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New Cadillac Compact and Large Sedans Coming in 2012

Cadillac ATS

Cadillac is adding a compact sedan to its lineup in 2012, as well as a new large sedan. The compact sedan, codenamed ATS, will go on sale next summer and will be a rear-wheel drive sports car that General Motors says will compete with the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

“The car we codenamed ATS is being developed to be a driver's car on an all-new Cadillac-specific RWD-AWD architecture,” GM North America President Mark Reuss said in a statement.

Cadillac’s new luxury large sedan, the XTS, will go on sale in the spring of 2012. GM says the XTS, which will be offered in both front- and all-wheel drive, is based on the XTS Platinum Concept that was revealed at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show.

“The XTS continues Cadillac’s heritage as the leader in large luxury cars while the car we’ve codenamed ATS starts a new chapter for Cadillac in the luxury market’s C-segment,” Reuss said in a press release. “We’re confident it will attract luxury car buyers who previously would not have considered Cadillac.”

Edmunds Inside Line reported at the end of May that the Cadillac DTS large sedan had stopped being produced and that the XTS would most likely be its replacement. Pricing, features and specs for both the XTS and ATS have not been announced by GM yet. With GM’s goal of competing with the A4, 3-Series and C-Class, buyers can expect the Cadillac ATS to have a starting price of about $32,000 to $35,000. The 2011 Cadillac DTS starts at $46,680, so the new XTS will most likely have a similar starting price.

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