Caddilac has been riding a two model line up for a few years now with the CTS and the SRX. Yes the Escallade, and the DTS have been around, but their sales have been less than. The DTS is getting replaced later this year with the new XTS that debuted in L.A. in November and the Escallade will be around for a few more years. Now
Now Cadillac is going full bore into the "C" segment taking on Audi's A4, BMW's 3 Series and Mercedes C Series with the all new ATS. Built on it's own platform, available in Rear Wheel Drive and All Wheel Drive, the car will weigh in at under 3400 pounds, which is pretty remarkable in this day and age. It will have three engines available, a 2.5 liter inline four, a 270 horsepower 2.0 Turbo four and a 320 hourspower 3.6 liter V6.
The car debuted Sunday night, just before the NAIAS kicked off at the Center for Creative Studies in what used to be the old GM Styling center. In fact the ATS's debut was on the 11th floor room that Harley Earl used as the place to design the signiture cars for General Motors in the 30's 40's and 50's.
How will the car drive? We will find out when we get our hands on it in a few months.
Autoline Detroit is covering the 2012 North American International Auto Show LIVE from Noon until 2 PM today and tomorrow. If you want to see interviews with the leaders of the automotive world and reaction to all the debuts at the most important show of the the year, then you need to watch the live stream.
This week we're getting the inside dirt on the North American International Auto Show, or as we prefer to call it: the Detroit Auto Show. Our guests are Bill Perkins, the NAIAS Co-Chair and Rod Alberts, the Executive Director for NAIAS. We'll be asking them if things have really changed down at Cobo Center. Are unions still ripping everyone off? Can we expect any more fights with the Detroit City Council? Of course, with the big show only a few short days away, we'll be talking a lot about what we can expect to see at the show with major reveals from Cadillac, Lincoln, Dodge, Acura, Ford, and more. To discuss these stories and more, John McElroy is joined in studio by Peter De Lorenzo the Autoextremist.
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As many of you know by now V8 Supercar racer Jason Richards lost his battle with stomach cancer on Thursday night. It's been told by everyone that Jase was among the best people you could ever meet, and his strenght and positive outlook while going through the illness was inspiring.
Mark Beretta who a host on the Morning Channel 7 News Show Sunrise, and a pit reporter for the V8 Supercar series had these words on Friday.