The 2008 CTS was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show. It borrows styling cues from the Cadillac Sixteen concept car, and went on sale in late August, 2007.
Introduced in 2002 for the 2003 model year, the CTS rode on the new rear-wheel drive GM Sigma platform. It was a return to rear-wheel drive, as well as being the first Cadillac with a manual transmission since the 1988 Cimarron. It replaced the mid-size rear-wheel drive Catera. The CTS name likely came from the initials of Catera Touring Sedan. The CTS was nominated for the North American Car of the Year award for 2002. The CTS is built at GM's Lansing Grand River plant in Lansing, Michigan. The CTS was also assembled in China in 2006, but assembly was discontinued shortly thereafter due to poor sales in that market. The CTS in China is now an exported model once again.
Originally powered by a 3.2L LA3 V6 producing 220hp (164kW), the CTS received a 3.6L DOHC V6 with variable valve timing in 2004, producing 255hp (190kW) and 252lb·ft (342N·m) of torque. The 3.2L engine went out of production in 2005, when a new 2.8L version of the DOHC V6 debuted in an entry-level version of the CTS. In Europe, the 2.8L replaces the previous entry level 2.6L.