Thanks to all manner of spy shots, we know that Cadillac is hard at work perfecting its upcoming ATS sedan. The machine, which will slot in below the current CTS in the automaker's lineup, is rumored to be headed to market with a 2013 model-year designation, and, if that's the case, it could very well be hitting dealers in the fall of 2012.

GM head honcho Mark Reuss recently spent some time behind the wheel of a preproduction ATS sedan, and he brought along a video crew to commemorate the event. Naturally, Reuss had plenty to say about the car in the resulting two-minute video, calling it "a soul for Cadillac in this segment that we haven't had before."

Besides the commentary, you'll be able to witness a few bits and pieces of the car, both inside and out, that offer another perspective from what we've already seen in spy photos. See for yourself in the video after the break. Warning, it autoplays.



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      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the ATS is going to be FANTASTIC. The side profile is hot. The mechanicals will be developed to a high degree—have they not done a great job on the CTS and V models? The haters really need to learn how to read and stop comparing new domestic cars to those from 20 years ago. Cimarron? PALEEZ. What part of highly developed RWD sport sedan is even close to hurriedly cobbled together FWD economy sedan? The Cimarron was introduced THIRTY YEARS AGO. Let it go!
      Adrian
      • 3 Years Ago
      I pray they don't screw this up. Thanks to the good vibes of the CTS, GM has a chance with the ATS to take Cadillac back into the mainstream of entry-level luxury sedans and prove that you don't have to go German to get a good compact executive car. BUT, it has to be competitive in every sense of the word. RWD with AWD option, hp/mpg numbers that equal or better the Germans/Japanese, build quality that equals the Germans, reliability that equals the Japanese, and an interior that looks well-crafted and not plasticky. And if they want global brand recognition, it needs to be sold globally. I know that's a laundry list, but if you want to change anti-domestic perceptions that have plagued people for too long, you need to come out swinging. I'm saving my paycheck for a new (hopefully entry-level luxury) car in 2013, and I'm hoping I can put a test drive of an ATS next to a BMW and Audi.
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Adrian
        I hope the ATS will be good. But ultimately I wonder if Cadillac should really be an entry-level luxury car. In the 40s and 50s, they were near the ultimate. Hollywood stars would drive them. If money wasn't a problem, Cadillac was on your list. But now Cadillacs are affordable luxury. If you have a lot of money, you wouldn't touch one, you'd go German for sure. I'd like to see Cadillac make a car that even the richest man can drive and people don't wonder "couldn't he afford a European car?"
      ramairjer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Need more ATS-V info! GM needs dct transmissions in their upmarket vehicles.
      Mel @ aWingThing.COm
      • 3 Years Ago
      So excited for this car.
      Maddogg015
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a G-37S but if this car is as good as the hype building around it.. then ATS-V coupe for me
      MrWhopee
      • 3 Years Ago
      Boss that can drive stick. This is hopeful!
      BDizzleFizzle
      • 3 Years Ago
      Reuss ain't CEO, but if you google it, you will see some pages at GM's site that call him the CEO (as of Dec 9, 2009). I think it's trying to say CEO of GM North America (though that's not his title). Akerson is still GM's CEO
      Jordan Bret
      • 3 Years Ago
      anyone else having trouble with the video seems to be showing grainy green
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        Who wants to bet that Brian got banned and is now using a new login? When he was still around all he did was bash Cadillac while praising Lexus.
        Adrian
        • 3 Years Ago
        Except the CTS is tied for the most reliable car in its class with the Lexus IS and ES, according to U.S. News. And Cadillac owners are the most satisfied luxury car owners, as ranked by ASCI. So you can continue your anti-American, anti-German, pro-Japanese crap-talk like you usually do, but your usual rant is about 5-6 years too late. And I hope buyers continue to prove you wrong.
          Hazdaz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Adrian
          Why even bother? Seriously, this idiot is just looking for attention and spews out the dumbest **** to get replies. If he actually wanted to post about, or argue with FACTS (or heck even opinions), that would be cool, but he's too stupid for any kind of intellectual postings. Don't give him the attention he so desperately is seeking.
        Musclecarinthesis777
        • 3 Years Ago
        Why do you hate all cars American? How do you know it is going to be cheap,unreliable or ugly? Before making such conclusions wait until the car comes out and test drive it. Then based your facts on that not just on the sneak peaks.
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          @Musclecarinthesis777
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          Adrian
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Musclecarinthesis777
          Fried_Rice is either: 1) Mentally slow. (makes sense, seeing his earlier posts) 2) A Japanese car company lobbyist/paid troll (wouldn't doubt this, either) 3) A troll that enjoys hating on the return of quality American-designed cars. In reality, you have to feel sorry for him being so close-minded.
          Adrian
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Musclecarinthesis777
          Attention or not, being a one-sided moron is frowned upon.
        Brex
        • 3 Years Ago
        You just summed up the whole of your comments: 1. your comments are undeveloped and ugly, 2. the information you provide is thin and unreliable, 3. you take nothing but cheap shots at American automobile manufacturers, 4. and finally, you're boring.
      dfarleydds
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll take my 335is any day!
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dfarleydds
        I am a HUGE BMW fanboy, and even then, I think Cadillac has got the edge in this case. The 335i will probably have bettter driving dynamics,but the number one reason why people avoid BMW is the price. That is a field that Cadillac has an advantage in. If priced right, the ATS can potentially steal sales from the 3 series.
        kontroll
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dfarleydds
        Ladies and Gentlmen let me present to you the epitome of stupidity: dfarleydds fartley here already tried and test drove the ATS and based on his extensive automotive knowledge and experience determined that thew ATS is crap and he would take whatever he has now.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dfarleydds
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        Timothy Tibbetts
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dfarleydds
        Based on what? Your driving of the Cadillac that won't be out until 2013 or because you like the BMW logo? Typical BMW driver, your BMW is so cool that it's cooler than anything not out yet.
      Stacey
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hopefully they beat all the Cimarron out of it before it goes on sale...
        Tetratron
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Stacey
        Stacey just... Oh god, just do yourself a favour and never post on the internet again. You can't handle it. Take baby steps please. Start off with random videos of kittens doing cute things, then fan-fiction, then fetish porn, THEN post your out of date opinions on things you know very little about.
        Blake
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Stacey
        Were you hoping Ford would beat all the Pinto out of the new Fiesta, too? You could have saved some time by just typing "Durrf."
        Christopher Glowacki
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Stacey
        Cimarron was a worthless rebadged Cavalier with leather seats from damn near 30 years ago. ATS is an alpha chassis rear driver. smaller/lighter than current CTS with rear drive. In summary, there is no Cimarron to beat out of the ATS. GM may still have a few kinks left to iron out here and there, but even they know it's not 1985 anymore
        tipdrip215
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Stacey
        Why is anyone even bringing up the Cimarron? That was 30 years ago, and GM has wised up alot since then. I'm reluctant to say this with Lt. Dan at the helm, but at least for right now, GM's bean counting days are over.
      nvedamuthu
      • 3 Years Ago
      So, let's recap: 1. The ATS is going to be a driver's car (since they're competing with 3 series) 2. It will come with both a 6 speed manual and possibly a dual clutch paddle shifted gearbox (in the video you can see the paddles) 3. It's going to look stunning compared with everything in the segment I'm liking how GM is releasing so many development videos on their new models and clearly stating who they want to beat; a very competitive approach.
        jhott997
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nvedamuthu
        no dct for ATS in the near future. It's not even for sure C7 Corvette will have dct; much arguing inside GM on this point. Aisin sourced 8spd auto (think Lexus LS car) can be expected.
          Rotation
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jhott997
          The C7 Vette needs a DCT. Maybe not the first year, but soon after intro. Cadillac could do without for a while longer. AMG is still using hydramatics in this range of car, Cadillac can afford to do so for a bit longer also.
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