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The New 2016 Cadillac CT6: Why These 3 GM Execs Say It's a Big Deal - fool.com
By John Rosevear and Rex Moore
April 11, 2015

...We spent some time with several key GM executives at last week's show in New York, and we asked each of them for his thoughts on the CT6, and how it fits into Cadillac's ongoing evolution...

Dan Ammann: I think what it shows you is the technical capability that we have to really win in the luxury space. When you think about what's in that car from a body-structure perspective, a mass-production perspective, a dynamics perspective, and the technology all through the driver experience, it shows the investments that were made, and the investments we'll continue to make to really put Cadillac back at the pinnacle of the automotive industry.

Johan de Nysschen: ...in terms of our power trains that we'll be deploying in this car, we're launching with three derivatives. There are more in the pipeline. Electrification, specifically, is going to be a core competence at Cadillac that we will roll out across virtually our entire product portfolio, and certainly CT6 will be no exception. But we quite clearly expect that Cadillac will be one of the leading brands when it comes to adoption of these alternative power train strategies across our range...

Uwe Ellinghaus: ...a differentiated positioning to the Germans -- this is spot-on...
...the biggest...lever [is that] the CT6 provides me ways for building the Cadillac brand to further strengthen this unique combination of comfort and luxury with agility and performance...
...this is not just another large luxury car. The world does not need another large luxury car. There are already enough out there, and they are **** good cars, but they are all heavy. And I know that there are luxury-car buyers out there who would love to keep the comfort and the interior roominess if just they could get a better driving dynamic...
...there is a great opportunity among the much bigger size of mid-lux buyers, who love the driving characteristic of their car. Who do not want to give up on being nimble, quick, fun to drive, agility in responsiveness and performance, but who simply need more space in the rear. And I think this is another interesting group for the CT6...
...we are reentering the large luxury sedan segment in which we've been over many, many decades, but we left a while ago.

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New auto trend picks up speed: Small but mighty engines - Detroit Free Press
By Alisa Priddle
April 12, 2015

...The Cadillac CT6 has an aluminum-intensive chassis and body (64% aluminum) combined with 10 variations of high-strength, lighter-weight steel. The chassis weighs nearly 200 pounds less than if it were a steel structure.

And unlike Ford, which uses special rivets and glues to connect aluminum and steel parts on its F-150 trucks, GM developed a welding technique for the CT6 that saves weight and increases efficiency, said Mark Reuss, GM's head of global product development.

"Ours is not an aluminum-only structure. I'm not sure other companies would have done aluminum, high-strength steel and aluminum castings in the way we have," he said.

The weight drop allows Cadillac to create a rear-drive, technology-laden CT6 big enough to satisfy luxury buyers in China all of which would have dictated a V8 in the past. But the 2016 CT6 will be offered late this year with a stunning 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder base engine. The other choices are both V6s: a 3.6-liter and a 3.0-liter twin turbo V6 that can deliver 400 horsepower.

And GM will apply lessons learned from the CT6 structure to other models, likely the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro to be unveiled next month.

"You might look for it on one of the next cars we introduce over the summer," Reuss said, "but it won't be quite as extensive."...
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Cadillac's chief says China sales to grow 25 percent in 2016

Cadillac, General Motors Co's (GM.N) luxury brand, will increase its sales in China this year by 25 percent to more than 100,000 vehicles, Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen said on Friday in an interview with Reuters.

The company sold around 175,000 Cadillacs in the United States in 2015.

Cadillac last month began production at a new factory in China of its flagship sedan, the CT6, which is expected to help boost sales. It joins the long wheelbase ATS and XTS sedans already produced in China.

"China is a very important part of the globalization of Cadillac, and we actually seek to establish China as a substantial second volume hub for the brand," de Nysschen said.

If China overtakes the United States as Cadillac's top sales market, that would be "a long way off," perhaps five to 10 years, de Nysschen said.

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...China sales to grow 25 percent in 2016...
...to more than 100,000 vehicles
well, that's about the SAME as my prediction for Lincoln when it gets to that sales range - around 2017 to 2018
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"Capturing this opportunity, Lincoln had a successful 2015 with 11,630 vehicles delivered from 33 dealerships across China. The historic American luxury brand will continue its expansion in 2016, with 60 Lincoln Stores in 50 cities by the year-end."

Spreading all 11,630 sales between all 33 dealerships, when 1/4 were not open for a full year, it still averages out to about 350 units per store.

Starting 2016 with 33 dealerships in high gear, and another 27 coming on-board through the year, the 33 should be closer to average 700 per store(23,000), and bring in the other 27 to average about 200 per store(5,000) while they ramp up. I project Lincoln to do at least 30k units in sales for 2016 while Lincoln visibility in China is expanding, and since refreshed 2017 MKZ and New 2017 Continental won't hit dealerships until Summer/Fall in China.

Now in 2017, with 60 high volume dealerships live, Lincoln should pass 50,000 units sold, with just 3 years in the market.

Looking at US + Canada sales:

2013: 87,508
2014: 101,293 (up 13,785)
2015: 109,166 (up 7,873)

With the only changes being the refreshed 2017 MKZ that hits dealerships this summer, and 2017 Continental that will be fully available this fall, and if sales benefit from a sell down of current gen MkZ, Lincoln could get a 10 - 12k unit boost.

This is also helped by RX customers who can't stomach the new design, and actually give Lincoln the MKX a test drive....and they are sold. Proof that this may be happening is when midsize CUVs overall have a double digit sales increase, the new RX moved just about 400 more units in Jan 2016 than Jan 2015, while new MKX moved about 700 more units for the same time period. I think as more CUV consumers experience the MKX, the more momentum sales will have.

SRX sales were up for Jan, but that seems to be due to a sell down of the #2 SRX preparing for the new XT5 coming, which should increase it's sales, due to it's better use of hard angular lines than Lexus.

I think the softer face of the MKX makes it stand out from the competition, but the new upcoming face would give it more boldness and presence.
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SRX sales were up for Jan, but that seems to be due to a sell down of the #2 SRX preparing for the new XT5 coming, which should increase it's sales, due to it's better use of hard angular lines than Lexus.
I still think XT5 sales will be down compared to SRX sales, though GM/Caddy finally seems to have learned their lesson and aren't bumping the price into the stratosphere with the new model like they did with ATS/CTS.
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