The Cadillac BLS is a compact executive car designed specifically for the European market by the Cadillac marque of General Motors. The car is based on GM's Epsilon architecture and is built in the same plant in Trollhättan, Sweden that builds the Saab 9-3 and the Saab 9-5. Sales began on March 2006, with a station wagon joining the line for 2007. Though originally designed for the European market, the BLS was introduced to the Arabian, Mexican, South African, and South Korean markets for the 2007 model year.
i hear they are moving this thing state side soon. Maybe cuz they are finally trying to get a real 3 series contender instead of a midzied CTS trying to act like a little school boy 3 series.
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Despite lowering expectations for its Euro-only BLS sedan all the way down to around 7,000 to 10,000 units annually, it appears Cadillac was still a bit too optimistic with the car's chances for success in the old country. The FWD sedan that's based on the Saab 9-3 and built alongside the Swede in the company's Trollhatan factory has sold a little over 400 units after being on sale since April, with the month of May being its first full sales month. Trollhatan has slowed its production of the car down to 30 units a week. When the BLS launched the factory was producing that many cars per day. At this pace GM/Saab is on track to produce only 1,560 cars a year, a number well off any of GM's original targets. Despite the slow start, the BLS is still the best selling Cadillac in Europe so far this year. The BLS has also been fairly well received by the European automotive press and dealers are reporting many requests for test drives, so don't count out Cadillac's chances for success in Europe just yet.
It's actually grown on me and I'm beginning to like it. It think it would make a good entry-level vehicle for Cadillac in the U.S. Right now, the CTS is getting a little too expensive for young Cadillac wanna-be drivers.. When the CTS was introduced, it drew-in a lot of young people - and that's not a bad thing.. Now we need something else to do that...
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I think Cadillac would hit a home run with the BLS here in the US. The diesel BLS would get over 40 mpg and qualify for the $1300 tax credit. VW is taking orders for every diesel car they produce. People would be willing to pay a bit extra for the 40 mpg and the 700 mile range. This would be an excellent compliment to the other excellent Cadillac models. I would order one.