General Motors and Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen came under heavy criticism for their decision to move Cadillac’s headquarters from its home in Detroit to New York City. Some were upset as they felt the decision was made because certain Cadillac employees wanted to live in NYC instead of Detroit, while others were just mad jobs were being taken from the downtrodden city.
GM CEO Mary Barra recently stuck up for the decision when speaking with the Detroit News, saying Cadillac will be closely monitored in New York for its success as the high-ups at the company decide if the move was a good idea.
“We have a plan, we’re going to execute it,” Barra said. “Three years, five years, ten years, you’ll know by the success of Cadillac if it was a good decision or not.”
Barra also stuck up for de Nysschen, saying the long-time automotive exec knows the luxury business and understands the mindset of luxury customers. The move to New York will allow Cadillac to immerse itself in more luxurious surroundings and stay in better touch with the customer they are trying to appeal to.
Currently, Cadillac has a high dealer supply of sedans, a short-term problem Barra said the company needs to address. When asked if the automaker would cut shifts at its Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant to help better match supply with market demand, she wouldn’t comment, saying “these are people’s jobs and lives that we’re talking about,” and adding it’s too early to make a decision.
GM halted production at the Lansing Grand River plant in August for three weeks to help dwindle ATS and CTS sedan inventory. At the time, the automaker had a 152-day supply of the ATS on hand and a 215-day supply of the CTS.