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Aluminum and video-streaming rearview mirror for Cadillac's new CT6

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We now know a bit more about the new 2016 Cadillac CT6, which is expected to make its global debut at the New York Auto Show in April. In addition to its mix-material construction, this prestige sedan will feature a video-streaming rearview mirror. 

Equipped with a 1280x240 TFT LCD screen, the rearview mirror in the CT6 will relay footage taken by a hydrophobic, high-resolution camera at the rear of the car. Drivers will therefore have a clean view of what's behind the CT6, with no head restraints or roof pillars blocking the way. The video-streaming mode of the mirror reportedly improves the field of vision by an estimated 300% over a standard mirror.

The 2016 Cadillac CT6, also planned with a plug-in hybrid version, will be lighter than the CTS despite its larger dimensions thanks to the use of aluminum for many components.

“For the Cadillac CT6 we have developed additional new body construction techniques and technologies allowing various types of advanced and lightweight materials to be combined within the manufacturing environment like never before,” Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen said at the Washington Auto Show. 

Material joining techniques prominent in the body construction of the CT6 include aluminum laser welding, which creates a seamless joining of exterior panels, and self-piercing rivets, which are able to join different types of materials together with a clean appearance.