Cadillac XTS Hearse Present At George H. W. Bush Memorial Service10
The 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, passed away on Friday, November 30th. Today, his body was brought to Washington D.C., to lie in the state rotunda until Wednesday morning, allowing the public to pay their respects. Throughout the funeral and memorial proceedings, the vehicle responsible for transporting the former president’s body was a Cadillac XTS.
The vehicle in question is a 2018 Cadillac XTS hearse. Being the 2018 model, the XTS received a facelift consisting of an updated exterior and a re-arranged trim level structure. To become a hearse, the XTS is sold to coach builders – individual firms that customize the vehicle for specific needs.
The model is officially referred to by GM as the Cadillac XTS Coachbuilder Funeral Coach (model B9Q-6GB69), which is part of the Cadillac XTS Professional Vehicles portfolio that also includes Livery, Stretch Livery, Armored, and Coachbuilder Limousine.
The vehicle was front and center during the arrival ceremony involving both the House and Senate on Monday at the U.S. Capitol. However, the model will soon be discontinued as GM makes several highly-questionable decisions about its vehicle portfolio.
George H. W. Bush served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Prior to assuming the presidency, he served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States from 1981 to 1989.
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Lincoln is continuing the MKT specifically for this purpose. As GM and Cadillac continue to shrink and become less relevant, events such as those playing out in Washington this week will no longer feature Cadillacs. The hearse and limousine business will likely shift entirely to Lincoln now. In time, that may change again but hopefully Ford will keep a suitable product in their fleet for the livery business.
Still makes no sense to me why GM kept the XTS in production after the launch of CT6 effectively splintering in two the admittedly shrinking market for large Cadillac sedans. They then used these splintered sales figures for each to justify cancellation of both products. Nonetheless they’ve created a real opportunity for Lincoln to take over the Livery business.
Mary Barra, where are you now that Trump smacked you down for closing so many American automotive plants and killing the dreams of thousands of hard-working Americans right before Christmas.
Proof she was put there for affirmative action reasons and not her smarts (that statement was for the photo of the female navy standing at attention photo you so conveniently selected, Sean. Your IP address is on the story.)
Reggie! News flash! It wasn’t Sean that wrote this story. Strike One.
Also, stop pretending that you have access to anything related to IP addresses. I would be surprised if you even knew what an IP address is, and you have nothing related to any IP addresses from any user or author on this publication. Stop
pretendinglying. Strike two.
This is your final warning. Let me make it very clear:
Say what you want about GM and its leadership. Leave GM Authority and its staff out of it.
If you fail to do so, I will block you by YOUR IP address (which I see very clearly) faster than the door will smack you on your way out.
Have a great day 🙂
Lincoln still makes and sells the MKT.
Do they market it?
Is it there sitting front and center in the showroom?
Do dealers stock massive amounts of ’em and place massive incentives on ’em so their ATP’s decrease?
NO! No they don’t.
However, does it keep Lincoln in the fleet business?
Is it an alternative to vehicles like the Q7 and MDX and Enclave?
Does it give customers another option?
Cadillac does not have to market the XTS. Hell, they don’t even have to stock it. There is no harm that could come from keeping it around (especially now that it looks “modern”) however, it will only cost Caddy money and free promotion to ax it.
And let me make something clear to you, Alex. I have been using that name for well over a year here. But just recently this sad character has taken it upon himself to masquerade as me, only he’s blasting full on Q-tarded spam all. This is the second time in a little over 12 hours that I’ve called him out on it. The first time (today) his message and my response was deleted (rightfully so).
I wouldn’t think of stealing others screen names, nor would I spend my life spamming this board–and insulting the staff–but that’s exactly what this person has been doing for some time.
If you don’t act I’ll create a new screen name. It’s certainly no skin off my back. In fact I’ll enjoy it. Just know the next time he does it to someone else, and someone else after that, that those people might choose to simply not return.
-The GMA reader that’s been going by Reggie for quite some time
The Real Reggie 🙂
I hear you loud and clear. People such as (the fake) Reggie are like the plague and we clearly don’t want great and valued members of the community such as yourself be impacted by this. He’s banned… until he resurfaces again. At that point, please contact me directly: alex.luft AT motrolix DOT com.
I’m surprised an XT5 hasn’t been converted to limo/hearse use. Maybe the longer XT6 will be a better choice in the future.
No more Cadillac limousines?!?!? Shocking!!!
Sad that Cadillac is losing out on what was a decent market for them.