Following its world premiere at the 2015 New York Auto Show, the 2016 Cadillac CT6 has crossed the Pacific to China, making its Asian debut at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show with an available plug-in hybrid system.
The CT6 is Cadillac’s new flagship sedan designed to compete against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series and Audi A8. It rides on General Motors’ lightweight, aluminum-intensive Omega platform, which makes it notably lighter than the competition and possibly more fuel efficient and nimble on the road.
In addition to offering buyers a 265 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine; a 335 hp, naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter V6; and a 400 hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, it will also have a plug-in hybrid powertrain that fuses together a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, two electric motors, and an 18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack to produce a combined output of 335 hp (250 kW) and 432 lb-ft. (586 Nm) of torque.
All CT6 models come standard with an eight-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission that sends power to either the rear-wheels or all four wheels.
The CT6 plug-in hybrid benefits from a Regen on Demand system that allows the driver to temporarily regenerate energy from vehicle momentum into electricity and store that energy in the battery pack for later use. Cadillac claims the car can travel up to 37 miles on electric power alone.
In addition to being sold in China, the 2016 Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid will be offered in North America (United States and Canada) and other global markets. Do you see yourself driving it?
Cadillac Announces ATS-V and CTS-V Championship Editions
Cadillac has introduced new Championship Editions of the Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V to celebrate the company’s win of the 2017 IMSA Manufacturer, Driver, Team and Endurance Championships.
Both commemorative ATS-V and CTS-V are available in Black Raven or Crystal White with Cadillac V-Performance graphics on the hood and rear spoiler and come with Red Obsession side-view mirror caps, a DPi-V.R graphic on the quarter windows, Red Brembo brake calipers and forged polish-finished alloy V-Series wheels with Midnight Silver painted pockets.
A Morello Red detail package gives their interiors Jet Black Recaro seats, red front and rear door armrests and Morello accented high gloss carbon fiber interior trim.
The 2018 Cadillac Championship Edition ATS-V starts at $72,190 for the sedan and $74,390 for the coupe, while the 2018 CTS-V Championship Edition sedan starts at $105,730.
Move Aside U.S., China is Now Cadillac’s Largest Market
Well, that was quick… Just days after we reported that China will eventually overtake the United States as Cadillac’s largest market, the middle kingdom now accounts for the most Cadillac sales.
Cadillac’s sales fell 4.1 percent to 10,298 units in the U.S. during the month, while its sales jumped an almost unbelievable 116 percent to 18,011 units in China.
Granted we’re only going by January’s results, 2017 will most certainly be the year China overtakes the U.S. given the brand’s sales momentum in the world’s largest market.
Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen stated:
“Cadillac begins 2017 with a continuation of the robust global growth of 2016, a year in which we sold more products worldwide than any point in the past three decades. We are growing the business significantly and attracting a youthful and affluent demographic, elevating the aspirational character of the brand. This is particularly the case in China, where our growth is explosive and sustained.”
The U.S. ended 2016 with a comfortable lead over China in terms of Cadillac sales, accounting for 170,006 deliveries compared to China’s 116,406 units. Expect a flip-flop in 2017.
Do you find it strange that a “communist” country is now the largest single market for an iconic car brand that was once the very embodiment of capitalist ideals? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
China Will Become Cadillac’s Biggest Market
As is already the case with Buick, China will eventually become Cadillac’s largest market, overtaking the United States.
Yes, like Buick, Cadillac is an American luxury brand through and through, but it’s the Chinese that appreciate its Americanness the most.
The United States is still Cadillac’s largest single market, but that will soon change. In 2015, the company’s sales fell by 3 percent to 170,006 vehicles in the Land of the Free, while deliveries in the Middle Kingdom increased by a whopping 46 percent to 116,406.
At this rate, China will gain the lead in as little as two years, with Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen telling in an interview:
“We are moving Cadillac from having this very strong U.S.-centric focus to having a global focus. The time will come when we will sell more Cadillacs in China than here.”
Despite China’s inevitable sales prominence, de Nysschen says the U.S. offers better profit margins and, as such, will remain critical to Cadillac’s bottom line for many years to come. He pointed out a Chinese law that requires foreign automakers to partner with local companies, stating:
“Whatever you make in China, you share. The U.S. will remain more important for a very long time.”
By the look of things, China is poised to eventually become every premium automaker’s biggest market. Is that a good thing?