Say Goodbye

Cadillac cuts unpopular and overpriced CT6 from lineup

The Cadillac CT6 is a large car that struggled to find buyers as sales in that segment slowed.

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Cadillac has confirmed that it will stop seeing the CT6 luxury large sedan. The Detroit-based luxury arm of GM sold just 7,951 CT6s in 2019, down from 9,668 in 2018 and 10,542 in 2017. There is no planned successor to the CT6.

The CT6 is currently produced at General Motors's Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant. Production will cease at the end of the month.

2020 Cadillac CT6 Like the Licolnn Continental, the CT6 struggled to find an audience as it tried to walk the line between being a premium and luxury level offering.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

GM has also cut the Chevrolet Impala and Volt from their lineup. Both were produced at the same plant as the CT6.

General Motors will begin transforming the plant to become the home of the forthcoming GMC Hummer EV truck and Cruise Origin as part of a large push toward electrification.

GM expects all of their models to be electrified by 2030. Electrification doesn't mean purely electric vehicles. Hybrids are considered electrified models, including those with a mild hybrid (48-volt) system.

Cadillac has redesigned its entire sedan lineup for the 2020 model year, introducing CT4 and CT5 models that have daily driver and track-ready variants. They have already revealed a redesigned 2021 Escalade and gave the XT5 40 refinements for the 2020 model year.

GM recently moved Cadillac's offices back to Michigan following an extended stay in New York City. As part of that brand restricting, Steve Carlisle was brought on as the president of Cadillac replacing Joachim de Nychessen.

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It was just last week that Cadillac was showing off its electrified powertrains and the future of its GMC, Buick, Chevrolet, and Cadillac brands during a media blitz. One key part of those plans was the planned April 2 introduction of the Cadillac Lyric, the brand's first all-electric vehicle.

On Monday, bowing to pressure from the public regarding the the spread of Covid-19, popularly called coronavirus, General Motors announced it was calling off the Lyric's planned unveiling.

There has not been a date announced for an unveiling in the future.

It is not likely that the unveiling cancellation will push back the production timeline of the vehicle. There is traditionally a several month cushion between the announcements and the start of vehicle production.

General Motors is one of the automakers that has begin curtailing travel of its employees. Ford and FCA have also taken steps to limit their employees travel nationwide.

Though it hasn't been unveiled, Cadillac has let some information slip about the Lyriq. They also recently told of a new $200,000 vehicle coming to its lineup in a few years.

The Cadillac Celestiq will be the automaker's new flagship sedan when it debuts, which likely won't be for a few years.

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Cadillac has just announced the death of the CT6 and introduced the CT4 and CT5, but they're not done with the sedan shuffle. The company has made it known that the Cadillac Celestiq is on its way.

Unlike other models Cadillac has built for decades, the company is truly positing this car as a luxury model. Just hundreds of them will be hand-built each year in the Detroit area starting in mid-2022. Reporting by Mike Colias of the Wall Street Journal indicates that the cost of the Celestiq will be over $200,000.

2020 Cadillac CT6 Cadillac recently announced that it's ending production of the CT6.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

Yes, you read that right. A $200,000+ Cadillac. Surely that's the answer to a question no one has been asking outside of the Renaissance Center.

A top tier Porsche Panamera's starts just under $200,000.

The flagship hatchback (yes, you read that right) will run strictly on all-electric power. Motortrend has reported that the model will have black glass that runs from the windscreen to the rear hatch opening as well as a spacious interior,

A question worth asking: How many parts from the GM bin will the model share with lower priced cars? Only time will tell.

Cadillac is looking to put 20 electrified models on the road by 2023. Given that the current lineup includes just five vehicles, there's plenty of room for expansion. The company will debut the Lyriq electric SUV later this spring and has said that an Escalade EV is on the way in a few years.