GM's next 5-series rival to sharpen up its European act
27 December 2006

General Motors' isn't above whipping up a bit of pre-emptive publicity for an important new car. Its top brass has just offered a peek at the new 2008 Cadillac CTS with the release of this photo; it reveals little about the new car, but we can expect more at its unveiling at the Detroit show next month.

The new CTS, Cadillac's answer to the BMW 5-series, will run on GM’s all-new Sigma 2 global rear-wheel drive platform. The word is that it'll be the first Caddy to get a multi-cylinder diesel engine, and therefore the first to attract European customers in large numbers. Production begins in late summer 2007, with global sales planned to commence the following autumn.

GM's vice president of global design, Ed Wellburn, and vice chairman of global product development, Bob Lutz, used the opportunity to hail the first-generation CTS as a huge success for the company/ It has sold 275,000 units worldwide and earned a nomination for North American Car of the Year in 2002. They'll be expecting even bigger things of the new car.

Our Verdict

Cadillac CTS

Latest Cadillac offers a premium interior and decent driving dynamics, however the CTS can't compete with its German rivals in Europe

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