: Cadillac News: Cadillac ATS was almost front-wheel drive

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04-03-13, 04:40 PM
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"We were going to do a front-wheel drive Cadillac (http://www.autoblog.com/cadillac/) compact off of Delta (http://www.autoblog.com/tag/delta+platform/) because it was going to be less expensive," Doug Parks, General Motors' vice president of global product programs, told the Automotive News during the Detroit Auto Show (http://www.autoblog.com/detroit-auto-show/) in January of this year. That sentence, referring to early ATS (http://www.autoblog.com/cadillac/ats/) discussions more than five years ago - a period when the automaker, and the industry, was struggling - reveals that Cadillac's highly acclaimed rear-wheel drive compact sedan almost never happened.

Parks revealed that that automaker actually built a 2.0-liter test mule, on GM's Delta platform (shared with the Chevrolet Cruze (http://www.autoblog.com/chevrolet/cruze/) and Buick Verano (http://www.autoblog.com/buick/verano/)) and tested it in Europe. While the prototype was "pretty darn good," according to Parks, the team realized that in order to compete against Mercedes-Benz (http://www.autoblog.com/mercedes-benz/) and BMW (http://www.autoblog.com/bmw/) it would have to invest in a new rear-wheel drive platform.

The resulting all-new Alpha platform would eventually underpin the Cadillac ATS, and many would argue that its balanced rear-wheel drive chassis is its single most important attribute. Thankfully, the Alpha's goodness won't stop with the ATS. The upcoming 2014 Cadillac CTS (http://www.autoblog.com/cadillac/cts/) and the future Camaro (http://www.autoblog.com/chevrolet/camaro/) will also share its architecture, meaning the Cimarron (http://www.autoblog.com/2007/01/30/future-classic-cadillac-cimarron/) will remain a distant memory.Cadillac ATS was almost front-wheel drive (http://www.autoblog.com/2013/04/03/cadillac-ats-was-almost-front-wheel-drive/) originally appeared on Autoblog (http://www.autoblog.com) on Wed, 03 Apr 2013 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds (http://www.cadillacforums.com/rss-term-of-use/).
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