GM announced today, April 23rd, at the Beijing Auto Show, that it will begin producing its all-new 2013 Cadillac XTS sedan in China this year, followed by the ELR luxury electric coupe.
“Introducing the XTS is part of our strategy of adding one new model per year to our Cadillac lineup in China through 2016 to address the needs of luxury car buyers nationwide,” GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson said in a statement.
Akerson didn’t give further information about ELR technology, production location or its Chinese introduction date, but it is known that the XTS will be available in the fourth quarter in China and will be manufactured by Shanghai General Motors, a partnership between GM and SAIC Motor Corp.
The announcement follows a report from earlier this month according to which GM will build XTS in China later this year, followed by the all-new Cadillac ATS, a compact luxury sedan, and the popular midsize CTS sedan also to be built in China. Ewanick said GM will build its brand in China and then Europe to grow the brand over the next decade.
GM began to sell cars in China in 2004, and in 2011 sales were up 72.8% from 2010. In the following 2 years the company plans to double its dealer network of about 50 in China.