Blog: Glenn BrooksGM kills another Cadillac

Glenn Brooks | 1 June 2011

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General Motors' US market media website has just made available numbers for vehicle production in May, listed by plant. Among the data is a total of zero for the Cadillac STS, which had been built alongside the smaller CTS at Lansing Grand River in Michigan.

The end of the STS comes as no surprise as the car had been built for seven years - a fairly typical lifecycle for a large GM model in North America. But the timing of the firm having axed two Cadillac models within weeks of one another is unusual. One car will replace the DTS and STS: the forthcoming XTS. This will be made just across the Michigan border at Oshawa in Ontario. Production is reportedly due to start in December.

STS fans must now look to China, where the long wheelbase model lives on. In fact, Shanghai GM will soon update the SLS, adding the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine which premiered at the Guangzhou motor show six months ago. But that's not quite the same as the truly glorious-sounding 469hp supercharged 4.4-litre V8 which powered the US-built STS-v between 2005 and 2009. It's probably better for the planet, but a four-cylinder engine in a big Caddy sedan just seems somehow wrong, doesn't it?

Incidentally, for readers wondering which model will take the place of the STS at Lansing Grand Rover, it is believed that a new, smaller Cadillac will be built there from 2012 as a rival for the next BMW 3 Series. Some sources are calling it ATS as a sedan (Job 1 is reportedly set for October 2012) and BTS as a coupe (mid-2013) and convertible (2014). Nothing official as yet, mind.

Nothing specific either in yesterday's announcement of $88m in new investment for Lansing Grand River, other than confirmation that a 'future product' is on the way for the facility. Opened in 2001, this plant made 65,480 Cadillac cars last year. With the end of STS build, it now seems logical to make it a plant which specialises in rear- and all-wheel drive cars: the future ATS and BTS or whatever their names turn out to be, should share an adaptation of the CTS' Sigma architecture, said to be called Alpha. The third generation CTS due in 2014 should then shift onto this platform.


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