Where is Your Cadillac Made?

September 17th, 2018 by

There are car manufacturing plants all across the globe. If you are curious to know where your Cadillac is made, read on to discover where Cadillacs are made.

The 2017 film American Made follows the exploits of TWA pilot Barry Seals, played by Tom Cruise, from commercial pilot to CIA informant in his pursuit of the American dream.

Throughout the film, Seals keeps updates his car as the cash rolls in. He finally settles on a white Cadillac CTS as the sign he’s arrived, that he’s at the peak of his career.

Cadillac has long been synonymous with success and the American ideal. It’s widely known as one of the few cars built in America. But are Cadillacs really made here?

Nothing is simple in today’s globalized economy. So we looked at where Cadillacs are actually built.

Part of the American Dream
During 2017’s 89th Annual Academy Awards, Cadillac aired a commercial to declare its stance on the carmaker’s place in the American Dream. The commercial showcased patriotic imagery and idealism, “carrying ideas into the future.”

Cadillac has cause for such pride. They do much better than most car companies when it comes to building their cars in the U.S. Even at third on the list, Cadillac still manufactures 86% of their automobiles in America.

Most Cadillac models are built entirely at U.S. assembly plants across the country. One exception is the Cadillac XTS, which is manufactured at Ottawa in Ontario, Canada, and in Shanghai, China.

Cadillac Escalade SUV & SUV Pick-Up Truck
Cadillac’s powerful Escalade SUV is built at General Motors’ Arlington Assembly Plant in Arlington, Texas. The Arlington Assembly Plant has produced cars and supplied jobs since 1954. It was Texas’ first air-conditioned assembly facility.

Business has been good for the Arlington plant in recent years. In 2017, GM completed a $1.4 billion expansion there to meet the global demand for Cadillacs and other full-sized SUVs and sedans.

The plant is one of the largest employers in the area. It produces an average of 1,200 automobiles and $1 million in wages each day.

Cadillac XLR
The Cadillac XLR was manufactured from 2004 to 2009 at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Kentucky. The Cadillac XLR was Cadillac’s attempt at a “y” body two-seat roadster. It’s a suitable home since Bowling Green is also where the Corvette is built.

The Bowling Green Assembly Plant has produced cars based on the “y” body design since 1981. Business is booming there, too. GM announced plans for a $240 billion expansion for new technologies and policies in 2017.

Cadillac DTS
The names Cadillac and Detroit go hand in hand. In fact, Cadillac takes its name from Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the founder of Detroit. So of course one of Cadillac’s most iconic makes and models is built in the Motor City.

The Cadillac DTS is manufactured at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant. The DTS is the renamed update of the classic Cadillac Deville. The DTS follows the naming regimen established by the CTS and CT6.

Cadillac CTS and CT6
A pair of Cadillac’s newest sedans is manufactured at one of Michigan’s newest assembly plants. Both the Cadillac STS Sedan and the Cadillac CT6 Sedan are produced at the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant, which only opened in 2001.

Cadillac may bring two new luxury sedans to Lansing in 2019, as well. It announced plans for the Cadillac CT5 to roll out sometime that year, as well as another model to compete against the Audi A3. They hope to capture the expanding luxury market’s devotion with the upscale CT5, rumored to cost somewhere between $35,000 and $45,000.

Cadillac SRX
The Cadillac SRX is another luxury SUV produced in the U.S. Cadillac’s best-selling SUV is manufactured at Spring Hill Manufacturing in Spring Green, Tennessee.

This is great news for a number of reasons. First of all, the Cadillac SRX coming to Spring Hill marks an actual return to American production for upscale Cadillac sedans. The Cadillac SRX was previously manufactured in Mexico.

GM invested an additional $185 million in the Spring Hill facility, saving 390 jobs. It’s also investing $48.4 million in the production facility in Bedford, Indiana. That plant will manufacture the engine blocks and transmission components for the Cadillac SRX.

Cadillac ELR
Cadillac’s debut plug-in hybrid, the ELR, was also manufactured at Detroit’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly. The ELR was Cadillac’s bid for the hybrid market. The range-extended hybrid two-door sedan was only in production between 2013 and 2016. Sadly, it slipped quietly away due to its high-ticket price, without even a press release to announce its passing. The ELRs are rather rare, but they’re known as excellent used vehicles when they can be found.

Not every Cadillac is built entirely in America, but many are. There’s a reason it’s third on the list of top American car companies. The Cadillac name still means quality, luxury and exquisite craftsmanship.

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