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Cadillac STS Dead; ATS Retooling Begins In July

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2010 Cadillac STS 4-door Sedan V6 RWD w/1SA Angular Front Exterior View

2010 Cadillac STS 4-door Sedan V6 RWD w/1SA Angular Front Exterior View

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One of the cars that sparked Cadillac's renaissance is headed to the history books.

The Cadillac STS has ended production, according to the Lansing State Journal. The final four-door was built last week.

The STS began its career at Cadillac as a trim line of the Seville. The Seville Touring Sedan was one of the first vehicles to get Cadillac's then-new Northstar V-8 engine, the modular motor that gave the brand its strongest differentiation from the rest of the GM lineup in decades.

The front-driver continued as a spin-off of the Seville until that sedan and the related Eldorado ("ETC") coupe were killed off in 2004. The Seville was replaced by a rear-drive car that ditched the name and carried only the letters STS. Later available with all-wheel drive and V-6 engines, the STS drew good reviews for its handling, but never did tackle the BMW 5-Series or the Mercedes-Benz E-Class in the way GM had intended. It barely had more back-seat room than the smaller, franchise-saving CTS.

For the 2011 model year, GM dropped all V-8 engines from the STS as it prepared for the end of the nameplate.

Starting next year, Cadillac will build a new large luxury sedan, possibly under the XTS badge. Patterned after the likes of the Lincoln MKS, it's said to be a front- or all-wheel-drive sedan that will save a place for Cadillac at the $50,000 price point while the brand works on a new, true top-line luxury sedan.

Cadillac's also developing a smaller range of cars under the ATS code name. The ATS family is said to include sedan, coupe and convertible models.

According to the report, the ATS lineup will take the STS' place on a line at the Lansing Grand River assembly plant, alongside the CTS, with retooling of the plant beginning sometime in July.

Cadillac hasn't confirmed when the ATS will enter production, but a 2012 or 2013 model year designation is likely.

[Lansing State Journal]
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  1. As far back as the '88, the STS was a fine, if small, car, but the beautiful '92 was a breakthrough, and then came the Northstar for '93. At the top end, there should be some new, very roomy, latter day equivilant of the Fleetwood Brougham (nee 60 Special). Don't make it cramped.
     
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  2. We have been seeing spy shots of the ATS for the last few months, finally in production sheet metal (vs the CTS derived mules from before).
    No chance they'd be ready to unleash the production car for quite a while yet. - http://caddyedge.com/cats/models/ats/
     
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  3. I am currently an '09 Escallade EXT owner, trading in for a '11 Range Rover Supercharged. My disappointment with Cadillac is, while the Escallade is a reliable, comfortable vehicle with a luxury cache, the smaller, less expensive SRX has more modern features (ie: front parking assist). The Range Rover also has true off road capability (I am an outdoorsman), with more features (5 external cameras and ft/rr parking assist) as well as a true luxury/executive cache. I will move back to the Cadillac as soon as they develop a true competitor to compete with the Rover.
     
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  4. ATS production will not begin in July 2011. The June 2011 plant shutdown will be used to begin to install new equipment related to ATS production.
    ATS sedan production will begin in CY 2012, and it will probably be labelled a 2013 model.
     
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  5. I am looking forward to this new Cadillac. Let's hope it really makes an impact in the styling stakes - with some classic cues from the past, mixed with modernity.
     
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