Car Advice in Australia notes that Cadillac will begin sales of the current Cadillac CTS with next month’s Australian International Automobile Show. With a great direct injected variant of the familiar Holden Alloytech engine and Cadillac luxury appointments and performance tuning, the CTS should run well in Australia.
The Australians like hot cars. The CTS brings sharp acceleration, quick and precise handling, and a good top speed. Hopefully if the CTS sells well then the new 556hp (415 kW) CTS-V will also be available soon.
Holden in Melbourne helped mark GM’s 100th birthday last week. In 1926 General Motors Australia was formed which merged with Holden Motor Body Builders in 1931 to become General Motors-Holden’s Limited (GMH). Leading celebrations at Fishermans Bend, GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mark Reuss, said Holden and Australia had played a key part in the development of General Motors.
“Australians can feel a real sense of pride in the contribution this country has made to GM’s 100 year history,” Reuss said.
“Before Holden Motor Body Builders merged with GM Australia back in 1931, the Holden name was already synonymous with building car bodies for General Motors brands such as Buick, Cadillac and Chevrolet.
“That significant role in General Motors’ worldwide operations continues today. The G8 sedan was designed, engineered and is built here in Australia for Pontiac and we led design and engineering for the new Chevrolet Camaro.
Mark Reuss’ 25 year stint with GM has seen him responsible for GM’s production studios, Executive Director, Architecture Engineering and GM Performance Division, and Executive Director, North American Vehicle Systems and Architecture. So Australia has a great point-man to bring in the best GM vehicles from around the world, like the Cadillac CTS. And Holden has a good voice at the table as they continue to team within GM to produce increasingly exciting vehicles for the World market.