Cadillac now builds Celestiq “in series”

Cadillac has started production of its electric luxury saloon Celestiq. The flagship model is based on the Ultium platform from General Motors and is manufactured by hand - at high prices and in manageable quantities.

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As reported, the production takes place at the Global Technical Centre in Warren in the US state of Michigan. At a briefing with US media representatives, Cadillac brand boss John Roth stated that the carmaker has “already begun building one of one units” in Warren. That suggests that although work is underway on the premiere vehicle, it has not yet been finished.

The Celestiq, which Roth also calls the “Halo of Cadillac” in reference to the model’s technology and features, is not rolling off the production line. Instead, it “is hand-built at the GM Global Technical Center in Warren.” Prices start at around 340,000 US dollars. According to information from GM Authority, Cadillac will build between 100 and 150 units of the Celestiq each year.

Cadillac unveiled the final design of the vehicle back in October 2022. Despite being produced independently, the Celestiq utilises GM’s Ultium platform. A 111 kWh battery (with cells from Ultium Cells) is installed in the underbody. The two-motor all-wheel drive will be capable of 450 kW. The powertrain data is fixed for all Celestiq models, but there will be enormous scope for customisation for the more affluent customers when it comes to the rest of the equipment.


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