General Motors (GM) is set to build a new ‘top-end, high-technology’ Cadillac at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant by the fourth quarter of next year. GM had already invested more than $1 billion in this plant for over 5 years.
GM on Friday stated that it would reveal the name of the rear-wheel sedan soon. A part of the $384 million investment that was announced by the company last spring will go into the production of the new Cadillac. The assembly plant located at the border of Detroit and the enclave of Hamtramck also makes Opel Ampera, Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac ELR, a luxury variant of the Volt. The assembly plant is in the process of procuring tools and equipment for the new car.
“The objective of the upcoming model is to lift the Cadillac range by entering the elite class of top-level luxury cars,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen.
The upcoming sedan is based on a unique vehicle architecture which will be built using customized new design materials. The car which is under development is codenamed LTS at the assembly plant which currently employs about 1,600 workers on one shift. This will also be the company’s first car to be based on rear-wheel-drive platform codenamed Omega. A GM spokesperson mentioned that market demand might drive the company to employ more people.
General Motors has invested more than $1 billion in the Detroit-Hamtramck plant in the past five years, which claims to be the “most complex plant in North America” due to the production of different models on one line. The new sedan is expected to be fitted with the 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine used in the CTS Vsport.
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