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Cadillac Projected To Double Sales Volume And Profit By 2021

Cadillac Projected To Double Sales Volume And Profit By 2021

Over the past three years, global Cadillac sales volumes have increased 35 percent – a rather positive trend to say the least. But the automotive luxury brand isn’t stopping there, and is looking for even more significant growth over the next few years.

Volume Growth

Cadillac’s parent company, General Motors, projects that global Cadillac sales volume will increase 100 percent by 2021. Speaking at the Deutsche Bank Global Auto Industry Conference in January 2018, GM executive vice president and CFO Chuck Stevens, stated that Cadillac sales volume will take place in both North American and in China, and will be driven by the upcoming Cadillac CT5 sedan, the recently-unveiled Cadillac XT4 crossover, and an all-new large three-row crossover that Cadillac Society believes will be called Cadillac XT6.

A slide from GM’s presentation at the 2018 Deutsche Bank Global Automotive Conference in January 2018 shows projected growth in Cadillac sales volume and profit

Former Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen previously described Cadillac’s product offensive entailing one new vehicle launch every six months through 2021, for a total of five vehicle lines. The 2019 Cadillac XT4, set to launch in the fall of 2018, will serve as the first step in this offensive, and will thus be the first of the five planned vehicle lines.

Profit Growth

The two-fold growth in Cadillac sales volume as a result of this major product offensive is projected to deliver a 100 percent increase in Cadillac profit by 2021, Stevens said during the conference.

Notably, executives from GM and Cadillac have never provided specific dollar figures behind the current or forecasted profitability figures, but it has been previously reported that GM will begin to break out Cadillac financial information in the future.

The Cadillac Society Take

We’ve know that GM is investing heavily into Cadillac for quite some time, with the parent considering the luxury division a significant growth opportunity. To that end, the expansion of the Cadillac product portfolio, along with the associated growth in sales and profit, is very good news.

However, we also believe that GM can grow Cadillac sales volume and profit even further than currently projected by expanding the product portfolio into electrified vehicles, convertibles, high-performance crossovers, “four-door coupe” variants of sedans and crossovers, and a dedicated super car. Entering these segments will grow Cadillac’s sales volume, profit and – perhaps most importantly – change consumer perception of Cadillac as a brand, which remains a strong factor working against it.

Nevertheless, the plan outlined by Stevens seems like a solid starting point for finally turning Cadillac into a respected and  highly-desired global luxury automotive brand, while representing GM’s first concerted effort to do so in roughly three decades. Here’s to hoping GM and Cadillac will build on this plan going forward.

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Alex is the founder of Cadillac Society. He has a deep passion for automotive business strategy and enjoys driving his ATS sedan on twisty mountain roads.


  1. Hay forget the Summer tires on cars please. We here in the North East need all seasons radial tires regardless of the car type. let the purchaser select what tires he wants, we are not racing our cars on a daily basis and it snows here.

    • I disagree.

      This is not a Cadillac problem, but rather about being an educated consumer.

      Now, if you’re buying a car equipped with a performance package that also includes summer rubber (which is typically what happens), you should know about it and make decisions accordingly. But this is typically an exception.

      Also, you should know that if you buy an AWD car, it won’t have summer rubber from the factory. So if you’re in the northeast, you’re probably buying an AWD model. If you are in the northeast and you are buying a rear-drive car, you should be aware that all season tires are actually a joke, especially in the snow.

      If you have a rear drive car in an area where it snows half the year, the smart thing to do is to have a set of winter tires and a set of summers.

      My recommendation is, instead of speaking on behalf of others, read the window sticker and know what you’re buying… and get the appropriate tires for your car and season.

  2. I’m not sure I agree with volume growth figures. The Xt4, XT5 and XT6 are excellent vehicles, but the CT5 is not worthy of the crest on its grill. It is a small generic sedan and not a suitable replacement for the CTS. When the CT6 goes out of production later this month Cadillac will be left without a decent sedan in its line up.

  3. Now after the 2020 pandemic reduction of sales, this statement will not be fulfilled: “… global Cadillac sales volume will increase 100 percent by 2021.” if this was only related to 2020 sales, then it may come true.


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