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Frankfurt unveiling for new Cadillac

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Cadillac is to unveil an all-new saloon, called the CTS, at the Frankfurt International Motor Show next month.

The new car is built on an all-new rear-drive architecture, and power comes from a 3.2-litre V6, built at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant, that reaches 62mph in under seven seconds.

Cadillac's design team has given CTS an American look first showcased on the Evoq concept car, designed, the marketing teams says, to communicate American technology and science.

The new 3.2-litre V6 engine produces 220bhp at 6,000 rpm. It has been fully revised to improve driveability, power, torque and emissions. In the UK there will also be a 2.6 litre engine option.

The engine is mated to either a five-speed manual – the first manual gearbox in a Cadillac for almost half a century – or five-speed automatic transmission.

CTS is due in Europe in mid-2002.

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