Cadillac was the first American company to make a Diesel passenger car in 1979. Some people may still cringe at the prospect of owning a Diesel Cadillac. After the late 70’s, Cadillac had to recover from the very poor reliability of its Oldsmobile built “dieselized” version of their 5.7L V8 gas engine. The root problem of this engine was just that, it was a gasoline engine converted by Olds to run Diesel fuel, and it was rushed through production. The Result was a bad reliability and a tarnished reputation for Cadillac and Oldsmobile. Here is a video showing off one of these old timers. Continue below for rest of article.
This Cadillac CTS is going to change all that. A new Built from the ground up 2.9L diesel sits in the engine bay, with 250 Horsepower 405 lb-ft of torque. The engine was co-developed by Italy’s VM Motori, the same guys who brought you the Jeep Liberty Diesel’s engine. The new body style introduced in 2008 is very nice too, I really like the new look. Cadillac was originally saying that this engine would be for the European market only, but a lot of auto press seem to think GM will make it available in the U.S. I think if the Diesels that Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi bring over do well, there is no doubt in my mind that Cadillac will sell it in the U.S.