General Motors plan for the Cadillac CT6 has been unclear ever since it announced its major restructuring plan late last year. While the automaker initially said it would close the Detroit-Hamtramck production plant where the sedan is built in early 2019, it later delayed its closure until January 2020, extending production for a short while longer.
The automaker has also spoke of keeping the Cadillac CT6 around after Detroit-Hamtramck closes in January 2020, with GM considering building the luxury sedan at a different plant or importing it from its plant in China.
A little more clarity on the situation was given during Road & Track’s recent interview with Cadillac brand boss Steve Carlisle, however. According to Carlisle, the future of the Cadillac CT6 hinges on GM’s ongoing contract negotiations with the United Auto Workers union. The Big Three’s contract with the UAW is set to expire in mid-September.
Between the contract negotiations and GM’s ongoing restructuring efforts, it is still hard to get a clear picture of what the future of the Cadillac CT6 looks like in North America. The ongoing trade war with China is likely also having an effect on GM’s various production plans globally.
The only thing that we know right now is GM plans to keep the CT6 in production in China for a while longer, as large four-door s like the CT6 remain popular in the country, whereas many North America consumers are flocking to crossovers.
Carlisle previously indicated that Cadillac was keen to keep the CT6 around, as serves as a high-end flagship product and is already designed to receive its advanced twin-turbocharged DOHC 4.2-liter LTA V8 engine. It also serves as a technology showcase for Super Cruise, however the semi-autonomous system will expand to all Cadillac models over the next few years, anyway.