When Johan de Nysschen was ousted as Cadillac honcho last month, there was a lot of talk about how GM’s luxury marque had been slow to adapt to the changing automotive landscape, which favors SUVs and crossovers as opposed to sedans, so much so that Ford has basically given up on cars stateside.
And now that new boss Travis Hester is running things, Caddy is wasting not time trimming the fat, because the ATS sedan is being put out to pasture. Here’s what Cadillac spokesperson Donny Nordlicht told our friends over at Autoblog: “Production of the ATS Sedan is ending due to extensive plant upgrades, expansion and re-tooling to prepare for the next generation of Cadillac sedans.” So there you have it.
While you probably didn’t have to be Nostradamus to see that the writing was on the wall for the ATS, it’s still a bummer for those looking for a sporty, rear-wheel drive sedan. Because though it never really became the BMW 3 Series competitor it was designed to be, it sure wasn’t for lack of engineering chops, and our reviewers thoroughly enjoyed our time with both the standard and V-spec versions.
In his review of the 2017 Cadillac ATS 2.0T, Omar Rana said:
“Compared to most of its rivals, the 2017 Cadillac ATS definitely stands out from the crowd. While the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Lexus IS go for a more extreme style, cars like the Audi A4 and BMW 3-Series opt for a more simple design language. The 2017 Cadillac ATS, on the other hand, meets both ends of the spectrum in perfect harmony. At some angles, it looks simple and refined and from other angles, it looks aggressive and muscular.”
And Andrew Chen praised the hot rod V-spec model, saying: “The 2017 ATS-V delivers mind-blowing performance without sacrificing the luxury and comfort that Cadillac is famous for. It’s a daily-driver, grand-tourer, and track monster all rolled into one awesome machine.”
So if you’re looking for a good deal on a great driver’s car, head to your local AutoNation-affiliated Cadillac dealer today, as there are probably some deals to be had.