DETROIT, Mich. — Mahmoud Samara, Cadillac Canada managing director, was smiling a lot at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
General Motors’ premium brand reported a global spike in sales for 2016 of more than 11 per cent to 308,692. In Canada, sales rose 2.1 per cent.
Utility vehicles are driving Cadillac’s performance, with 2016 XT5 and SRX sales up a combined 57 per cent over 2015, and the Escalade full-size SUV sales up 229 per cent, the company says.
“A lot of the customers have opted towards that option, namely SUVs and crossovers,” Samara said in an interview at the Detroit show.Cadillac management has seen solid sales in all its major Canadian markets, even
Calgary, which despite a weakened oil and gas sector posted record sales, Samara said.
Overall, the western region saw sales grow by 70 per cent, he said.