite a strange project—building a motorcycle that builds on the foundation of the Cadillac CTS-V’s motor.

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The Rivet One trike is brought to you by motorcycle company American Wrench, which has allowed Shatner to help them engineer the strange motorbike you see above. It possesses an aluminum body and an easy chair seating style that really stands out compared to other motorcycles of its kind. What is so bizarre, though, is that Captain Kirk has decided to use a car engine as the motorcycle’s foundation. Shatner discussed his decision, stating “It’s a beast with advanced guts. It’s powered by an all-aluminum, computer-controlled, supercharged and intercooled V8 engine—producing over 500 HP.”

Although it seems to be a strange decision, it’s hard to argue with the specifications on the CTS-V engine. A 6.2L supercharged V8 engine with 640 Horsepower and 630 lb.-ft of torque is quite the unadulterated power. When nestled in the body of the CTS-V, it can top out at 200mph on the racetrack, and it can go 0-60 in 3.7 seconds. Now just imagine that motor fixated on a three-wheeler—that sucker is going to have some get-up-and-go.

 

Shatner is planning to ride his pet project from Chicago to Los Angeles later on this year, so keep your ear to the ground regarding that. And if you like what you see, American Wrench is currently taking requests for the trike on a built-to-order basis as soon as Shatner’s model is complete. Just expect prices to be as out-of-this-world as Shatner must be for deciding to undergo such a wild project.

Our 4 Favorite Events During Fiesta San Antonio

By Eli Nichols | Posted in Dealer Information on Thursday, April 16th, 2015 at 9:59 AM

Fiesta is a special time for us in San Antonio. Put on by the Fiesta San Antonio Commission, our local-yet-world-famous festival honors the memory of our fallen heroes at the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto with a multitude of music, arts, dances, parades, and almost anything else you can think of!

Fiesta is one of the events in our city that truly helps define it, so we at Cavender Cadillac wanted to share our favorite events that take place during this 10-day celebration.

1.  Fiesta Oyster Bake

 

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A great music event with rockin’ music, an endless supply of oysters, and a great cause! What’s not to love? Headliners this year include Loverboy, Sevendust, P.O.D., Michael Salgado, and Naughty by Nature.

2. Fiesta Arts Fair

 

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One of the highlights of the entire festival, we love perusing through the contemporary art from 120 different artists throughout the nation. It’s a great place to shop for hand-crafted paintings, jewelry, photographs, and ceramics for yourself or loved one!

 3.  Battle of Flowers Parade

 

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 It says something when you’re the oldest parade at Fiesta San Antonio. The Battle of Flowers parade is also the only parade in the US that is put on entirely by women! The R.O.T.C. unit drills, the military and university marching bands, and the spectacular floats are just a few reasons why we love to set up shop for this parade.

4. Fiesta Flambeau Parade

 

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How could we leave off the epic Night Parade? This parade is as big as many other national parades throughout the world.

Totaling a whopping 150 parade entries, you can always count on a wide spectrum of performers whether they look like this:

 

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Or like this:

 

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These parade entries come from all across the United States to San Antonio to participate in this world famous event. For those of you new to town, if you want to experience a fantastic celebration that really captures what Fiesta is all about, we’d point you to the Fiesta Flambeau Parade.

If you’re looking for tickets to any or all of these events, here’s where to grab them!

Viva Fiesta!

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Do You Know the History of the Cadillac Emblem?

By Eli Nichols | Posted in Dealer Information on Monday, April 13th, 2015 at 12:51 PM

Do you remember when the first Cadillac emblem came out? Probably not.

The signature Cadillac symbol has been around longer than most of us can remember. As iconic as it may be, most of us are unfamiliar with where the crest originated from, so Cavender Cadillac decided to do a bit of digging to learn more about its history.

 

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According to a brochure from Cadillac Motor Company, the crest is said to have been designed almost four centuries before Columbus discovered the Americas, and was brought to the car company by the founder of Detroit, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac. In fact, this state founder was the inspiration for the naming of the first Cadillac automobile in 1902.

Now back to the crest:

Most sources believe that the crest was designed by Cadillac himself around 1687 after marrying. The story around the emblem was that Cadillac was descended from royalty in Toulouse, which were in the same circles as French Royalty. However, research has suggested that this claim was mostly fabricated. In fact, a great deal of Lamonthe-Cadillac’s story was self-created in order to sound more regal instead of embracing his more modest origins.

The GM Heritage Center website explains the emblem and what it is intended to signify in Lamonthe-Cadillac’s life:

“The Cadillac coat of arms is a believable montage of bits and pieces of authentic heraldry that Antoine Laumet put together to serve his own purpose. Even though it was duly and officially registered and recorded, circa 1687, by the heraldic authorities of Quebec in New France (now Canada), the only authentic parts of the Cadillac crest are the first and fourth quarterings featuring the legless birds; in heraldry these are known as martlets…they are the heraldic adaptation of the martin.”

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The Cadillac auto company changed the shield-and-crest emblem in 1999 and began using it in company advertising. The cleaner design keeps the crest, but the shield and the “merlettes” have disappeared.

So there you have it. Shrouded in some mystery and some well-structured storytelling, Lamonthe-Cadillac created his own story and legacy. The founder of Detroit inspired the Cadillac company, which adopted his name and crest, and has been making its own legacy since 1902.

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3 Spring Cleaning Tips to Keep Your Cadillac Looking Like a Cadillac in San Antonio

By Eli Nichols | Posted in Dealer Information on Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 11:17 AM

When you purchase a new Cadillac in San Antonio, like the 2015 CTS-V or 2015 ATS, your car is going to be in perfect condition, both inside and outside. However, most of us in San Antonio and Kerrville live high-paced lives, and it’s easy for your pristine vehicle to gradually slip into not-so-pristine condition underneath the hectic pull of the daily commute, kids’ sporting events, weekend trips to Austin to visit your parents, and so on.

 The good news is that, now that spring has finally sprung, it’s a perfect opportunity to breathe new life into your Cadillac and make it look like the Cadillac that won your eye at our Cavender dealership. We compiled a list of basic spring cleaning tips to help make it easy for you to give your smooth ride a much-needed makeover.

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 Wash it!

This one is all too simple, but the first order of business in getting your car looking spic-and-span is to take it to the wash! If you feel like rolling up your sleeves, you can wash it by hand to reach all of those nooks and crannies that the automatic wash might miss. We advise against using household cleaners like hand soap, dish detergent, or glass cleaner on your Cadillac—go for a dedicated car washing product like Blue Coral or Meguiar’s G7164 Gold Class Car Wash instead. It’s safer and will simply give you a better overall wash. Get underneath the car and inside the wheel wells as well, as crud buildup is at a premium in these hard-to-reach spots.

Clean the interior!

Again, another no-brainer, but it bears repeating. A clean interior equals a happy driver. Scrub the carpets, power-wash the floor mats if you can. If you’re dropped lipstick or spilled coffee to make a particularly tough stain, we recommend renting a steam cleaner. They are fairly cheap and do an excellent job at removing even the most stubborn stains. And read the bottle on your cleaner! Leather interior needs leather cleaner, the windows need glass cleaner, etc. Throw in a good air freshener for good measure (we recommend Midsummer’s Night by Yankee Candle—it’s the best!)

Wax On, Wax Off!

Ahh, waxing. A staple of the proud, caring car-owner. Using a wax buffer can really make your 2015 CTS or ATS really come to life and give it an extra sheen and added protection. PRO TIP: When waxing with a buffer, put the wax directly on your buffer and apply a thin coat onto your vehicle. Then you may remove the wax with a cloth. Many people perform this procedure in the opposite way, which works well enough, but use this pro tip to maximize your wax job!

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For any more questions about good spring cleaning practices for your Cadillac, whether it be for a 2015 Escalade, 2015 CTS, or 2015 ATS Coupe, we will be happy to advise you on the best products and procedures for keeping your Cadillac looking like a Cadillac. Give us a call!

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Use Your Tax Returns on These 3 Maintenance Areas

By Eli Nichols | Posted in Dealer Information on Friday, March 20th, 2015 at 1:16 PM

Tax season is here, San Antonio. If you have yet to file, make sure to get it done! And for all of you receiving returns this year (lucky you!), you might want to consider pampering your Cadillac to make sure that it keeps providing that luxurious ride for years to come. The average national figure for tax returns this year are between $2,500 and $3,000—more than enough dough to treat your Cadillac right and still be able to pocket plenty of bills afterwards. Cavender Cadillac has compiled a list of 3 major areas of maintenance that you should invest in to keep your Cadillac running the way it’s supposed to. We’ve focused on maintenance areas that should be replaced every 2 years, so for all you owners of any 2013 or 2012 models, you may find this info particularly helpful!

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Brakes


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Okay, this one is obvious, but it bears repeating. Brakes are your life line in your Cadillac, so it’s important to make sure they are working properly and have been replaced! Failing brakes is even in the same ballpark as something like a failed battery—one is an inconvenience, and the other is potentially fatal. So put a little love into your CTS, ATS, or whichever Cadillac you own. Replace your brake pads, and your car will keep you safe! If you aren’t sure when to replace your brakes, the average time frame is once every 2 years or every 24K miles.

Fuel Filter

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This item is particularly important, but is often overlooked in even the most thorough Cadillac owner. The fuel filter is working whenever your engine is turning, filtrating out impurities and preventing clogs in the injector system. Not unlike your Brita filter at home, the fuel filter must be replaced over time (again, once every 2 years). This replacement is quite an involved process, so we’d recommend letting our maintenance team get the job done right for you.

Spark Plugs

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You can’t start a fire without a spark, and you can’t start your car without a spark plug. These little firecrackers allow the combustion to take place in each fuel cylinder. If your mileage has been suffering or your engine is running poorly, this could possibly be the culprit. Try to swap these out every 30K-80K miles.

Any of these maintenance areas apply to you, San Antonio? We’re happy to assist you with keeping your Cadillac running in tip top shape. Spending a little bit of your tax return on these important maintenance areas will save you money in the long run, and you’ll likely have some of your tax money left over to spend on whatever your heart desires! Schedule your appointment today!

German Autos Got Nothin’ on the ATS-V & CTS-V

By Eli Nichols | Posted in Dealer Information on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 at 12:08 PM

As of right now, we are in the middle of the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland, which is quite a drive from those of us in San Antonio, Boerne, and San Marcos. Even though we couldn’t book our flights in time, Cadillac is still representing the US in style with a brilliant, fun-loving marketing idea.

Before stopping at the Geneva Auto Show, Cadillac decided it’d be fun to take a bit of a road trip and cruise throughout Germany, and while they were in the country Cadillac chose to stick its tongue (err..grille?) out at the major German car makers. A little dash of light-hearted schoolyard teasing has made for quite an entertaining twitter feed.

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Using the all-new CTS and ATS models for these clever photo-ops, Cadillac’s first stop was at BMW’s M Division, where the black CTS-V is seen parked beside the M3 accompanied with the witty comment: “Hey, @BMW #M, sorry we missed you this morning. Don’t worry, we left you some donuts. #SIAG #VSeries #DareGreatly.”

After the BMW M Division, the CTS-V headed out to Audi Sport, posed adjacent to the neon sign, and playfully “complimented” the company on their impressive building by captioning the photo “Wow, that sign is impressive. You’ve really got the ‘Cadillac’ of buildings here @Audi_Sport. See you at #SIAG! Now that’s funny.

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 Finally the ATS-V coupe’s opportunity to have a go at a German auto maker, it headed out to Mercedes-Benz AMG to greet the AMG GT. The ATS-V juxtaposed with the image of the AMG GT really highlighted the jaw-dropping features of the Cadillac coupe, and the caption cheekily reads “Guten Tag, @ MercedesAMG. Stopped by to practice our German, but it looks like you’ve left for #SIAG. See you there!”

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Not only is this great fun and a particularly ingenious branding strategy on Cadillac’s part, it also reveals the innovative and clever aspect to the company that has been a staple of Cadillac for many years. The 2015 ATS-V and CT-S V are perfect ambassadors for Cadillac, showcasing ingenuity, originality, and a healthy dose of fun.

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Cavender’s Roland Perez Nominated For Second Consecutive State Automotive Award

By Eli Nichols | Posted in Dealer Information on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 at 1:27 PM

We at Cavender Cadillac, and the Cavender Auto Group in general, take pride in bringing all of you auto lovers in San Antonio, Boerne, New Braunfels, and the surrounding areas the highest quality web content to get our message out to you. At the helm of our website strategy and management is the Cavender Auto Group e-Commerce Director Roland D. Perez, a Cavender Auto representative who combines a 15 year experience in the auto industry and a dedication to innovating technology to help bring Cavender’s message to our new and existing customers.

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Perez will be nominated by the Texas Automobile Dealers Association to receive an “e-Commerce Director of the Year” honor—an award which Perez received last year in recognition of his central role in making Cavender Auto Group one of the leading auto dealers in San Antonio as well as in the entire State of Texas.

A key characteristic of Perez that makes him so valuable to Cavender is his commitment to listening to our clientele—he readily engages with our new and existing customers to better understand your wants and needs. He then applies this knowledge to our websites to ensure that we are giving you top-notch, informative, and helpful content.

Perez is currently responsible for all of the websites that make up Cavender Auto Group, including our Cadillac, Land Rover, Chevrolet, and two Buick/GMC dealerships. These websites were created and are updated by Team SI, a digital marketing company that Perez works closely with to craft unique content that caters to each demographic and reflect each individual auto maker’s distinctive theme and feel.

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Cavender Auto Group would like to congratulate Perez and his team for all of their innovative work. With Perez’s automotive and technological expertise, he has been a crucial factor in helping Cavender achieve its massive success and notoriety, specifically being named “most interactive dealership” by Motor Trend–the leading auto publication in the United States. We are honored to have him on our team.

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