Production Of The Cadillac Lyriq Has Officially Started

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The first model rolled off the production line today.

Today was a big day for Cadillac. As the brand pushes towards an EV future, the first-ever Cadillac Lyriq rolled off the production line in Spring Hill, Tennessee. Some of GM's biggest names were present for the occasion, including GM President Mark Reuss, Cadillac's own VP, Rory Harvey, and even the governor of Tennessee, Bill Lee.

The first Lyriq left the production line after GM announced a $2 billion investment in the Spring Hill assembly plant last October, and the launch of the vehicle, per Cadillac, actually came ahead of schedule. That's a rare thing nowadays, where automakers are scrabbling for parts due to the semiconductor chip shortage.

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Much of that $2 billion investment was spent on modernizing the Spring Hill plant. Cadillac retooled much of the factory's equipment using that cash. Good thing they did, too. EVs and cars on the whole are more complicated than ever, necessitating more modern tools needed to produce these vehicles in large volumes. Those same tools are also being used to produce other vehicles, such as the upcoming Cadillac Vistiq, as well as the XT5 and XT6 SUVs.

Mark Reuss had this to say about the first-ever Lyriq: "The Cadillac Lyriq sets the standard for the future of Cadillac and marks another major milestone in GM's commitment to an all-electric future." Frankly, the timing couldn't be better for Cadillac. It took all of ten whole minutes for the Lyriq Debut Edition to sell out. If that's any indication, demand for the American luxury automaker's EV is going to be absolutely rabid.

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Thankfully, if you've got your eye on a Lyriq, reservations for non-Debut Edition models will open up on May 19th. Cadillac estimates at least 300 miles of range for the new electric luxury SUV and says it'll produce around 340 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. Healthy numbers, but the real draw is that of an electric luxury car. The inherent silence of an electric powertrain lends itself well to luxury models, and we're excited to see more of Caddy's EV lineup as time goes on.

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