General Motors rocked the industry late last year when it announced plans to idle several factories and kill off several sedan models, but apparently not all of these sedans are actually dying. In particular, reports of the Cadillac CT6’s demise were greatly exaggerated–or GM just changed its mind since the announcement.
According to several reports from this week’s Detroit Auto Show, GM executives have confirmed they are actively seeking alternative production locations for Cadillac’s flagship sedan. The CT6 is currently produced at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant, which is slated to close its doors in June of this year.
GM says they have a couple options for continuing CT6 production. One such option is to find another plant in North America to produce it, which the company says is the ideal solution. A viable location could be the company’s Lansing Grand River plant in Lansing, Michigan, which produces the ATS Coupe and CTS sedan. This plant is also slated to produce the upcoming CT5 sedan.
The other option is to import the car from China, where the car is produced for the local Chinese market. Cadillac was already importing the CT6 plug-in hybrid, but has since discontinued that car from the U.S. market. Given the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China, this is likely not a very viable solution.
Nonetheless, Cadillac is apparently aspiring to keep the CT6 in its lineup. It seems unlikely the plan was always to keep the car in the lineup given GM is in the last six months of planned production and still has no plan in place to keep the car, but at least they are apparently trying.