: Cadillac News: 2013 Cadillac ATS [w/video]



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Hitting The Right Notes While Missing The Beat

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Let's face it: The BMW 3 Series (http://www.autoblog.com/bmw/3 series) is more vulnerable now than it has been in over two decades. The poster child of the sports sedan community is currently in the throes of some unpleasant growing pains as it tries to balance efficiency, mass-market appeal and the machine's impressive heritage. Though lighter than its predecessor, the F30 feels heavier from behind the wheel, thanks in part to suspension tuning designed to coddle first and satisfy second. The German wunderkind is larger in every direction with more interior room. But with one surprisingly noisy cabin and a polarizing exterior design, the mighty 3 is in danger of alienating the very audience that made it king.

None of this is news to Cadillac (http://www.autoblog.com/cadillac). The overlords at General Motors (http://www.autoblog.com/tag/general motors) have been quietly working to carve out a corner of the compact luxury segment for over five years. In that time, a horde of engineers bent under the pressure of constructing a clean-sheet design intended to give hardware like the Audi A4 (http://www.autoblog.com/audi/a4), Mercedes-Benz C-Class (http://www.autoblog.com/mercedes-benz/c-class), Infiniti (http://www.autoblog.com/infiniti) G line and yes, even the BMW 3 Series something to sweat over.

The fruit of those efforts is the 2013 Cadillac ATS (http://www.autoblog.com/cadillac/ats/) - a front-engine, rear-wheel drive sedan with all of the lusty lines of the larger CTS (http://www.autoblog.com/cadillac/cts). Light-weight, properly balanced and loaded with some of the best connectivity tech in the industry, GM (http://www.autoblog.com/tag/gm) has something to be proud of here, but the ATS may not be the Nurburgring-conquering, 3 Series-slaying white knight we've all been hoping for.Continue reading 2013 Cadillac ATS [w/video] (http://www.autoblog.com/2012/07/23/2013-cadillac-ats-first-drive-review-video/)
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