General Motors announced that the new right-hand-drive Cadillac Lyriq recently confirmed for Australia and New Zealand will expand the brand’s global reach to more markets that use that driver configuration.
The automaker has just revealed that the RHD Cadillac Lyriq marks the beginning of Cadillac‘s global expansion with its all-electric model strategy, opening new doors and growth opportunities in important right-hand-drive automotive markets around the world – very receptive to zero-emission technologies. As such, the Lyriq is the first of a comprehensive RHD Cadillac EV portfolio to serve these markets.
“Cadillac is experiencing great sales momentum thanks to our strong product portfolio – and we are now expanding our business globally,” said Vice President, Global Cadillac, John Roth. “The introduction of a right-hand-drive Lyriq will enable new opportunities in important markets where EV adoption is strong,” he added.
In addition to Australia and New Zealand, GM confirmed that it plans to introduce the new RHD Cadillac Lyriq during calendar-year 2025 in Japan – a market with aggressive legislation toward the goal of zero-emission motoring. At the same time, the Lyriq’s right-hand-drive configuration suggests a future introduction in new European countries such as the U.K. and Ireland.
In fact, the RHD Cadillac Lyriq is the brand’s first model designed from scratch with such a configuration and will inaugurate an exclusive production line for right-hand-drive vehicles at the GM Spring Hill plant in Tennessee – responsible for supplying the crossover to all future RHD markets worldwide.
The RHD Cadillac Lyriq will begin international sales next year in Australia and New Zealand as a 2025 model-year vehicle, followed by Japan and potentially the United Kingdom – where the official announcement could occur sometime in 2024 with a more complete lineup of Cadillac EVs. These markets will expand the brand’s global reach from the current United States, China, Canada, Mexico, South Korea and Middle East regions.