While You Were Sleeping: Cadillac ATS-V+, Holden Monza and Lamborghini Urus Receives Greenlight

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson

This edition of While You Were Sleeping offers up a bit more than usual. Instead of just overnight, we are going to try to cover as many topics from over the long weekend as possible with additional commentary.

Here we go!

Cadillac ATS-V+ to Feature LS7 V-8 Power (Motor Trend)

According to MT, Cadillac will stuff the 7.0L LS7 from the Camaro Z/28 between the front fenders of a forthcoming ATS-V+. If true, the new model would be lighter and more powerful than the 3.6L TT V6 ATS-V. Also, I can’t think of another single vehicle on sale that would have engines spanning from 2.0 to 7.0 liters in displacement. Crazy.

Exclusive: GM locks in Monza name for Australia (GoAuto)

The Monza could make a comeback as Holden applies for a trademark on the name in Australia. The Opel Monza concept made its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.

First Standalone BMW Electric-Car Sales Facility Opens–In CA, Of Course (GreenCarReports)

California is the place to be if you are into electric cars. Now there’s a BMW dealership that’s converted its used vehicle showroom and service facility into an electric vehicle showcase, becoming the first full-service BMW i facility in the United States.

Buffett-backed Chinese automaker BYD plans up to $1.9 billion placement (Reuters)

Chinese auto and battery maker BYD is looking to raise a lot of money. Stock trading had been halted as a stock offering is being put together and nobody from the company is talking on the record. Either the company needs cash to stay afloat or they’re looking to spend some coin on future product.

Lamborghini Said to Agree to Produce New SUV in Italy

The new Lamborghini SUV has received the greenlight according to a report from Bloomberg. The decision was made after a tax break deal between Lamborghini and the Italian government was agreed. An official announcement is expected to be made tomorrow. Lamborghini could hire up to 500 additional workers to build the new model. The Urus will help Lamborghini attain its goal of doubling sales.

Law expert: Feds may push GM guilty plea (The Detroit News)

In the past, the Justice Department has allowed corporations to pay massive fines in place of a guilty pleas for indiscretions and foul deeds. General Motors might not get that option due to delays in recalling faulty ignition switches.

More to come throughout the day as we get caught up.

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  • MRF 95 T-Bird MRF 95 T-Bird on May 26, 2015

    "Also, I can’t think of another single vehicle on sale that would have engines spanning from 2.0 to 7.0 liters in displacement." I'm also trying to think of a vehicle that offered as wide a range of engine options by displacement. What comes to mind is the 3rd Gen F-Body 2.5 Iron Duke to 5.7 TPI. Or the 69-70 Mustang 250ci-6 to 429 Cobra Jet.

    • Dal20402 Dal20402 on May 27, 2015

      Do multiple vehicles on a single platform count? If so, you've got the Ford CD4 which has everything from a 1.0L EcoBoost Mondeo to a 3.7L V6 MKZ.

  • Noble713 Noble713 on May 27, 2015

    Re: ATS-V/V+ Dunno why they even bothered with the TTV6 if they are seriously gonna do a proper V8 version anyway. I think I'd rather buy a used base model ATS and do an LS376/525 + T-56 Magnum swap instead. $25k for the used car, $15k for the engine/trans and accessories, $5k for any fabrication or high-skill labor = $45k for a 525hp RWD V8 compact sedan. Just need to write code for a digital dash to replace the gauge cluster...

  • Tassos Most people here who think it is a good idea have NO idea how much such a conversion costs. Hint: MORE than buying an entire new car.
  • Zipper69 Current radio ads blare "your local Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealer" and the facias read the same. Is the honeymoon with FIAT over now the 500 and big 500 have stopped selling?
  • Kjhkjlhkjhkljh kljhjkhjklhkjh hmmm get rid of the garbage engine in my chevy, and the garbage under class action lawsuit transmission? sounds good to me
  • ToolGuy Personally I have no idea what anyone in this video is talking about, perhaps someone can explain it to me.
  • ToolGuy Friendly reminder of two indisputable facts: A) Winners buy new vehicles (only losers buy used), and B) New vehicle buyers are geniuses (their vehicle choices prove it):