The ATS will compete against the likes of the Audi A4, BMW 3-series and Mercedes C-class

General Motors has confirmed it will launch a new entry-level Cadillac at the end of 2012.

The new saloon, dubbed ATS, will slot in below the CTS, competing against the likes of the Audi A4, BMW 3-series and Mercedes C-class. "We've ceded this segment of the market to our foreign competitors for far too long," said GM boss Dan Akerson.

The new car will be based on GM’s rear-wheel-drive Alpha platform, which is also set to also underpin the next-generation CTS and Chevrolet Camaro models.

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The car will be built at GM's Lansing assembly plant, which the firm is investing $190 million (£118 million) in readiness for the new small saloon. Akerson said of the plan, which will also create around 600 jobs: "This investment demonstrates GM's commitment to Cadillac and to a strong US manufacturing base."

Although precise details of the car have yet to be revealed, GM has previously said that the ATS will feature hi-tech engines and optional all-wheel drive.

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2 November 2010

I wonder if this will only be available with petrol V6s, too? :-|

2 November 2010

[quote Dark Isle]I wonder if this will only be available with petrol V6s, too? :-|
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No. Sources I've read say that it will come with a naturally aspirated 4 cylinder putting out somewhere around 215-225 horsepower out a larger displacement I4 as standard; and optional I4 turbo for a mid-range engine, and V6 engine as a normal rangetopper. In Europe, there is no word diesel engines yet, but chances are it will offer a full slate of diesels sourced from either GM Powertrain in Torino, Italy or from their VM Motori partners that have set up shop in South Korea (GM owns a percentage of VM Motori).

As an ultimate range-topper in V-Series trim, the word is that GM's next small block V8 is going to be shoehorned under the hood much like the current CTS-V, but in a smaller package. No word yet on if it will be naturally aspirated or have some kind of forced induction in V-trim, but rumors have it that GM's next small block family will shrink in displacement.

Greetings from New Jersey!

2 November 2010

[quote Dark Isle]I wonder if this will only be available with petrol V6s, too? :-|
[/quote]Those clever guys at GM may even make it LHD only too.

2 November 2010

[quote Quattro369]Those clever guys at GM may even make it LHD only too[/quote]

Unlikely, I should think, since, as I understand it, the Alpha platform is being developed by Holden.

2 November 2010

[quote evanstim]Unlikely, I should think, since, as I understand it, the Alpha platform is being developed by Holden. [/quote]

Australia drives on the left...?

2 November 2010

joking.....

2 November 2010

I expect this car will follow the usual Caddy formula of being different visually to its competitors and probably uncompetitive on price and just appealling to fans of US cars and those who want something different.

2 November 2010

No, the "ATS" (If that is what it is ultimately called) will come in both LHD and RHD versions. It will also spawn an estate/station wagon, a coupe, and a convertible/cabriolet (whichever terms you prefer).

The platform is supposed to be developed by GM North America, GM-Holden in Australia and GM-Europe. Its a true "world platform" with insight and expertise from all the major outposts in the GM family. The only major group within the company that seems to not be contributing is GM-Asia/GM-Daewoo.

That means that the Alpha platform could see applications not only under the Caddy badge, but also possibly under the Holden and Opel/Vauxhall badges as well. Since the next Camaro is supposed to get smaller and lighter (weight is a consistent complaint with the current Zeta-derived products like the Holden Commodore and Chevy Camaro), its conceivable that some kind of sport sedan or sport coupe could sold under other marques.

Greetings from New Jersey!

2 November 2010

Arrange these words into a sentence, dead a horse flogging?

Peter Cavellini.

2 November 2010

Well, I'm glad it'll be made in RHD form and the all-wheel drive option sounds interesting. (I think Audi and Subaru are the only other manufacturers to offer this in the compact executive segment.)

However, they really do need a diesel to have any success in Europe. All of the ATS's rivals offer at least one diesel, and it's invariably the best seller in the range. They could buy some GM diesels as found in Vauxhalls, I suppose, but they're a bit rough around the edges and no match for something from Bavaria.

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