Don Draper’s Cadillac Coupe DeVille from Mad Men Auctioned Off

Although he wasn’t exactly Father of the Year, Mad Men character Don Draper did epitomize cool, from his rakish good looks, to his commanding boardroom presence, to his impeccable taste in cars. Is it any wonder he drove a Caddy?

In the last few seasons of the acclaimed AMC drama, Don (played by Jon Hamm) drove a gorgeous silver 1965 Cadillac Coupe DeVille. Recently, the classic car used in the show was auctioned off on Screenbid along with over 1,000 other props from the show. Everything from Don’s magazine rack (which sold for $850) to Roger Sterling’s electric razor (a steal at $200) was purchased by the show’s super-fans.

The true big-ticket item, though, was the DeVille, which ended up selling for $48,980 ($39,500 for the car, plus a 24% commission for auction host Screenbid). That’s more than three times what an average 1965 Cadillac Coupe DeVille is valued at ($13,000), so obviously being driven by Don Draper (or Jon Hamm) has increased the vehicle’s value exponentially in the eyes of some fans.

Looking for a Cadillac that still oozes sophisticated cool, but features some more modern amenities? Check out our current lineup here at Richard Karr Motors.

Apple CarPlay Capability Added to Buick and GMC Vehicles

Apple CarPlay capability will be making its way to some new 2016 Buick and GMC models! The new technology will improve driver-car integration and safety because you will no longer be tempted to use a cell phone while driving.

The new technology will be available in 2016 Buick Regal and LaCrosse models, as well as the 2016 GMC Canyon, Yukon and Sierra. Apple CarPlay will run though the IntelliLink system set up in each car, allowing the drivers to have their smartphone features on the touchscreen interface.

Duncan Aldred, Vice President of Buick and GMC Sales & Marketing, said, “Buick understands the importance of connectivity integration in everyday life and this new connection technology provides drivers with a smart and simple way to have all the conveniences of their mobile devices safely at their fingertips.”

If you want more information about the upcoming technology, visit us at Richard Karr Motors. We’d also love to hear what you think about Apple CarPlay, so be sure to tell us in a comment below!

New Cadillac XT5 Revealed

New Cadillac XT5

The new Cadillac XT5 has officially been spotted! Images have surfaced of the new Cadillac completely uncovered, giving us great insight as to what we can look forward to. The new model will be replacing the SRX in the Cadillac lineup.

The design of the new XT5 is similar to what we’ve seen on the Escalade, CTS, and soon to be released, CT6. However, it is unique and will offer a different aesthetic that will fit seamlessly into the lineup. The XT5 features a large, egg-crate grille, dramatic headlights that are similar to the CT-6’s, and LED accents on the outside of the headlights.

The back of the new vehicle doesn’t look as prominent as the front; however, its curved taillights, sleek lines, and twin tailpipes are very pleasing to the eye.

We don’t have confirmation as to when the vehicle will be available, or where we will see it next, but we certainly are excited to get a good first look at it. Stay tuned to our blog and we’ll let you know more about the Cadillac XT5 as information is released.

New Cadillac CTS-V Features Plenty of Power for the Price

Cadillac CTS-V Features

If you’re looking for the perfect new luxury sports car to carry you around in style and comfort and impress the hell out of anyone you pass, you’re looking for the new Cadillac CTS-V. The CTS-V, which will be here in our inventory sometime this summer, has been redesigned for the 2016 model, and the Cadillac design team’s work definitely paid off.

The new CTS-V looks very muscular and aggressive, ready to take on any driving challenge you might have for it. Plus, it has a 6.2-liter V8 engine sitting under the hood. That gigantic engine is capable of gigantic numbers, too; it gets up to 640 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque, both huge upgrades over the previous model. Also, the Cadillac CTS-V features Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo brakes, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, and more.

“The new CTS-V is the most compelling example of Cadillac’s product substance and brand trajectory. The new CTS-V soars into the stratosphere of the most exhilarating luxury cars,” Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac President, said. “The new CTS-V is essentially two cars in one: a luxury sedan with sophisticated road manners and a track-capable sports car with awe-inspiring performance.”

The CTS-V knows that you’ll want to relive your achievements behind the wheel over and over, and so it comes with the Performance Data Recorder system first introduced on the Corvette. Come see us at Richard Karr Motors to learn more today.

GMC Military Discount Available Until End of June

GMC Military Discount

We hope you enjoyed a wonderful Memorial Day weekend—and that you took time out of your day to remember those who have served and sacrificed for our country’s freedom and values. Here at Richard Karr Motors, we are proud to announce that the GMC Military Discount remains available to all veterans throughout the month of June, as we continue to honor those who served in the military.

The extended discount is part of GM Military Appreciation Month, which began back on May 1, 2015. The discount is available to all veterans, regardless of separation date, and applies to all vehicles—even Denali trims. Kathryn Scott, a veteran who lives in Reidsville, Georgia, recounted how easy it was to use the discount: “The process was easy—all I had to do was show my DD Form 214 separation papers and my dealer took care of everything.”

If you come see us at Richard Karr, we will also take care of everything for you. If you’re a veteran of any branch of the military—Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, or the National Guard and Coast Guard—come see us to take advantage of the discount today. For everyone else—you never know what kind of great deals we’ll have going on here, so make sure to stop by and check out our inventory very soon!

GMC Denali Trim Pushes Brand’s Trucks and SUVs to Higher Level

GMC Denali Trim

The GMC brand provides customers with an unprecedented level of “precision,” as the brand’s new marketing campaign of the same name highlights. The attention to detail and professional grade design and materials are nowhere as evident as they are on the GMC Denali trim, the topline trim of the brand’s SUVs and pickup trucks. The reviews of the 2015 Denali trim are in, and they all say the Denali is the best luxury trim available.

The Denali trim adds things like chrome wheels and other chrome accents on the outside, while the inside features soft-touch surfaces, leather seats, and refined design and performance features all across the vehicle. The heavy-duty truck customers seem especially attracted to the Denali line, with 44 percent of all heavy duty trucks sold having the Denali trim. The light-duty trucks, on the other hand, only boast a 12% Denali trim rate.

If you want the power of a truck and the interior of a premier luxury car, come see us here at Richard Karr Motors to learn more about the Denali trim today. You’ll find out how truly silent the cabin is, how great the infotainment and other technology features, and the most comfortable interior furnishings available, so come see us today!

What is General Motors’ eAssist Technology?

General Motors’ eAssist Technology

For General Motors, offering the best fuel efficiency possible is important, which is why the American carmaker now offers General Motors’ eAssist technology in a variety of GM vehicles. Through a combination of different functions, the eAssist technology reduces fuel consumption, increasing the length of time between visits to the gas pump and decreasing the strain gas puts on your wallet.

The eAssist technology uses both Stop-Start engine capability and a 115-volt lithium-ion battery, which powers a 15-kW electric motor-generator. This allows the engine to stop running in certain conditions, saving a significant amount of fuel. Though the engine stops, the vehicle’s steering, radio, and interior functions all continue to run. As the brake pedal is released, the engine restarts itself, allowing it to accelerate at a normal rate. The eAssist system even uses the electric motor-generator to help the vehicle accelerate under hard acceleration or at cruising speed.

Other enhancements of the system include underbody aerodynamics, which streamline the car, along with wheels and tires that are optimized for performance and fuel efficiency. For more information on General Motors’ eAssist technology, contact Richard Karr Motors today!

Cadillac Announces Plug-in Hybrid for the CT6

Ever since the range-topping CT6 sedan was announced by Cadillac, we just keep getting more and more excited. And now, Cadillac is adding another phenomenal option: a plug-in hybrid for the CT6.

Cadillac made the announcement at the Shanghai Auto Show, but didn’t say when it would be available. The standard gasoline-powered CT6 will be coming to dealerships in December, with the plug-in hybrid coming later.

With the hybrid system, Cadillac says the fuel efficiency should be at least double what the gasoline-powered version will get. While Cadillac didn’t offer a number, industry experts expect it could be at least 40 mpg combined. It is also expected to offer a large enough all-electric driving range for most daily commutes.

“The first-ever CT6 is a technological showcase throughout, making it an ideal platform for Cadillac to offer its first plug-in hybrid,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen, in a statement. “In the CT6, Cadillac presents a new formula for prestige luxury. The advanced Plug-In Hybrid system is a key addition, providing a combination of exceptional fuel economy, crisp acceleration and strong electric-driving range.”

Which version of the all-new Cadillac CT6 would you prefer?

Green Car Tips in Honor of Earth Day

Green Car Tips

Earth Day is coming up soon, and while many of us have opted to drive more environmentally friendly cars, others are looking for ways to decrease their carbon footprint for April 22.

Here are a few tips to make your car green this Earth Day:

  • Driving the speed limit isn’t just safer (and legal), it’s also a good way to save precious gasoline.
  • Use cruise control in order to help you with the previous tip.
  • Switch to a re-usable air filter. You’ll be saving not only your filter but avoiding the packaging waste that comes with a new one.
  • Don’t neglect regular maintenance. A smoothly running car produces fewer emissions.
  • Turn off your car instead of allowing it to idle while you are waiting.
  • Car pool on your way to work or while running errands.

Do you have any other green car tips to improve your driving experience this Earth Day? Let us know your ideas in the comments.

Refreshed 2016 GMC Terrain Debuts In New York

Even amongst its segment, the GMC Terrain has created a niche for itself. According to CNET, “GMC refers to the new Terrain as a ‘compact SUV.’” But it’s at least two feet longer than your average compact SUV. The Terrain seems to be quite comfortable in the no-man’s land between full-size and compact. That’s a very cool thing.

GM is likely promoting the Terrain as compact because they know compact buyers are going to love it. It’s simply going to feel like a compact SUV with more room and not like a bulky, full-size SUV that feels like a tank once you get in a parking garage.

The 2016 GMC Terrain, a mid-cycle refresh, recently debuted at the New York International Auto Show. CNET acknowledged its “rugged” looks while praising its “smart” qualities, which  include a touchscreen Intellilink head unit including navigation as well as OnStar telematics services. The “compact” SUV is big on safety as well, with a rear-view camera and forward collision alert among other features.

All in all, the refreshed 2016 GMC Terrain maintains the SUV as a solid, reliable, attractive and relevant choice among its segment