2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe Video

The 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe has the same overall look, the same available powertrains and presumably the same great handling of its sedan sibling, but with half the doors. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays got up close to the two-door version of the sport sedan today at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, and he indicated that little change, in this case, is a good thing.

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While the coupe naturally loses some backseat-passenger space, Mays says legroom remains sufficient. Meanwhile, new positioning of the seat belts improves front passengers' ease of use, though it obstructs entry for those climbing in back. We'll bring you our driving impressions as the summer on-sale date approaches; in the meantime, watch the video above.

By Matt Schmitz | February 6, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe: Up Close

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Cadillac has rapidly been finding its groove as an American alternative to German luxury brands, pumping out new products that can go toe-to-toe with some of the best BMW sport sedans. The brand would like to flesh out its lineup in the way BMW has as well, and the arrival of the new ATS coupe is the latest step in that effort.

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From the outside, the ATS coupe is a little disappointing; it looks just like the sedan, with similar proportions, roofline and body angles. Cadillac says the coupe is a bit wider than the sedan, but the wheelbase is the same. The last-generation CTS had different coupe and sedan models. The coupe was a dramatically styled exotic affair; that hasn't happened with the smaller ATS. On the other hand, if you're a fan of the ATS sedan, you'll find plenty to like about the coupe. The new wreath-less Cadillac crest is prominently featured in the racier grille, and the 18-inch wheels fill the wheel wells quite nicely, but the shape is familiar.

By Aaron Bragman | January 16, 2014 | Comments (2)

2014 Cadillac ATS Coupe Photo Gallery (20 photos)

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Cadillac introduced its sporty ATS sedan last year to compete with the likes of the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. For 2015, a two-door coupe variant of the ATS arrives, powered by either a 272-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 321 hp. Enthusiasts seeking three pedals can choose an optional six-speed manual transmission with the 2.0-liter.

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Sharp styling and high-tech features such as available standard Magnetic Ride Control make the new ATS coupe a real looker in the Cadillac lineup. It’s slated to go on sale this summer.

By Robby DeGraff | January 14, 2014 | Comments (8)

The Cadillac Crest Then and Now

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Cadillac not only unveiled an all-new 2015 ATS coupe at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit today, it also officially debuted a new crest adorning the grille and trunk.

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The current crest with its laurels has been used with slight variations for decades despite the brand’s previous designs shown in the image above. The new logo (below) drops the laurels and gets wide...like real wide.

By David Thomas | January 14, 2014 | Comments (7)

2015 Cadillac ATS at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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Competes with: BMW 4 Series, Audi A5, Infiniti Q60, Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Looks like: A Cadillac ATS with two fewer doors
Drivetrain: 272-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or optional 321-hp, 3.6-liter V-6, rear- or all-wheel drive, six-speed manual or automatic transmissions
Hits dealerships: Summer 2014

When Cadillac launched the ATS in 2013, the sedan opened a lot of eyes and brought in a slew of new buyers to showrooms who might not have considered a Caddy in the past. Eager to keep the pressure on the luxury-brand competition, Cadillac has introduced the second variant of the ATS at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the new 2015 ATS coupe.

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Meant to go head-to-head with the BMW 4 Series coupe, the Audi A5 and other compact luxury coupes, the ATS coupe builds off the strong bones of the ATS sedan but adds a dose of two-door style to go with the lightweight dynamics of the four-door.

By Aaron Bragman | January 13, 2014 | Comments (6)

Are Head-Up Displays the Answer to Driver Distraction?

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Head-up displays, which project vehicle speed and other information in front of the driver's field of view, have been available since about 1990, but in recent years they have become more widespread as automakers try to reduce driving distractions. More widespread, however, doesn't mean they soon will become nearly universal, like Bluetooth hands-free phone capability. That's because they generally cost a pretty penny, and buyers aren't clamoring for them.

By Rick Popely | November 13, 2013 | Comments (0)

GM Quality Director Bullish on CUE, Multimedia Systems

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In two influential studies from J.D. Power and Associates, GM got both ends of the stick. The Detroit automaker finished strong in the firm's 2013 Initial Quality Study released in June, but it ranked midpack in the firm's Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout report a month later.

Mike Hardie pays a lot of attention to those studies. Hardie directs global quality strategy at GM, whose U.S. brands are Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC. In IQS, some of GM's awarded products are its oldest: the soon-to-be-discontinued Chevrolet Avalanche, the outgoing Cadillac Escalade and the old GMC Sierra 1500. Tech-laden new Cadillacs, by contrast, earned no awards.

That may not mean older technology, particularly around the often-scrutinized multimedia system, is automatically better from a things-gone-wrong standpoint, Hardie said. He spoke with Cars.com earlier today.

"Simpler can excel, and I think quite honestly that pushes its way to new technology, as well," Hardie said. He pointed to the redesigned Chevrolet Impala, which nabbed Consumer Reports' top score among sedans on Thursday. The magazine called the Impala's multimedia system "refreshingly intuitive and easy to use."

By Kelsey Mays | July 26, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Cadillac ATS: Family Checklist

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It's no stretch to call the all-new 2013 Cadillac ATS a driver's car, because it's certainly not a rear passengers' car.

With the ATS, Cadillac takes on the BMW 3 Series, which my family and I really enjoyed. The ATS is a ball to drive, but families of four or five will be hard-pressed to embrace this sports sedan.

The ATS has responsive steering and braking. With a 272-horsepower, turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder, its acceleration is quick, and it handled twists and turns with ease. The ATS recently competed with the 3 Series, Audi A4 and other sport sedans in the $46,000 Sport Sedan Challenge, where it finished in the middle of the pack.

I enjoyed pushing the ATS around during my daily drives, but I pined for a little more speed and excitement on my way to the store. It was far from misery to be in the ATS on my own or with just one kid nestled in the back, zipping to and fro.

By Sara Lacey | July 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013 Cadillac ATS, XTS and 2014 Chevrolet Impala

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GM is recalling 1,627 model-year 2013 Cadillac ATS and XTS sedans and 2014 Chevrolet Impala sedans due to an electrical problem affecting the brake lights and cruise control that could cause confusion for other drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

On the affected vehicles, brake lights may flash without the brakes being applied, and the cruise control may disengage. If the brake lights flash when the vehicle is not slowing, a following driver may then fail to adjust speed when the vehicle does in fact brake and the brake lights illuminate as intended, increasing the risk of a crash.

GM will begin notifying owners Friday, and dealers will reprogram the body control module for free. Owners may call Chevrolet at 800-630-2438 or NHTSA’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 5, 2013 | Comments (0)

NHTSA Tests New Crop of Vehicles

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A host of 2014 vehicles have earned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five-star rating in crash tests, perhaps most notably the redesigned-for-2014 Cadillac CTS.

Both the rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the CTS got an overall score of five in NHTSA's safety ratings. Both earned fives in frontal-crash tests and side-crash tests, and fours in rollover tests. Meanwhile, its compact sibling, the 2014 ATS, earned fives across the board for both the rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions. Both the front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the 2014 XTS also earned an overall five-star score, with fives in frontal- and side-crash ratings and fours in rollover tests.

Other 2014 models joining NHTSA's five-star club earned fives in frontal- and side-crash ratings and fours in rollover tests. They included:

By Matt Schmitz | May 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

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