In ousting Johan de Nysschen and replacing him with Canadian Steve Carlisle, a company loyalist in the vein of CEO Mary Barra, GM appears to be signalling its desire to bring Cadillac back into the fold under a single, unified corporate vision that emphasizes speed and measurable return on investment.
Unifor President Jerry Dias said Steve Carlisle's appointment to senior vice president at GM will raise his profile and influence within the automaker's Detroit headquarters, "a huge benefit" for Unifor.
The long-awaited Cadillac XT4 will be priced below several of its closest competitors in the luxury compact crossover segment. The vehicle aimed at young, affluent buyers will come in three trim levels.
General Motors appointed its Canadian chief Steve Carlisle president of Cadillac, replacing Johan de Nysschen, who is leaving the automaker immediately. Travis Hester will succeed Carlisle.
Cadillac will realign its product portfolio and get operations in order before releasing a "halo vehicle."
Cadillac, for the first time in 26 years, will have an exclusive engine -- a 4.2-litre twin-turbo V-8, making good on a 2016 promise by brand President Johan de Nysschen.