Cadillac ATS Earns Five-Star NHTSA Safety Rating

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    Cadillac ATS Earns Five-Star NHTSA Safety Rating

    Cadillac ATS Earns Five-Star NHTSA Safety Rating
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    December 6, 2012
    by Luke Vandezande


    Arguably a new segment benchmark, Cadillac’s ATS can add a five-star NHTSA safety rating to its list of accolades.

    Aimed at dethroning the BMW 3 Series, the ATS is one of the 54 latest vehicles to undergo testing. What’s more, it managed a five-star rating on not only the overall category, but in front- and side-impact crashes as well as rollover tests.

    That meant a victory over its biggest contender: the BMW 3 Series, which also scored five starts overall, but lost out with only four in front-crash tests.

    NHTSA’s tests cover approximately 85 percent of all new vehicles and will examine 33 passenger cars, 16 SUVs, four trucks and one minivan this year.

    Results for the Lexus LS were also recently released and the car also scored a five-star overall rating, but just like BMW it did so with one four-star category.

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    Re: Cadillac ATS Earns Five-Star NHTSA Safety Rating

    This is good news. The Cadillac ATS is probably one of the best sport luxury cars to come from GM or even enter the segment that it competes in but they need to put a more fuel efficient gearbox in it that has better shift points overall. The latest 3-Series has an 8-speed gearbox that's I think dual clutch and it's it nets about 3 MPG more than the ATS. Aside from that and some other minor material gripes I have with the ATS it's a great or probably Cadillac's best effort yet. What I'm looking forward to is the ATS-V with the new twin-turbo V6 engine.

    Either way achieving a 5-star rating for both front and side impacts from the NHTSA is a good feat. "Safety comes first".

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    Re: Cadillac ATS Earns Five-Star NHTSA Safety Rating

    Well done Cadillac/GM, but this is to be expected with that kind of vehicle.

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    Re: Cadillac ATS Earns Five-Star NHTSA Safety Rating

    Goes to show that quality and thoughtful chassis engineering/design leads to:

    Lighter weight (and better fuel efficiency)
    More fun behind the wheel
    Excellent passenger safety

    While their cars are generally not my cup of tea, I have to give Honda credit for doing this for years. It's amazing how relatively light the new Accord is while being on the bigger end of the midsize segment (while being quieter than previous generations). Unfortunately the Malibu's heft won't be able to be addressed in the emergency makeover - but maybe the lessons from the ATS will trickle down by the next generation.
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    Re: Cadillac ATS Earns Five-Star NHTSA Safety Rating

    Quote Originally Posted by Tre-Tre View Post
    Well done Cadillac/GM, but this is to be expected with that kind of vehicle.
    Then Lexus, BMW, and likely others, missed the memo.

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    Re: Cadillac ATS Earns Five-Star NHTSA Safety Rating

    We know the car is good.

    We just want to know when we can get an ATS-V coupe.


    No, seriously: are there any rumors about when the coupe will be shown?

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    Re: Cadillac ATS Earns Five-Star NHTSA Safety Rating

    Quote Originally Posted by Gm786 View Post
    The latest 3-Series has an 8-speed gearbox that's I think dual clutch and it's it nets about 3 MPG more than the ATS.
    Not a dual clutch, but a very effective time transmission nonetheless.

    Great news on safety rating.

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    Re: Cadillac ATS Earns Five-Star NHTSA Safety Rating

    Excellent news, especially considering how light it is!

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    Re: Cadillac ATS Earns Five-Star NHTSA Safety Rating

    No seriously BMW offers a dual-clutch gearbox in the current M3 Manual equivalent.

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