Production of the Cadillac CT6 will end in January, the automaker has confirmed.
Cadillac announced the sedan’s demise in a letter sent out to employees at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant on Tuesday, notifying them that it planned to lay off 800 hourly workers at the facility in early 2020. While we knew the Cadillac CT6’s days were numbered, it was previously not clear when production would end.
This means the 2020 Cadillac CT6 will be the final model year of the full-size sedan to be offered. As we noted in a recent article, the Cadillac CT6 will receive a number of small changes for the 2020 model year, including the addition of a new 800T badge for CT6 Platinum models with the twin-turbocharged 4.2-liter V8 engine. The 800T badge is part of Cadillac’s new naming scheme, which is intended to bridge the gap to its forthcoming electric vehicles, ordering models by their torque output measured in newton meters.
Cadillac first showed the CT6 at the 2015 New York International Auto Show before it arrived at U.S. dealers a year later in March 2016. The sedan received a rather comprehensive facelift for the 2019 model year, taking on the design direction introduced by the Escala Concept. The 2019 model year update also introduced the high-performance CT6-V model variant, which was initially marketed as the CT6 V-Sport and features a 550 horsepower version of the Platinum’s twin-turbo 4.2-liter V8 dubbed the Blackwing.
The CT6 was offered with a number of powertrain combinations over the years, including a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder (production code LSY), a 3.6-liter V6 (production code LGX), a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (production code LGW) and the aforementioned twin-turbo 4.2-liter V8 (production code LTA). A plug-in hybrid model was also offered, which paired the 2.0-liter engine with a two-motor electric drive system and 18.4 kWh lithium battery.
The Cadillac CT6 will remain in production in China, continuing to roll off the assembly line at the automaker’s plant in Jianqiao just outside of Shanghai. While much of the demand for cars in North America has been supplanted by crossovers and SUVs, demand for sedans like the CT6 remains strong in China.
Once the Cadillac CT6 departs, the only sedans left in the automaker’s lineup in North America will be the 2020 Cadillac CT5 and CT4. The last Cadillac XTS rolled off the production line at the luxury brand’s plant in Oshawa, Ontario back in October. The CTS and ATS, meanwhile, were discontinued earlier this year to make way for the CT5 and CT4.
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My CT6-V was finally delivered 11/26, ten months after I ordered it. Well, the wait was more than worth it. It is the best car I’ve ever owned; the refinements wrought since the model was introduced make it a superb car, both on the highway and in town. It’s a shame that U.S. production will cease but any company which ignores the market will cease to exist. Hats off to the folks of UAW Local 22 – great sendoff for sedan production at Detroit-Hamtramck! Thank you, guys!
Comedy of errors with the Omega platform…
The Car Hound
The end of the CT6 production will be a big loss to GM. I have a 2019 Platinum CT6 and it is truly a wonderful car. Buyers who want a full size American vehicle will have no choice but to buy a foreign brand.
I hope GM does not later decide to import the CT6 from China. When I bought my Cadillacs in 2018 & 2019 I refused to even look at a China built vehicle.
I’m unhappy about this too but I hardly see it as a loss. Looking at CT6 sales it’s apparent that there aren’t enough of those buyers you refer to.
It’s so sad this happening. The CT6 is (was) an ill timed venture.
I would say more like a mismanaged venture. IMO if the CT6 had been properly equipped ,properly priced and properly promoted it could have been a success. It never should have had a 4 cylinder and should have had the option of a V8 from day one. It should have had class leading interior. The interior dimensions should have class leading across the board. None of this in between stuff withe dimension righter too big or to small with no definite class for comparison purpose. Then you have marketing not giving it any proper advertising then do a refresh with a brand new V8 in the offering then almost immediately announcing conflicting information about its demise. If I was in the market for that size or type of vehicle it would certainly give me pause about spending that kind of money to purchase one. As a matter of fact if it. cost only half the asking price I would still be hesitant to purchase one.
The Continnental sells in “healthy” numbers ???
That is the silliest thing I have read all year! Sales of the Continental through Q3 2019 have totaled 4742. 1000 FEWER than the CT6. That, and the two are in completely different market segments. The Lincoln is built on a fairly basic corporate platform. It’s FWD, smaller than the CT6, and the most important point is that the Lincolns price starts at $10K LESS than the Cadillac. The only reason the Continental is still in production (for now) is because of its high fleet rate and its cheap to build because of its fairly modest underpinnings.
You might want to check these things before you post.
Edit: The CT6 base prive is $12K higher than Continental.
Who are you responding to? I never mentioned Continental.
My mistake! My apologies. This was meant for Frank Riccardi.
(This happenes often when I use my phone rather that my laptop)
OOPS. I meant to reply to Catbert. Again, apologies.
No problem I have done the same thing.
Bill Series 60
GM can you do anything right!
Agree. Been driving a Cadillac since the 1980s. I own a 2019 CT 6 Platinum. Outstanding design and engineering inside and outside. Fantastic to look at and more so to drive. Clearly a match for the European and Asian competitors.
It’s ironic to see that’ll European designers are designing American cars and all of a sudden all of the European designers had their cars on the road where American cars are not even driven to the satisfaction of American car enthusiast
this is such a scheme by the Europeans that dominate the Auto industry worldwide where the Americans fall behind at the oil Cadillac was always first in luxury BMW Mercedes Benz are using the technology they have learnt the reverse engineered American cars and is behind the scheme of shelling out the cash in order to stay in business
These foreign cars had done everything bad memory of the American cars with limited to while under the authority of a non-american leadership in the Auto industry of America which is everything that they seen that we didn’t have that we always wanted they did to their cars and sold them right here in America.
How is it that there is dissatisfaction with the CTS-V that had the highest horsepower and was able to compete with the BMW m3 m4 how was the sabotage in engineering when it’s stating that the BMW was smoother than a Cadillac but on a contrary to Cadillac should have been smoother ride
The CT6 is a unique, stylish, performance vehicle that proudly wears the Cadillac name . I have been driving a 2018 3.0TT for 2 years and never fail to enjoy the drive. Every person I meet makes a comment about how nice the car is, I’ve even had people jump out of their cars in traffic to ask what model it was. Clearly, this is what a Cadillac could be. It’s early demise is a waste. It was selling at levels you would expect for a $60k++ vehicle until the confusing announcement of its demise last year. Cadillac needs a large car to be relevant . CT4 and CT5 just don’t have the same panache. CT6 should be continued and invested in. GM: for shame to kill one of your best vehicles in decades. Short sighted, it will be back
Gm is a lost company that only thinks about sales and cost cutting. I also own a ct6 and this will be the very last car I will buy from Cadillac. I’m going foreign for sure. They have no commitment to their products or prestige.
The issue is that they had two large sedans cannabilizing each other. The cheaper and less refined XTS won because people will always gravitate to a bargain. Then they put a vi in at the last moment and then killed the car off. This is very poor decision making. Cadillac will not thrive on rehashed Chevrolet SUV and two low price sedans. That is not prestige. That is short term gains with long term pain. They will regret their decision when buyers like me leave the brand.
I own a 2016 CT6 Platinum and the only short coming is the GM/Ford engineered 8 speed transmission. It is not in the same class as the 1960s hydramatic for smoothness. That aside, this is the BEST and GREATEST auto I have ever owned. It is heads and shoulders above the 2011 Cadillac DTS Platinum that I traded in. I am looking for a 2020 CT6 Platinum before they are gone and expect to find one soon. GREAT CAR. If you did not try a CT6 Platinum you have not considered a real Cadillac.
The 8-speed transmission you’re referring to is a 100% GM design. The 10-speed is the one that was developed jointly by GM and Ford.
I agree with you, the 8-speed is the downfall of the CT6, and any other vehicle it has ever been installed in). The 10-speed is much better.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a solution (yet) for completely and permanently addressing the issues with the 8-speed.
Through Q3 2019, sales of the CT6 in the US totaled only 5675 + 126 in Canada. Killing the CT6 saddens me greatly(I have 2 friends who have one), but it doesn’t surprise me.
I have an ATS and XT4 and love cadillac. But I have to question its management and to be completely honest, I think any GM big wig would flunk a lie detector if you asked them if they knew what direction their company was headed and they replied Yes.
Couldn’t agree more.
It outsold the MB S Class, the Audi A8, the BMW 7 Series,the Lexus LS500, Jaguar, Range Rover, RR, Bentley, Genesis 90 Series, and KIA 900………in spite of GM.
So far this year:
BMW 7: 8000
The Mercedes S Class has sold 11,400.
Land Rover/Range Rover: 16,800
Why you would mention Range Rover or Rolls or Bentley is beyond me. They do not apply in a discussion of a car that has a base price of $58K.
Also, all the models you list are built in one plant and exported to the world. Cadillac must build the CT6 in China to make it affordable there. To maintain a plant in the US to supply ONLY 5-6K cars to the North American Market is a money losing proposition. In a “Neutral” world, Cadillac would build the car in China and export to the US from there. Politically, this is not possible.
If GM had built the CT6 on the Alpha platform (or any rear-wheel-drive platform that could be applied across the line-up – ala BMW), it could have simply built the car in Lansing from the beginning. This would have saved millions of dollars.
That’s true. But Alpha was not meant for cars over a certain size (CTS/CT5). It was designed origonally for vehicles to compete with BMW 3 +5 Series and the like.
matthew g coyle
today ct6 chrysler 300 chevy impala tomorrow lincoln continental and dodge charger then fusion malibu regal and mkz and lets not forget ct5 and ct4 replacements for two cars that did not sell as well as some of the above but are now cheaponed up.
MERRELL "CHIP" ROBINSON
Ending the production of the CT6 saddens me. I just purchased a 2020 premium luxury AWD and its the most beautiful car i’ve ever had. GM IS making a really big mistake, its the best looking american large sedan around. I pray and hope that GM will reconsider and keep the CT6 in the Cadillac family.
And the end of Cadillac as a Luxury Car manufacture. Most everything being sold is cheaper and better than anything Cadillac has to offer.
Yeah, the Koreans are going full blast with their vehicles, all better then Cdilla, and less expensive with all the bells and whistles.
Sad. I am proud to own a CT–6 Platinum. My wife calls it a “real jewel.” A marvellous piece of engineering. Well designed. Most pleasant to drive. The ride is outstanding. It virals with most high-priced European and Asian luxury automobiles.
GM can’t sell a good looking, state of the art large sedan, but Ford is selling the Old school Continental is healthy numbers….hmmmm. The CT6 has developed into the car that it should have been at introduction, and now it’s dead. What a pathetic effort all the way around for Mary’s GM. The demise of the American sedan is less a market imperative, and more a self fulfilling prophecy. Foreign companies continue to offer new and redesigned models, and seem to sell them in healthy numbers. If GM can’t compete with either Toyota or Tesla, (on opposite ands of the technology spectrum) what, exactly, are they accomplishing? GM has become irrelevant as an industry leader.
Hugh mistake. My CT6 is now the last Cadillac I will ever buy. Cadillac shows no respect for their customers!
The Continnental sells in “healthy” numbers ???
That is the silliest thing I have read all year! Sales of the Continental through Q3 2019 have totaled 4742. 1000 FEWER than the CT6. That, and the two are in completely different market segments. The Lincoln is built on a fairly basic corporate platform. It’s FWD, smaller than the CT6, and the most important point is that the Lincolns price starts at $12K LESS than the Cadillac. The only reason the Continental is still in production (for now) is because of its high fleet rate and its cheap to build because of its fairly modest underpinnings.
You might want to check these things before you post
Cadillac stop fooling around. GM does this with most of their vehicles, either go in all the way all stay out it, none of this half or in between garbage. You make an awesome product act like you are proud of it, give the public what they want. I will choose a Cadillac over any of the foreign made vehicles, not because it’s American, but because in my opinion you get more more bang for your buck when sizing Cadillacs up to the competition get it right stop fooling around.
“While much of the demand for cars in North America has been supplanted by crossovers and SUVs,…” This is a blatant lie. Just look and count all the imported sedan from Europe, Japan, and South Korea! They sell hundreds of thousands of sedans, and many are luxury or sports sedans. GM just doesn’t want to compete anymore against those imports. As this is going, by 2050 GM will disappear completely, and ALL sedans will be imported. Shame on all the U.S. citizens who abandoned their domestic manufacturers for cheaper (in all sense of that meaning) products! At least I am doing my part to protect U.S. brands, by buying only GM and Ford sedans.
The CT6-V that I ordered in February finally arrived last week. Though the waiting (and total lack of communication from Cadillac) was painful, this is a fantastic car! I’ve driven Jaguars and a Maserati for the past 17 years. This one runs circles around any of them. Perfect blend of luxury and muscle.
Due to Cadillac’s miserable handling of the endless delays, I was ready to give the car a 3 star rating. Fortunately, my local dealer (Kendall Cadillac in Idaho) saved the day by figuring out how to trim $10,000 off the MSRP. It’s back to a 5 star car.
There are a few of these cars available from dealers. If you are wondering just how great they are, track one down on Cars.com and drive it.
This is a huge mistake. Dropping the CT6 from its line up means Cadillac will no longer offer a “BIG CAR”. Cadillac is a big car company !!! The problem with the CT6 and the entire Cadillac line is not the product. Cadillacs are great cars and a great value. The problem is and has been MARKETING and ADVERTISING and the lack there of. What little advertising there is SUCKS. Compare Cadillac Ads to Mercedes, BMW and Audi Ads and you’ll see what I mean. All upper management including the VP of Advertising needs to take ADVERTISING 101 again and again and again until they get it. As a retired advertising Executive, I get frustrated every time I see a Cadillac ad on TV.
My CT6 is now the last Cadillac I will ever own. This is not the way to treat your very best customers. Worst decision since dropping Pontiac.
Worst decision since dropping Pontiac.
What ads? And does Cadillac know it’s true market!I wanted a full size sedan with the latest technology and plenty of power. I found my way to Audi and put my name in for a 2020 Audi S8 for about $140,000. A friend told me about the CT6 Platinum which has all the technology I want although not the side lifting when an impending hit is detected which is nice but not essential. The CT6 is $40,000 less so sight unseen I order a Ct6 Platinum, yet to be delivered. Then I learn Cadillac is ceasing production! This car is a true competitor to the Audi A8, MB 550, BMW 7 Series, Jaguar and Lexus LS. There is definitely a market for full size luxury sport sedan but Cadillac has to advertise. I have a 2017 Escalade Platinum and should have received a direct mail advertisement but didn’t, never saw print or TV ad and wouldn’t have known but for a friend alerting me and he has bought one. Someone on this thread please do GM a big favor and take over advertising, you guys “get it.”
Cadillac’s advertising is a mess. Furthermore, there is absolutely no advertising support for the new CT5 in the United States.
I grew tired of driving an SUV (we still have 2) and switched to a CT6 in 2016. At the time we were looking at a Jag XJL but the CT6 had far more technology. With the exception of the 8 spd auto (which has been 95% fixed, and they moved to the 10 spd in 2018-19), this car has been stellar.
We put a provisional order in for a 2020 CT6-V in June; it was accepted in August; it was built 3 weeks ago; but they won’t ship it until January (our dealer got a communication from Cadillac that they weren’t shipping any 2020 V’s until January, so we get to wait). The V sounds like it will be a great road trip car, and it’s disappointing that the end is near for the CT6 in the US. I understand that crossovers and SUVs are the market right now, but I still see a lot of sedans and GM has very decent offerings there.
Normally I don’t comment on these type of things but what is happening is this decision was made several years ago by old leadership. What is really happening is GM is forcing everyone into SUV’s and pickups where there is more profit and more favorable café standards. In doing so they are losing identity and customer base, I for one am on my last Cadillac with my 2019 ATS V coupe. So as a customer I have become irrelevant in GM’s future plan!
GM CONTINUES TO DO A LOUSY JOB OF MARKETING AND THEN WONDERS WHY THEY HAVE TO PULL THE PLUG DUE TO SAGGING SALES…NICE PRODUCT/PISS-POOR MARKETING.
The Lexus LS is off some 40% from last year.
Through October 2019: 4416
The BMW 7 is also well off in 2019.
Through October: 7433
I don’t mention the Mercedes S because the base price is nearly double that of the CT6,
The segment is falling. Cadillac does not have the global footprint that the other makers have. That, and Cadillacs competitors build their most costly Flagships in one factory to supply the whole world. If Cadillac could build all CT6’s in the US they wouldn’t have to close it down here.
The CT6 is/was not perfect. Personally, I think it’s a beautiful car overall. But the market for “beautiful cars” is shrinking fast. GM has decided to cut its losses and any good business person would do the same.
Gm is always chasing the unicorn and discover when it’s too late that there never was the magical unicorn. Cost cutting and giving up market segments will eventually be their undoing. They will go under again and this time the government should not bail them out because they keep making the same mistakes and excuses.
IRS sales are more than 5 to 7 thousand a year. Secondly if you, GM management, want to be a premium brand you must have a flagship sedan, not just rehashed SUVs. Third, I’m now assuming that based on your decisions, you are content with being a second Tier luxury company because you are not confident enough to attempt to compete with German car companies, fourth, when your company fails again, tax payers should not bail you out without throwing everyone of you out and placing foreign leaders in who know how to build a true luxury car company
This is nothing if not incompetence. Mary Barra… is incompetent. Her team is incompetent… This Omega Platform is insane and without question the best vehicle GM has ever built. (including the mid-engine Vette as mid-engine technology has been out there for decades).
I can go on about what they should have done, etc… but this is simply typical GM… abandon markets. They don’t know how to compete and are fraggin quitters. While Hyundai/Kia/Genesis double down on what might be a declining market with fantastic new products that offer extraordinary value GM abandons markets. Whats so tragic is the markets where they remain, they field vehicles that are not compelling. GM leads NO where… they consistently underwhelm and lead in zero categories, except ones they make up.
I think I am probably done on this site as Cadillac is dying a miserable death and it’s frustrating. The XT4 is junk, the XT5 is off 18%, the XT6 was outclassed and rendered irrelevant before it was even on the market. The CT4/5 are confused and the Escalade… I predict the new E is going to under whelm as well. GM offers pathetic value and again… it’s frustrating, NOTHING changes… BTW: the Blackwing and the Omega Platform I predict die with the CT6, GM is just too cheap to keep it. They’re pathetic in showcasing the finest engineering, styling, quality, and value in the world. While other vehicle mfr’ s commit and want to increase market share, GM is just full of quitters, its un-American how they embarrass the nation with such poor decision making.
The electric future GM envisions will be full of hard plastic, crappy “jet black” interiors and poor value. This company is run by arrogant morons….
I’ll read that as a “no” on should i buy a lot of GM stock.
There was never any marketing support for their sedan lineup. And we are surprised that the CT6 didn’t sell? Also, BMW uses one platform for the majority of its vehicle line-up. How many does Cadillac have? No economies of scale from the start + no marketing support = product failure. Millions wasted on the Omega platform and a V8 engine.
Yeah, but at least Cadillac is opening a brand new dealership in the Russian city of Voronezh. I’m gonna predict that they corner the market on luxury sedans in Voronezh. Totally.
Cadillac/GM only cares about China. They don’t give a shit about the U.S. They know that in 10 years or less, China will buy GM. The Corporate board only care about their own asses.
The CT4, and CT5 will be gone in 18-24 months. There is no CT7, oe Escala on the horizon. The bean counters at Cadillac/GM think that the SUV’s and electric vehicles will make them profitable….sad delusion.
This is the beginning of the end of Cadillac after 115 years. The cars, and trucks, of tomorrow, will come from China, Korea, Japan, and Germany, and all the sheep will be happy.
Americans are simply minded sheep. They don’t care about their personal appearance, and where they shop. Ninety five percent of people today look like they live under a bridge. They only care about where can I get the cheapest. They are lazy, they don’t want to work for their money, if fact, they would rather not go out of the house, except to some over priced sporting event.
If you stop and think about where this country will be in 10 years it can’t help but bring tears to your eyes………….
Michael R Calabrese
When lease is up on my CT6 in sept. 2020, will be force to lease another full size car that is not a Cadillac, first time in forty years. I am totally disappointed. I like a full size car and is very happy with my CT6.apparently Cadillac can not promote their product.
Curious as to the reason many are against buying this vehicle if it’s imported from China? Is it:
* a perception of lower quality
* consideration and acknowledgement for the loss of American manufacturing
GM is chasing short term dollars versus long term viability. This is not how a luxury marque is supposed to be managed. They’re riding on the volume created from the publics’ thirst for CUVs. But they’re basically selling upmarket versions of CUVs also sold at sister brands. Nothing special in the offerings from Cadillac.
Does anyone know if there is a replacement for the CT6? I would like to believe that a replacement is planned as a fully electric model.
Most people have no idea what I’m talking about when I mention the Cadillac CT6 and that the problem. No one knows what cars Cadillac sells.
The Car Hound
Thanks for your comments. I agree very much with your 2nd paragraph comments.
In your 1st paragraph you were curious why many were against buying the CT6 (other products) if it were imported from China.
Let me please offer my thoughts on this.
China is a Communist Dictatorship that goes back on it’s word, (Hong Kong & countless other cases) and oppresses the people of China. They have more surveillance cameras than they have people. They use this surveillance to rate each and every Chinese citizen. In China you cannot travel unless the government approves it.
But, that is not my prime reason for not buying Chinese products. China has a history of cheating and taking advantage, (currency manipulations, intellectual property theft, patent infringement and low quality & dangerous products). China is not about free trade. It has an official policy of exploiting trading partners for its advantage to achieve strategic autarky.
China has imposed countless barriers to free trade wherein the USA and other countries are at a disadvantage. The USA has not until recently responded to these threats. China has a history of dumping products (cheating) which can and has driven USA companies out of business. This causes the USA citizens to lose jobs and the country to lose industrial/technological/production capabilities.
This is not a place to get political. However, the USA must retain a critical infrastructure (industries/capabilities) and not be dependent on a self admitted challenger in the event of conflict.
As you stated in your closing paragraph (GM) there is too much chasing of short term success vs long term viability. Regretfully the problem with USA companies is the 30 day, last quarter focus on profitability and success, (bonuses). Japan in the 60s and today China has a 10 & 25 year plan for success. In the case of China it is world dominance.
Valid points made and very much in agreement with all. However does the everyday average Joe really consider all that you presented? I doubt it.
At the most basic level, whether produced here in the states or in China is basically the same car. IMO it seems people have a perception of a cheapened product if it was imported.
As it stands, Cadillac has officially become a ‘has-been’ as a true luxury marque based upon product offerings and brand mismanagement. In and of itself, importing it from abroad from a country without a reputation for high quality products would seem to add to the lowered perception of the marque.
The CT6 is a great car, overpriced and fast depreciation, but still a great car. The problem is that GM doesn’t know how to market great cars! They should have kept Pontiac and shut down Cadillac. The think keeping Cadillac alive is the re-Badged Chevy Suburban/Tahoe they sell as the Escalade. I am feeling cheated/fooled by Cadillac for selling me a CT6 and then taking them off the market, but they will be producing them in China. I just might strike the entire GM line from consideration. The UAW really blew it in allowing this to happen. I looks like GM is simply moving CT6 production to China. I wonder if President Trump is aware of this?
I don’t understand why GM is discontinuing the CT6, I am the owner of a 2019 CT6, it is one of the best cars that I have had. It’s a fantastic luxury car. First the eliminated the XTS, which was a great car for limo drivers, but that was ok because they had the CT6, which is basically the same size. Now there are no options for a large luxury car. I guess when my lease is up, I will be forced to look to another brand such as Mercedes, Genesis or Audi.
Will the 2021 Cadillac, Model: Escala be available to purchase or lease
It looks like a game changer for Cadillac even for younger people 40+
As a car lover not a truck or suv cuv lover one who appreciates a car handles and rides better than anything else and who owned or leased them since 1973 I hope the CT5 I’m waiting for will catch on so possibly Cadillac will return to sanity and bring back the once standard of the world Keep Chevrolet for trucks get rid of GMC & Buick and put that money into Cadillac!!
I expect that Cadillac will start importing CT6s from China from the way thing are going.