Recently Aussies have been spotting various Cadillac models being tested in their own country. While none of the Cadillacs have been new, unannounced models, they have spurred speculation that GM may bring its luxury brand back to the island nation. GM says, though, that there’s nothing to see here.
Readers of Motoring are the ones that first called into question the situation after seeing ATS-V, CT6 and other new Cadillacs testing at Holden’s Lang Lang proving grounds. Common sense would suggest that since these cars are already in production, there’s no immediate need to be testing them, especially half a world away from where they are sold.
Nonetheless, not everything GM does makes sense to the rest of us. And this is apparently the case, because a GM spokesperson confirmed the testing is just part of Holden’s global engineering responsibility.
Specifically it sounds like the testing is related to emissions, which is a forte of Holden engineering thanks to a $9 million emissions testing facility at the Lang Lang proving grounds. So maybe the testing does make sense.
Cadillac has dabbled in the Australian market before, most recently in 2009. Each time its efforts have been half-hearted as the brand has yet to develop right-hand drive models. The brand’s lack of right-hand drive models contradicts its own push to become a proper global luxury brand.