General Motors-owned U.S. car maker Cadillac will kick off the 2008 model year with the launch of three new models for the European market, in an attempt to finally boost its woeful sales figures.
General Motors-owned U.S. car maker Cadillac will kick off the 2008 model year with the launch of two new models for the European market, in an attempt to finally boost its woeful sales figures. In July, GM Europe President Carl-Peter Forster announced that European sales targets for Cadillac were reduced to ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“10,000 units short term and eventually 15,000 units,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â down from the 20,000-unit target for 2010 set back in 2003. Even by Caddy's own standards, its performance in the first five months of 2007 with a total of 1,314 units sold in Europe, is nothing short of a failure. Cadillac will hit back with two new models, a BLS wagon and an all-new CTS luxury sedan, while General Motors sibling Chevrolet will offer more powerful Corvette C6 models at the Frankfurt Motor Show, starting on September 11, 2007. The BLS Wagon, Cadillac's first station wagon, will feature General Motors' 2.0-litre Flexpower E85 bio-ethanol engine. Cadillac will also offer a 180 bhp turbodiesel engine for Europe's diesel-lovers. The all-new CTS, showcased last January at NAIAS, will go on sale in Europe with 2.8-litre and 3.6-litre V6 engines. The Cadillac stand in Frankfurt will also feature the 2008 models of the SRX, STS, XLR-V and the full-size SUV Escalade. The 2008 model year C6 Corvette will be powered by an all-new V8 engine, a 436 bhp 6.2-litre LS3 small-block V8, offering 586 Nm of torque, a 4.3 second acceleration from naught to 60 mph, and a top speed of 306 km/h.