Cadillac Ends CTS Production After 16 Years And 3 Generations

The Cadillac CTS, once GM’s premium sedan rival to the Germans, is no more, after the announcement that production at the Lansing Grand River plant in Michigan has ceased.

Cadillac spokesperson Tara Kuhnen confirmed the news in a statement provided to Cadillac Society, bringing an end to a vehicle which has been a staple in Cadillac’s range for 16 years. The new CT5 will fill the void left behind by the CTS and shall be built at the same plant.

Also Read: 2020 Cadillac CT5 Is A Bold Replacement For The ATS And CTS

Production of the CTS first started for the 2003 model year and, in standard form, depending on the year, the it was sold with a 3.2-liter V6 with 220 hp, a 3.6-liter V6 delivering 255 hp and, later, a 2.8-liter V6. In 2004, the high-performance CTS-V made its premiere and was outfitted with a 400 hp, 5.7-liter LS6 V8 engine.

Cadillac introduced the second-generation CTS in 2008, underpinned by the Sigma II platform. With the new generation, a new-and-improved CTS-V launched, powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with 556 hp and 551 lb-ft to really put the Europeans on notice.

Perhaps the most significant changes to the CTS were made in its third-generation, when it was “moved” to GM’s Alpha platform and shifted from being a BMW 3-Series rival to one targeting the 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. It was in the vehicle’s third generation when things for the CTS-V were turned up to 11 and the car’s supercharged 6.2-liter V8 delivered 640 hp and 630 lb-ft (854 Nm) of torque, making it the most powerful Cadillac ever.

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  • Don’tBeSoStupid

    RIP CTS, enjoyed all 3 of them except the 1st gens styling didn’t hold up particularly well in my eyes.

  • Navigator Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ🍑

    The current generation CTS was a major step up in all the right prices, and it was a beautiful sedan, but GM just didn’t price it approriately.

  • Mr. EP9

    You want to know what’s more insulting than the CT4-V and CT5-V? Killing off the upcoming Z/28 to focus more on autonomous tech that’s not going to be ready for mass roll out anytime soon. GM’s bean counters are at it again.

  • Joe E

    I still daily a 2008 CTS (first year of the second-gen). It’s not perfect, but it’s been very reliable and I have been very pleased. Still looks great, too. All 3 gens of CTS helped keep Caddy going through the 2000s and 2010s, most importantly giving them street cred in terms of driving dynamics.

    Say what you want about Cadillac, but they have proven they know world-class performance and driving dynamics, most of that proven by the CTS line.

  • Bash

    Not gonna miss is tbh.

  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    so much promise, such poor execution. In my eyes the CTS is the automotive equivalent of failure to launch.

  • Robert

    Another example of GM killing any brand/model equity before it gets it right.

  • kachuks

    1st gen was a game changer. Design didn’t age well though. 2nd gen was very stylish. 3rd gen design got lost with every other cadi.

  • TheBelltower

    This is beyond foolish of GM. Unlike the ATS, CT6, and all the other jumbled nomenclature within Cadillac, The CTS and the Escalade have very strong name recognition. A well run company would continuously improve upon their products. GM creates uncompetitive products that evolve too slowly, then get axed. With the exception of the Escalade, I fully expect all of Cadillacs remaining vehicles to go the way of the dodo bird within the next decade. Replaced with some other half-baked attempts.

    • JRP

      The CT5 is a redesign of the CTS with one character replaced.

      • no25

        lol but it’s not.

      • TheBelltower

        As long as the car itself is good, then that’s what matters the most. Though even those of us who aren’t Cadillac fans would acknowledge that the CTS name has included amazingly good models. Seems dumb to start all over with a name that means nothing to anyone.

    • Merc1

      “. A well run company would continuously improve upon their products. GM
      creates uncompetitive products that evolve too slowly, then get axed.”

      BINGO. That is simply GM.


      • MayTheBestCarWin05

        You’re slightly wrong here. GM does improve upon their products from generation to generation…and in a vacuum that works. Problem is, GM’s competition 1/ was already ahead of where GM was 2/are also improving their products which 3/leaves GM playing a non stop game of catch up.

        GM rarely is a segment leader within any segment.

  • no25

    BOOOOOOO screw you Cadillac.
    RIP to the beautiful CTS-V – one of the best looking Caddys Ive ever seen. smh

  • BlackPegasus

    I’ve always like the outgoing CTS. The elongated hood and athletic stance gave it a distinctive character of it’s own. The CUE system and rear leg room was it’s only drawbacks.

  • chris

    sorry but the CT5 was needed, the CTS was worse than it’s competitors and the CT5 is it’s replacement so I don’t get the complaining lol.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      That’s were you’re wrong…..some people liked the CTS and your statement is technically half-invalid….

    • Stephen G

      What exactly do mean by “worse”? I’d choose the CTS over others in it class. Miles better looking than any of them. And judging by the pics of the CT5 I’d prefer the CTS too.

  • Paul

    I think its end started when it moved to the Alpha chassis. But alas, some things must end as time marches on.

  • Nordschleife

    Second gen to me was the most refined and sexy and it’s spawned the coupè which I still oogle over today.

    • NoSnarkHere

      and the equally gorgeous Sportwagon.

    • Mike anonymous

      Such Beauty… Such Class. Incredible By Even Todays’ Standards, & Something I wouldn’t Hesitate To Have Considered & Called A True Luxury Vehicle.

      This was the Cadillac I remember quite well (a very different company to the one we have today), Considering this was update to a previously existing model (V models shown) that was released nearly over a decade ago, this is quite impressive. The technology was there, the design was there, and the power, luxury, and performance were there, long before they started chasing those who they originally had no need to ‘catch up’ to. (Also note the digital screen, you don’t have to have a giant screen to be ‘up to date‘ why not give the option to hide the screen when it’s not needed. This is a feature Cadillac Dropped (seemingly) some years ago, as Bentley has recently picked it up, integrating it into their latest models.).

      The second generation was an absolute Masterpiece in my eyes of what a Cadillac Should be…

      The Company was on it’s was to becoming a serious luxury force to be reckoned with come the turn of this decade… until new management came in around 2013 (to which since, things have not been the same). The Second generation was not simply my favorite generation of the CTS, but likely my favorite Cadillac made during this century. Spawning the CTS-Coupe, as @craigdoss:disqus , and the Sportwagon as @NoSnarkHere:disqus , had previously mentioned.

      It is a vehicle that will be missed by some, and that was ‘oogled‘ & loved by many. Here’s to hoping we can get a Cadillac As great as this, in the future, once more.

      • Nordschleife

        I completely agree in that the 2nd gen CTS would be my favorite of this century. While many automakers suffer from a strong hit followed by a miss, GM seems to make it their goal.

        See Malibu, CTS, Camaro unfortunately.

      • europeon

        I wouldn’t go that far to call it a true luxury vehicle, but the Art & Science design language of the previous generations was indeed something special.

  • Craig

    The new CT5 has big shoes to fill. It will be interesting to see it turns out.

  • AppleBerrySandwich

    Realistically the CTS competes on price and size with the 3-series, not the 5-series.

    ATS is significantly smaller.

  • Toronado_II

    Keep playing with the nomenclature and you will loss all credibility…

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