• Jan 7, 2010
Detroit-bound Cadillac Concept Teaser - Click above to enlarge

Early next Tuesday morning, Cadillac will unveil a concept version of its new XTS flagship at the Detroit Auto Show. A report from Canada's CTV now says that production of the XTS will begin at General Motors' Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant in early 2012. Rumors of a Cadillac to be produced at the plant east of Toronto first began circulating last July. The XTS will join the Chevrolet Impala and Camaro as well as the new Buick Regal at the facility. The XTS is expected to be based on the Epsilon II platform but with all-wheel-drive.

The addition of the Cadillac and the Buick could necessitate an extra shift at the factory which would likely result in 750-1,000 of GM's previously laid-off workers being recalled. Last year, GM closed an adjacent Oshawa factory that had been building full-size pickup trucks.

[Source: CTV]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Great new for the Shwa!! That production facility has one of the best quality ratings going. This would be the first Caddilac built in Canada I believe-very cool...

      AND they're producing what is currenly in my top three picks for my next car -the amazing looking Buick Regal. The OPC North American version looks AMAZING. I hope they keep those cool looking seats when they put it into production.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree, Avinash. The X doesn't work. But, if the X were a reference to it's huge size, shouldn't the acronym be XLS (extra large sedan)? :)

      DTS works for me, but I do miss the days of cars with names instead of acronyms.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The name XTS does not sound good. Is X in the name a reference to its huge size?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I sure hope the car looks better than the pathetic view we are given. GM sure does make some seriously ugly vehicles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey GM, take a page from the Apple play book and quit showing cars until you're ready to build them! These 2-year lead times are a joke and by the time the car comes out we're already sick of looking at it. (Camaro, Cruze, CTS Coupe, etc.) Do like Steve Jobs - show us the car when it's tooled up on the assembly line and then say if you want one you can buy it next week! Create some real excitement and spare us the big tease.
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 5 Years Ago
        GM and Apple are in very different situations right now. GM needs to show that they have exciting new product in the pipeline to show they are on the right track. A healthy company like Apple can do these sudden reveals (Not to mention a car is vastly more complicated to design and build)

        Besides, it's only us idiots that frequent car blogs that see them more than at the auto shows. The general public will not be sick of it when it rolls into showrooms.
        Carlos
        • 5 Years Ago
        I guess Toyota and Nissan missed that memo when they were making the GTR and LFA...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, when Apple introduced the original iMac they were not at all healthy. Jobs had just come back and their most likely trajectory was oblivion. He showed the little blue egg, shocked everybody, and did indeed have it ready to purchase very quickly.

        Yes GM has a lot to prove, but there is still something to be said for the element of surprise. Hopefully they will begin to do more of that as their stability improves. I feel somewhat more confident about that than I did before they latest round of management changes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Louis

        Would it look super fresh and cutting edge if GM had only withheld pictures of it for longer? Or does it look old simply because it's a conventional, somewhat bland design?
        • 5 Years Ago
        First, these cars really don't get "old" to the general public since only enthusiasts see them. We've seen the Cruze a million times, but I bet 90% of the people I work with have never heard of it.

        Second, it would be nice if GM could keep this stuff under wraps longer, but they are under intense scrutiny. They constantly need to prove there worth and that it actually was good use of taxpayer money to bail them out. Think about when the Volt was first getting announced... a lot of comments said stuff about how the next gen Prius would likely be way better. Toyota's reputation got them the benefit of the doubt. GM's reputation doesn't get them that, so they have to show what they're working on or people assume it's either nothing or crap.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Then don't look at it. Most people don't follow automotive news very closely.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Alex: I've seen the Cruze in the flesh on the road in Oz...it already looks old. They may as well keep the Cobalt instead of wasting ad dollars on the aged Cruze and wait for it's replacement.
        • 5 Years Ago
        GM could very well learn a lesson or two from Apple. Why should it matter if it's a phone or a car? It's not about gauging public opinion -- automaker "focus groups" proved a dismal mistake for U.S. automakers in new product planning over the past few decades. You simply have good, creative, forward thinking employees who create dazzling products and throw them out there. U.S. automakers had this formula back in the 50's and 60's and made a huge spectacle of new car introductions, covering the cars up in the showroom until the big reveal. There is an incomparable thrill of seeing a fresh new gotta-have gadget or product and then being able to buy it "right now". We need to recapture some of that magic...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hallelujah!
      • 5 Years Ago
      TWO YEARS!!!! Its staking Gov't Motors for ever to get anywhere and this is just going to look like a bigger stretched version of the CTS, thats it, nothing earth shattering...!
      • 5 Years Ago
      But the car comes before that, right?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I sure hope so. If the car isn't going to be produced until 2012, then showing it in 2010 seems counter-productive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn. That means two more years of the STS and DTS. Cadillac dealers need that car now.
      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      What will the XTS be competing against? Cadillac needs a serious 3 series fighter.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Agree with John H. about what segment the XTS is aiming for but, I'm skeptical about Cadillac's ability to succeed in the segment. They've never been able to field a serious contender in the full luxury market. Will have to wait and see.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        My guess would be Lincoln MKS, Acura RL, and Audi A8 (only other large, premium, AWD sedans I can think of)
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        I would imagine it competes against every flagship sedan. Including the LS460, 7-series, Q45 and S class.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        The ATS is supposed to be the 3-series competitor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There's still hope... If it's being built at Oshawa, it means it could still be on the Zeta platform. But i doubt it :(
        • 5 Years Ago
        That would be really strange. But interesting.
      vpurdie
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Asian market is going to love this car. Good to see GM focusing on creating product that the largest and fastest growing markets desire first and foremost and disregarding the opinions of haters in Europe and America who will never give its cars a chance no matter how well they are made.
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