Cadillac announces repair network for aluminum-intensive CT6 sedan

Dec. 8, 2015
The Cadillac CT6, the first aluminum-skinned vehicle from General Motors, will have its own dedicated factory-certified repair facilities.

The Cadillac CT6, the first aluminum-skinned vehicle from General Motors, will have its own dedicated factory-certified repair facilities. The company is launching the Cadillac Aluminum Repair Network to ensure the sedan is properly repaired after a crash. 

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 and dealers and body shops will pay a $4,500 fee to join the network.

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.

The training will be mostly done online and carried out through GM and I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair.

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