General Motors has plans to import another vehicle from China to sell in the U.S., the Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid.
The CT6 Plug-In will only be built in China, while standard gas-driven variants of the car will be built in the United States. This is the second vehicle that will come from China for GM, following the Buick Envision. It signals that GM is confident in its Chinese manufacturing plants to sell cars built there in the U.S.
Car sales in China are so strong and importation taxes are so high that it makes more sense for GM to build the cars locally and export them. GM already expects that the CT6 Plug-In will have higher sales in China than in the U.S., do mostly to high incentives from the Government to buy fuel-efficient models.
“That will be the largest market for electrified vehicles,” said GM President Dan Ammann. “The next generation of fuel-economy rules in China will be quite stringent at the end of this decade and into the next.”
The car will use a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a rear-wheel variable transmission which uses dual electric motors that combine for a total system output of 335 hp and 432 lb-ft of torque. Cadillac claims that the electric setup will allow the car to have “spirited acceleration,” while roughly 37 miles of all-electric driving will be available.
The CT6 plug-in hybrid is expected to hit the U.S. in the first half of 2016, sometime after the standard non-hybrid CT6 goes on sale.
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