2013 Cadillac ATS unveiled [video]

Declaring war on Germany

After months of teasing, Cadillac has officially unveiled the 2013 ATS.

Designed to battle the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class, the ATS has an active shutter grille (which closes at highway speeds to reduce drag and increase fuel efficiency), LED-infused headlights and 17-inch alloy wheels. There's also chrome trim, vertical taillights and an integrated trunk spoiler.

The cabin is elegantly appointed with leather seats, wood trim and metallic accents. It also features the CUE infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen display, a capacitive faceplate and Bluetooth/USB/SD Card connectivity. Other highlights include a digital instrument cluster, a Bose audio system and optional GPS navigation.

Under the hood, three engines will be available. Choices include:

  • A 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 200 hp (149 kW / 203 PS) and 188 lb-ft (255 Nm) of torque
  • A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 270 hp (201 kW / 274 PS) and 260 lb-ft (353 Nm) of torque
  • A 3.6-liter V6 with 318 hp (237 kW / 322 PS) and 267 lb-ft (362 Nm) of torque

They can be paired to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission and an optional all-wheel drive system.

On the handling front, the ATS rides on a new rear-wheel drive platform with a 51/49 weight distribution. It uses a multi-link, double-pivot MacPherson-strut front suspension and a five-link independent rear suspension. If that isn't impressive enough, the optional FE3 sport suspension includes Magnetic Ride Control, a limited slip differential and Brembo brakes.  The model also weighs less than 3,400 lbs (1,542 kg) thanks to an aluminum hood, magnesium engine brackets and "natural-fiber" door panels. 

In terms of safety, the car can be equipped with adaptive cruise control, intelligent brake assist and forward collision alert. There's also a blind spot warning system, a lane departure warning system and a rearview camera.

Pricing information hasn't been released, but the 2013 ATS will be launched this summer.

Check out the press release for additional information

Source: GM via jalopnik.com

2013 Cadillac ATS Challenges the Status Quo

• All-new, lightweight, rear-wheel-drive architecture with one of the lowest curb weights in the segment - less than 3,400 pounds (1,542 kg)
• Broad lineup of engines, including two four-cylinders and a V-6 for North America, capitalizes on lightweight structure for performance with efficiency
• Cadillac CUE, a comprehensive, in-vehicle experience that merges intuitive design with auto industry-first controls and commands for information and entertainment data

DETROIT - Cadillac today introduced the 2013 ATS, an all-new compact luxury sports sedan intended to challenge the world's best premium cars. Developed on an all-new, lightweight vehicle architecture, Cadillac's entry into the world's most significant luxury car segment goes on sale this summer.

The rear-drive ATS brings Cadillac's blend of technologically driven performance, elegance and design to a new audience of spirited drivers. Its sophisticated driving experience is enhanced with Cadillac CUE, a comprehensive, in-vehicle user experience that merges intuitive design with industry-first controls and commands for information and media data.

"Designed with quick, nimble and fun-to-drive dynamics, ATS expands Cadillac's portfolio into a crucial global segment," said Don Butler, vice president of marketing for Cadillac. "For a new group of luxury consumers, this is a car that will fit their lifestyle and challenge the segment's status quo."

The Cadillac ATS is a new expression of Cadillac's Art & Science execution philosophy, built on a foundation of driving dynamics and mass efficiency. It is the most agile and lightweight Cadillac, with one of the lowest curb weights in the segment - less than 3,400 pounds (1,542 kg).

Germany's famed Nürburgring served as one of the key testing grounds, along with additional roads, racetracks and laboratories around the globe, ATS engineers balanced performance with Cadillac's trademark refinement. Contributing components and features include:

• Nearly 50/50 weight balance
• Cadillac's first five-link independent rear suspension using lightweight, high-strength steel and efficient straight link designs
• A multi-link double-pivot MacPherson-strut front suspension with direct-acting stabilizer bar
• Driver-adjustable FE3 sport suspension with Magnetic Ride Control real-time damping
• Underbody aerodynamic shields
• Premium (belt driven) electric variable-effort steering gear from ZF Steering Systems
• Four-channel ABS with available Brembo performance brakes
• Available all-wheel drive

"More than just another new entry, the ATS aims to change the status quo of the European-dominated segment," said Butler. "That is why our approach in all elements of its development is so extensive and focused."

A broad lineup of engines - including two four-cylinders and a V-6 for North America - delivers strong power to the ATS and capitalizes on the car's lightweight structure to complement its performance with efficiency. The optional engines include an all-new 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder rated at 270 horsepower (201 kW) and Cadillac's award-winning 3.6L V-6, estimated at 318 horsepower (237 kW).

At 135hp/L, the new 2.0T is one of the most power-dense engines in the industry, topping engines from European competitors. ATS will offer both manual and automatic transmission options, along with rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive configurations.

The ATS will deliver peak highway fuel economy of more than 30 mpg.

A spirit of lightness and balance

Making the ATS one of the segment's lightest cars was a fundamental criterion for and the guiding principle during its development, but it was done in a nuanced manner that ensures a refined driving experience.

"Low weight gives the ATS a more nimble and controllable feel, while also optimizing the performance and efficiency of the powertrains," said David Masch, ATS chief engineer. "But we were careful to manage the weight while maintaining Cadillac's signature levels of refinement."

Optimizing the ATS's mass was the result of a four-pronged philosophy that included strict adherence to original architectural goals, measured load management throughout the vehicle, benchmarking components to see if lighter solutions were available and an overall culture that "weighed" the mass of every component in the car against all aspects of its development.

An aluminum hood, magnesium engine mount brackets and even lightweight, natural-fiber door trim panels contribute to the ATS's low overall mass - and reflect the systematic approach of evaluating every gram that went into the car. But some weight was deemed not only beneficial, but essential to the ATS's driving experience. An example is the cast iron differential: Engineers found they could improve fuel economy with a cast iron differential rather than a lighter aluminum version.

And while the rear suspension is mostly steel, the focus on load management and straight links enabled significant weight savings without using alternate materials. This helps offset the weight of the engine and transmission at the front of the vehicle, helping the ATS deliver its near-perfect 50/50 weight balance, while also contributing to lower noise and vibration. A similar approach was taken on the wheels, where extra structural aluminum was strategically added to further reduce vibration.

"We approached development by counting all the grams in the ATS," said Masch. "We minimized them where we could and put them to the best use where they were needed."

Tailored design weaves in signature style and refinement

The 2013 Cadillac ATS interprets Cadillac's Art & Science design language in a new proportion, tailoring the signature styling and refinement cues for the most compact Cadillac while upholding - and advancing - the exemplary attention to detail and technological elements for which the brand is known.

A long, 109.3-inch (2,775 mm) wheelbase and wide front/rear tracks are the cornerstones of the ATS's firmly planted stance, which is enhanced by short overhangs and taut sheet metal that appears to wrap tightly around the tires. Seventeen-inch wheels are standard and 18-inch wheels are available.

Bold vertical lighting elements - including new LED front signature lighting detail - as well as illuminating door handles and active grille shutters lend technologically advanced style and function to the ATS. The grille shutters close at certain highway speeds to reduce aerodynamic drag and enhance fuel economy.

A driver-focused interior with integrated technology and crafted materials complements the exterior elements and supports the ATS's driving experience. Everything from the placement of the pedals to the position of the shifter is designed for effortless and intuitive performance driving. Available performance seats have power-adjustable bolsters to optimize lateral support during high-load cornering.

Contributing to the interior's intuitive feel is an instrument panel that wraps into the doors and a center stack in the mid-instrument panel that flows into the center console. LED lighting for the bold gauge cluster enables clear, at-a-glance viewing in all lighting conditions, while ambient lighting accents functional elements of the console and doors.

Real wood, plated metal plating and carbon fiber trim and Cadillac's cut-and-sew cut-and-sew instrument panel, console and doors enhance the emotional connection to the ATS. Choices of many interior color themes, each with unique accent trim material, cover a wide range of flavors - from light, open and warm to black and serious, to bold, technical and sporty.

CUE and ATS technologies

The ATS is offered with Cadillac CUE, a comprehensive, in-vehicle experience that merges intuitive design with auto industry-first controls and commands for information and entertainment data. It is designed to be unique for each consumer, from the "simple user" to the fully connected "super user."

CUE, which stands for Cadillac User Experience, pairs entertainment and information data from up to 10 Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices, USBs, SD cards and MP3 players with a vehicle infotainment system that reduces complexity through customized information, voice commands and fewer buttons and larger icons. For example, most of today's luxury cars have around 20 buttons controlling the radio and entertainment functions. CUE has only four.

The heart of CUE is the eight-inch LCD multi-touch sensitive screen, seamlessly integrated into the top of the central instrument panel and a motorized fully capacitive faceplate at the bottom concealing a 1.8L storage area. The vibrant LCD screen displays CUE's home page, which resembles a smart phone's screen by using large, easy-to-target icons to execute commands. Capacitive technology refers to using electrodes to sense the conductive properties of objects, such as a finger.

In addition to CUE, the ATS is offered with other technologies, including:

• Bluetooth phone connectivity with voice recognition
• USB, auxiliary and SD memory card ports
• SiriusXM Satellite Radio with three-month trial subscription
• Keyless access and keyless push-button start
• Reconfigurable 5.7-inch instrument panel cluster display
• Full-color reconfigurable heads-up display.

The ATS is offered as a well-equipped standard model and in Luxury, Performance and Premium Collections. A Bose® Cabin Surround audio system is offered on the standard model, as well as Luxury and Performance Collections. It is standard with the Premium Collection. A navigation system is also available with Luxury and Performance Collections and standard with the Premium Collection.

'Control and alert' safety strategy

Safety in the ATS is based on Cadillac's "control and alert" strategy that employs advanced technologies - including radar, cameras and ultrasonic sensors - to help prevent crashes.

The safety features bolster driver vision and awareness of road hazards, and intervenes to help the driver avert potential crashes. In some cases, Cadillac's advanced crash-avoidance systems will act without the driver, such as automatic braking, which will activate based on information indicating potential hazards.

Among the most sophisticated of the features is Front and Rear Automatic Brakes. This relies on short-range radar technology and ultrasonic sensors to help the driver prevent front and rear low-speed collisions via a progression of alerts that extend to complete braking, if necessary.

Optional advanced safety features include:

• Full Speed Range Adaptive Cruise Control
• Intelligent Brake Assist
• Forward Collision Alert
• Brake Pre-Fill Automatic Collision Preparation
• Lane Departure Warning
• Side Blind Zone Alert
• Rear Vision Camera With Dynamic Guidelines
• Adaptive Forward Lighting
• Hill Hold/Start Assist (Standard, manual transmission)

The advanced technology safety features complement the ATS's roster of other safety features, including eight standard air bags (10 with optional features), safety belt pretensioners and load limiters, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with traction control and four-wheel disc brakes with four-channel ABS.

ATS also features OnStar standard for one year. It can use GPS and cellular phone technology to automatically call for help in the event of a crash. OnStar service also includes myCadillac and OnStar myLink mobile apps, which offer vehicle information, controls and OnStar services via the customer's iPhone or Android smart phone.


Model: Cadillac ATS Sedan
Body style / driveline: 4-door luxury sport luxury sedan, RWD/AWD
Construction: Unitized welded steel body with direct-mounted front cradle and rubber-isolated, multi-link independent rear suspension
EPA vehicle class: small car
Manufacturing location: Lansing Grand River Assembly, Lansing, Mich.

2.0L Turbo DI VVT 2.5L I-4 DI VVT 3.6L V-6 DI VVT
Displacement (cu in / cc): 122 / 1998 150 / 2457 217 / 3564
Bore & stroke (in / mm): 3.39 x 3.39 / 86 x 86 3.46 x 3.97 / 88 x 101 3.7 x 3.37 / 94 x 85.6
Block material: cast aluminum cast aluminum cast aluminum
Cylinder head material: cast aluminum cast aluminum cast aluminum
Valvetrain: DOHC, four-valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing DOHC, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing DOHC, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing
Fuel delivery: direct high-pressure fuel injection direct high-pressure fuel injection direct high-pressure fuel injection
Compression ratio: 9.2:1 11.4:1 11.5:1
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 270 / 201 @ 5300 (est) 200 / 149 @ 6200 (est) 318 / 237 @ 6800 (est - gas)
Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm): 260 / 353 @ 2400 (est) 188 / 255 @ 4500 (est) 267 / 362 @ 4900 (est - gas)
Recommended fuel: premium recommended but not required regular unleaded regular unleaded or E85
Maximum engine speed (rpm): 6350 7000 7200
Estimated fuel economy: TBD TBD TBD

Tremec M3L TR3160 Hydra-Matic 6L45
Type: fully synchronized six-speed manual with single overdrive six-speed, electronically controlled, automatic overdrive with torque converter clutch
Gear ratios (:1):
First: 4.12 4.06
Second: 2.62 2.37
Third: 1.81 1.55
Fourth: 1.30 1.16
Fifth: 1.00 0.85
Sixth: 0.80 0.67
Reverse: 3.75 3.20
Final drive ratio: 3.27 3.27 (2.5L, 3.6L)
3.45 (2.0T)

Chassis / Suspension
Configuration: rear-wheel drive
Differential: open (FE2 suspension); mechanical limited-slip (FE3 suspension)
Front: MacPherson-type with dual lower ball joints and direct-acting stabilizer bar; Magnetic Ride Control (FE3)
Rear: independent five-link with monotube shock absorbers; Magnetic Ride Control (FE3)
Steering type: ZF rack-mounted electric, power-assisted and variable assist
Steering ratio: FE2: 16.8:1
FE3: 15.3:1
Steering turns, lock-to-lock: FE2: 3.16
FE3: 2.86
Turn circle (ft / m): FE2 RWD: 36.38 / 11.09
FE3 RWD: 35.99 / 10.97
FE2 AWD: 38.05 / 11.60
Chassis control: four-channel StabiliTrak w/ brake assist and traction control

Wheels and Tires
Wheel size and type: 17x8-inch aluminum (painted)
17x8-inch aluminum (polished)
18x8-inch aluminum (machined-face)
18x8-inch aluminum (polished)
Tire size: P225/45R17 90H all-season
P225/45R17 90V run-flat all-season
225/40R18 92V run-flat all-season
225/40R18 88W / 255/35R18 90W run-flat summer-only
225/35ZR19 88Y / 255/30ZR19 91Y run-flat all-season (LPO)

Type: four-wheel disc with sliding calipers on base; four-channel ABS/TCS w/ DRP; Brembo brakes with fixed calipers on Luxury, Performance and Premium collections
Rotor type and thickness (in / mm): Standard front: 11.8 x 1.02 (300 x 26) vented, with Ferritic Nitro Carbunized process for corrosion resistance
Standard rear: 12.4 x 0.90 (315 x 23) vented, with Ferritic Nitro Carbunized process for corrosion resistance
Uplevel front: 12.6 x 1.18 (321 x 30) vented, with Ferritic Nitro Carbunized process for corrosion resistance
Uplevel rear: 12.4 x 0.90 (315 x 23) vented, with Ferritic Nitro Carbunized process for corrosion resistance


Wheelbase (in / mm): 109.3 / 2775
Length (in / mm): 182.8 / 4643
Height (in / mm): 55.9 / 1421
Width (in / mm): 71.1 / 1805
Track (in / mm): front: 59.5 / 1512
rear: 60.9 / 1548
Curb weight (lb / kg): less than 3,400 / 1,542 (approx.)
Weight distribution (% front / rear): 51 / 49

Legroom (in / mm): front: 42.5 / 1079
rear: 33.5 / 851
Headroom (in / mm): front: 38.6 / 980
rear: 36.8 / 935
Shoulder room (in / mm): front: 55.2 / 1345
rear: 53.9 / 1370
Hip room (in / mm): front: 53.0 / 1345
rear: 52.3 / 1328

Seating capacity (front / rear): 2 / 3
EPA passenger volume (cu ft / L): 90.9 / 2573
EPA trunk volume (cu ft / L): 10.2 / 290
Trailer towing maximum (lb / kg): 1000 / 454 (3.6L)
Fuel tank (gal / L): 16 / 60.5
Engine oil (qt / L): TBD
Cooling system (qt / L): 8.1 / 7.7 (2.0T)
7.1 / 6.7 (2.5L)
11 / 10.4 (3.6L)

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turtletorque turtletorque
Very impressive design effort. A little thinning on the blinging, but it needed to be done to cater to world markets.
Jan 17th, 2013 9:59am
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DeRay DeRay
When the CTS came out it was supposed to compete with the 3series since they already had the STS which was supposed to compete with the 5 series and that is how they marketed it: http://youtu.be/8SE4YfmlckE. The current CTS starts at 35k and the current 3 series starts at 34k, so my concern is how much of a price bump is it going to be for the CTS since a base model BMW 5'er starts around 46k, if they are going to match that well then wouldn't they lose that slight edge that they had with it being less and equal performance?
Jan 11th, 2012 12:09am
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August Horch August Horch
Go Cadillac! I am proud to say this is an American car. Now whether it would make me want to give up my Audi...
Jan 10th, 2012 6:31am
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il_tifosi il_tifosi
It's just a smaller CTS, which is not a bad thing because CTS is a beautiful car! The interior is good too, but they could have done a better job making it not so similar to the Insignia
Jan 9th, 2012 10:48pm
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modena modena
Now I am confused...... If the ATS is meant to be a competitor to C-class & 3-series. So what the CTS competing with in first place? Or what is the need for CTS now? Are they going to demolish the CTS? why they don’t provide a competitor for S-class, 7-series, A8 and others?
Jan 9th, 2012 2:43pm
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Kid_Voltron Kid_Voltron
the CTS (or current generation rather) was initially made to fill the gap of the 3 series and 5 series hence it sat somewhere in between sizewise, in my country it was more expensive than the 3 Series while cheaper than the 5, the next CTS is said to be a proper 5 Series class competitor, and the XTS will fight off the 7/A8/S-Class
Jan 9th, 2012 4:12pm
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autoficianado autoficianado
Almost right Voltron. The Ats is sized to compete in the 3/C class market. The next gen CTS will be resized to match 5/E class proportions. The XTS while it is Cadillacs largest car is not the top of the line car and i6ts ridiculous that anyone thinks it will compete against 7/S/A8...it's just not happening. This vehicle is after the Lexus market and to keep the older Cadillac buyers who prefer a large luxury vehicle BUT prefer comfort over sport. XTS is FWD or optional AWD...no front wheel drive car can be said to compete with the German flagships. Cadillac will deliver a new flagship car that sits above the CTS and it will be rear wheel drive and have the compenent set to compete properly. The XTS is as good as any Lexus but not as good as a 7 series or S class.
Jan 9th, 2012 4:57pm
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Speedoholic Speedoholic
So they used Audi's secret weapon... the shrinking machine.
Jan 9th, 2012 2:42pm
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Kid_Voltron Kid_Voltron
"A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 270 hp (201 kW / 274 PS) and 260 lb-ft (353 Nm) of torque" I see only one engine derivative competing with the Germans, I wonder if it's Europe sourced as well...in Europe they use 1.6/1.4T to achieve what the 2.5 does...the 3.6 there's practically very little difference in comparison to the 2.0 T ...a beatiful car but you cannot compete with Germans without head to head confrontation on the powertrains...
Jan 9th, 2012 9:46am
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autoficianado autoficianado
They have that with the power output of the engines and there is a 412hp ATSv twin turbo coming. The V6 is a premium option and offered by BMW & Mercedes Benz so there is parity. To be honest the V6 is probably for the US and some other markets but the 2.0 turbo is already tuned in other applications by GM to deliver 270ps & 290lb ft of torque and it makes more sense to use it in Europe and certain other markets that favor smaller displacement.
Jan 9th, 2012 4:50pm
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shaahinmt shaahinmt
why they make 2 CTS sized and spec-ed cars?
Jan 9th, 2012 5:15am
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ebarsy ebarsy
they don't
Jan 9th, 2012 7:30am
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shaahinmt shaahinmt
why do u think that?
Jan 9th, 2012 5:04pm
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ebarsy ebarsy
this is a smaller car then the CTS and comes with smaller engine options, how is it the same size, and spec as a CTS?
Jan 9th, 2012 7:18pm
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Caddis are boring they all have the same design. This new car is old already
Jan 9th, 2012 3:55am
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ebarsy ebarsy
this new ATS looks a lot less like the CTS then the equivalent cars from both BMW, and Audi..
Jan 9th, 2012 7:30am
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moodyaaa moodyaaa
I think its cool
Jan 9th, 2012 12:54am
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In the late 90s, the cars began to lose its uniqueness. If a company car used parts from another model, it was immediately apparent and usually lose the brand in the eyes of potential customers. I mean all these activities, such as the Nissan 300ZX famous lights in the Lamborghini Diablo. Then these differences began to fade when the concerns were buying smaller companies. Now no one is astonished Ford parts used in Aston Martin, etc.. Extreme cases are the productions of a Seat Exeo, which is the second life for the Audi A4 B7, or the Mitsubishi Outlander, which pretends to be a Citroen or a Peugeot. Has changed only the front part of the car and logo on the grille and the steering wheel. Examples could be multiplied indefinitely now, just such an example is Cadaillac, outside brand is trying to stand out among other cars, but inside it is ORDINARY Opel or Chevrolet. The same steering wheel has the most Chevrolets, Opels and SAAB had them too. Shame that globalization and cutting costs in large corporations means that cars lose their uniqueness and buying a Cadillac, it's as if we were to buy Opel for more money!
Jan 9th, 2012 12:38am
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autoficianado autoficianado
Your comment makes little sense about component sharing with your example of headlights. Hardly a prime compenent. Cadillac history is practically as old as Mercedes Benz and should not be dismissed so quickly. Branding has been around for a long time. Until BMW bought Rolls Royce every Bentley was a brand engineered Rolls Royce that was less expensive. Toyota is the king of branding as it started the race to try and market "Luxury" cars made from Toyota platforms...if you want to hate that is a better target. I laugh everytime I see someone driving a Lexus and think you payed too much for a Toyota vehicle underneath. BMW is sharing engines with Puegot-Citroen, Mercedes Benz is sharing engines with Nissan (Smart) and Infiniti. Acura's are higher priced Hondas...the list goes on because Cadillac is an American brand stop the automatic hate.
Jan 9th, 2012 4:45pm
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peterjames7 peterjames7
Good news caddy fans their shrink ray still works..... In the uk it will struggle especially as the interior seems to be mostly be from an insignia
Jan 9th, 2012 12:30am
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Jan 9th, 2012 12:27am
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automobile007 automobile007
Is this the new BLS? Shame Cadis never really sell here in the UK, i think they look great
Jan 9th, 2012 12:14am
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NYyanks NYyanks
Cadillac XTS's Mini Me
Jan 8th, 2012 11:54pm
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Microice Microice
Honey, I shrunk the CTS!
Jan 8th, 2012 11:48pm
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thamzn thamzn
First BLS, then CTS, now ATS. Can Caddy finally compete with the compact premium Germans - and win? Only time will tell.
Jan 8th, 2012 11:44pm
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The BLS was an average car, just a Cadillac'ed Saab 93 to the bone but the CTS is a true German competitor at all its trims all the way to the CTSv. Surely Cadillac has more sense than to make the ATS any less good. I'll wait for its tests before I make up my mind but if they bring this car to Europe I will choose it over the numerous Audis, BMWs and Mercedes.
Jan 9th, 2012 8:35am
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