There’s a Billy Joel lyric about buying and selling a Chevy for a Cadillac. That very same music talks about movin’ up and movin’ out.
Properly, beneath Johan de Nysschen’s management, Cadillac traded Detroit for New York Metropolis for its international headquarters, noticed international gross sales rise to ranges not seen in 30 years because of China, and carried out a brand new naming technique.
Now de Nysschen is shifting out himself — he shall be changed by Steve Carlisle, who might be serving as the brand new senior vice chairman and president for Cadillac. Carlisle leaves GM Canada, the place Travis Hester replaces him as president and managing director. Hester was previously vice chairman of worldwide product packages.
There’s no phrase on why, only a standard boilerplate quote from GM president Dan Ammann thanking de Nysschen for his service. There seems to be no public remark from de Nysschen. We’ve reached out to Cadillac for additional remark however they haven’t replied as of this writing.
De Nysschen was employed as Cadillac’s boss in July 2014 after working for Audi and Infiniti.
Regardless of Cadillac’s international success, the model was struggling to generate gross sales within the U.S. That’s doubtless due partially to a lineup that has been car-heavy throughout a time of an excessive shift in shopping for habits towards crossovers and SUVs. The venerable Escalade SUV has carried lots of the gross sales load whereas the model works to construct extra crossovers, such because the upcoming XT4.
U.S. gross sales in 2017 have been down eight % from the earlier yr. Not solely does Caddy presently supply simply two automobiles within the crossover and SUV class — the XT5 and Escalade — nevertheless it has a smaller lineup normally than its rivals.
This doesn’t imply de Nysschen’s exit is essentially product or gross sales associated, particularly since he carried out a ten-yr plan that was stated to incorporate as much as 5 new crossovers.
Nor does it imply a transfer again to Detroit for Cadillac — GM hasn’t talked about that come what may.
We’ll maintain an eye fixed out for extra information, as this can be a story that’s nonetheless creating.
UPDATE: It seems a disagreement over the timetable for product launches prompted the departure. Automotive Information reports by way of Bloomberg that de Nysschen stated that he and different GM executives agreed to disagree over what he referred to as “philosophical variations.” The report additional states that de Nysschen was hesitant to speed up product plans to match the present market.
Studying between the strains, it suggests to us that Cadillac needed extra crossovers shortly and de Nysschen wasn’t prepared to hurry up the launch occasions, for no matter purpose.
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