• Jul 2, 2009
The days of Cadillac's big DTS sedan are numbered as the plant that builds it will soon be shut down and re-tooled. The Detroit Hamtramck assembly plant that builds the DTS and Buick Lucerne will switch over to building the Chevy Volt in 2010 and the current products are both long in the tooth.

The National Post is reporting that the new Cadillac flagship will be dubbed XTS and will be produced at the Oshawa assembly plant. It will be built alongside an updated Chevrolet Impala, the new Camaro and the Buick Regal. The DTS is a front-wheel drive car, but the XTS is expected to the share the Epsilon II platform with the Regal and the new Impala. As such, it will likely get all-wheel-drive at least as an option. For its part, the Regal will likely be a re-badged version of the Opel Insignia. The report goes on to say that Oshawa will produce a hybrid version of one of those offerings – a gas-electric Regal model is a reasonable bet.

Earlier reports had pegged the next Cadillac sedan as a model that would supplant both the DTS and the slow-selling STS, and although the NatPost article does not speak to this, it is reasonable to assume that the new XTS will result in the phase-out of both model lines. The new model line was reportedly put on hold back in August of last year, but it apparently has once again been given the go-ahead.

The XTS is scheduled to be launched in December 2011, with the new Impala coming in early 2013. Thanks to Ben for the tip!

[Source: The National Post]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      So the old ass Impala has to compete with the new Taurus for 3+ years? Might as well just shut that line down.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It seems to me that Acura started going downhill once they renamed popular cars such as the Integra and the Legend. What the heck was a RSX? Have you ever hear anyone say they love their new RL? At least BMW has (or used to have) a simple method of car naming based on platform and engine size. Lexus' system is also good, with the LS, GS, ES followed by engine-size.

      Keeping names for cars are still relevant. Bentley and Rolls-Royce use them. Lamborghini uses them. As long as you invest the resources to keep the cars interesting and something that people want to drive, it will be Ok, otherwise, either alphanumeric or regular names will just be cast in the dust-bin comes next model revamp, because of previous bad reputation.
      • 5 Years Ago
      On any story of a new Lincoln, probably half the comments or more were ranting about the "alphabet soup" model names. Why doesn't Cadillac draw the same criticism? MKZ, MKS, MKX, MKT or CTS, STS, DTS, XTS, SRX, XLR - who's worse.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's great to that there's a future for production at the Oshawa assembly plant. Not only is this great news for Canada, which has been far from immune from the difficulties affecting the automotive industry in the United States and elsewhere, but I think it's good news for GM, too. The Oshawa plant has a history of producing high-quality vehicles efficiently and has received awards recognizing this fact. It'll be neat to see what the new Impala and Regal look like, too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So CTS will be the only RWD Cadillac going forward then? Nothing smaller or larger? It sure seems not. And no future for roadsters either, apparently. Truly a shame.

      Oh well, the three-tiers-of-FWD/AWD-fun looks like it has potential to work out for Ford, so maybe GM can do the same and be successful. We'll see. Meanwhile I have no choice but to buy German (or Japanese) to find a luxury car with the qualities I want.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whoopee!

      More alphabet soup. Grrrr :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      How about a new Fleetwood Brougham?

      *That* is what Caddy needs - a true 7-series / S-class competitor

      • 5 Years Ago
      The last refreshed in 2006 Impala continues as is until 2013!! I thought Chevy was a "keeper" brand.
        • 5 Years Ago
        With the G8 going away, why can't the Impala be built on that platform?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wouldn't put too much credence into this story. I don't know where they get this crap from. According reliable to sources, the DTS replacement will be built in Lansing, MI and is being fitted with batteries now for a hybrid model.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great news for caddy if it can keep up with the quality of the cts and srx. But no new impala until 2013? The current gen will be around WAY too long.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Cadillac needs a solid top-shelf vehicle that can do 50-75,000 units a year.

        If Cadillac could round out its line-up emulating the concept of a 3-, 5- and 7-series sized vehicles, I think you could honestly say that Cadillac is a serious competitor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      thank god. the DTS proved a car with 1970s mentality has no place in the 2000s. the STS wasnt a perfect execution, but was getting closer to where caddy needed to be
      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why spend the money to rename it? The DTS is an established name with a good reputation for being quiet, extremely comfortable, and reliable.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        maybe it's just a place holder like "1+x=3, X=?"
        or" Airbus A3XX (before it became A380)"
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        I agree... but who knows if the name will actually change. Remember, the new SRX was supposed to be called the "BRX" according to early reports.
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