Cowger: Cadillac roadster to be XLR

If there are no legal roadblocks, Cadillac's Corvette-based luxury sports car will be called XLR.

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General Motors' luxury division had planned to announce the name of the roadster later this year. But Gary Cowger, group vice president for manufacturing and labor relations, let the name slip Thursday in a speech at the Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Mich.

Cadillac spokesman Jeff Kuhlman said GM was still checking to make sure it had legal rights to the name. Kuhlman said Cadillac is moving all its vehicles to an alphabetic naming system that denotes the family of vehicle and the powertrain.

The XLR is based on the edgy Evoq concept car. It will be built alongside the next generation Chevrolet Corvette in Bowling Green, Ky., starting late next year.

Cowger predicted the XLR "will make Cadillac a major player in the global luxury roadster market."

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