In May 2020, GM Authority exclusively reported that the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing – then still in development – would not reach China, in much the same way that Cadillac‘s other high-performance sedans – the CT4-V and CT5-V – would not reach the Asian country. However, the Asian subsidiary of General Motors recently made an unusual and highly conspicuous move suggesting that the brand’s new V-Series Blackwing range could finally make its way to China.
On Monday, February 1st, GM held the world debut of the all-new 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing in Detroit. Simultaneously, a special live broadcast from Shanghai presented the vehicles to Chinese media, raising the expectation that the new Cadillac Blackwing sedans may be sold in China after all.
It’s the first time GM shared a global debut broadcast of any Cadillac production vehicle to the Chinese media – in this case, two products that will play a crucial role in further raising the brand’s image worldwide. The only precedent occurred in August 2020 with the premiere of the fully electric Cadillac Lyriq show car, which, as Cadillac Society reported last year, will first be introduced in the Chinese market.
However, despite the simultaneous broadcast, the automaker’s plans haven’t changed, and the Cadillac Blackwing sedans still won’t be available in the Chinese market. Rather, the Chinese broadcast seems to have served solely to promote GM’s capability in building a variety of products for various customer demands on a global scale.
For now, all Cadillac models sold in China, including the regular CT4 and CT5 sedans, are manufactured locally. To that end, the V-Series and V-Series Blackwings models are produced exclusively at the GM Lansing Grand River plant in Michigan, USA, and The General has no plans to make the vehicles in China.
Following the world reveal, reservations for the first 250 units of the CT5-V Blackwing were gobbled up in a matter of minutes, while the first batch of CT4-V Blackwing units were spoken for in less than 24 hours. Last weekend at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, the very first CT5-V Blackwing (VIN 001) sold for $265,000, while CT4-V Blackwing VIN 001 was purchased for $165,000 – both sums going entirely to charity.