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2016 Cadillac CT6 to be Constructed by New Robots, Lasers

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/22/2015 Karla Sanchez

Rumors have swirled that the 2016 Cadillac CT6 will feature an aluminum body, and the automaker today dropped hints that further solidify those rumors. The automaker announced the new luxury sedan will be built with new robots and lasers that will allow for advanced manufacturing of mixed materials including aluminum.

“For the Cadillac CT6 we have developed additional new body construction techniques and technologies allowing various types of advanced and lightweight materials to be combined within the manufacturing environment like never before,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen today at the Washington auto show. New Construction Technique For 2016 Cadillac CT6 05© Provided by MotorTrend New Construction Technique For 2016 Cadillac CT6 05

Some of these new techniques include using aluminum spot and laser welding to ensure seamless joining of exterior panels. Aluminum arc welding and structural adhesive will also be used for the CT6 body in an effort to make it more durable, stiffer, and safer. Cadillac says these techniques will allow for the CT6 to meet the highest standards in vehicle build quality, while also helping improve fuel economy. All this new equipment comes after the company invested $300 million in the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant for a new body shop dedicated to building the CT6.

GM’s new Omega full-size rear-drive platform will underpin the CT6 sedan, which will be the first model powered by the automaker's new family of engines that includes four-, six-, and eight-cylinder versions. While further details haven’t been revealed, we hear a PHEV and a CT6 Vsport model are also planned. New Construction Technique For 2016 Cadillac CT6 03© Provided by MotorTrend New Construction Technique For 2016 Cadillac CT6 03

Despite being about eight inches longer than the current third-generation CTS sedan, the upcoming CT6 is said to be as much as 53 pounds lighter. While the CT6 will sit on the top of the range, it won't for long, as there's room for a larger model to go up against German sedans like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, and Audi A8.

Considering the 2016 Cadillac CT6 will go on sale in the fourth quarter of this year, expect it to be revealed in Geneva or New York.

2016 Cadillac CT6 to be Constructed by New Robots, Lasers

Source: Cadillac

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