The ceremony, which was attended by GM President Mark Reuss, Cadillac Vice President Rory Harvey and Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, provided new details on the production capabilities of the Spring Hill plant. The facility, which underwent a $2 billion renovation to prepare for the Lyriq’s arrival, has a capacity of just under 200,000 units a year combining all nameplates that it currently produces. This includes the combustion engine vehicles built there, which comprise the Cadillac XT5 and XT6 and the GMC Acadia, as well as the Cadillac Lyriq. The assembly line at the plant is also flexible, so additional production capacity can be added for the Lyriq if the demand is there – although this would come at the expense of some ICE vehicle production capacity. GM expects to produce roughly 25,000 examples of the Lyriq this year.
As GM Authority reported previously, the investments at the GM Spring Hill Assembly plant went toward expansions for the paint and body shops, along with comprehensive upgrades for the general assembly area, including new machines, conveyors, controls and tooling. Spring Hill is now GM’s third North American vehicle manufacturing site to produce EVs, joining the Factory Zero plant in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan, and Orion Assembly in Orion Township, Michigan. The plant, which is GM’s largest in North America, employs an estimated 2,823 hourly workers and 429 salaried workers for a workforce of 3,252 personnel. Hourly workers there are represented by UAW Local 1853.
The GM team completed renovations on the Spring Hill plant nine months earlier than the automaker initially planned, GM president Mark Reuss said Monday, helping to speed up the arrival of the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq.
“The Cadillac Lyriq sets the standard for the future of Cadillac and marks another major milestone in GM’s commitment to an all-electric future,” Reuss said during Monday’s ceremony. “This is a monumental day for the entire GM team. We retooled Spring Hill Assembly with the best, most advanced technology in the world and the team worked tirelessly to complete the preparations nine months ahead of the original schedule.”
GM began accepting pre-orders for the sold-out Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition last year and is expected to open customer orders for regular, series production versions of the battery-electric crossover on May 19th. Power in the electric crossover comes from a single motor, rear-wheel-drive powertrain, which is rated at 340 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque, along with a 12-module, 100.4 kWh Ultium battery pack providing a GM-estimated 300 miles of driving range on a full charge. The vehicle rides on the GM BEV3 platform.