The 2008 Cadillac CTS is being hailed as the best American car in 40 years by automotive journalists across the nation. Now GM is looking to take that success overseas.

This week's UAW strike threatened to cut into production of the new right-hand drive CTS, which is being built at GM's plant in Lansing, Michigan. Domestic models had already met production targets the week before the walkout. Now that workers have returned, GM expects to meet its goal of selling 60,000 CTS sedans worldwide in the next year, and has capacity to build more.

Markets being targeted for the right-hand drive Caddy include Australia and South Africa, both new markets for the CTS. It has been a long time since Cadillac has produced a car worthy of competing on a global scale, but GM believes it has a winner in the CTS.