RWD Cadillac Flagship Reportedly Approved, Could Be A While Until Launch3
Rumors of an upcoming rear-wheel-drive Cadillac flagship were white-hot a few months ago, but have seemingly simmered down since then, until now that is. According to reports, such a car has been given the green light along with the rumored Omega platform. The platform is now expected to take several cues from the Zeta platform, while utilizing lightweight materials in its design.
Unfortunately, speculation suggests that the model may not come to market until as late as 2017, with 2015 being an early prediction. It could be that the GM brass have opted to make this vehicle a replacement for the Epsilon II-based XTS slated to launch next year, rather than slotting the Omega vehicle above it.
Reports also came through about this time a year ago stating that such a vehicle was already approved, but it was believed to be categorized as an upcoming Zeta vehicle at the time.
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GM’s global strategy needs to get a kick in the pants, many manufacturers are moving very quickly to plug holes in their line up globaly. GM can’t just think in terms of NA for Cadillac. This might actualy be the problem for GM, how to globalize a fairly NA brand, lots of head butting in corporate. unfortunately while GM is dragging its feet other companies are creating and introducing products.
Good news on the Omega platform and (FINALLY!) a proper Cadillac flagship.
Rebuilding a company takes time. As GM has been rebuilding itself, they have done it correctly. They started at the low end and worked their way up. Chevrolet is the real money maker for the company and GM invested heavily in the brand to get sales up. With the recent sales figures coming in, it seems to have worked, however more work is still needed. As the final stepping stone to rebuilding GM into a world class automaker, the most expensive, least utilized architecture and models should be the least priority from a business sense. Now that the rebuilding of the “new” GM is nearing its completion, the final piece of the puzzle can be put into place.
The big question I have regarding Omega is how will GM spread out the development costs of the new architecture to make it more cost feasible. Will Buick get a version of Omega as its flagship, or will GM spread Zeta throughout the divisions to spread the economies of scale? Will there be two wheelbases for Omega cars? Will there be a coupe version to supplement the saloon as per Mercedes Benz? It will be interesting. I look forward to seeing how it plays out.
did anybody see this car on Top Gear… ??? amazing..