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Cadillac DTS

The Cadillac DTS (DeVille Touring Sedan) is a full-size luxury sedan produced by General Motors, an American automobile company. The DTS replaced the Cadillac DeVille as General Motors' largest luxury car for the 2006 model year. This renaming followed new styling conventions set by the earlier CTS and STS.

The first version of the DTS was initially shown at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show on February 9.


Production and specifications

The DTS was manufactured at GM's Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly factory from 2005 through May 2011.[1] The "Luxury" models were priced at US$46,280 for the 2010 model. Even though priced lower than the rear-wheel drive STS flagship, the DTS is longer than the STS.

One major feature change from the Deville to the DTS was the elimination of the standard 6-passenger seating configuration for non-limousine models. However, such capability remains an optional feature for fleet clients.[2] It had a square clock but circular gauges.[3]

The DTS incorporates the K-platform as denoted by the 4th letter in the VIN, and is powered by the 32V Northstar V8, which produces in "Standard", "Luxury" and "Premium" trims. The DTS "Platinum" is equipped with version.[4] The DTS has standard industry features including multiple airbags, xenon high power headlamps, leather seating, and power seats. Options include navigation system, Magnetic Ride Control (magnetic ride control on performance models only), moonroof, chrome wheels, heated/cooled seats, and a heated steering wheel. A fully loaded DTS costs approximately $55,000(US) depending on color choice and options. A new DTS Platinum Edition was released in 2007 with special interior trim, badging and other luxury features. GM phased out all GM badges from vehicles on the 2010.5 models, including the Cadillac DTS.[5] 2007 Cadillac DTS-L

Model Year Engine Power Torque
Luxury I, II, III
2006 4.6 L Northstar LD8 V8 at 5200 rpm at 4400 rpm
2007 2008 at 6000 rpm at 4400 rpm
2009 2011
Performance 2006 4.6 L Northstar L37 V8 at 5600 rpm at 4400 rpm
2007 2008 at 6300 rpm at 4500 rpm
Platinum 2009 2011

Facelifted version of 2008, with specially designed longer rear doors


The DHS model, gives a Bose AM/FM/weatherband/cassette/CD player, rain-sensing wipers, heated front seats, analog instruments, a power rear window sunshade and, to top it all off, front seat lumbar massage.[7]


Especially for the limousine market, the lightly stretched DTS-L was released in November 2006 for the 2007 model year. Developed and finished by Accubuilt, this version was being touted as having greater rear legroom.[8] Early DTS-L Cadillacs are easily recognized by the wider rear C-pillar, similar to the one used on the older Fleetwood 75 Series. This was necessitated by the use of the standard length DTS rear door, which left a strange looking space between the rear wheelwell and door. In 2008 a new version, with longer rear doors, was introduced. This change also meant that the C-pillars became considerably slimmer. Despite these efforts, the small production DTS-L soon disappeared from the marketplace.

End of production

The last DTS rolled off the assembly line at 11:51 a.m. on May 27, 2011.[9]

Presidential State Car

Limousine of former US President George W. Bush See: 2005 Cadillac DTS Presidential State Car

A specially designed and outfitted armored vehicle with DTS styling and a high-roof fitted to a GM four-wheel drive chassis was used in the second inauguration of U.S. President George W. Bush. While details of the modified vehicle, codenamed "Stagecoach", remain classified, previous such vehicles indicate that it would have been upgraded with advanced armor and safety features in order to protect the president from various threats.[10]

Its successor entered service with President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009. According to General Motors, the "2009 Cadillac Presidential Limousine" is the first not to carry a specific model name. The vehicle is a combination of a Cadillac limousine body on the chassis/platform of a GMC Topkick commercial truck and bears styling cues from the CTS and Escalade models as opposed to the DTS.[11]

Yearly American sales

Calendar Year Total sales
2005 23,322
2006[12] 58,224
2007 51,469
2008[13] 30,479
2009[14] 17,330
2010[15] 18,640
2011[16] 11,589

Next generation

The automotive press has reported that the next full-size Cadillac will be called the XTS according to the March 2011 issue of Car and Driver.[17]

Prior to bankruptcy, GM had considered a rear-drive sedan, powered by the new Ultra V8 engine (replacement for the Northstar), to bow for 2010.[18] GM later stopped development of new North American Zeta-based models and canceled the Ultra V8 engine.[19][20]


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