Generals Motors may be gearing up to launch the Cadillac brand in the Australian market.
The rumor stems from a trademark filing made August 31st, 2020, in which GM looks to secure the Cadillac name and logo under the Class 12 and Class 37 goods and services groups, per a post from the Australian publication, Practical Motoring. The trademark will be applied towards “vehicles including motor vehicles; engines for motor vehicles; cars,” as well as “maintenance, servicing and repair of motor vehicles.”
General Motors recently retired the Holden brand in Australia, but as GM Authority reported previously, the automaker is looking to re-enter the market with the new General Motors Special Vehicles (or GMSV) brand. Under GMSV, General Motors will sell certain models, including the Chevy Silverado 1500, which will be converted to right-hand-drive for the Australian market, and the Chevy Corvette that will roll out of the Bowling Green assembly plant in RHD configuration.
Now, with the revelation of this new trademark filing, it appears as though General Motors may also sell certain Cadillac models in Australia. As Practical Motoring reports, the upcoming Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing may be one of the first Caddy models to arrive there, with an unnamed source familiar with GMSV product plans saying that the brand will initially launch “as a Blackwing,” and that the supercharged CT5-V Blackwing would serve as an indirect replacement for the Holden Commodore. The upcoming Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing may also make it Down Under.
Indeed, with the blown 6.2L V8 LT4 under the hood, the upcoming Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing would certainly fit the bill for many Australian enthusiasts. This same engine produced 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque when equipped in the Cadillac CTS-V. Then there’s the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing’s twin-turbo 3.6L V6 LF4, which produced 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque in the Cadillac ATS-V. Both models will offer RWD as standard with a six-speed manual transmission, while a 10-speed automatic will be optional. It’s currently unclear how the two super sedans will be configured in Australia, assuming they do indeed end up being sold there.
Another strong contender for sale in Australia would be the iconic Cadillac Escalade luxury SUV, although the latest Practical Motoring report did not specify if Caddy was considering such a move.
Either way, this is undoubtedly exciting news for any Australian enthusiast looking to get a slice of the Cadillac pie.
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