Cadillac BLS Dead. Finally.

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

From the “how had that not happened yet” file [via AutoTelegraaf] comes word that Cadillac has finally euthanized its latter-day Cimarron, the Europe-only BLS. The Saab 9-3/Opel Vectra brand engineering victim sold just 7,365 units since its 2005 introduction. Was it worth it? “Think of the profit,” was the watchword for BLS backers. “Think of the brand,” is the obvious retort. Especially because Cadillac’s only real appeal in Europe is a variety of willful iconoclasm akin to . . . driving a Saab in the United States. And look what happened with GM’s similar effort there.

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  • GS650G GS650G on Aug 18, 2009

    I bet you could bolt a SAAB front end right on that baby and it would blend right in. Just change the emblems all around and instant 9-5

  • Jerry weber Jerry weber on Aug 19, 2009

    As a macho comment on their engineering prowess, the American three have on a routine basis picked a model and tried to sell it in Europe. The effect is always the same, it doesn't sell there because it doesn't sell that well here. (ex Saab) Now the Germans first build a car that sells well in Europe then they export it to the World. It is not some cobbled together model just for export.

  • Charly Charly on Aug 20, 2009

    Not a “Gangsta” mobiles. That is what wanabe rapers drive. Made man mobiles are what they are.

  • El gordo El gordo on May 01, 2012

    I wonder how many subscribers have actually driven a BLS???? I have driven a 1.9 diesel wagon for 12 months and I find it an excellent car. Cruises effortlessly at 100mph gets up to 130mph at just over 3000 rev so still a bit to go!! Just done a 2500 mile trip around europe and it returned 46 mpg (uk gallons) It is comfortable enough to sit in all day and has a high level of finish and gizmo's all in all a great car my last car was a volvo s80 and the BLS compares well with and is superior in some areas I you ain't tried it don't knock it!!!