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Cadillac rolls out repair network for aluminum-intensive CT6 sedan

Discussion in 'Cars and Transportation' started by RobStark, Dec 2, 2015.

  1. RobStark

    RobStark Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2013
    Los Angeles
    DETROIT -- The Cadillac CT6, the first aluminum-skinned vehicle from General Motors, will have its own dedicated factory-certified repair facilities.

    John Eck, Cadillac’s collision manager for wholesale dealer channel, says dealers with no aluminum repair equipment likely will need to spend around $50,000 for the special tools to fix the car.

    Cadillac plans to have between 100 and 200 dealers and independent body shops signed up and trained before the CT6 goes on sale in the first quarter next year, Eck said.

    The CT6 uses aluminum outer body panels and a combination of ultra-high-strength steel, cast aluminum parts and extrusions for the unibody or inner structure. These components are held together by GM’s patented aluminum welding process, self-piercing rivets, screws and adhesives.

    But independent body shops that are not part of the Cadillac repair network will not be able to buy structural repair parts
    , Eck said.

    “Some cosmetic parts are open to anyone in the market, but you have to join the program to get structural parts,” he said. The reason: Cadillac wants to ensure structural repairs bring the car back to factory specifications.

    Eck said dealers and body shops will pay $4,500 a year to join the Cadillac Aluminum Repair Network.

    Cadillac rolls out repair network for aluminum-intensive CT6 sedan

  2. stopcrazypp

    stopcrazypp Well-Known Member

    Dec 8, 2007
    Interesting bolding. I'm sure the "Tesla is evil for restricting parts sales" crowd will ignore this example also.
  3. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Looks like GM really is studying Tesla closely. :p
  4. qwk

    qwk P130DL

    Dec 19, 2008
    Nobody is ignoring it. If Tesla gets too many things in common with GM, they will probably go down the same BK road path. Alienating customers isn't the best recipe for success....
  5. Bangor Bob

    Bangor Bob Member

    Jan 5, 2015
    Bangor, ME
    Hmmm. With Cadillac they can probably get away with it. It's not going to fly when the Silverado goes aluminum in the next generation though.
  6. SabrToothSqrl

    SabrToothSqrl Active Member

    Dec 5, 2014
    Wasn't Global Monsters the company that made those stupid ads attacking the aluminum F-150?

    you know, when they aren't busy paying scientists to ignore the health issues of leaded fuel, buying public transit companies, or killing people by shutting their cars off?

    amazing they have the time to build cars there.

    Yea... I hate GM... And I've owned a few. Never again.

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