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    Cadillac confirms RWD four-cylinder compact sedan

    http://www.motorauthority.com/news/s...compact-sedan/

    Cadillac will bow to public pressure for smaller and more fuel-efficient models by offering a four-cylinder compact sedan in the U.S., a prospect almost unthinkable just 12 months ago. The small RWD sedan will likely come towards the end of 2010 for the 2011 model year and will be positioned below the current CTS.

    Cadillac already sells a small BLS sedan (pictured) in Europe but so far the car has suffered from dismal sales due to Cadillac’s poor brand image and lack of competitiveness with luxury powerhouses such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz. While the current BLS is built on the Saab 9-3 platform, the next-generation Cadillac small car will be built on General Motors’ upcoming Alpha architecture and may not even be called a BLS.

    The name of the new small sedan is not the only issue in contention, with managers still debating on whether or not to offer a six-cylinder engine as an option or not. Cadillac general manager Jim Taylor explained to Automotive News that a portion of the Cadillac team was thinking that they “ought to go all the way, say, to fours.”

    The majority, however, is resisting the idea of only offering a four-cylinder engine with Taylor suggesting that the engine a four-cylinder Cadillac would be unpopular with most Americans. “I don’t think Americans are going to become un-American that fast,” he stated.

    The car will eventually be sold in Europe as well.

    As for Cadillac’s other models, Taylor confirmed that the single STS/DTS replacement has been put on hold along with the replacement for the XLR roadster. Instead, Cadillac is considering adding a plug-in hybrid vehicle based on the Chevrolet Volt platform but such a car wouldn’t arrive until at least 2012, Taylor revealed.

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    Re: Cadillac confirms RWD four-cylinder compact sedan

    GM launch a small RWD Cadillac offering on a platform (alpha) that isn't yet in production by the end of 2010? Not likely. That's only 16 months away.

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    Re: Cadillac confirms RWD four-cylinder compact sedan

    Not a bad idea at all. However, Cadillac needs to focus on making this car a small Caddy, not a rebadged Saab. The European BLS is a good looking car, but the exterior from the A-pillar rearward and the interior has way too much 9-3 in it. Cadillac screwed up the Cimmaron and the Catera, lets hope #3 is the winner.

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    Re: Cadillac confirms RWD four-cylinder compact sedan

    "Taylor confirmed that the single STS/DTS replacement has been put on hold"

    and away go my chances of buying a Cadillac anytime soon. Somehow MB, BMW, Lexus, Audi, Jaguar can all make a business plan for a large car work, but GM cannot.......lame

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    Re: Cadillac confirms RWD four-cylinder compact sedan

    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    "Taylor confirmed that the single STS/DTS replacement has been put on hold"

    and away go my chances of buying a Cadillac anytime soon. Somehow MB, BMW, Lexus, Audi, Jaguar can all make a business plan for a large car work, but GM cannot.......lame
    This is new news to you? They say it's because of CAFE - but that's ridiculous. Everyone else is dealing with CAFE. GM just has no money...
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    Re: Cadillac confirms RWD four-cylinder compact sedan

    Not new news, but definitely stated more definitively

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    Re: Cadillac confirms RWD four-cylinder compact sedan

    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    Not new news, but definitely stated more definitively
    My source is good. The DTS will probably hang around like the Town Car did for a long time on old technology. It'll likely even get a downgrade to a V6. The STS is going away altogether... The STS was considered Cadillac's flagship a few years ago. Remember those commercials with the bumper sticker, "My other car is an STS"? They really know how to ruin a good thing...
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    Re: Cadillac confirms RWD four-cylinder compact sedan

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Cadillac View Post
    The DTS will probably hang around like the Town Car did for a long time on old technology. It'll likely even get a downgrade to a V6.
    Makes sense. I can't imagine Cadillac with the largest sedan offered being the CTS!

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