2008 Cadillac BLS - Click above for high-res image gallery

Automotive News is reporting that General Motors will begin to manufacture Cadillac vehicles outside of North America by the end of next year. Dan Akerson, GM CEO, says the move is part of an overall strategy to make the Wreath and Crest a truly global brand. Right now, Cadillac vehicles are manufactured only in U.S. and Mexican facilities, despite the fact that the models are sold all over the world. Expanding production outside of those two countries would help protect Cadillac from currency fluctuations and help the company better manage its supply chain, Akerson said.

As of right now, there's no indication as to where the new plants will be located, but we wouldn't be shocked if it turned out to be China.

Akerson also said that GM wants to make Cadillac the company's global luxury brand just as Chevrolet is its current global value brand. The General hopes that doing so will allow the automaker to emulate the success that Toyota has had with Lexus.

Cadillac has experimented with production outside of North America in the past with lackluster results. The unloved Saab 9-3 -based BLS sedan and wagon (above) was produced in Sweden from 2005-2009 and Russia from 2009-2010.


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      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      That car does not have good proportions.
        Adrian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        It's the old European-spec BLS, a car that is no longer manufactured.
        stuck in 90s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        I would have to agree... i thought it was a bad photoshop image. And a cadillac wagon?? This one looks especially like a modern take of a hearse ... yuk ... in black too?? I imagine the older folks driving this one... getting ready for their final drive.... The irony doesnt make this car particularly attractive...
      darkness
      • 3 Years Ago
      These comments about Ford is killing me guys, keep it up I need the comedy.
      Robert Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cadillac"sold all over the world" . News to me , they certainly do not sell them in Australia and New Zealand an we have virtually every other Luxury brand available here. I believe the overseas Cadillacs are primarily for the booming Chinese market. In Europe, Cadillac has averaged 600 vehicles annually, so not much of a market there.
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      The BLS wagon is the old SRX and the CTS wagon's ugly baby wagon. The CTS-V is the only lustworthy GM car in my opinion, the Corvette merely uses too much plastic. The Z06 is fun to drive though.
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Read Peter De Lorenzo's take on Lt. Dan, in today's Rant at The Autoextremist: http://www.autoextremist.com/ Hint - it ain't complimentary.
      Bruno Nekic
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM is the furthest thing from American, people need to wake up!
        themanwithsauce
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bruno Nekic
        So the american built GM cars sold in america aren't american and neither are the american design, engineering, and corporate centers? Meanwhile toyota has one american design studio and a few plants and assorted support buildings.....while the corporate offices are in japan and they pay mostly japanese taxes while most of their plants here get massive tax breaks....so which company is more american?
          darkness
          • 3 Years Ago
          @themanwithsauce
          Hey Sauce for some reason the bloggers hate Gm and UAW so don't waste your fingers typing anything for these goons, Ford is god here.
      TOM ADDY FOODS B
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is what GM did with a lot of the bail out money. They took American money and invested it overseas. Buy Ford!
      pinyatapbjtime
      • 3 Years Ago
      interesting. another company claiming to be "homegrown" and "american" leaving the country to find cheaper labor to cut costs.
        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        @pinyatapbjtime
        They won't achieve that goal by building cars in western Europe - they'll achieve precisely the opposite.
      pantospatacos
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another reason why GM is not a true American car company. What a joke.
      kevsflanagan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Possibly a smart business move. Some countries have heavy taxes on imported cars so if they build them on their shores it will negate that tax and hence they would be able to sell them competively. I highly HIGHLY doubt Cadillac will be selling a CTS that is made in say China here on our shores BUT they may sell a CTS made in China in China. Again this is the way I'm reading this article.
      Dvanos
      • 3 Years Ago
      A Cadillac made in China?? Ha GM is shooting themselves in the foot again. Better start learning from Ford.
        Alex
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dvanos
        So they shouldn't make the world/Chinese vehicles in other parts of the world/China, but they should make ALL of the line in India and import to the US?
      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd rather support the Chinese than an evil company like Toyota. At least we now have strong American companies so I don't have to support Zaibatsus and chaebols and all the other corruption that goes with them. The Toyota zaibatsu hasn't created jobs in the USA, just stole jobs to lower wages and benefits.
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