Grip acquires Cadillac CTS, STS tooling assets from D3 Group

Apr 12, 2012

Core-Tech, Rochester Hills, Mich.,parent company of Grip Tuning, has grown the company’s luxury body-kit manufacturing capacity with its purchase of the complete tooling assets for the 2005-current Cadillac STS model vehicles and the 2008-current date CTS models previously owned by The D3 Group (D3). D3 is recognized for developing SEMA award-winning Cadillac body kit molds and for its reputation for quality craftsmanship and OE fit created from precision CNC-machined parts. For the past three years D3’s Cadillac STS and CTS kits have been the recipient of GM’s design award.

Included in the purchase are STS model fenders, vents, roof spoiler, rocker panels, grille and front fascia with wire mesh grille with the fascia manufactured with GM’s factory-specified polyurethane. Additionally, Grip purchased the tooling to manufacture D3’s 2008 to current CTS model body kits that include the roof spoiler, rear bumper diffuser, rocker panels, front fascia and wire mesh grille and trunk spoiler; the fascia is manufactured only from GM  factory-specified polyurethane.

Core-Tech president, David Phillips, said, “With this purchase we should be operational within the next 45 days [c. end of May]. This purchase fits with our plans to become the standard bearer for styling for the Cadillac line while providing the capital resources we need to innovate for future models.”

Grip Tuning is a high-growth restyling manufacturer specializing in body kits and accessories for the sport compact and muscle car market.