GM's newest North American products to begin arriving in early 2005

Houten, Germany. General Motors will start its European model offensive of North American products with the sixth generation Corvette coupe, which will be in German showrooms next February or March.

Cadillac also wants to introduce the Escalade off-roader in Europe in March with the new STS flagship following in April, available with either 3.6 liter V6 or 4.6 liter V8 engine.

From September 2005, Dutch importer Kroymans will add a four-wheel and a long wheelbase version to the STS range. Further details for these will be released at the Detroit Auto Show.

"A station wagon version of the CTS sedan will definitely not be built," said Gerard Jansen, chief operating officer, Cadillac Europe.

Instead, a smaller basic model might be launched in three to four years. It will be based on GM's Epsilon 2 platform -- together with the Opel Vectra and Saab 9-3 successors and sold solely in Europe and Asia.

Cadillac is also planning diesel engines for the first time. "We will definitely offer a diesel motor. It will be available sooner than you think," GM's financial director John Devine said.

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