General Motors initially said the order books for the 2020 Cadillac CT5 would open this fall. Winter has arrived and the New Year is quickly approaching, but the Cadillac CT5 still hasn’t launched in full capacity, with only a limited quantity of cars available at dealerships.
As Cadillac spokesperson Tara Kuhnen told our sister site, Cadillac Society, GM expected a limited quantity of Cadillac CT5 sedans to be on dealership lots by late December, with more trim levels and model variants expected to arrive throughout the first quarter of next year.
Cadillac Society also identified a number of customer-ordered Cadillac CT5s that were marked as being “in transit.” This means the car is on order from the dealer and could be at various stages of the shipping process, so it’s hard to say when these cars may be delivered. The Cadillac CT6-V was marked as being in transit for over a month when it was on its way to customers, though this was due to emissions certifications delays.
The launch of the CT5 was likely delayed due to the UAW strike, which paused production at all of General Motors’ U.S. production plants for 40 days. The CT5 is built at GM’s Lansing Grand River plant alongside the smaller Cadillac CT4 and the Chevrolet Camaro.
The Cadillac CT5 has been rolling off the production at Cadillac’s Jinqiao plant in Shanghai for the past few weeks, with sales beginning late last month. We imagine the Chinese and American launches were scheduled to happen closer together prior to the UAW strike.
The 2020 Cadillac CT5 starts at $37,890 in the U.S. for the entry-level Luxury model, with the Premium Luxury starting at $41,690 and the Sport starting from $42,690.
This report was written in collaboration with our sister publication, Cadillac Society.