DETROIT — In preparation for a campus to build the Cadillac Celestiq, General Motors announced an $81 million investment in its global technical center in Warren, Michigan.
Campus renovations have already begun. The investment will be used to purchase and install equipment for the construction of the all-electric Cadillac Celestiq.
Production of the Celestiq will mark the first GM vehicle to be built at the Global Technical Center since 1956.
GM Chairman Mark Reuss says Celestiq represents a new era for the brand.
“Each one will be handcrafted by an incredible team of artisans on our historic Tech Center campus, and today’s investment announcement underscores our commitment to delivering a world-class Cadillac with nothing else only the finest craftsmanship, design, engineering and technology,” he said. said.
The Celestiq will follow GM’s Ultium platform for electric vehicles. Through this platform, GM says it will “achieve a strategic chain shift in its network of vehicle assembly plants” where the company defines assembly machinery and processes.
GM says Celestiq demonstrates Cadillac’s commitment to reinventing possibilities and creating new standards of technology integration.
Celestiq is expected to be among the first vehicles to feature four-quadrant windows with suspended particle smart glass. Smart Glass gives drivers the ability to adjust their own levels of roof transparency. Those in the front seats will also have a pillar-to-pillar display, designed to help deter driver distraction.
More than 100 3D printed components are expected to be part of the Celestiq – the highest volume of any other GM production vehicle. This includes both structural and cosmetic polymer or metal parts.
GM’s Additive Industrialization Center opened on the GM Global Technical Center campus in 2020. GM says the center has established Cadillac at the forefront of major 3D printed components in the automobile industry.
Other previous products, such as the Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V, have also benefited from additive manufacturing. Parts include shifter emblem, transmission components and HVAC ducts.
“This investment is a great example of our commitment to GM’s electric vehicle transformation as we bring our manufacturing expertise to a unique, ultra-luxury vehicle for the Cadillac brand,” said Gerald Johnson, executive president of manufacturing. world. and sustainability. “The advanced manufacturing technology and tools we use on Celestiq will help our team deliver the highest quality vehicles to our customers.”
June 8e, Cadillac released images of the vehicle. GM says additional images are yet to come before its auto show debut in late July.
Source: General Motors
Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.