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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Cadillac ATS
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What is it? Aimed squarely at European compact sports sedans, Cadillac says their new ATS will offer rear or all-wheel drive, nimble handling, a host of luxury, convenience, and technological features, and more power per liter than the Audi A4, BMW 3-series, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It will also mark the debut of Cadillac’s new CUE infotainment system, which Cadillac says uses voice commands and a simpler interface for audio, navigation, and other functions than competing systems. Three engines will be offered, including a 2.5-liter four cylinder, a 3.6-liter V6, and a new 270-hp, 2.0-liter, direct injected and turbocharged four-cylinder engine that Cadillac claims will be one of the top performing engines of its size in the world. Buyers can choose from six-speed manual or automatic transmissions, and Cadillac promises highway fuel mileage in excess of 30 mpg.

What is new or notable? The new 270-hp, 2.0T turbocharged four-cylinder engine uses direct injection, variable valve timing, and reduced friction to help make it what Cadillac says is one of the top performing engines of its size in the world.

CR's take: The ATS is the first compact sedan from Cadillac since the much-maligned Cimarron of the 1980s. But GM has put extensive resources into the ATS, and is aiming to become a volume leader in the segment. We look forward to purchasing one for a complete test as soon as sales begin. 

When will it be available? Summer 2012

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