• Apr 18, 2007
We like to listen to GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, because he has more experience than just about anybody else in the industry, and because he likes to spill the beans on new product for the General. Blogger Bob confirmed a V12 flagship for the Cadillac brand, and now GM Global Engineering boss Jim Queen is confirming at least the need for a more upscale Caddy.

Queen hit the nail on the head when he told Just-Auto that Cadillac needs a high-end product that's "not yet in the portfolio." Many believe Cadillac will have trouble convincing customers that it is a premium luxury brand until it has an answer for the Mercedes S-Class and Lexus LS, and from Queen's statements, it sounds like he'd like to rectify that situation.

The Cadillac Sixteen was such a revolutionary concept that we feel GM would be crazy not to derive some form of production car from it.. With an available RWD chassis (Zeta) mated to two 3.6L V6 engines on a common crankshaft, GM already has some of the most expensive parts in place. All the General needs to do next is build some very Sixteen-like skin to cover it. Besides, what are we worrying about anyway? Bob said it shall be, and so it shall be done.

[Source: Just-Auto]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      That caddy looks a bit sexxy, does this mean it won't be considered a ghetto ride anymore..

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      • 7 Years Ago
      How can you NOT like Lutz? He's intent on taking it to the foreign competition.
      mark
      • 7 Years Ago
      Another ho-hum V12 to compete with the Euros will add little to Caddillac's prestige. Let's have the 16, please.
      • 7 Years Ago
      SOMEBODY should remember that Lutz does not own the company, and his power to get the models cleared for production seems largely based on persuation in the public forum.
      Hence the BS like showing new Cads and Buicks for China, where the US bean counters do not have such direct power as they do on domestic models. Likewise, showing the Camaro here, but waiting until it is practically out of style to build it.
      I bet a buck that Lutz and the product lines would be far ahead if he had been given the power to make half the executives and half the Board retire.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am not a Lutz fan, but the Sixteen is a beautiful automobile. If they are going to build it, I hope they do not make a Twelve as the Sixteen was what it was meant to be.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bob can't be believed. He is full of crap. We have been promised this Caddy for years and years. It's a waste at this point and I do not appreciate being strung along as a fool. Are we that stupid to forget we were already promised this car? I have a brain and I use it. But see... GM believes the American public doesn't remember what was said four years ago. I will never buy a car from a company who takes me as a fool. Grow up GM.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The new money's gone elsewhere. The old money wouldn't look at this brand anymore.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bob also said recently that the US bound Zeta's might be put on hold. What can you believe anymore?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cadillac doesn't need this car, at least right now. They should use some of that cash to build a relevant DTS/Deville that the under 60 crowd would want.
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      So, exactly who do you think is going to buying the majority of these? They're the only ones with the money. Them and the Rich & Famous. You people seem to be forgetting that the Escalade outsells all Audi, BMW and Mercedes SUVs. GM gets this right, it will sell.
      • 7 Years Ago
      fug
      • 7 Years Ago
      What a waste of time, money and resources!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bob is My hero! He fly's into work on his own private chopper and he has also been know to fly around in his private Mig fighter Jet. I wish he would adopt me :)
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