Cadillac CT6, Chevrolet Impala production extendedby Ronan Glon
The Volt wasn't as lucky.
In 2018, General Motors announced plans to stop building the Cadillac CT6 and the Chevrolet Impala at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant in June 2019. Surprisingly, the company has back-pedaled and extended production of the two models.
"We are balancing production timing while continuing the availability of Cadillac advanced technology features currently included in the CT6-V, the Blackwing Twin-Turbo V8 and Super Cruise," General Motors said in a statement. Production of the CT6 (pictured) and the Impala is now scheduled to end in January of 2020.
What happens after that date is anyone's guess. We'd be surprised to see the Impala stick around; Chevrolet will likely retire the historic nameplate.
The CT6, however, faces a slightly brighter future. It's Cadillac's flagship model, and -- as GM's statement points out -- it's available with a brand-new, twin-turbocharged V8 engine as well as Super Cruise semi-autonomous technology. It's not a hugely popular car, but it's important to Cadillac's image. It may get assigned to another factory and carry on for a few additional model years.
The Chevrolet Volt wasn't as lucky as the CT6 and the Impala. General Motors spokesman Dan Flores told The Detroit News that production of the plug-in hybrid model ended on February 15. The Buick LaCrosse retired on the same day, too.