The Detroit-Hamtramck assembly has become a slice of the future for General Motors manufacturing. As the 2016 Cadillac CT6 began deliveries this week, the facility showcased the new, state-of-the-art welding procedures and body shop where the CT6 is assembled.
The 2016 CT6 utilizes aluminum extensively in its assembly process, based on GM’s new Omega platform. 62-percent of the vehicle is made up of aluminum, while high-strength steel is used for the cabin for noise and safety concerns.
According to The Detroit News, the Detroit-Hamtramck facility will boost output from 45 vehicles a day, to 90 vehicles a day after an additional 1,200 workers are trained and brought on for a second shift in May to produce the CT6.
Training will encompass the patented, innovative joining processes the Omega platform requires, which includes understanding of the processes themselves.
The CT6 uses patented aluminum spot welding technology, aluminum laser welding, self-piercing rivets and flow drill screws.
Next on the build list for the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly is the 2017 Buick LaCrosse, which will arrive at dealers this summer. In the meantime, we Cadillac will continue to utilize its $12 billion for continued expansion and reinvention of the brand itself.