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A 'Surprise' Among GM's 6 Discontinued Cars

The Cadillac CT6 was the 'tech halo' for the brand
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2018 6:33 AM CST
Updated Nov 27, 2018 6:50 AM CST
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt hybrid is seen at a presentation during the North American International Auto Show on Jan. 12, 2015, in Detroit.   (AP Photo/Tony Ding)
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(Newser) – Now that General Motors' big announcement that it will be shuttering five plants in North America and slashing thousands of jobs has started to settle in, more details are emerging on the vehicle production that will be affected. Included in the business restructuring is a shift away from sedans, which haven't been selling well, and toward SUVs, pickup trucks, electric cars, and hybrids. At the top of the discontinuation list, per Fortune and CNN, is the Chevy Volt, a plug-in electric hybrid sedan that has seen lagging sales of late.

Five other sedans that, like the Volt, will cease production by the end of next year: the Chevy Cruze, a GM best-seller that was once the subject of a press release entirely in emoji; the Chevy Impala, among GM's worst sellers, despite being a Consumer Reports top pick; the Cadillac CT6, which CNN calls "the only surprise of the bunch," as it "serves as the tech halo for Cadillac" (though it's the Caddy that sells the least); the Cadillac XTS, a four-door sedan typically sold to taxi and limo firms; and the Buick LaCrosse, launched in 2004. (See which plants are affected.)

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