Date: Thu, 03 Mar 2005 23:06:11 GMT From: murphwiz <murphwiznospamVETHEOBVIOUShotmail.com> Subject: Re: Decision tomorrow: Trollhattan vs Russelheim
Tex wrote: > http://www.detnews.com/2005/autosinsider/0503/03/01-106884.htm > > If Trollhattan loses, will this mark a slow death for Saab? Maybe not, no > one seems to care that BMWs and Toyotas are made right here in the > US....they certainly haven't lost their identities. > > - tex > > Seems there are no loosers judging by the press release from a few days ago? New Cadillac BLS to be built in GM's Trollh”ttan plant - Start of production in spring 2006 - BLS features Cadillacís first-ever turbo diesel, left or right-hand drive Zurich. General Motors announced at the Geneva Motor Show today that the new Cadillac BLS will be built at GMís Trollh”ttan plant in Sweden. The BLS is scheduled to reach the market in spring 2006. A show car version of Cadillac BLS is displayed at the Geneva Motor Show 2005. GMís Trollh”ttan plant has a long tradition of building premium products for global markets. As of 2006 the GM plant will produce Cadillac BLS, Saab 9-3 and Saab 9-5. Cadillac BLS is specifically targeted to meet the needs of the European customer. The front-wheel-drive four-door sedan with its clear, sharply defined contours, striking wedge shape and elegant interior, continues Cadillac's characteristic design language. "Premium is not a question of vehicle size but purely of excellence," said Bob Lutz, responsible at GM for product development. "And in this aspect, the Cadillac BLS will definitely be a top player in its league." >From a technical point of view, the Cadillac BLS will ring in a new era in brand history: For the first time, a turbo diesel variant will be available. Like the gasoline versions, the turbo diesel variant will be positioned at the upper end of the performance scale. Cadillac BLS will furthermore offer the dynamic driving performance customers have come to expect from this brand. For countries where the traffic moves on the left like the UK, the Cadillac BLS will also be available with right-hand drive.