The American automaker wanted to make sure everything was right.
Cadillac deliberately rolled deliveries of the Lyriq out slowly to ensure quality was up to par.
That's why only 186 vehicles were affected by a recall over the driver video display control module. Cadillac was legally required to pause production until the defect was fixed, so the slow rollout wasn't entirely self-imposed. Still, it's refreshing to see an automaker that knows it's rolling out long-term unproven technologies with care and treating its customers as early adopters rather than en masse beta testers.
"We deliberately ramped up Cadillac Lyriq production slowly and methodically last year to ensure quality for our customers," Cadillac spokesperson Michael Albano told the Detroit Free Press.
"Looking ahead, we will continue to ramp up production in 2023 in order to meet the strong demand for Lyriq. With every launch - no matter the vehicle - there are learnings and other items that we fix along the way. We are constantly making improvements in the build process, materials, and software," said Albano.
When Cadillac delivered the first 122 units of the Lyriq in 2022, the brand instructors dealers not to give them to customers until engineers and specialists had inspected them and technicians had been trained to service them.
Dealers were also told only to use one as a demonstration vehicle once all the boxes were checked.
Cadillac hasn't been forthcoming about how many Lyriqs have been produced to date, but Albano revealed that 500 units were at GM's Spring Hill Assembly plant, ready to ship over the coming week.
Without numbers, and because Cadillac had certain customers sign a non-disclosure agreement, it's hard to get an idea of what customers think of their Lyriqs.
However, it is a critical hit within automotive media. It is also paving the way for the ultra-luxurious Cadillac Celestiq and several other Caddy EVs that will be introduced locally in the coming years.