For the driver looking to disconnect: The Cadillac XT6 is the model you are looking for

Like the president of the United States who came to visit a tribe in the Amazon, I rode this past weekend with the Cadillac XT6 through the streets of Tel Aviv. “And refuse to lift their heads from the screen. They grew up on the introduction of Mercedes, Audi and BMW, the German super-brands, where what to do over the years became more chic, fashionable, and if there was any gap, they rushed to cover it. Unlike me, a native of the 1960s, as a pre-licensed teenager, he was told “one day, my son, you too will ride a Cadillac.”

Cadillac was founded in 1902, seven years later it was already acquired by General Motors and since then it has permanently staffed the American luxury car division, is considered a standard mark. Until now, the President of the United States travels in “Haya”, a limousine made by her that has over the years become an American pride and a symbol of status.

The XT6 is a large SUV, befitting a long tradition of motor monuments. 504 cm long, it contains 7 seats. It holds under a V6 hood, high in fat with a volume of 3,600 cc. It certainly has a state presence, and you know what, at the price it is offered – 400,000 shekels, it is even an interesting deal. That is, for the capable and for brand seekers.

Cadillac XT6 (Photo: PR)

So first of all look. Some will say “respectable” about him, others will click “conservative”, and both will hit right at the center of the goal. Muscular, solid appearance, no exit outside the box, and the same can be said for the internal appearance. At first glance you will say “fancy”, probably when you notice the cooled and heated leather seats, the large panoramic roof, the soft upholstery, at second glance you will ask “what’s new?”, Because if you enter the Mercedes GLE, which also allows seven people, you will no doubt notice the big difference. It is recommended to start with the multimedia screens, to gauge the difference. Hinting that the Cadillac with a modest 8-inch screen has a few more things to learn.

German is much more innovative and yet much more expensive, and I mean a difference of about 200,000 shekels. So even in the upper millennium I am convinced that there are those who do the math and for him the name Cadillac and the long-standing pedigree cover up an image and trend. Do not understand, there are no compromises on quality here. We do not show you a dinosaur in a sack. The XT6 is far from disappointing, because no matter how you turn it over, it is a comfortable vehicle. At this point, which requires moving in the back, the best Americans there are. The rear of the XT may look a bit elevated, and perhaps less sporty, but it also allows comfort for third-row occupants, which is certainly not obvious. I sat there and did not feel crushed or squeezed like quite a few such vehicles.

Although all the seats are occupied, the trunk shrinks to 357 liters, which is best suited for a bachelor plus a dog, but when the third row is folded, space has already been created for 1,220 liters, which provides a comfortable and spacious place for long-distance camping equipment.

Convenience continues throughout the ride. The suspensions in the Cadillac, in the premium luxury version, are on the softened side, so when cruising on long journeys there is a relaxed anti-relaxed atmosphere. We drove that summer weekend to the Jezreel Valley, the temperature outside said the world was burning, and inside nothing burned or hinted at a kiln, probably when we got a sampled Boss audio system and noise isolation no less than excellent.

All in all this is a classic cruise vehicle. It does not have sporty inclinations, although it accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 7 seconds. , With all the reference, he will not hesitate to roll up his sleeves and walk with you on kurkar trails and light nature walks.

Cadillac XT6 (Photo: PR)Cadillac XT6 (Photo: PR)

If you’ve been following the car news for the past year, you’ve probably noticed that encounters with vehicles of the XT6 type are becoming increasingly rare. The 3,600 cc engine, pollution level 15, is already quite a façade against the backdrop of the electrification trend and rechargeable vehicles, symbolizing the green trend. Even Cadillac introduced a year ago the Lyric, its first electric model that was said to symbolize the future.

Meanwhile in Cadillac trying to get by with what is there. In the past such vehicles not only polluted, but they also drank fuel without account. Even now it is not an economical vehicle, but it is a little less drunk. On the cruise, the XT6 knows how to disconnect two pistons and can reach a consumption of a liter of gasoline over 12 km. In the city, this is a different story. According to the manufacturer, he also drinks a liter for every 7.2 kilometers.

The XT6 covers weaknesses in strengthening the already strong points. For example, the safety equipment here gets a score of 7 and features, among other things, adaptive cruise control, an active system to prevent deviation from the lane and in case of imminent danger you will gain autonomous braking and the chair will vibrate, so you pay attention. Nice, but also a little too hysterical for my taste.

We finished a hot and hot summer driving day satisfied and not at all tired. This is the advantage of a vehicle that places a strong emphasis on the comfort wing. It can be a heat peak, an endless traffic jam and you live in your own air-conditioned bubble. The XT6 may have tough competition when it comes to style and futurism, but who would have thought that it would be worth the price. 

Spare wheels

If we were talking about a changing motoring world, then we’ll emphasize this with Mobilai, who this week, at a media event at NASDAQ, New York, presented a video illustrating how her autonomous vehicle (pictured below) travels the crowded streets of the Big Apple, one of the most challenging driving environments in the world. Mobilai, of the Intel Group, approved a test drive in New York, during the day and night, and Prof. Amnon Shashua, senior vice president at Intel Global and President and CEO of Mobilai, said it was another step that brings the advanced industry closer to commercial readiness.

An analysis of data conducted by Ituran for the first half of 2021 revealed that returning to routine, after a year of corona laden with closures, brought the thieves back into the field as well. In the first half of the year there was a 23% increase in car thefts compared to the same period last year. The theft map is led by Gush Dan with 31% of cases, followed by the Sharon region with 28%, followed by the southern region with 17%. According to Ituran, most of the vehicles were transported to the Ramallah and Tulkarm area through checkpoints and loopholes in the fence. The vehicles in demand are still jeeps and jeeps, which make up 37% of all theft attempts.

Mobilai (Photo: Mobileye)Mobilai (Photo: Mobileye)

Ariel Pinto, who served as CEO of Mercedes Israel for about a decade, published a book published by Niv called “Small Note, Big Note”, a management training book in which Pinto reveals some of the methods and techniques that have helped him over the years. Pinto came into the automotive industry after spending years in the food industry at Strauss and Taste. He began his career at Colmobil as CEO of the Mitsubishi division and after five years moved to manage Mercedes in Israel, where he finished the job in early 2020. Today Pinto owns a business consulting company.

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