The Cadillac XTS has an execution date. According to a union bulletin posted earlier this month, the large sedan will end production at the Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant in Canada this October.
The XTS has been on a death march for years, only to get a surprise facelift for the 2018 model year. The sedan has covered a market for “traditional” Cadillac customers looking for a roomy and comfortable sedan since its introduction in 2013. In its first year on sale, Cadillac sold 32,559 XTS sedans. Through the first three months of 2019, the brand only sold 3,734 copies of the plushy sedan. The sales decline can be partially attributed to the market’s love affair with crossovers and SUVs, though we imagine the CT6 has also stepped on the XTS’ toes, too.
The XTS has also served as Cadillac’s livery vehicle for limousines and hearses. It’s unclear what will take over livery duties at Cadillac next, though the XT5 crossover is a possibility.
While production of the sedan will end in October, Oshawa will continue churning out previous-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks through December. The plant also builds the Chevrolet Impala alongside the XTS, which shares a platform. GM builds the Impala at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, too, which will keep humming until January 2020. Then, the Impala will officially end production. The CT6’s future is also in question. Cadillac originally confirmed its death, but GM executives hinted they’re looking to move production to another U.S. facility. No official announcement has been made, however.
Come 2020, the Canadian plant is slated to cease vehicle production altogether. Instead, the Oshawa facility will transform into an aftermarket parts center. Another part of the site will be turned into a self-driving car test site. Currently, GM employs 2,600 workers, but only 300 to 500 workers will be staffed when vehicle production officially goes offline.