Is Lansing Getting Another Cadillac?

General Motor Co.’s Lansing Grand River Assembly could continue to be the birthplace of Cadillac’s sedans even when the plant stops making the ATS and CTS in 2019. 

According to Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen, the rear-wheel-drive ATS and CTS, along with the front driven XTS will be rolled into one new sedan called the CT5 with prices ranging from the mid-thirties to the high forties. The CT5 would be built in Lansing along with another luxury sedan that would compete with the Audi A3, de Nysschen said in the article.

According to the tall South African, the CT5 would be built in Lansing along with a smaller luxury sedan aiming to compete with the Audi A3.

“We are working to balance our product portfolio to reflect luxury market demands,” wrote Cadillac spokesman Donny Nordlicht in an email to the Lansing State Journal. “As the current ATS, CTS and XTS run their natural course until the end of their planned lifecycle, we will introduce two completely new sedans, positioned in different segments and clearly differentiated by size and price while exhibiting the latest evolution of the Cadillac design language.”

The new cars can’t come soon enough, as sales of the ATS, CTS, and XTS were among GM’s lowest-selling models in July. The only vehicles performing worse than Cadillac’s crowd was the Buick duo of Verano and Cascada.

Neither Cadillac or plant officials would expand on the future production plans, but there are clues. GM did announce last year it would invest $211 million into Lansing Grand River for new tooling and a body shop expansion as it prepares to produce future Cadillac products.

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