The 2013 Cadillac XTS

The Cadillac XTS to be built in China

General Motors has used the start of the 2012 Beijing Motor Show to introduce the new Cadillac XTS to the Chinese market and when production begins for the booming Chinese auto industry later this year, the high end Caddy sedans destined for sale in China will also be built in China.

The new Cadillac XTS will be built at General Motors’ Oshawa Ontario Assembly Plant for those vehicles built for the North American market but in cooperation with joint venture partner Shanghai General Motors (SGM), those premium Cadillac luxury sedans sold in China will be built locally. The XTS will be the second premium luxury sedan built in China for the local market; joining the Cadillac SLS Executive Sedan from 2006. That was an extended wheelbase version of the American SLS sport sedan but with the naturally long rear seating area of the XTS – the design could be a big hit in China in standard production form.

The Chinese auto industry is ripe with luxury car buyers and the industry as a whole loves big, roomy sedans…exactly what the new Cadillac XTS will offer when it arrives later this year. If the XTS is as popular in China as GM hopes, building the flagship luxury sedan in the Far East will help GM make more money while also helping to ensure that they can meet a boom in demand. Cadillac sold 30,000 vehicles in China during the 2011 calendar year which accounted for an impressive increase over just 17,000 units sold in 2010.

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