Cadillac to build XTS sedan in China

At the 2012 Beijing Motor Show, General Motors announced that it will built the all-new XTS sedan in China with joint venture partner Shanghai General Motors. While the stateside-spec XTS will be build at the Oshawa, Ontario Assembly Plant, the China-spex will be build in the region starting this fall.

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“China is the second-largest market for Cadillac, and of course is one of the largest and strongest markets in the world for luxury cars, so it is a core part of our vision as a brand,” said Don Butler, Cadillac vice president of marketing. “It is projected that by the end of the decade half of all luxury purchases in the world – all categories, not just cars – will occur in China.”

Cadillac launched in China in 2005 and has quickly earned respect in the market. In 2011, Cadillac sold 30,000 vehicles compared with 17,000 in 2010.

On a side note, the XTS isn’t the first Caddy to be built in China. The SLS Executive Sedan was built in the country in 2006.

Refresher: Power for the 2013 Cadillac XTS comes from a 3.6 liter V6 (LFX) engine making an estimated 300-hp. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and a front or all-wheel-drive layout. The Haldex all-wheel-drive system has an electronic limited-slip differential that splits torque between the rear wheels. Along with Magnetic Ride Control, the 2013 XTS borrows the Brembo braking from Caddy’s V-Series high performance models. Prices start at $44,995.

– By: Omar Rana