Cadillac Super Cruise subscription prices: Prepare to drop a few hundred bucks – Roadshow

You'll soon be able to drive hands-off like this in every Cadillac model.

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Cadillac provided some much-needed clarity surrounding its impressive Super Cruise hands-free highway driving assistant. After a couple weeks of confusing news back in August, Cadillac shared final prices with Roadshow on Friday, and the technology will cost drivers $25 a month.

That's a total of $300 a year if you want your Cadillac to handle many highway driving tasks without putting a hand on the wheel. It's also, frankly, a little steep. Then again, Super Cruise is a darn good system. A Cadillac spokesperson added owners will be able to bundle Super Cruise capability with "select OnStar and Connected Services bundles for an additional $15 per month."

If you let the system's three-year free trial expire, the car's adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist systems will still work normally, but all Super Cruise functions will deactivate. Surely, there will be some sort of alert noting the hands-free highways driving assistant requires a payment -- a trend we're really not fans of at Roadshow.

With payment, General Motors activates map updates and the "precise GPS corrections required for Super Cruise to function," the spokesperson added. It also allows the car to contact OnStar in the event a driver doesn't respond to a series of alerts asking them to retake control of the car.

If you're wondering when Super Cruise became a subscription service, Cadillac told us previously it made the decision last year. Originally, we were all under the impression the function was built into the car for life when the technology debuted with the now-defunct Cadillac CT6. Instead, Cadillac changed its plan and will provide three years of service moving forward on all new Cadillacs. Those who fit the early adopter criteria (by buying one of the first CT6 sedans equipped with Super Cruise) get one extra complimentary year on Cadillac. Those owners won't need to cough up any cash until next year now.

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Cadillac dealers have to cough up $200,000 investment to sell EVs – Roadshow

EVs are the future, and dealers are going to have to pony up.

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Operating a dealership isn't as simple as shoveling out cars from some retail space. Automakers have standards, and often, they have a lot of them. Kick it up a notch and move into selling luxury vehicles and parent automakers want to ensure customers are walking into a fine establishment. For Cadillac dealers, they're going to need to open up their business accounts in a big way if they want to sell the brand's future electric cars.

Rory Harvey, Cadillac's vice president of sales, service and marketing, told Automotive News Wednesday that the company will require dealers to make a $200,000 investment into their facilities if they want to sell electric cars wearing the iconic crest. While that sounds like a lofty sum of money, Cadillac worked closely with its dealer council to draw up the requirements. All dealers must follow franchise agreement regulations to a T, and the current agreement expires this November.

Should a dealer not want to make the investment, it will have to part ways with General Motors' luxury division. Harvey told the website its council communicated there "may be a few dealers" that don't "share the Cadillac vision," but by and large, he expects smooth sailing.

Cadillac did not immediately return Roadshow's request for comment on the investment requirements.

What does the $200,000 buy dealers? The big-ticket items are charging stations. It's hard to sell an EV if you don't have a place to charge them, after all. Harvey also told the website the cost could increase with time as Cadillac rolls out more EVs. GM already tasked the division with leading the automaker's all-electric future, so definitely expect a lot of electric cars from Cadillac this decade.

We'll first be treated to the Lyriq SUV, which Cadillac showed last month in prototype form. It won't actually launch until two years from now, however. We also know the brand has a hand-built electric flagship sedan in the pipeline, called the Celestiq. All of GM's future EVs will ride on a platform known as BEV3 and support the company's new Ultium battery technology. Just this week, GM also announced "Ultium Drive" as its blueprint for a family of electric powertrains to propel its future zero-emission cars.

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2021 Chevy Silverado receives Multi-Flex tailgate — GMC’s MultiPro feature in disguise – Roadshow

2021 Chevy Silverado Multi-Flex tailgate

Silverado, meet your new Swiss Army knife-like tailgate.

Chevrolet

The rumors can rest now. We've heard for a while the Chevrolet Silverado would get its own version of the GMC Sierra's MultiPro tailgate, and Chevy made it official on Wednesday. The tailgate's name? Multi-Flex.

The brand was light on details and said we'll learn a lot more about how the Multi-Flex tailgate serves the Chevy Silverado, but I can't foresee it deviating too much from GMC's MultiPro tailgate. The quick teaser video, posted in a tweet, shows the flexibility of the tailgate and all the options at owners' disposal.

If you opt for the MultiPro tailgate on your new GMC Sierra, the tailgate essentially folds out to reveal another mini tailgate for workstation purposes and there are extra functions for second-tier loading. It's hard to imagine the Silverado expanding these features since, well, the Sierra is supposed to be the more luxurious of the two trucks. If anything, the Chevy could dial back the features, but we'll have to wait and see.

The option will first roll out to 2021 Silverado pickups, but Chevy doesn't expect trucks with it to be available until early next year. We'll bring you details on the Multi-Flex tailgates availability, and hopefully prices, when Chevy talks more about the feature on Sept. 21.

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Kia’s first dedicated electric car coming to US next year, plans 6 more this decade – Roadshow

Kia future EVs

Lots of EVs on the way.

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Kia on Tuesday revealed more information about what it calls "Plan S." That's Kia speak for its roadmap to a largely electric future. While we already knew a total of 11 electric cars are in the works, we now know seven of them are meant for the US. The Korean automaker teased the seven future EVs in a basic design sketch, above, but the middle vehicle is the focal point.

This vehicle, codenamed "CV," will launch next year and mark Kia's first dedicated electric car. So far, the brand has outfitted vehicles designed with an internal combustion engine with batteries and electric motors. The Niro EV and Soul EV (we have it on good authority the latter isn't meant for the US any longer) aren't dedicated electric cars. A vehicle designed from the start as an EV can execute its mission far better, most of the time. That's not to say the Niro EV and Soul EV are poor cars, but the CV should package all of the zero-emissions powertrain gear far better. Indeed, Kia mentioned its Electric Global Modular Platform will provide "best-in-class interior spaciousness" for the upcoming EVs in their respective segments.

We can't really tell what form the CV will take, since we only see the front view. It could be a sedan judging by this angle, but the greenhouse looks like it's on the taller side. Perhaps it's a hatchback. We just don't know yet. If we're taking a shot in the dark, the vehicle to the CV's left is the next Niro EV. The car to its right appears sportier with a seriously short front overhang. The brand said it plans to spread these electric cars across "several" segments, so hopefully we don't end up with a bunch of crossovers and SUVs.

The cars come from a $25 billion investment Kia made into EVs earlier this year, but don't expect them to all show up at once. The electric cars will gradually roll out through 2027.

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Kia’s first dedicated electric car coming to US next year, plans 6 more this decade – Roadshow

Kia future EVs

Lots of EVs on the way.

Kia

Kia on Tuesday revealed more information about what it calls "Plan S." That's Kia speak for its roadmap to a largely electric future. While we already knew a total of 11 electric cars are in the works, we now know seven of them are meant for the US. The Korean automaker teased the seven future EVs in a basic design sketch, above, but the middle vehicle is the focal point.

This vehicle, codenamed "CV," will launch next year and mark Kia's first dedicated electric car. So far, the brand has outfitted vehicles designed with an internal combustion engine with batteries and electric motors. The Niro EV and Soul EV (we have it on good authority the latter isn't meant for the US any longer) aren't dedicated electric cars. A vehicle designed from the start as an EV can execute its mission far better, most of the time. That's not to say the Niro EV and Soul EV are poor cars, but the CV should package all of the zero-emissions powertrain gear far better. Indeed, Kia mentioned its Electric Global Modular Platform will provide "best-in-class interior spaciousness" for the upcoming EVs in their respective segments.

We can't really tell what form the CV will take, since we only see the front view. It could be a sedan judging by this angle, but the greenhouse looks like it's on the taller side. Perhaps it's a hatchback. We just don't know yet. If we're taking a shot in the dark, the vehicle to the CV's left is the next Niro EV. The car to its right appears sportier with a seriously short front overhang. The brand said it plans to spread these electric cars across "several" segments, so hopefully we don't end up with a bunch of crossovers and SUVs.

The cars come from a $25 billion investment Kia made into EVs earlier this year, but don't expect them to all show up at once. The electric cars will gradually roll out through 2027.

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Best detailing sprays for cars in 2020 – Roadshow

Ah, the humble detailing spray. Detailing sprays are a fantastic tool because they can keep a car looking great between washes and waxes. Using one doesn't take much time at all, either, which makes it a great partner to help a vehicle pop for car shows and other events.

Store shelves, both physical and digital, are littered with so many different kinds of quick detailing sprays that it's understandable if you don't know which to buy. That's where we come in: We've tested our fair share on the cars that come in and out of the Roadshow garage. Below are the best detailing sprays we've had the pleasure of using in 2020.

Adam's

Alright, so we named this our best spray car wax for our 10 best car waxes of 2020, but as we noted then, this isn't actually a spray wax. It's a quick detailing spray and we like it so much that it deserves the overall spot on the list devoted to products like it. It's incredibly versatile. Use it to keep a car looking good between washes, combine it with a clay bar/mitt as your tool's lube. It certainly won't let you down no matter how you use it.

Mothers

We get it. A lot of detailing products aren't cheap, and detailing sprays can go pretty quickly if you have large vehicle. For the money, Mothers California Gold Instant Detailer does everything you expect it to and more. A note of warning: We never saw the product fill in spiderwebbing like Mothers suggests it does. Nevertheless, if you need a simple quick detailer, Mothers has you covered.

Chemical Guys

Car wrapping has become quite a trend in the past few years. Shops and owners come up with some truly wild designs, which sometimes paint just can't touch. But, you can't treat wrap like paint and it's a little more tedious to keep a wrapped car looking good. Wrap Detailer from Chemical Guys is the right stuff for those of you with a wrapped car, and the company's one of the few who accommodate a true spray detailer without wax, which isn't good to use with a slightly dirty car.

There are a handful of quick detailers on the market for wraps, but CG's Wrap Detailer proves itself with stunning results and provides a pretty decent value for the money. As the title says, it's also totally safe to use on wrap and it supposed to protect wrap from aging and block out UV rays. Just spray on and wipe it off with a clean microfiber towel to help make your wrap job look swell.

Chemical Guys

Ceramic coatings work, and if you pay good money to have one properly applied, it's a good idea to take care of it. We were smitten with Chemical Guys' Carbon Flex Vitalize Spray Sealant -- and not just on a vehicle with a ceramic coating.

While it worked wonders on a car with a ceramic coating and improved water sheeting, it also did a bang-on job on cars without one. We actually saw some lighter scratches fade away with this stuff applied. It's important to follow the directions as they're stated, and if you do, the results justify the steeper price tag.

P&S

We're big believers in P&S' Bead Maker Paint Protectant. Heck, we included it as a bonus product in our best waxes of 2020 roundup. However, it absolutely deserves a proper place here because of the magic it works.

Unlike a regular detailing spray, Bead Maker should always be applied after a fresh coat of wax. Spray the product on a dry surface, ideally, and wipe off with a clean microfiber towel. Give this stuff 8 hours of cure time and the results are spectacular. We've never seen water bead so well with just a spray product, and we've even applied it to exterior windows to help whisk away rain while driving. It works like a charm.

Best detailing spray details

Best detailing spray Brand Name Price
Overall Adam's Detail Spray $13
For the money Mothers California Gold Instant Detailer $7
Safe for wraps Chemical Guys Wrap Detailer $17
Ceramic coating Chemical Guys Carbon Flex Vitalize $23
Paint protection P&S Bead Maker Paint Protector $15

Notes about quick detailing sprays

  • Detailing sprays don't replace wax: These products are meant to help keep your car looking great between a wash and waxes. They're not a replacement, but a easy-to-use product that slots between them.
  • Spray detailers and spray waxes are very different: Don't confused a spray wax for a quick detailing spray. Spray waxes include, well, wax, and it's not the best thing to use on a slightly dirty car. Spray detailers are formulated to work on slightly dirty cars with dust and debris.
  • You can use ceramic spray detailer without a ceramic coat: One of our picks exemplifies this scenario. It's a darn good quick detailer, but it's also a bit pricey. Overall, you're probably better off choosing a different product.
P&S Bead Maker

We love us some Bead Maker here.

P&S

Enjoy your Roadshow-approved shine

With any of these spray detailers in your arsenal, you'll be sure to have a boss-looking car in your driveway to make other envious. Or maybe you want a little extra wow factor before pulling into the car meet. Regardless, these quick detailer products will accomplish a magnificent shine.

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Best detailing sprays for cars in 2020 – Roadshow

Ah, the humble detailing spray. Detailing sprays are a fantastic tool because they can keep a car looking great between washes and waxes. Using one doesn't take much time at all, either, which makes it a great partner to help a vehicle pop for car shows and other events.

Store shelves, both physical and digital, are littered with so many different kinds of quick detailing sprays that it's understandable if you don't know which to buy. That's where we come in: We've tested our fair share on the cars that come in and out of the Roadshow garage. Below are the best detailing sprays we've had the pleasure of using in 2020.

Adam's

Alright, so we named this our best spray car wax for our 10 best car waxes of 2020, but as we noted then, this isn't actually a spray wax. It's a quick detailing spray and we like it so much that it deserves the overall spot on the list devoted to products like it. It's incredibly versatile. Use it to keep a car looking good between washes, combine it with a clay bar/mitt as your tool's lube. It certainly won't let you down no matter how you use it.

Mothers

We get it. A lot of detailing products aren't cheap, and detailing sprays can go pretty quickly if you have large vehicle. For the money, Mothers California Gold Instant Detailer does everything you expect it to and more. A note of warning: We never saw the product fill in spiderwebbing like Mothers suggests it does. Nevertheless, if you need a simple quick detailer, Mothers has you covered.

Chemical Guys

Car wrapping has become quite a trend in the past few years. Shops and owners come up with some truly wild designs, which sometimes paint just can't touch. But, you can't treat wrap like paint and it's a little more tedious to keep a wrapped car looking good. Wrap Detailer from Chemical Guys is the right stuff for those of you with a wrapped car, and the company's one of the few who accommodate a true spray detailer without wax, which isn't good to use with a slightly dirty car.

There are a handful of quick detailers on the market for wraps, but CG's Wrap Detailer proves itself with stunning results and provides a pretty decent value for the money. As the title says, it's also totally safe to use on wrap and it supposed to protect wrap from aging and block out UV rays. Just spray on and wipe it off with a clean microfiber towel to help make your wrap job look swell.

Chemical Guys

Ceramic coatings work, and if you pay good money to have one properly applied, it's a good idea to take care of it. We were smitten with Chemical Guys' Carbon Flex Vitalize Spray Sealant -- and not just on a vehicle with a ceramic coating.

While it worked wonders on a car with a ceramic coating and improved water sheeting, it also did a bang-on job on cars without one. We actually saw some lighter scratches fade away with this stuff applied. It's important to follow the directions as they're stated, and if you do, the results justify the steeper price tag.

P&S

We're big believers in P&S' Bead Maker Paint Protectant. Heck, we included it as a bonus product in our best waxes of 2020 roundup. However, it absolutely deserves a proper place here because of the magic it works.

Unlike a regular detailing spray, Bead Maker should always be applied after a fresh coat of wax. Spray the product on a dry surface, ideally, and wipe off with a clean microfiber towel. Give this stuff 8 hours of cure time and the results are spectacular. We've never seen water bead so well with just a spray product, and we've even applied it to exterior windows to help whisk away rain while driving. It works like a charm.

Best detailing spray details

Best detailing spray Brand Name Price
Overall Adam's Detail Spray $13
For the money Mothers California Gold Instant Detailer $7
Safe for wraps Chemical Guys Wrap Detailer $17
Ceramic coating Chemical Guys Carbon Flex Vitalize $23
Paint protection P&S Bead Maker Paint Protector $15

Notes about quick detailing sprays

  • Detailing sprays don't replace wax: These products are meant to help keep your car looking great between a wash and waxes. They're not a replacement, but a easy-to-use product that slots between them.
  • Spray detailers and spray waxes are very different: Don't confused a spray wax for a quick detailing spray. Spray waxes include, well, wax, and it's not the best thing to use on a slightly dirty car. Spray detailers are formulated to work on slightly dirty cars with dust and debris.
  • You can use ceramic spray detailer without a ceramic coat: One of our picks exemplifies this scenario. It's a darn good quick detailer, but it's also a bit pricey. Overall, you're probably better off choosing a different product.
P&S Bead Maker

We love us some Bead Maker here.

P&S

Enjoy your Roadshow-approved shine

With any of these spray detailers in your arsenal, you'll be sure to have a boss-looking car in your driveway to make other envious. Or maybe you want a little extra wow factor before pulling into the car meet. Regardless, these quick detailer products will accomplish a magnificent shine.

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Nissan Z reveal: Watch the new Z car livestream here – Roadshow

Today is a day many of us waited years for, but thought might never come: Nissan finally revealed the new Z on Tuesday night. Well, technically this is what Nissan calls its Z Proto. But worry not, the "Proto" name -- as in "prototype" -- signifies a lightly disguised version of the eventual production car. A few things may change, but by and large, this will be the next Z. 

Today's reveal is mostly about ushering in the next car altogether, so specifics are rather light. Still, a twin-turbo V6 of some form is confirmed and we know you'll be able to shift a proper manual transmission. Those are both good things. We finally get to see what designers have concocted, too. The Z Proto is, essentially, a greatest hits album of Z design, and we're digging the rear. A lot. The front is... a tad iffy, though. That squared-off grille shape isn't exactly sexy, but we suppose a front-mounted intercooler could fit easily, and look pretty boss there.

We'll see the production Z debut next year -- likely wearing a 400Z badge -- before the new sports car likely hits the streets in 2022.

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Ford Bronco Raptor catches air in teaser photo – Roadshow

Ford Bronco Raptor teaser
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You thought Bronco news was done for 2020? Heck no. Here's your first look at the Ford Bronco Raptor, which should sit atop the SUV's hierarchy as the most capable and performance-oriented Bronco of the bunch. To be clear, we don't know if "Bronco Raptor" is final. There have been rumors that the "Warthog" name may be in the mix. For now, either suffix will do.

Ford published the single teaser photo on Tuesday across social media, and it shows the Bronco Raptor flying after catching some air in the dirt. There's clearly a ton of room for suspension travel on this Raptor-Warthog machine. It looks like the body's ready to detach from the chassis; it also looks like a ton of fun.

Ford hasn't done a great job of hiding the fact that it had some sort of performance Bronco in the works, but honestly I'm a little surprised it shared this so soon after the standard Bronco's reveal. The standard SUV won't be ready until spring of 2021, so it's not clear if the Bronco Raptor will follow closely behind it or if Ford just wants to ramp up the hype machine a little more. Not that it needs to because the excitement is very real surrounding the Bronco's return in general.

We'll keep our eyes peeled for more news on the next Bronco variant.

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Someone buy us this Aston Martin-Curv racing simulator rig – Roadshow

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