Cadillac will use the auto industry's most comprehensive and advanced mixed-material manufacturing techniques to build the all new CT6 luxury sedan, allowing creation of a top-of-range large luxury sedan with the agility and efficiency of a smaller vehicle.
The CT6, would go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2015. It will be built at the assembly plant located in Hamtramck, Detroit, using a unique combination of joining techniques, a first for any General Motors' model.
A new body shop with new tooling and advanced technologies - including 205 robots - has been added to the plant. The fully automated, roughly 138,000-square-foot shop is dedicated to the manufacturing of the high-end luxury sedan.
When it launches, the CT6 will expand the Cadillac range rather than replacing a current product. Positioned above the CTO and XTS product lines, the CT6 aims to join the elite group of top-class large luxury cars.
Material joining techniques prominent in the body construction of the CT6 include:
- Patented Aluminum Spot Welding Technology
- Aluminum Laser Welding, which creates a seamless joining of exterior panels
- Self-Piercing Rivets, which are able to join different types of materials together with a clean appearance
- Flow Drill Screws, which are able to join different types or materials and used in conjunction with adhesive