Cadillac fires up a compact
The new ATS takes aim at BMW's 3-Series.
We thought Cadillac was taking on the BMW 3-Series nine years ago when it first introduced the CTS. The Caddy did compete with the 3 on price, but it was much larger. Now the CTS is even larger — bigger than the 5-Series, in fact. However, Cadillac premiered a vehicle in Detroit that will once again take on the mighty 3: the ATS.
The ATS is a true compact sedan, and by the looks of it, the new Caddy may be a worthy competitor to the 3. We'll need to drive it to render a final judgment, but the car that Cadillac unveiled at the North American International Auto Show certainly looks promising.
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2013 Cadillac ATS
What is it? A compact sedan designed to compete with the BMW 3-Series
What's hot? The Cadillac ATS marks the debut of General Motors' new global rear-wheel-drive platform, which likely will also host the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro and 2015 Cadillac CTS. Cadillac promises the ATS will weigh less than the lightest cars in the class, use aluminum and magnesium suspension components, and offer all-wheel drive and Cadillac's Magnetic Ride Control suspension. It will also feature a choice of three engines: a pair of 4-cylinders in the Ecotec 2 range — a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter and a turbocharged 2.0-liter — and a 3.6-liter V6. The 2.5 will pump out 200 horsepower; the 2.0 will make 270 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque; and the 3.6 will develop 318 horsepower.
What's not? The idea of a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine in a Cadillac doesn't sound appropriate. Luxury cars should get more power than that.
How much and when? The price has yet to be announced, but it should be about $30,000 when the ATS goes on sale this summer.
MSN Autos verdict: Compacts make up the biggest portion of the luxury market, so it was a natural for Cadillac to build a 3-Series fighter. If it handles as well as or better than the CTS, Cadillac should have a hit on its hands. The turbocharged four and the V6 engines should be fun.
Kirk Bell has served as the associate publisher for Consumer Guide Automotive and editor of Scale Auto Enthusiast magazine. A Midwest native, Bell brings 18 years of automotive journalism experience to MSN, and currently contributes to JDPower.com and Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com.
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Why would they do what you say. So they can hear how it must be based on some foreign car?
No matter what the big three does, it's Hyundai has this, toyota does that, honda has that. People have become so import biased they can't see how much improved domestic cars are.
The rating services notice and write about it all the time, J.D. Powers, Kelly Blue Book Consumer report, Motor trend, Motor week, Car & Driver, but, the import junkies just keep buying the land of the rising son mobiles. And spare me the , "They're build here so the American cars" Wheeze. No, they are not, they are assembled here, from part made in abroad and shipped here, and contribute nothing to the economy besides a salary. Profits all go to Japan, Germany, Korea, where ever.
And yes, I bought my wife a Toyota RAV4 because that's what she wanted. I've Never been a fan, myself. Unfortunately, it was one of those involved in the great transmission cover up. When the transmission failed, she was nearly killed by a semi when it downshifted from overdrive to 2nd gear. All the dealer said was it will cost $4000 dollars to fix it. I had it fixed, then found out months later they had been under forced recalled at the time it was repaired and Toyota had instructed dealer to say nothing, by then it was over the mileage limit so I got to eat the cost. So, when it dies, I won't buy another Toyota. I will run the 4k out of it. It will replaced by something from Ford or one of the bail out babies. No imports in this driveway ever again.
And to the other poster, Johnny Cloud, No, it's not a Vauxhall.
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Actually no, Bill Ford and his executive board are in control of and guide Ford Motor Company, not anything government does. Ford uses few if any common parts suppliers with GM or Chrysler. And if there, they orders were placed before anything government did. Therefore, they're business positions were secure whether GM and Chrysler made it or not. I work at the Ford Claycomo assembly part. Our supply chain has nothing to do with GM and Chrysler, LLC. Obama may have "saved" GM and Chrysler from themselves, but Mr. Ford and the board steered Ford through without being bailed out. So if Ford could do it, surely,the boards of the other two could have. This is bail out number two for Chrysler,,, How many more are you willing to pay for? At least Lee Iacoca paid the first one back, we'll see if the current board does.
I would rather repair my American car or truck to drive it than own a Toyota, Honda, or Hyundai etc. They are living on a reputation from the 80's when alot of American cars were lacking in quality. That was then.
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