Cadillac has announced the 2017 CT6 Plug-In Hybrid will be built exclusively in China for export to the United States.
The announcement was made by the company’s chief marketing officer Uwe Ellinghaus in an interview earlier this week with Bloomberg. The regular CT6 will be assembled in both United States and China, but the plug-in hybrid version will only wear the “Made in China” label once it will go on sale later this year.
While this decision may sound strange, it makes sense as Cadillac wants to avoid paying those huge import taxes applied in China by assembling the model locally. In addition, China will play an important role for the plug-in hybrid variant CT6 as Cadillac expects most of the sales will come from there.
It’s not the only model General Motors is going to import from China as the recently introduced Buick Envision will also be built there and shipped to United States. We can only assume GM is confident enough that build quality of China-made cars is on par with the ones manufactured in US. If not, customers will likely avoid buying models built in foreign countries that don’t deliver the same refinement as the vehicles assembled in the U.S. of A.
Source: Cadillac via bloomberg.com