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CTS equals Cadillac Technical Superiority

The 2008 Cadillac CTS uses new cabin technology, such as hard-drive-based music and navigation with traffic and weather.

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The 2008 Cadillac CTS
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Cadillac gave us a little hint of the cabin gadgets available in its 2008 Cadillac CTS. And from what we've heard, we can't wait to see it in action. We saw the new CTS at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show, but Cadillac didn't have the full story on its tech features there. The Cadillac designers focused on making the navigation and entertainment interface usable and seamless. The maps will have a 3D aspect and will show traffic and weather. The stereo gets a hard drive for music storage, and the radio includes a pause feature. We don't have all the details yet, but Cadillac must have a buffering system with the radio, kind of like with a Tivo, that saves the stream of music. The car also gets improved iPod integration.

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From a tech perspective, Cadillac is the best American brand out there, having been a leader in putting advanced navigation, Bluetooth, and stereo systems in its cars. On close inspection of interior photos of the 2008 CTS, you can see buttons for ripping CDs, playing from a hard disk, and playing XM satellite radio. We will report more on the 2008 Cadillac CTS when it comes out in August.