A Review of the Cadillac CT6 Plug-in

In the past, luxury cars like Cadillac were synonymous with poor fuel economy. However, with the advances in technology, they have smaller motors with enough horsepower and still have all of the luxuries you come to expect from a luxury model. You can really have the best of both worlds when you test drive a 2017 Cadillac CT6 plug-in at dealerships like SouthTowne Motors.

Borrowed Volt Technology

The new Cadillac CT6 is a full-size sedan and is a plug-in hybrid. The new model was announced at the Shanghai motor show. The new model will make 335 horsepower and 432 pound-feet of torque while doubling the fuel economy of the conventional engine.

The CT6 features an 18.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack behind the rear seat and in front of the trunk. The battery features 192 pouch cells – the same chemistry you’ll find in the new battery that comes with the Chevrolet Volt. You can charge this battery pack at a 120-volt or a 240-volt outlet.

A new rear-wheel electric variable transmission (EVT) will back up the engine, giving the CT6 fast and smooth takeoffs. The EVT system uses two motors and three planetary gears. The gas engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a turbocharger.

The CT6 features three driving modes: normal, sport and hold. Use normal for every day driving; use sport for more aggressive medal mapping and use hold to reserve battery use.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive the CT6 and to learn more about the range, pricing, trim levels, convenience features, safety features and entertainment features for each trim level.

April Events in Newnan

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Before you head out for this April’s events, be sure your vehicle has been serviced. Or, if you are thinking about buying a new vehicle, get it now so you can ride to the events in style. Stop by or call SouthTowne Motors today for a service appointment or to pick out a new vehicle, and then head out for some fun.

Taste of Newman

The Taste of Newman is downtown’s largest event and one that you can’t miss. The event is held once in the spring and again in the fall. Over 7,000 people visit to partake of samples from over 40 local food vendors. Be sure you have plenty of tickets. Each ticket is $1 and each “taste” costs between 1 and 10 tickets.

The Taste of Newman starts at 5:00 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. and is held on North and South Court Square. Besides tasting food and drink from the vendors, enjoy live entertainment on two stages, a Kids Zone with rides and games, face painting and more.

If you don’t want to wait with the crowd to purchase tickets, you can purchase tokens at many downtown locations. Ticket sales end at noon on April 16, 2015, the day of the festival. There is no admission charge.

You can find free parking along any of the streets downtown and it public parking lots at 13 Lagrange Street, 25 Lagrange Street, 22 Spring Street, 6 First Avenue, 50 East Broad Street, 65 East Broad Street, 41 East Washington Street, and 22 East Broad Street.

Pickin on the Square

Visit the Court House Square in downtown Newman on the first and third Saturdays of the month to enjoy this event. Listen to local musicians, enjoy Market Day, or even participate in the festival. While there isn’t a dedicated time for the event, musicians usually arrive around 10:00 a.m. and stay until 2:00 p.m. If you do want to play or meet someone to play with, the event is acoustic only. You can find free public parking on the streets of downtown or in any of the public parking lots.

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Everglades National Park Road Trip

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One of the best road trips you can take is to the Everglades National Park. The park is located in the tip of southern Florida; and it has a deep history. At one point, citizens started draining the Everglades so that the land would be more useful. It was soon realized that the drainage project was destroying the fragile ecosystem and drainage and construction were halted.

Create a Tradition

The Everglades Ecosystem is home to over 350 different species of documented birds. When you take a road trip in your new SouthTowne Motors car, watch for some of the rare species. Make a tradition of visiting every year so that you can see your favorite birds.

Old Highways

Two of the old highways are still in place – at least parts of them. The Old Ingraham Highway that led to Royal Palm State Park was completed by the time the park was dedicated in 1916. While it was supposed to be part of a railroad project, it was determined that a better route existed. However, James E. Ingraham wanted to continue the highway for the growth in agriculture and development for the Everglades.

By 1922 a large portion of the original proposed route was completed, but not to Cape Sable as planned. The Homestead Canal was tied to the highway and was used as drainage for the road. The canal, about 50 miles long, runs along the road until Coot Bay/Mud Lake. The old road is now part of new roads that run from Florida City to Flamingo. Some of the highway is now park administrative roads or trails; and some of it has been removed so that the landscape could be restored.

The Tamiami Trail runs from Fort Myers to Dade County. Construction began in 1915 and each district along the way built their part of the trail. This trail/road and its accompanying canal took 13 years to complete. The Tamiami Trail helped with the development of the interior of the Everglades and the accessibility of the area. Since the trail’s development disrupted the natural flow of water, many Miccosukee and Seminole villages were created along the tail – this native people served as tourist guides and hunting guides as the Everglades was their home.

Call SouthTowne Motors

Before you head out on a road trip to South Florida and the Everglades, call SouthTowne Motors for an appointment to have your vehicle serviced for this extensive road trip.

National Soup Month Recipe – Hand-held Soups for the Car

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Instead of spending lots of money on hand-held soups to go, you can make your own. In addition to the soup ingredients, you’ll need a thermos for each person in the vehicle. Then, you can either stop at a rest area so the driver can also enjoy soup with the family or you can eat the soup on the go – and it will stay nice and warm.

Pack up your SouthTowne Buick, Cadillac, GMC or Chevrolet, plus your favorite soup, and head out on that road trip you’ve been planning.

Hearty Beef Stew

  • 2 pounds beef tips or sirloin cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 slices slab bacon, cut into quarters
  • 4 cups water
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cubes beef bullion
  • 4 medium potatoes, large diced
  • 4 medium carrots, large diced
  • 2 medium onions, large diced
  • 2 tablespoons pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Redfish seasoning (optional)
  • 1 bay leaf

Set the crock pot to medium or 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Saute the bacon in the bottom of the crock pot until it is translucent. Add the beef and lightly brown on all sides. Mix the flour and water until there are no lumps. Pour it over the beef. Add the bullion and spices. Reduce heat to 250 degrees Fahrenheit or medium low. Cook for 4 hours. Add vegetables and cook for 2-3 more hours or until beef pulls apart with a fork.

This recipe serves four, but can be frozen if you want to double it or if you have only two people. Once hot, ladle it into thermoses. If you freeze it, thaw it when you’re ready to use it, heat it in the microwave, and then ladle it into thermoses.

Vegetable Version

Use the same recipe except omit the beef and the beef bullion. Add chicken bullion for some “body.” You can also add chicken if you don’t want to go completely vegetarian.

Visit SouthTowne Motors

Before you head out on a road trip, be sure to have your vehicle serviced at SouthTowne Motors. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, stop by to test drive your next vehicle before you take a road trip.

August Events in Newnan

Newnan is a great shopping hub for visitors and residents alike. There are lots of great points of interest, including an open-air shopping mall, a movie theater, and many other well-known restaurants and stores. If that’s not enough to grab your interest, hop in your Newnan Chevy and check out a few of these noteworthy events taking place this month.

It’s important to keep your body healthy and moving. That’s why Newnan offers Exercise is Medicine every week on Monday and Friday. This class runs every week through August 29. You’re invited to give this class a try on Monday, August 4, from 11:30am-12:30pm at the Carnegie Library in Newnan, GA.

Ever wanted to pick up a new hobby? How about crochet? Now’s the time to learn the basics and more with weekly classes being held starting Monday, August 4, until August 24. It’s a proven fact that crochet offers lifelong health benefits by being an effective stress reliever. It’s in this wonderful hobby’s rhythmic repetition which helps prevent stress, depression and pain. This in turns help to keep your body’s immune system stronger. The classes are from 2pm to 4pm you need to bring one crochet hook size H along with 7 ounces of Red Heart brand yarn. Don’t be intimidated, either. This class is for all skill levels.

Do you suffer or know someone close to you that suffers from Plantar Fasciitis or other types of foot pain? Over two million Americans suffer daily with this painful foot condition. This means that 1 in every 10 people will have this condition at some point during their life. Plantar Fasciitis causes a stabbing pain that occurs with every step and is especially painful first thing in the morning. Attend a Lunch and Learn event discussing this condition on Tuesday, August 5, at 12pm located at the Carnegie Library. ARCB Certified Reflexologist Jeanette Jackson will be giving advice on how to prevent and treat this condition. So bring your lunch and join this fascinating session.

We hope you will head out and join in on some of these events. Have a fantastic August from your friends at SouthTowne Motors.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Rememberance

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Martin Luther King, Jr. played a huge part in helping to bridge the gap between the races during the 1950s and 1960s. He was a civil rights activist, pastor, humanitarian and leader. He was highly regarded for using nonviolent civil disobedience to get his points across. The United States observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day every third Monday of January, which brings it in close proximity to his birthday, January 15.

One of the most memorable questions he posed to his audiences was “What are you doing for others?” If you want to partake in celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., but aren’t sure what to do, we have some ideas.

Do things for other people when you can. Volunteer at homeless shelters, soup kitchens, cleanup projects, and more. Find ways you can help educate people around you by living his example of being nonviolent.

Cleanup projects are simple and easy ways to give back to the community and to the environment. Pick up at least ten piece of trash in your community, or more if you feel up to it.

There are several other projects around the Atlanta area. Load up your friends and family in your Southtowne Chevrolet and check out these wonderfully inspiring events near you.

The Covenant House Georgia AmeriCorps Campus is having a groundskeeping day on January 20 from 9am to 12pm. There is also a day of cleanup at the Chastain Memorial Park Conservancy. On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, volunteers will help with spreading mulch, raking leaves, and general cleaning of the park. Being outdoors, volunteers who are allergic to poison ivy or who are sensitive to the sun should wear long sleeves and pants. All persons willing to attend must at least be eight years of age or older.

Another great way to help the community is by volunteering just a few hours of your time delivering food to those with unique nutritional needs. The Open Hand Meal Delivery project will take place from 10am until 1pm. Groups of two or three use their own vehicle to personally deliver meals previously prepared. You must be 18, have proof of insurance, and possess a valid driver’s license.

What better way to celebrate MLK, Jr. Day than by serving the community near your Newnan dealership?

How to Stretch Your MPG

More and more vehicle owners these days are feeling the squeeze at the fuel pump and it doesn’t look like the agony will be vanishing anytime soon. Instead of complaining, fix the problem by boosting your fuel economy. But what are some ways to save gas while out enjoying the day?

Here are 8 surefire ways from your Newnan Chevy dealer to keep you exploring the open road.

  1. You don’t need to travel across the state to enjoy a weekend excursion. Consider visiting an attraction closer to home. You might be surprised to find there are an abundance of things to do and places to see within an hour or two of your home.
  2. Using that cruise control will help to improve your overall MPG. By traveling at low and constant speeds this will give you an average savings of 7% at the pumps.
  3. If possible, save on your air conditioning and travel later in the day. By planning your route ahead of time, you can avoid long hold ups in traffic. The less air conditioning needed, the more you save in fuel costs.
  4. Make sure your car’s tires are at their approximate manufacturer recommended PSI. Underinflated tires will suck gas mileage, so make sure they are filled. Correctly inflated tires can improve your gas mileage by 1-2%.
  5. Make sure your tires are properly aligned. Imbalances in your tires can contribute greatly to reduced gas mileage.
  6. Clean out your trunk. The heavier your vehicle is, the more gas you’re going to burn through. Carrying weight that isn’t necessary will lower miles per gallon. Remove the unnecessary tools or any other cargo that is weighing you down. Just 100 extra pounds in your automobile will reduce your miles per gallon by 2%.
  7. Change your behavior in driving. Avoid driving aggressively at fast speeds and hard accelerating and breaking. These things can lower your gas mileage by a whopping 33%.
  8. Don’t idle if you don’t need to. Idling wastes fuel. If you are waiting for a long period of time in your car, turn off the engine.

SouthTowne Motors reminds you to keep a light foot and follow these simple ways to stretch that fuel.

October Events

It’s that time of year again for spooky events and frightful activities. There are numerous things to do around the Newnan area. For those who do not mind a short drive, there are even some great attractions near the Atlanta area.

If you want to stay around town and crave a thrill, check out the 13 Stories Haunted House. There are 5 attractions in this haunted house that will leave you screaming, literally, for more. Tour through their 54,000 square foot haunted house, Vertigo, Horror Hill Zombie Alley, Clown Haud 3D and then 13 Xtreme. They say this haunted house is one of the most horrifying around. They do have ‘chicken doors’ if you can’t take some of the disturbing scenes. This isn’t for the faint of heart. Tickets range from $10 to $30.

Stone Mountain is known for its many wonderful attractions. Aside from the usual fun and family-friendly attractions, during the month of October, they are having their 11th Annual Pumpkin Festival. During this event, there will be Spookley’s A-MAZE-ING Adventure Maze, Pumpkinpalooza, a pie eating contest, dozens of arts and crafts and even a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt. The fun starts at $22 for children and $28 for adults.

The Atlanta Greek Festival is happening October 3rd through the 6that the Greek Orthodox Church in Atlanta. There will be food, dancing, singing and tons of authentic Greek arts and crafts made by the local Greek community. Want to learn how to cook the delicious Greek food? Live cooking demonstrations will be held throughout the event. There are also exhibits that will teach you all about the Greek culture and customs and highlight contributions to the Americas. Admission is just $5 for adults. Children 12 and under are free.

Little 5 Points is having their Halloween Festival and Parade on October 19th from Noon until 10 pm. There will be loads of live entertainment all over the area and food and artist vendors galore. Be sure to take part in this one-of-a-kind event at this historic location.

Another great city to visit for the best Oktoberfest event is Helen, Ga. This little Alpine town that mimics a German city holds a parade and many festivities throughout the month. This year they are celebrating their 43rdAnnual Oktoberfest. There will be beer of all kinds and dozens of local stores selling festive arts and crafts.

Have a safe and fun October from SouthTowne Motors.

XTS Twin Turbo

Cadillac, as everyone knows, means luxury and an innate intuitiveness for innovation. They always work harder to bring you the very best they can in every aspect of the vehicles they design. This being said, they have introduced the newest engine type; the twin turbo. This engine will be added to the 2014 CTS as well as the 2014 XTS which is due out later this year. It may eventually make its way into other GM models such as the Camaro or the ATS-V. But for now, let’s talk more about this engine.

The new 3.6L twin turbo engine has been designed to deliver at least 410 horsepower with 430 pounds of torque. This has not been done previously in a car of this size. They do not have the official number yet, but it is said it will reach 0-60 in around 5 seconds. Not sure what you’re used to driving, but that’s fast.

There is a commercial out right now that just hit the media. This spot shows the new Cadillac XTS Twin Turbo blowing the doors, literally, right off of its competitors. Now, when you drive this sports vehicle, you won’t make cars around you blow apart or anything but you will feel the intense speed and drive this vehicle offers. The symbolism of the car’s power is amazing.

Some of the comparable cars are the Chrysler 300 and the Lincoln MKS. Other rivals include Audi’s A4 and A6, the BMW 3 and 5 series and the Mercedes C-Class. Though there is quite the challenge, the XTS is still Cadillac’s largest sedan which replaced the outdated DTS. Among all of the improvements, the XTS will also be the first model to feature the brand’s infotainment system, CUE.

The power this engine provides has allowed the new XTS to become an all-wheel drive vehicle so it can withstand the force. With the invention of this new engine, the company believes that they will be able to propel a rear-wheel drive version of the next generation CTS from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. This will also give the next CTS a top speed of around 170 mph.

If you’re brave enough to test drive this vehicle for yourself, stop on in at SouthTowne Motors just south of Atlanta. We have a huge selection of new and used Chevrolet cars and trucks as well.

2014 Silverado and Sierra Deliver

Everyone knows that GMC and Chevrolet deliver the best trucks for heavy duty work and towing. However, there are current reports that they have achieved an even higher standard for their own trucks. Both the GMC Sierra and Sierra Denali 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and High County have been equipped with a 6.2L V8 engine. This option allows these trucks to receive an SAE-certified 420 horsepower with 460 pounds of torque. Unbelievable! This is the most power any light pickup truck has ever seen.

The Silverado LTZ and High Country also have an outstanding ability to tow up to 12,000 pounds when they are equipped properly. The same holds true for the Sierra SLT and Denali models. There is also an optional Max Trailering Package available for certain models. This package includes enhanced cooling, automatic locking rear differential, increased-capacity rear leaf springs, revised shock tuning for increased control and an integrated trailer brake controller.

There will also be two other different engine options available for the Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500; the 4.3L V6 and the 5.3L V8. The 4.3L engine will produce 285 horsepower and 305 pounds of torque while the 5.3L will put out slightly more at 355 horsepower and 383 pounds of torque. The smaller of the engines, the 4.3L, will be able to haul up to 7,600 pounds which is still the highest in the division. The larger of the two mentioned options will be able to tow up to 11,500 pounds when correctly fortified.

All three of the above engines feature the direct fuel injection system along with Active Fuel Management and a continuously variable valve timing. All of these things together have not been found in any competitors trucks. There are also energy saving components such as aluminum blocks and cylinder heads. All three engines also switch effortlessly back into four cylinder mode when not towing a large load. The 5.3L engine actually has an estimated fuel economy of 23 mpg highway which is better than even the Ford EcoBoost V6.

When you’re ready to test drive these fabulous trucks, stop on in at your local Newnan car dealer. At SouthTowne Motors, we have everything and more that you are looking for.