Cadillac's Aussie comeback mixes art and science

Cadillac is returning to these shores from early next year but land yachts and seats fit for Elvis' waistline are off the agenda.

Sydney Motor Show 2008 Cadillac is returning to these shores from early next year, but land yachts and space fit for Elvis' waistline are off the agenda.


When the brand that once proudly proclaimed that it was the "Standard of the World" makes its return, it will have just one model in its Aussie line-up: the CTS sedan. Bearing Cadillac's now signature "Art and Science" styling, which mixes subtle curves with prominent sharp edges and creases, the CTS is powered by a 3.6-litre V6, similar to the one doing service in the Holden Commodore. Although the four-door CTS is sized like a BMW 5-Series, it should be priced closer to a 3-Series — exact pricing has yet to be confirmed — when it arrives in the 13 dealers the company has signed up so far.

An even more sharply styled coupe is also due here in late 2009. It may be delayed somewhat though, because General Motors has postponed the coupe's launch from this month's LA Auto Show to next January's Detroit Motor Show. If reports are to be believed, this is because of GM's rapidly worsening financial situation.

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