Cadillac Plans to Enter Australian Market with Electric Vehicle Lineup

Matt Brand
May 15, 2024
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Cadillac has declared its intention to establish a long-term presence in Australia, beginning with the introduction of the Lyriq electric SUV in late 2024.

Jess Bala, General Motors' head for Australia and New Zealand, stated that Cadillac’s development of factory-built right-hand-drive vehicles signifies its commitment to remaining in Australia, unlike previous GM brands like Holden and Opel which withdrew.

Cadillac’s history includes multiple aborted launches in Australia, notably a disrupted attempt in 2008 due to the global financial crisis.

Despite these setbacks, GM has continued planning Cadillac's introduction in Australia since 2015, focusing on right-hand-drive vehicles.

Currently, GM also markets the Chevrolet Silverado and Corvette in Australia, both available in right-hand drive.

These models align with GM's strategy to maintain a presence in the Australian market through globally recognized products.

Cadillac's forthcoming Lyriq SUV aims to compete with established luxury brands in the electric vehicle segment.

The SUV is positioned to appeal to current luxury electric vehicle owners looking for new options. Pricing details suggest it will be aligned with similar models from European luxury brands.

While Cadillac is initially launching as an electric-only brand in Australia, the company has indicated it may consider introducing plug-in hybrids depending on market developments.

This reflects a broader strategy to adapt to market needs and technological advancements over time.

GM emphasises that its commitment to electric vehicles does not preclude the potential future introduction of plug-in hybrids, which could be considered based on consumer demand and infrastructural developments.

This approach aims to align with shifting market preferences and regulatory environments.

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