Cadillac’s parent company, General Motors, has announced that it is suspending North American production operations in response to the ongoing novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. That includes Cadillac production as well, as all Cadillac models for North America are made in the U.S.
Cadillac production facilities in Kansas, Tennessee, Texas, and Michigan are all affected. For reference, we’ve listed each U.S. Cadillac model and where it is produced below:
- Cadillac XT4 – Fairfax, Kansas
- Cadillac XT5 – Spring Hill, Tennessee
- Cadillac XT6 – Spring Hill, Tennessee
- Cadillac Escalade – Arlington, Texas
- Cadillac CT4 – Lansing, Michigan
- Cadillac CT5 – Lansing, Michigan
It’s a similar scenario for Cadillac production in China, although it’s currently unclear whether all three production facilities making Cadillac vehicles in the region are down. To note, those facilities are Jinqiao Cadillac, Jinqiao South, and Jinqiao North.
As covered by our sister publication, GM Authority, General Motors announced that it was undergoing “a systematic orderly suspension of manufacturing operations in North America due to market conditions and to deep clean facilities and continue to protect people.” The automaker said it would reevaluate the situation on a week-to-week basis starting in April.
In addition to halting North American Cadillac production, the ongoing pandemic has also postponed the debut of the upcoming Cadillac Lyriq, the brand’s new all-electric crossover. Originally shown to media in a private event in Warren, Michigan, the Lyriq was slated to drop cover publicly in April. However, the automaker has since indicated that it may move the event online with a live stream instead.
In addition to halting Cadillac production here in the U.S., General Motors is also drawing down production operations in Canada and Mexico.
GM recently indicated that it was exploring the possibility of building ventilators at its plants to support medical personnel treating COVID-19 patients. Repurposing an automotive assembly line to build medical equipment is a daunting task, but other makes have indicated interest in building ventilators as well, including Ford and Tesla.