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UPDATE: Johan de Nysschen Answers Questions at Jalopnik

Cadillac head, Johan de Nysschen accepted an invitation to answer questions posed by the readers of Jalopnik.com after last night’s debut of the CT6 during a commercial aired during the Oscars. 

Interesting insights are confirmation that a sub-ATS car is on the way that will also be based on the Alpha platform and be rear and all-wheel drive.  Also revealed is that Cadillac is indeed working on a turbo V-8 that will see duty under the CT6 hood and will top a range of engines that will range from 4-cylinder turbo up to the fire-breathing V-8.  In the power train revelations were that all 4-cylinder options will soon be turbos, marking the end of the 2.5l 4 in the ATS. 

For the whole list of questions and answers, check out the entire session at:

Jalopnik

Update: more questions and answers here, including the bombshell that a new V-6 family will be unveiled with the new CT6.  

New Cadillac Head Takes to Facebook to Smack Down Critics

JohandeNysschenRecently, Cadillac has named a new head, announced plans for a flagship sedan, and unveiled the start of a new branding scheme. All while also planning a much more autonomous structure that will see its headquarters leaving Detroit and corporate parent GM’s shadow in favor of New York City’s SoHo neighborhood.

These moves have not been without their detractors and apparently the criticism hasn’t been lost on Cadillac’s new leader Johan de Nysschen. He just took to Facebook and posted the following rant to his friends.

Bertel Schmitt of the Daily Kanban is either one of those friends or merely got tipped to the post and released it for the rest of us to enjoy.

The words of Mr de Nysschen: Continue Reading →

Holy Crap! – Cadillac Names Johan de Nysschen new President

JohandeNysschenOnly 2 years after being lured away from his post as Audi’s US head to re-shape Nissan’s Infiniti brand, Johan de Nysschen has been hired to lead GM’s luxury brand.

He will replace Bob Ferguson, who will return to his post at GM as their chief lobbyist. This is a win for Cadillac as the main criticism of Mr. Ferguson has been that he was not a ‘product guy’ and de Nysschen certainly is.

In his departure from Infiniti, he cited a desire to move back to the United States from the Asian brand’s Hong Kong headquarters.

There is a very good chance that Cadillac will be a better fit and will take advantage of Mr de Nysschen’s knowledge of the US market, buyer’s desires, as well as positioning Cadillac more powerfully against the German rivals. Continue Reading →

Cadillac Gets New Worldwide Head

GM announced on Tuesday the appointment of Robert Ferguson to a new position of Vice President of Cadillac Worldwide. Formerly, Ferguson was GM’s VP of global public policy and represented GM in Washington D.C.

Hired in 2010 during the GM bankruptcy, Ferguson will now steer Cadillac as it tries to expand its reach to better compete with the likes of BMW, Audi, and Mercedes.

He will report directly to GM CEO Dan Akerson. His direct reports will include Don Butler, Cadillac’s U.S. VP of marketing and Chase Hawkins, Cadillac’s VP of sales and service.

We wish him the best of luck in Cadillac’s latest attempt to break into markets outside North America.

He starts his new job on January 1, 2013.

Source: Automotive News

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