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Roadster Redux: GM Kills Cadillac XLR


2009 Cadillac XLR

2009 Cadillac XLR

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Yesterday we reported that the Honda S2000's days are numbered. In yet more bad news for wind-in-the-hair fans, Cadillac announces a Spring departure for its XLR roadster.

XLR sales dropped 28 percent for 2008, bringing a total of only 1,250 units last year. The XLR is built at GM's Bowling Green, Kentucky plant, which also builds the Chevrolet Corvette. The two vehicles share a platform and various chassis components.

2009 Cadillac XLR

2009 Cadillac XLR

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Currently, the Bowling Green plant is idled due to GM financial problems; it is scheuled to re-open on February 23. 40 specialized XLR assembly workers, a small cadre dedicated just to that vehicle, are directly affected by the decision to cease production in the spring; while layoffs sound likely, it's not known whether or not they will remain employed. A total of 154 Bowling Green assembly workers will be laid off indefinitely by March 1.

Unlike the Honda S2000, the XLR was never a strong player in its segment, going up against established players like the Mercedes-Benz SL and Jaguar XK. Cadillac's Art and Science design direction was perhaps a bit awkward on the Corvette chassis, and other journalists took issue with its rather plain interior given pricing that ranged from the mid-80s to over $100,000.

[source: The Daily News]

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  1. "Good idea"

    This is smart of GM, in good times you can afford the odd niche product but at 1,250 units p.a. it is not really worth it, yes most of the running gear is just a Vette but in these hard times sacrifices have to made and this is as good a one as any other to make.
    In the future if they can position Caddy as a truely world brand they can re-look at something like this but would need to do it properly to run against BMW and Mercedes products and not just a re-skinned job
     
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