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Cadillac celebrates 15 years of V-Series sub-brand with new 2019 Pedestal Editions

Before we knew its Cadillac’s V-Series sub-brand is already celebrating its 15 years of existence. To give this ultra-high-performance luxury sub-brand a fitting celebration, Cadillac is introducing limited run models to be dubbed as the 2019 Cadillac V-Series Pedestal Editions.

The 2019 Pedestal Edition will be applicable for the 2019 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe and the 2019 Cadillac CTS-V Super Sedan. Aside from celebrating the successful 15 years of the Cadillac V-Series sub brand, the 2019 Pedestal Edition serves as a grand farewell to the third generation of the V-Series. Soon enough, the fourth generation of the Cadillac V-Series would arrive, heralding a new era of luxury high-performance at Cadillac.

The Pedestal Editions of the 2019 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe and CTS-V Super Sedan are distinguished from their regular counterparts through a number of aesthetic modifications. These include a commemorative application of Bronze Sand Metallic exterior color, Black Chrome trim and Black Chrome grille surround.

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Cadillac unveils the new ATS-V.R race car

Cadillac introduces the next generation V-Series. The all-new Cadillac ATS-VR high performance car will be competing in 2015 after its debut at the country’s most happening racing venue at the Circuit of the Americas. The ATS-VR is the racing version of the new Cadillac ATS-V Coupe and is set to arrive this 2016. The first coupe model will mark Cadillac’s years of experience in the V-Series.

Both the ATS-V sedan and the ATS-V Coupe will be launched this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Boasting up to 600hp, the ATS-VR is also compliant to the FIA GT3 specifications. This raises its potential to compete among the 30 different GT series worldwide.

The GT3 class represents a unique set of specification for racecars. Other brands competing in this elite racing event are Porsche, MacLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, BMW, Bentley, Audi and Aston Martin.

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2015 Cadillac ATS will arrive with wireless charging for smartphones

GM has just announced that the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe and Sedan models will be compatible with Powermat as well as other in-phone wireless charging technology. For those who don’t know how this technology works, it is quite simple: Powermant enables the phone to sit on a rubberized pad and have its battery recharged by means of an electromagnetic field.

GM says that the Powermat can be used for the majority of the smartphones that have wireless charging wither embedded or as an option. As you can see from the photos and video, the wireless charging feature is located inside the storage bin behind the center instrument panel faceplate.

This means that the driver can be focused on the wheel and just use the Bluetooth technology to pair his phone to the vehicle.

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2015 Cadillac ATS Sedan unveiled with new crest, revised front styling

Cadillac introduced in January at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show the all-new ATS Coupe, a two-door version of the ATS Sedan that showed an updated design. As a result, Cadillac also updated the ATS Sedan for the 2015MY with the new Cadillac crest, revised front styling but also with tech features such as the DockSport wireless phone charging from Powermat that is included with Cadillac CUE and Text Message Alerts as well as Teen Driver features.

In addition, the American manufacturer offers the OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot (3GB/three-month trial) and as standard the EZ Key passive entry. Under the hood, some models of the 2015 Cadillac ATS feature as standard the 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine that delivers 202 hp (151 kW) and 191 lb-ft (259 Nm).

Moreover, Cadillac offers the 2.0-liter Turbo engine rated at 272 hp (203 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm), which represents a 14 percent increase over 2014 models. The most powerful engine is the 3.6-liter V6 that develops 321 hp (239 kW) and 275 lb-ft (373 Nm) of torque.

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GM announced that the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe will carry a price tag of $38,990, including a $995 destination charge. Set to go on sale at the end of this summer, the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe will be available with a choice of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, while the power will come from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine or with a 3.6-liter six-cylinder.

The standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine generates 272 hp (203 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. The bigger 3.6-liter V6 engine delivers 321 hp (239 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque.

Both engines are offered with the Hydra-Matic 6L45 six-speed automatic transmission with tap-shift control. The ATS Coupe is also available with a six-speed manual transmission but only when equipped with the 2.0-liter Turbo engine.

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Cadillac has unveiled a coupe version of the ATS sedan at the Detroit Auto Show. However, it won’t be the last variant that will be derived from Cadillac’s compact sedan, as the luxury carmaker has other plans for the vehicle. Cadillac global chief Bob Ferguson vows to make available other body styles for ATS, which includes a convertible and a wagon.

“You've made the investment. You've built a brand within a brand," Ferguson told Automotive News in an interview. "If you have a winner, you should exploit that and offer variations." Cadillac is well expected to offer a V series high-performance ATS sedan that could be unveiled later this year. General Motors, however, remains unclear on the other variants of other ATS.

In 2012, then GM North America President and incoming global product chief Mark Reuss told Automotive News that plans for an ATS convertible were "pretty much designed" but the US carmaker was holding off on a decision. When asked on whether there would be a future ATS variant beyond a V series, Ferguson said: "Absolutely."

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As you may know already, Cadillac unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show the 2015 ATS Coupe, a vehicle that will take on cars such as the BMW 4-Series Coupe and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe. The new Cadillac ATS Coupe will hit the dealerships in the United States by summer and will be the first production vehicle that will get the revised Cadillac emblem featuring a wider and more intricate crest.

Two powertrain options will be available, same used by the sedan: a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 272 hp and 205 lb-ft of torque and the bigger 3.6-liter V6 that generates 321 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque.

Both engine will use a six-speed automatic transmission with tap-shift control and according to GM, the 2015 ATS Coupe equipped with the 2.0-liter engine will be capable to go from naught to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, a little bit faster than the sedan of course.

Read the entire article 2014 NAIAS: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe gets ready to take on BMW 4-Series [Live Photos]

Although we did not expect it here, General Motors unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show the all-new 2015 Cadillac ATS. Quicker and more personal than the ATS sedan, the new coupe was designed to be lighter and more engaging than its competitors. The new 2015 ATS Coupe will go on sale this summer and will offer drivers the choice of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe rides on the same 109.3-inch (2,775 mm) wheelbase as the sedan, but features its own bodywork. The roof, doors, rear fenders and trunk lid are unique to the Coupe, along with a specific front fascia and front fenders that accommodate a wider track than the sedan. Standard 18-inch wheels are exclusive to the Coupe.

Base models come as standard with projector-beam headlamps, while the front vertical LED light signatures and high-intensity-discharge headlamps are included on all but the standard model. Illuminating outside door handles on Performance and Premium collections lend technologically advanced style and function to the distinctive Coupe.

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Although executives at General Motors set the pricing of the Cadillac ATS at a level similar to the BMW's 3 series last year, it turned out that the GM model hasn’t commanded those prices at dealerships, according to research data by Edmunds.com. Through the first six months of 2013, the average transaction price on the ATS was $39,459, while for the 3 series the average transaction price was $44,764.

Research also showed that the Cadillac ATS had larger incentives at $4,088 per unit, compared to $3,555 per unit for the BMW 3 series. This pricing gap underlines the fact that BMW as well as other German luxury carmakers still possess competitive advantage against Cadillac, as its dealers have to lower prices just to make its vehicles more attractive to consumers.

Likewise, the pricing gap shows BMW's edge in brand cachet despite critical praise for the Cadillac ATS, Alec Gutierrez, senior market analyst of automotive insights for Kelley Blue Book, told Automotive News.

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A jury of automotive journalists has named the Cadillac ATS and Ram 1500 as 2013 North American Car and Truck of the Year respectively. The Cadillac ATS bested fellow 2013 North American Car of the Year finalists Ford Fusion and Honda Accord to grab the plum, while the Ram 1500 won over the Ford C-Max and Mazda CX-5 in the Truck of the Year finals.

The car of the year accolade received by the ATS marks the first for Cadillac and fifth for General Motors. For the third time, Chrysler Group grabbed the Truck of the Year plum. In a statement, Bob Ferguson, GM vice president, global Cadillac, remarked that the accolade was a meaningful honor for the entire Cadillac team, including those involved in building the ATS in Lansing, Michigan, as well as their designers and engineer. He quipped the ATS is the result of incredible commitment and focus – “the only method for creating a great performing luxury car.”

The decisions for the awards were handed by 49 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada, representing magazines, newspapers, Web sites, TV and radio. They have to judge the entry vehicles according to innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.

Read the entire article Cadillac ATS, Ram 1500 named 2013 North American Car/Truck of the Year

To score a five-star overall rating, a car or truck doesn’t have to score five stars on each individual crash test done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is because some tests and qualities have a heavier weight. For instance, the 2013 Cadillac ATS got five overall stars but what’s even more impressive is that it got five stars on every test.

The NHTSA has an overall rating with a weighted total of four individual tests, which include frontal crash, side barrier and side pole crashes, and a rollover test. The tests come down to three ratings (front, side, and rollover) that trickle down some more to one rating. On every test, the ATS scored a perfect five stars. The driver and passenger were equally safe in a frontal barrier crash and side barrier crash.

Furthermore, the driver was five-star safe upon broadsiding a pole. The risk of rolling the car during an emergency maneuver is about 10%, which is low enough to achieve a five-star rollover rating. Some credit also goes to the 2013 ATS’ on-board safety tech, which carries more weight in safety and crash testing, according to the NHTSA.

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Cadillac's new ATS compact sedan has yet to steal sales away from its target rivals, which include the BMW 3 series. Rather, the ATS is sinking its bigger sibling, the Cadillac CTS. The new ATS was launched in September. But CTS sales in October 2012 fell by 40% when compared to sales in October 2011. According to Edmunds.com, potential ATS buyers typically consider the CTS too.

Fortunately for Cadillac, the 3 Series is also on the buyers’ list. Cadillac's U.S. sales chief Chase Hawkins explained that this overlap is expected when a new nameplate enters a lineup. However, he emphasized that General Motors is prepared for this occurrence. Hawkins added that GM will cut back on its CTS output next year so that CTS sedans and coupes won’t pile up on dealer lots.

This also prevents GM from attaching huge incentives or dumping them into rental fleets. GM had done these in the past and until today, the Cadillac brand has yet to totally recover. Hawkins said that it was in their plans for ATS to attract some CTS customers.

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General Motors has announced that due to a few defects detected in the gearbox of the manual-equipped 2013 Cadillac ATS 2.0T cars, production has been temporarily stopped. Most of the Cadillac ATS that will be sold are automatic-transmission models just like its other sport sedan rivals.

However, many auto fans applauded Cadillac when it revealed earlier this year that the ATS would be available with a six-speed manual transmission when it is powered by the new 2.0-liter, turbocharged I-4 engine. The 272-hp, six-speed package is expected to go up against BMW’s 328i, which boasts a 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 and a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic.

The ATS 2.0T got mostly positive feedback during its early reviews. However, the manual transmission in the ATS is considered to be a major factor with the car losing to the 328i in Motor Trend’s Head 2 Head video comparison. According to Automobile senior editor Joe Lorio, a “hurried third-to-second downshift sometimes had the lever missing the second-gear gate and heading off in the direction of reverse.”

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The arrival of the 2013 Cadillac ATS in dealerships marks the completion of the listing of baby Caddy’s engines in the fuel economy area. This popular engine choice has an EPA-estimated rating of 21/31 mpg city/highway with rear-wheel drive and an automatic transmission. With this rating, it’s apparent that the base 2.5-liter four in the ATS is primarily a leader when it comes to costs compared with the 2.0T.

The 2.5 gains only one mpg in the city and two on the highway. As expected, the big 3.6-liter is engine in the ATS range with the highest fuel consumption since it returns only 19/28 mpg. The turbo-four and the V-6 are both offered with all-wheel drive, which lowers the 2.0T’s ratings by one mpg in the city and on the highway. It also drops the 3.6′s rating to 18/26 mpg.

These numbers are for ATS models that have the six-speed automatic. Testing for the six-speed manual in the 2.0T has yet to be done. Cadillac’s 21/31 number for the ATS 2.0T is lower than BMW 328i’s 23/33 rating when it uses an eight-speed automatic. But then, the ATS 2.0T produces an additional 32 hp from its turbo-four compared to the BMW.

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Another set of fuel-economy figures for the 2013 Cadillac ATS was released by the Environmental Protection Agency. What the EPA did this time was to test the new ATS sports sedan with its 3.6-liter V-6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Models that have rear-wheel drive offers a fuel economy rating of 19/28 mpg (city/highway).

Meanwhile, an ATS with all-wheel drive returns 18/26 mpg. The 2013 Cadillac ATS is available with the optional V-6 as its most powerful engine, delivering 321 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. It was reported previously that the car’s base engine -- a 2.5-liter inline-four with an output of 202 hp, has a fuel economy of 22/33 mpg. This engine is available only with an automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive.

The Cadillac’s new 2.0-liter turbo-four engine that delivers 272 hp and 260 lb-ft. Cadillac anticipates that the turbo engine will make up around half of all 2013 ATS sales. Buyers can choose from either rear- or all-wheel drive. It’s also the only way to use an ATS with a six-speed manual transmission. It’s likely that this turbo engine will have a fuel economy that would fall in between the ratings for the 2.5-liter and 3.6-liter engines.

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Cadillac fans are getting more excited as the carmaker rolls out its new Cadillac ATS sedan in showrooms this week. The arrival of ATS will probably place more sales pressure on its older sibling and Cadillac’s stalwart for the past years, the CTS sedan. That would be very likely since the CTS and ATS overlap in size and price.

The CTS mid-sized sedan is around 8 inches longer than the compact ATS. The starting price for the CTS is about $39,995 while the volume model for the ATS, powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, just costs $1,500 less. The trend shows that buyers usually choose a bigger model that’s priced similarly to the smaller unit, giving the CTS an advantage.

The CTS, however, got one big disadvantage. The current generation was launched five years ago in 2007 as a 2008 model. For that, Cadillac buyers will likely decide on an ATS, which is expected to surpass the carmaker’s sales in a short period. Executives at Cadillac predict that around 50,000 ATS sedans will be sold in 2013. That would be near the 55,042 figure for the entire CTS range, which include wagons and coupe.

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2013 Cadillac ATS has received the go signal to enter production just six months after it was introduced at the Detroit auto show. Cadillac has started to build the first 2013 ATS that is meant for a customer. In fact, the first few cars made had rolled off the production line in Michigan at the Lansing Grand River plant this week.

The Cadillac CTS sedan, coupe, and Sport Wagon are also produced at this plant. To accommodate ATS production, the plant got an upgrade worth $190 million and 600 new jobs were created. Since the ATS debuted at the Detroit show, Cadillac had been steadily releasing information about the model. The new car has a starting price of $33,990, which is less expensive than a BMW 328i sedan.

Its base 2.5-liter inline-four engine has a fuel economy rating of 22/33 mpg, which is about mid-pack compared to the other four-cylinder models. The 2013 ATS is one of the lightest cars in its segment because it used high-strength steels, aluminum, and magnesium extensively. It features new safety technologies such as vibrating seats.

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General Motors Co. tried to impress reviewers with its new Cadillac ATS, the first compact of the luxury brand in 25 years, by driving it along the Atlanta Motorsports Park racetrack in Georgia. GM hopes that the new Cadillac ATS will further increase Cadillac’s sales in the United States and China, a part of GM chief executive Dan Akerson's grand plan to make the brand more global.

GM, however, could be facing an uphill battle to sell the Cadillac ATS to its target sales volumes, especially if its monthly payment is similar to the ones offered by BMW and Mercedes-Benz, Tom Libby, lead North American analyst for R.L. Polk & Co. told Bloomberg. BMW and Mercedes-Benz have been lording over the luxury compact segment thanks to their monthly lease offers on the 3 Series and C-Class, which in some cases, amount to $299 a month.

Libby noted that BMW and Mercedes-Benz, with their 3 Series and C-Class offerings, already offer extraordinary equity “in the mind of the luxury consumer." Cadillac vice president for marketing Don Butler, however, remarked that GM would not engage BMW and Mercedes into a price war. Butler said engaging in a price war could make it seem that GM would not be successful in building the brand as it is already “distressed from the start.” 

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The new Cadillac ATS compact sport sedan can be seen in the latest documentary style advertising campaign by General Motors that featured winding switchback mountains in Morocco and Patagonia’s windswept plains. The campaign is named "Cadillac ATS vs. the World," and is part of efforts to promote the performance features of the ATS -- Cadillac's first true compact sedan since the heavily criticized Cimarron came out in 1981.

For Cadillac to succeed at the compact luxury market, it would have to appeal to buyers who want top performance and who are drawn to German cars like the BMW 3 series. Molly Peck, director of Cadillac advertising and sales promotion, said that it’s “extraordinarily difficult” to break into this segment, which is the largest luxury segment worldwide.

She said that the company has to make consumers aware of the new brand as well as make them consider it. The challenge is that these have to be done quickly. These spots can already be viewed online but the TV ads will debut on July 27 during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. The ATS is scheduled to appear in showrooms by the end of summer. It has a starting price of $33,990, including destination charges.

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GM announced today that the 2013 Cadillac ATS fitted with the fuel-efficient 2.5-liter engine and mated to the next-generation six-speed transmission, will carry price tag of $33,990, including destination charges. That’s right folks, you will pay less than $34k for car with a highway fuel economy of over 30 mpg.

The model fitted with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine will cost $35,795 including destination and will offer automatic and manual transmissions, and rear- or all-wheel drive.

The most expensive version will be the one fitted with the 3.6-liter V6 engine delivering 320 hp, which will cost $42,090 including destination with an automatic transmission and standard content such as CUE, leather 8-way power seats with memory, adaptive start and more.

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