General Motors has apparently ditched development of a range-topping ultraluxury sedan, but is still proceeding with another luxury sedan to add to the Cadillac brand, according to Automotive News, which broke the story citing several anonymous sources.
GM brass are reportedly second-guessing bringing the luxury sedan to market, fearful that the investment will not bolster the Cadillac brand, but they are moving forward with the so-called ‘S-class fighter.’ The low-volume production super-luxury sedan would retail at more than $100,000.
GM is still said to be in development stages on a large rear-wheel drive sedan. The new rwd platform is said to be called Omega and could debut in the 2016 or 2017 model year. A premium Cadillac has been rumored since the V-16-powered Cadillac Sixteen concept was shown at the 2003 Detroit auto show. The Ciel open-air concept on display at the 2011 Concours d’Elegance classic-car show in Pebble Beach, Calif., may foreshadow styling elements in a future large sedan.
According to Automotive News, designers were no longer working on the super-car and were reassigned. GM CEO Dan Akerson last year told the publication that his company was still deciding whether to proceed with the flagship sedan and that it was considered a “big bet.”
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