Chinese buyers hoping to get a taste of the V-Series life with the 2020 Cadillac CT6-V will not have the opportunity.
Our sister site, Cadillac Society, reported that the CT6-V will not be sold to China, despite the fact Cadillac also builds the regular CT6 sedan in the country locally. Cadillac spokesman Stefan Cross said, “We have no plans to bring [CT6-V] to additional markets at this point.”
While the decision seems odd considering China is Cadillac’s biggest market, it was likely made with good reason. Foremost, the country recently enacted new, more stringent emissions regulations. The CT6-V, with its 4.2-liter twin-turbo Blackwing V8, does not meet them. If Cadillac were to sell the large sport sedan in China, buyers would be faced with larger tax penalties when registering the car.
Secondly, the Blackwing V8 is assembled exclusively at the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky, at the Chevrolet Corvette assembly plant. With the ongoing U.S.-China trade war, the engine would be subject to additional tariff issues that would inflate the price of the car in China. At the end of the day, the CT6-V in China simply isn’t a good business decision for the brand, at least at the moment.
Instead, the CT6-V will remain exclusive to the U.S. and Canada. The first allocation of pre-orders sold out within hours. When Cadillac announced another batch of the sport sedans, it tacked on a $4,000 premium. It’s unclear how many CT6-V units Cadillac will have built for the 2019 or the 2020 model years.
Moreover, plans to continue building the large luxury sedan are in limbo after General Motors and Cadillac offered conflicting answers on its future. The CT6 was originally named as one of the cars GM would discontinue the sedan as part of its North American restructuring plan. However, Cadillac President Steve Carlisle and GM President Mark Reuss said plans were in motion to move production to another facility. But we have yet to hear about where the car could be built next, however.
In the meantime, it’s safe to say the best bet is to order a CT6-V now while it’s still here and present. Deliveries are expected to begin “soon” per Cadillac.
Source: Cadillac Society