By on January 28, 2010

GM is cautiously putting its toes back in the shark-infested waters of Europe and plans to sell Cadillacs and Corvettes to EU buyers, says Das Autohaus. When their previous importer, Kroymans in the Netherlands, went belly-up in summer of 2009, sales had ceased. At the time, GM had more pressing matters on their plate.

Now, GM is talking to around 30 dealers all over Europe. In a few months, the supply of Caddys and Corvettes should flow to anyone who wants them. All variants of the Corvette (including ZR1 and Grand Sport) will be available. As for Caddys, the CTS up to the CTS-V can be bought. Those who don’t mind high gas prices and dirty looks of the neighbors, even can buy an Escalade, or , a bit less ostentatiously, an SRX.

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19 Comments on “Caddy, Corvette Cautiously Coming Back To Europe...”


  • avatar
    Nutella

    GM marketing geniuses at work again….
    To buy a Cadillac in Europe makes as much sense as eating at a vegetarian steakhouse.

  • avatar
    Stingray

    “Those who don’t mind high gas prices and dirty looks of the neighbors, even can buy an Escalade”

    Is beyond my understanding why anyone should mind about that.

    It’s your money, you do whatever you want with it.

  • avatar
    NickR

    A 1971 Javelin called, it wants it’s rear quarter panel back.

  • avatar
    Contrarian

    Or is it an 70 AMX?

    http://www.heartlandcruisers.org/members/amx1.jpg

    One of my styling faves of all time, BTW.

  • avatar

    Cadillac can’t even beat Lincoln in North American sales. They should concentrate improve sales here first.

  • avatar
    NickR

    Contrarian, it does indeed look AMXish (a design I also like). I was thinking more in terms of pure acreage with my reference to the Javelin.

    Seriouly, from that angle it looks as tough the Caddy’s rearview is about as good as that from a Gallardo.

  • avatar
    NN

    I’m always interested to read the European’s reviews of the CTS and Corvette…arguably the best two real American cars (read: not trucks) made. As in, actually designed/engineered/manufactured here, or mostly here, at least. Seems the Vette (ZR1 esp) has won some grudging respect over the past few years, and the CTS-V might have a blip of admiration. But the other CTS reviews that I’ve read are very harsh, which is quite a contrast to what American reviews say.

    There’s always some nationalism involved in the motoring press…Top Gear always considers something British the best, for example, and the rest of Europe will likely always consider something German the best. So it’s tough to find true objective reviews. That said, does the CTS deserve the drumming it gets in the small coverage I’ve seen in the European press?

  • avatar

    Someone in Europe watched this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aU09WT5rXg
    (Top Gear / USA Muscle Car road trip pt 2: Mountain pass – Top Gear – BBC)
    “Are you listening, Ferrari?! Are you listening?!”

  • avatar
    Gardiner Westbound

    I think the CTS has a shot at success in Europe if the quality is there, a very big “if” given GM’s history.

  • avatar
    educatordan

    For some reason this post makes me stop and wonder what the “world’s longest delivery channel” is for cars. Japanese cars to the US? US cars to Europe? Mexican made Fords to Alaska?

    BTW I think it would be pretty freaking cool to be driving a CTS-V around Europe.

    • 0 avatar
      fincar1

      In a sense, you could approximate the same phenomenon – from a size standpoint anyway – by touring the United States in a 16-foot UHaul van.

    • 0 avatar
      Dr. Nguyen Van Falk

      I’d much rather a Cayman or a GT3.

      In the US of A, a Z06.

      I suppose a CTS-V would be a fun car to drive, but the ridiculous output and moderately competent suspension isn’t my ideal combo for European twisties. Screaming across the Autobahn, maybe, but weaving along the Mediterranean cliff sides aren’t the place where I need/want 557 horsepower.

  • avatar
    NickR

    educatordan, I agree, that (with Doutzen Kroes as passenger) is one of my fantasy tours. The other involves touring Australia in one of these http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FPV_F6 with Miranda Kerr.

    • 0 avatar
      Dr. Nguyen Van Falk

      and have a Land Cruiser or Pajero on tap for when you want to hit Fraser Island, the Daintree and Cape Tribulation or Kakadu.

      Australia really does have some wacky cars on its roads. Wacky cars that I envy.

  • avatar
    FromBrazil

    I think that Coupe is awesome looking. And it will earn Cadillac some sales. Now, if the reliability and aftermarket support come around. I’d wager they have a long steep climb ahead of them. Wonder if Gm will hae the patience. If they do I think this car will give them a very small and fragile foothold.

  • avatar
    Cammy Corrigan

    Funnily enough, I think the saloon version of the CTS is much nicer than the coupe (pronounced “coop-ay”). It reminds me too much of a last generation Nissan Primera:

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/24/Nissan_Primera_P12_002.JPG

    As much as I’d like to try a Cadillac, if I were to buy a luxury car, I’m going to go with Lexus or Jaguar. Sorry GM.


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