: Cadillac News: Cadillac expanding XTS production to China



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Cadillac's new XTS (http://www.autoblog.com/tag/cadillac+xts/) isn't just headed to China, it will be built there. The forthcoming full-size luxury cruiser had already been earmarked for production in General Motors' Oshawa, Ontario (http://www.autoblog.com/tag/oshawa/) Assembly Plant, but the automaker has just announced in Beijing (http://autoblog.com/category/beijing-motor-show) that it will also be built in China with its joint venture partner Shanghai General Motors.

Cadillac (http://www.autoblog.com/cadillac/) is still a relatively small player in China's premium segment, with just 68 dealers and 30,000 sales last year. However, it's growing quickly, with March sales up more than 35 percent year-over-year to 2,745 units. Better still, General Motors (http://www.autoblog.com/tag/general+motors/) says Cadillac's average buying age is very young - just 35 - and it expects to have 120 dealers online by the end of this year to meet growing demand.

The idea of local XTS production strikes us as a smart one, as China is enjoying a swell in demand for luxury cars, and it has always maintained a strong demand for vehicles with large rear seats. Cadillac already has a solid track record building in the communist nation, as it first began assembling the China-only SLS Executive Sedan (http://www.autoblog.com/tag/cadillac+sls/) - essentially an extended wheelbase STS (http://www.autoblog.com/cadillac/sts/) - back in 2006.Continue reading Cadillac expanding XTS production to China (http://www.autoblog.com/2012/04/23/cadillac-expanding-xts-production-to-china/)
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