Here's some shocking news to no one: People love crossovers, including those living in China. Since introducing the Cadillac SRX there in 2009, the model's sales have gone through the roof. Now, the brand is considering moving some production of the next-generation model in China to eliminate import tariffs and make it an even bigger player in the market.

According to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal, the crossover is leading Cadillac's Chinese growth, despite its US-equivalent price of over $67,000 after the country's high import tariffs. The CUV's sales are up 23 percent there so far this year, and it's responsible for over 40 percent of the brand's sales. John Stadwick, General Motors' VP of sales, service and marketing in China, told the WSJ that GM could "very possibly" build the next-gen model there.

The SRX is Cadillac's golden goose in China, and it just keeps pushing the brand's sales forward. "It's the vehicle that took us out of being a small niche in the market," said David Caldwell, Cadillac Communications Manager, to Autoblog. Before the CUV, Caddy was selling a little over 20,000 cars a year there, but partially thanks to the crossover's success, the brand sold 50,000 vehicles last year and could reach 60,000 this year. "The SRX is the most popular Cadillac in that market," he said.

Caldwell admitted that there are no official plans to build the SRX in China, yet. However, due to its popularity, the crossover would be an "obvious candidate" if Cadillac decided to assemble another model there. The Chinese-built vehicles would be specifically for the local market, and North American SRXs would continue to be built here.

Cadillac still has a little time to make a final decision about building the CUV in China. The next-gen SRX is rumored for the 2016 model year, but Caddy isn't saying anything official about it yet. Caldwell said that the current model still has "a little ways to go" before it gets replaced.


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      FoxJ30
      • 8 Months Ago
      Personally, I think it might make more sense if the soon-to-be-announced midsized Buick crossover were built in China and the SRX was kept as an import. That way, the Buick can cater to Chinese tastes at a mid-market price and and the Cadillac can cater to those who are willing to spend more for an 'American made' product.
      Tourian
      • 8 Months Ago
      Your headline implies that Cadillac will move production of the SRX entirely to China. This reminds me of when Mitt Romney campaign ads accused Chrysler of doing the same thing with the Wrangler. It is a shame how you guys show such blatant bias towards brands you don't like.
      dacelbot
      • 8 Months Ago
      Well, as long as the ones sold in America are still made here, seems like a good move. Hopefully the SRX and it's Chevy & GMC equivalents get a hybrid or plug in hybrid option.
        Larry Litmanen
        • 8 Months Ago
        @dacelbot
        Why? GM offered those before and it seems like people who buy GM products are not willing to buy them. Every single hybrid GM ever build has failed due to sales.
          MayTheBestCarWin05
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen
          Larry, I never thought I would say this, but you're right. GMs hybrids have all been a joke (Malibu, Aura, Vue, GMT900s). They flopped in sales because they were half baked at best. Hopefully GM can take what they've learned building the Voltec power-train and apply that in someway to actually make a competitive hybrid.
        Matt
        • 8 Months Ago
        @dacelbot
        Again, the SRX is built in Mexico.
      BipDBo
      • 8 Months Ago
      China has import tariffs on cars brought in? I didn't know that. If that's the case, I really hope that we have import tariffs on any cars brought in from China. How about we start putting tariffs a=on the rest of the cheap crap coming from China? I don't mind is US manufacturers build cars in China for the Chinese market. That makes sense. I really don't want to see cars being sold in the US that were built off of cheap Chinese labor. I think it's unfortunate that so many of our "America" cars were really built off of cheaper Mexican labor courtesy of NAFTA. A similar shift to China would really make an impact. I just don't know how it is to be avoided.
        Larry Litmanen
        • 8 Months Ago
        @BipDBo
        Say you are broke and are heavily in debt to your brother in law, he tells you that for lending you money he can will put certain restrictions on you. You can not stop him because you rely on that money. USA is in debt up to its neck to China, Japan and Korea, and therefore can not impose it's will when it comes to trade. Americans chose government that uses tax revenue to pass more and more entitlements, Asian government chose to use tax revenue to buy foreign debt and use it to improve their economies based on trade.
        Famsert
        • 8 Months Ago
        @BipDBo
        You do have import tariffs. On all your light duty trucks in fact. 25%.
      MayTheBestCarWin05
      • 8 Months Ago
      I don't give a **** where it's made, just redesign the damn thing already. ITS SOOOO OLLLLDDDDDD
        Matt
        • 8 Months Ago
        @MayTheBestCarWin05
        4 years is old? Your expectations might be a little too high.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 8 Months Ago
      Nice way to cheapen the brand. First BMW in mexico.....niow Cadillac in china. No recall worries in the future right?
        aaron
        • 8 Months Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        because UAW built in the USA is so stellar. /s
        AlBongo
        • 8 Months Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        Cheapen the brand? You do know Cadillac is GM right?
        550PlusX5
        • 8 Months Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        BMW already builds some of their 3 series in south africa. In fact, unless you explicitly order and request one from Germany, chances are the 3 series on the lot is from SA....
      AlBongo
      • 8 Months Ago
      It will be better built then.
      gregorycalise
      • 8 Months Ago
      As if GM doesn't have enough troubles already.. I personally would never but any car made in China, or even Mexico. Not only would the quality be very dubious, but it takes away more american jobs.
        550PlusX5
        • 8 Months Ago
        @gregorycalise
        Lol. You already do, you just have the blinders on believing you don't.... Look at the labels jack.. A lot of the rotors/brake pads come are made in china or india.... How else do you think things are so cheap?
        aaron
        • 8 Months Ago
        @gregorycalise
        I would buy a GM made in Mexico or China before anything built by the UAW
        the.fog
        • 8 Months Ago
        @gregorycalise
        China-built SRX is sold in China. Derr...
      untitledfolder
      • 8 Months Ago
      NOPE. Better not include anything original in it because they'll try to steal it. Welcome to the totally unoriginal, copycat hive-mind culture.
      550PlusX5
      • 8 Months Ago
      Well I'm sure glad part of my tax dollars went to bailout out GM so GM could provide a lot of jobs... To people in China.....
        Matt
        • 8 Months Ago
        @550PlusX5
        The SRX is built in Mexico currently. So absolutely zero U.S. jobs were lost with this decision. AND, the production in China will only be for Chinese consumption, so you won't even have to worry about Chinese built SRX's being sold in the U.S.
        Avinash Machado
        • 8 Months Ago
        @550PlusX5
        So I guess you only read the headline.
      550PlusX5
      • 8 Months Ago
      Well since a lot of parts already come from china, why not?
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