Almost a month and a half after the global debut of the all-new Cadillac Optiq in China, SAIC-GM has just officially announced the name of the upcoming Cadillac electric crossover in the Chinese market.
General Motors’ primary joint venture in China announced that the local name of the all-new Cadillac Optiq in that country will be “傲歌” or Aoge, whose meaning in Mandarin is linked to music in much the same way as the Chinese name “锐歌” or Ruige of the Cadillac Lyriq – which roughly translates to “Cutting-Edge Song.” As such, the full commercial name of the Optiq in China will be Cadillac Optiq 傲歌.
The announcement of the Optiq’s name for the Chinese domestic market coincides with the launch of marketing efforts for the model in China. In fact, it’s now become a common practice for GM to give global vehicles their own name specific to China. To that end, the Optiq is the second Cadillac vehicle with a Chinese-specific name since the marque officially launched in the country in 2004. Before the Lyriq and Optiq, all Cadillac models had an alphanumeric name in China, much like in other parts of the world.
It should be noted that the name “傲歌” of the all-new Cadillac Optiq arose from an official consultation by Cadillac on social media channels in China, which was open for about a month and consisted of an online voting process open to the public. Participants could choose between about eight different names, and the result of the vote was the name “傲歌” which received over 90 percent of the votes.
As a reminder, the all-new Cadillac Optiq was first presented in mid-November during the 2023 Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition in China – better known as the Guangzhou Auto Show. The vehicle, which is a global model that is positioned below the Lyriq as a “tweener” compact-midsize crossover in the brand’s zero-emissions lineup, was introduced as Cadillac’s second all-electric vehicle in the Asian country.
The all-new Cadillac Optiq is expected to be officially launched in China during the first half of the 2024 calendar year, as production is scheduled to begin for the Chinese market at a to-be-announced SAIC-GM plant capable of producing vehicles on the Ultium architecture. As previously reported by GM Authority, Optiq production for North American markets will take place at the GM Ramos Arizpe plant. The model will be sold in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Middle East.