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Grand River Assembly Plant Celebrates Cadillac CTS Win

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It was a full house of smiles today at the Grand River Assembly plant.

Motor Trend Magazine came to visit the workers in Lansing to congratulate them on the Cadillac CTS winning 2014 Motor Trend's Car of the Year.

"We make the things that make America great," said Lansing Mayor Virg Benero. "It's the truth."

A truth that the people at the Grand River Assembly plant can attest to.

"To be recognized by motor trend and the rest of the media and customers is a terrific feeling for us as GM employees here in Lansing," said Tony Francavilla, Lansing regional plant manager.

Francavilla grew up reading Motor Trend Magazine as a child. And it has always been his dream to make the cover. Well now, that is a reality.

"But to actually be here and be building the car that wins the 2014 Motor Trend's car of the year award is unbelievable," said Francavilla. "It's surreal. Just can't put words into it."

From the design to the assembly line, this car has it all.

"The key attributes were the design and the engineering excellence," said Ed Loh, editor-in-chief at Motor Trend magazine. "I mean it is a gorgeous car. It truly is an American design statement."

Many say this wouldn't of happened without the hardworking men and women at the assembly plant.

"If you want something done right bring it here to Lansing, we'll make sure it is a quality vehicle," said Mike Green, president of the local UAW 652.

One that's putting the city of Lansing on the map, for all the world to see.

"Once again proving the products we put out of here are world class, can compete with the rest of the world," said Green.

The very first Motor Trend Car of the Year was awarded to Cadillac in 1949.

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