GM Ramps Up Cadillac XT5, GMC Acadia Production To Meet Demand

The new GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5 are proving to be runaway successes for General Motors. In fact demand has been so high for both that the automaker is adding a third shift to their production.

The XT5 has emerged as Cadillac’s top-selling model in every market around the world where it’s offered. The first quarter of this year saw demand rise by 10 percent compared to last year. The case is even stronger with the Acadia, which saw its best quarter ever, rising by over 15 percent over last year.

GM produces both models at its Spring Hill Manufacturing facility in Tennessee. The additional shift ought to increase production by as much as 50 percent, and add 700 jobs to the plant’s workforce.

“This shift addition is not only an indication of the popularity of these GMC and Cadillac crossovers with customers but is testament to the great work being done by the Spring Hill Assembly team,” said plant director Ken Knight. “Their commitment to building quality vehicles is visible every day. It also demonstrates the strong spirit of teamwork between GM and our UAW partners, as we work together to satisfy our customers.”

Late last year, GM announced a nearly $300-million investment in the plant. The location previously handled assembly of Saturns. After it shut down that brand in its massive post-bankruptcy restructuring in 2007, the plant sat idle for a full year. It reopened the following year to produce the Chevy Traverse. That model has since moved to Lansing, Michigan. And in 2016 it started producing the XT5 and Acadia instead.

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  • Harry_Wild

    XT5 platinum model is the best selling! It is MSRP is around $66K!

  • Joe E

    I’ve seen a ton of both new Acadias and XT5s here in Los Angeles. Even though it’s not a complicated design, something about the XT5 is striking, in a good way. It’s a very classy-looking, elegant vehicle. The SRX looks clunky and cheap by comparison. The Acadia looks okay — a bit feline in the grille. Many of the ones I see are in Denali trim, which is crazy to me. I guess lots of people really do consider GMC a premium brand.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Watch Cadillac and Lincoln become all SUV companies too.

    • Kash

      I can see Lincoln going that route aside from the Conti, just because they won’t have any Ford’s to rebadge anyway, Cadillac has been talking about doing that too, with the CT5, but I wonder if they won’t use the CT5 for the ATS, CTS, and lower CT6 trims, but then do a 2nd gen CT6 aimed higher, with more anonymous tech and an optional full EV powertrain.

    • Status

      You can’t really blame them if they’re both just going where the money is.

  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    Hopefully this means there won’t be any supply issues in Australia when Holden launch the Acadia later this year.

  • Bruce K

    I was at the NY Auto Show last month, & I sat in a Caddy XT5 (while looking at the upcoming XT4). gotta tell you— that XT-5 was the single most comfortable vehicle that I sat in that day.

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