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DETROIT -- Cadillac's "top-of-range" larger sedan now in development will be an addition to its vehicle line-up and not a replacement for the XTS sedan, a company spokesman said Tuesday.
The clarificiation comes in response to an automotive media blog item last week (see below) that implied the future of the XTS is in doubt. The XTS livery sedan is Cadillac's primary offering to the chauffeured transportation market.
"The XTS remains in production for several years to come, notwithstanding other new models we are developing," said David Caldwell, a spokesman for Cadillac. "There is a new top-of-the-range Cadillac under development. But it is not going to replace the XTS, rather it is an entirely new offering over and above."
Caldwell said Cadillac may offer a livery version of the newer, larger sedan. "It’s possible livery customers could someday have more than one choice from Cadillac, in different size and price categories," he said. "So which one is 'primary' might depend on the preferences of customers."
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The clarification from Cadillac expands on two media reports circulated in last week's LCT E-News:
From GMAuthority Blog: Yesterday it was revealed that production of the next-generation Buick Regal may move from General Motors’ Oshawa Assembly plant, where the current car is built, to Opel’s plant in Russelsheim, Germany. Oshawa is a consolidated line which also builds the Chevrolet Camaro and Impala, models which will eventually move to production facilities in Lansing and Hamtramck, MI., respectively. This leaves the future of the Cadillac XTS, the other model Oshawa builds, up in the air. Article here
From Car and Driver Magazine: Cadillac’s long-awaited full-size, rear-drive sedan — not its full-on flagship — seen here covered up for secrecy. This bagged-up four-door’s visual links to the CTS give away that it’s not the show-stopping luxury flagship we’ve been hoping Cadillac would build. But that’s okay, because this ride’s stretched wheelbase, longer rear doors, more upright front end, and markedly longer hood all point to Cadillac’s new competition for the S-class. Article here