Cadillac ATS, Ram 1500 are Detroit Free Press Car and Truck of the Year 2013
Detroit Free Press
December 27, 2012
by Mark Phelan
The ATS sport sedan is a watershed vehicle for Cadillac and a breakthrough that will change the way General Motors develops all its upcoming vehicles.
The engineers who developed the ATS at GM's Warren Tech Center were focused like a laser on the BMW 3-series, the compact that's widely considered the world's best sport sedan.
It was the first time GM had the confidence to tackle the 3-series head on. The CTS that re-established Cadillac as a competitor for the likes of Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz tried to outflank the 3-series: it was nearly the size of the larger 5-series, but priced like the compact 3-series.
Job 1 was making the car light. Controlling weight is the greatest test of an automaker's discipline, focus and engineering expertise. Nearly all GM's recent vehicles have been heavier than their competition. That put GM at a serious disadvantage for fuel economy, handling and performance.
The ATS shocked the auto industry when it weighed in about 200 pounds lighter than a 3-series. The ATS's fuel economy and performance also compare well to leading established sport sedans.
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