2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In: first drive of hybrid luxury sedan Page 2

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2017 Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid, New York City and Westchester County, NY, May 2017

2017 Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid, New York City and Westchester County, NY, May 2017

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All plug-in hybrid versions of the Cadillac CT6 are built in China and imported into the U.S. (The conventional versions are assembled in Detroit.) The build quality on our car seemed excellent.

Its battery pack, however, is assembled in Michigan and shipped to China for incorporation into the car; the electric motors similarly come from a GM plant near Baltimore.

China, in fact, is the main market for the CT6 Plug-In, to comply with the government's strong mandates to encourage sales of both battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

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The company's target for plug-in CT6 sales there is 3,000 to 5,000 a year, although Cadillac says it's not there yet.

The BMW 740e and Mercedes-Benz 550e sell in small numbers in the U.S.—330 of the Mercedes in the first five months of this year, for instance—and the CT6 will roughly parallel those volumes in the States.

That's unfortunate, because with a range over 30 miles, the plug-in CT6 is capable of providing significant all-electric transportation, if only marketers could figure out how to explain the benefits of plug-in hybrids to potential buyers.

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