Production of the Cadillac CT6 at General Motors‘ Detroit-Hamtramck plant will cease in January of 2020, the automaker confirmed in a memo sent to plant employees this week. It is currently not clear if it plans to build the full-size luxury sedan at another one of its plants, or it will replace it with a different product sometime in the future.
The Detroit-Hamtramck plant has been earmarked to produce GM’s new line of large electric vehicles, which will use a new platform currently being referred to as BT1. The new line of large EVs will include a battery-electric pickup truck, which will begin rolling off the Hamtramck line in the fall of 2021, along with an electric Cadillac crossover and potentially an electric Hummer SUV as well.
GM has not said if production of the CT6 will be moved to another one of its plants, or if it will build a next-generation version. GM is slowly moving away from the sedan business after committing itself to building more crossovers and SUVs instead, which typically sell for more and have higher profit margins. The automaker is also axing some of its car programs in order to free up the cash needed to engineer and produce more electric vehicles, so it would not be a surprise if the CT6 were to be killed off in North America.
It is believed that he sedan will remain in production at the Jinqiao plant in China, it is believed. Demand for full-size luxury sedans like the CT6 remains strong in China.
Sales of the CT6 in North America were down nearly 22 percent in the first nine months of 2019, with GM moving 5,675 examples through to the end of Q3, compared to 7,270 in the first nine months of 2018. The automaker also killed off the Cadillac XTS this year, which had stronger sales than the CT6, the automaker having sold 10,242 examples through Q3 2019.
While not a strong seller, the CT6 was used as a technology showcase for the Cadillac brand, with GM debuting the twin-turbo 4.2-liter Blackwing V8 engine in the sedan, along with its Supercruise semi-autonomous technology. Cadillac may be planning to use another one of its future products to showcase new technology, such as the upcoming 2021 Escalade SUV. The new Escalade will also spawn a fully electric variant with up to 400 miles of range.
The Chevrolet Impala, which was built alongside the CT6 at Detroit-Hamtramck, will be killed off in February of 2020. Sales of the Impala have been on a steady decline since the tenth-generation version of the sedan was introduced for the 2014 model year.
We’ll provide an update on the situation surrounding the Cadillac CT6 once more information becomes available.