Like a cat, the Cadillac CT6 may have only used up one of its multiple lives. General Motors went on the record and said the CT6 is not dead in the United States and both the automaker and Cadillac are looking at plans to move production out of the GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant to another facility.
Automotive News (subscription required) reported on the change of heart Monday and spoke directly with Cadillac President Steve Carlisle and GM President Mark Reuss. Both said the company is evaluating options to keep the sedan on sale past June 1, which is when GM was – according to earlier reports – planning to sunset the model. Details were slim, but both executives mentioned production could move to another, unnamed plant. Another option is to import the sedan from China, where the CT6 is scheduled to live on.
Carlisle said importing the CT6 from China is the least desirable option, while adding that the company has some time to sort out a new production plan before the final CT6 rolls off of the assembly line at D-Ham this summer.
The news is an absolute about-face after GM included the car as part of its far-reaching car cull and restructuring announcement this past November. A Cadillac spokesperson also confirmed the nameplate’s end with numerous media outlets last year. Cadillac additionally said there would be plenty of CT6 sedans in stock to last the entire year before the car dwindled away.
Adding to the confusion, both executives said the CT6 was never intended as part of the restructuring, adding that various officials did not communicate the plans correctly at the time. Carlisle added that the company “never said” the CT6 was going away and the brand is keen to keep the sedan as its banner Super Cruise vehicle and launch the 4.2-liter twin-turbo LTA V-8 engine, aka Blackwing.
The CT6 will receive the brand-exclusive engine in a regular-output version making 500 horsepower for the CT6 Platinum, as well as a high-output variant making 550 horses in the CT6-V.
Moving CT6 production will be part of the automaker’s discussions with the UAW as the current labor contract expires this September. But for now, it appears that the large Cadillac is safe from the chopping block.