Currently, very few GM vehicles are available in right-hand drive, and only one model is available in right-hand drive (RHD) directly from the factory (that model being the C8 Corvette). Now, however, GM Authority has learned that Cadillac is poised to change all that with a few upcoming models offered in right-hand-drive. The new driving configuration for the all-electric Cadillac models will enable the luxury marque to make a stronger push in several international markets, ones where its reach and ability to compete have been non-existent.
We’ve heard rumblings about possible RHD Cadillac models for quite some time, but nothing truly concrete has been unearthed thus far. For instance, a right-hand-drive Cadillac Lyriq prototype was caught undergoing testing earlier this year, and some Cadillacs have been caught testing in Australia. Beyond that, however, the topic has been spotty, at best.
Now, GM Authority sources tell us that GM is in the midst of a project that would see several Cadillac models offered in right-hand-drive. From what we know, this project is limited to EVs, and will not include any ICE-powered vehicles. The launch of the forthcoming battery electric Cadillacs in RHD form will coincide with the marque’s push toward EVs, which is currently underway.
A portfolio of right-hand-drive models will make Cadillac a more complete player in the global auto industry, enabling the luxury marque to expand to the planet’s largest right-hand-drive markets like the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. Among these four RHD markets, Cadillac has a first-party presence in Japan only; in other words, Cadillac models are available in Japan direct from the manufacturer, as opposed to through some sort of middle-man company or broker.
Critically, the move to offer right-hand-drive Cadillac EVs will be the tip of the spear for General Motors’ effort to make a stronger push into Europe as a whole. GM CEO Mary Barra stated in 2022 that The General was ready to return to the European market, and like Cadillac, the push will be similarly focused on battery electric vehicles.
For the moment, the Corvette C8 is the only GM vehicle available in right-hand drive directly from the factory. Meanwhile, models like the Chevy Silverado 1500 and Silverado HD are converted from left-hand drive to right-hand drive by GMSV for sale in Australia and New Zealand.
Just a decade ago, GM’s portfolio of right-hand-drive vehicles was substantially more expansive, but this came to an end when the automaker sold off its European Opel-Vauxhall division, in which Vauxhall served as the right-hand-drive sister brand to Opel. A few years later, it shuttered Holden in Australia and New Zealand. At the time, Opel-Vauxhall along with Holden encompassed the entirety of GM’s right-hand-drive efforts.