Cadillac CT6, Chevrolet Impala get expiration dates as GM announces layoffs
Despite the fact that GM and Cadillac have flirted with continuing CT6 manufacturing, it seems it is a done deal.
While Ford made a cannonball-sized splash as it declared its withdrawal from the passenger car segment. GM’s slow escape was more akin to skipping stones. Discontinuation here, another there.
On Thursday, GM apparently hammered the final nails in the coffins for 2 more sedans from the US: the Cadillac CT6 and the Chevrolet Impala. According to the Detroit Free Press, the CT6 will depart manufacturing in January. While Impala manufacturing will wrap up at the end of February.
Roadshow reached out to the automaker to verify this news but did not immediately hear back. We have also reached out to Cadillac to make doubly sure that this is the end of the street to the CT6, specifically. The luxury sedan, riding on a stage GM hailed as an engineering marvel before this decade, has had an on/off connection with death.
The CT6 was initially included on the chopping block along with different sedans like the Chevy Cruze, Volt and Buick LaCrosse, though GM brass backtracked and said earlier this year that the company was possibly considering transferring production to another plant. It is understood thus far that a final decision to stop the CT6 hasn’t yet been made. After all, ending manufacturing and discontinuation are two distinct things.
Axing the Impala in Chevy will depart the brand with only a single sedan in the Malibu. GM previously wrapped up the creation of this Volt plug-in hybrid (a fantastic car, by the way) this past February and the final Cruze rolled from the now-sold Lordstown assembly plant in March.
CT6 and Impala
The conclusion of CT6 and Impala production in the Detroit-Hamtramck plant will cost the plant 814 jobs. GM provides transfers or buyouts to affected employees, according to the report citing state filings.
Overall, it’s very good news for the Detroit-area manufacturing plant. The facility will remain open following the UAW and GM negotiated its potential in this year’s labour contract negotiations. It is going to be a gigantic hub for GM’s future electric automobiles pointing to a couple of electric pickup trucks and an SUV slated for production in the facility.