While the Cadillac XTS and ATS units will be the first calipers produced by Brembo North America in the United States, (at the company’s recently expanded production facility in Homer, Mich.), the XTS/ATS project could potentially be extended to other vehicle platforms, the company says.
The Cadillac ATS, a compact luxury sedan, makes its world premiere this week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich. The 2013 XTS is Cadillac’s next-generation large luxury sedan. Both represent Cadillac’s major product expansion in the 2012 calendar year.
The brakes for the Cadillac XTS and ATS are four-piston, two-piece aluminum calipers designed for weight savings and drag reduction. The XTS Platinum calipers are painted black while the ATS and standard XTS are black anodized. The calipers feature both the Cadillac and Brembo logos.
Brembo’s Michigan plant also has expanded the range and type of discs it produces to include the two-piece rotors for the Cadillac CTS-V series.
As the leading supplier of high-performance brakes to premier European auto and motorcycle manufacturers, Brembo has recently achieved significant OE growth in North America with new brake technologies for customers like General Motors, for both the Cadillac and Chevrolet brands, the company says.
Other cars recently unveiled featuring Brembo technology include the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and SS, Buick Regal GS and the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.
Brembo’s partnership with GM began in 2004 with the application of the Italian company’s brake systems on GM’s Cadillac CTS-V line of performance vehicles. Brembo was chosen as a GM “Supplier of the Year” in recognition of its significant contribution to GM’s global product and performance goals, the company notes.
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