Cadillacs are built at plants across North America. The Escalade is assembled in Texas, the SRX in Mexico and the XTS in Ontario. But the bulk of Cadillac's lineup – or the smaller members of the family, at least – are built in Michigan. And while the upcoming ELR will be built alongside the Chevy Volt at the Detroit/Hamtramck facility (which incidentally opened with the Cadillac Eldorado back in '86), the majority of those Cadillacs built in Michigan are handled by the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant.

In fact, Lansing Grand River just celebrated its millionth Cadillac built. The landmark millionth vehicle is a new 2014 CTS sedan in Red Obsession Tintcoat. The facility opened in 2001 and has built Cadillacs almost exclusively since then, assembling the CTS and ATS model lines, though in a couple of years it will also handle production of the Chevy Camaro.
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Lansing Grand River Builds Millionth Cadillac
2013-09-16

LANSING, Mich. – The millionth Cadillac built at the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant rolled off the line today. Fittingly, the milestone vehicle is an early model of the redesigned 2014 CTS sedan, which goes on sale in October.

Lansing Grand River, or LGR as it is known, has been a dedicated rear wheel-drive assembly plant since it opened in late 2001. Every CTS ever made has been built there.

In addition to the CTS, the plant also assembles the award-winning ATS sport sedan, the CTS Coupe and Wagon, and the CTS-V high performance models. Cadillacs from Lansing are exported from Michigan to 11 destinations worldwide.

"One million Michigan-made Cadillacs is a great milestone for Lansing and for luxury car-building in America," said Bob Ferguson, senior vice president Global Cadillac. "Lansing Grand River is an essential ingredient of Cadillac's growth. It is a benchmark for luxury car manufacturing in North America, which takes another step forward today with the launch of the new CTS."

The celebrated 2014 CTS sedan is painted in Red Obsession Tintcoat. The 2014 CTS is elevated and expanded, with more luxury, performance and technical sophistication. The third generation luxury sedan is larger and more spacious, but lighter because of advanced design and materials. The low mass approach is expected to enable CTS to deliver the most agile and engaging driving performance in the midsize luxury class.

A total of 1,541 employees are divided among two shifts at Lansing Grand River, a 2.5 million square foot facility on 111 acres.

General Motors has invested extensively in LGR in the past three years -- $190 million for the production of the Cadillac ATS and $88 million for the new CTS.

Since its completion 12 years ago, Lansing Grand River has produced more Cadillacs than any other plant. The Escalade sport utility vehicle is produced at the Arlington Assembly in Arlington, Texas. The ELR luxury coupe begins production later this year at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck facility in Hamtramck, Mich.


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      richard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Congrats Lansing Grand River Assembly! Keep up the good work!
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      if i work for gm id be proud to stand in front of that caddy knowing i helped build it. i hope they dont go back to the days of building cars like the cadillac catera
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John
        but i wont be applying at gm or any other auto manufacturer yet, im still in training
      Murad
      • 1 Year Ago
      My STS was built there.
      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sick. This car is going to put a world of hurt on the Germans.
      Jerry
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very cool!
      methos1999
      • 1 Year Ago
      Interesting - the plant has a capacity of 150,000 cars/year, but if it opened in 2001, that works out to only 83,333 cars/year. Hopefully with the ATS and new CTS the volume will go up - if not I'm sure the Camaro will get the plant closer to max capacity.
        Sir Duke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @methos1999
        It makes no sense to average the plant's production on how it achieved its first million cars. The early years product line was thin producing only the CTS. STS came on line in 2004. Now that Cadillac has a more complete portfolio, with more to come, the second million should be a more rapid turnaround. CTS Production: 2002 - 37,976 2003 - 49,392 2004 - 57,211 2005 - 61,512 2006 - 54,846 2007 - 57,029 2008 - 58,774 2009 - 38,817 2010 - 45,656 2011 - 55,042 2012 - 46,979 YTD 2013 - 22,002 STS Production: 2004 - 9,484 2005 - 33,497 2006 - 25,676 2007 - 20,873 2008 - 14,790 2009 - 6,037 2010 - 4,473 2011 - 3,338 2012 - 164 ATS Production: Jul 26th - Dec 31st 2012 - 7,008 YTD thru Aug 31st 2013 - 25,468