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But the coupe will linger awhile longer

Cadillac has just confirmed that the ATS sedan dies at the end of the 2018 model year. In an e-mail, carmaker spokesman Donny Nordlicht wrote, "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." The admission confirms several months of deduction based on a document trail put together by The Truth About Cars.

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Brand has more challenges than millennials' disinterest in driving

Last week, Motor Trend ran coverage on a journo roundtable with Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen. During the roundtable, de Nysschen cited a few reasons for the decline in sedan sales, including gas prices, "young consumers" — read, millennials — less interested in driving dynamics than lifestyle accessories, and the state of U.S. infrastructure. Jalopnik homed in on the last two reasons, and those became the story, including here in our post on the roundtable. So de Nysschen cal

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And he has some off-beat theories on why people aren't buying sedans

Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen chatted with journalists at a recent roundtable, expounding on everything from domestic racing to Chinese manufacturing. The brand's been doing a slow burn on rolling out new products and increasing sales, but admittedly, there was a lot of work to do. After closing out last year 0.8 percent down in the U.S., the domestic luxury brand is more than 5 percent up so far this year, thanks to healthy double-digit bumps for the ATS and Escalade, and increased fleet

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We actually kind of wish the scoop would make it to production.

It will take the place of three sedans.

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A successor to its never-produced 1960s Gran Turismo.

A successor to its never-produced 1960s Gran Turismo.

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The newest version of the system will roll out first on the 2017 CTS.

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GM's 87-day new vehicle supply is far above the industry-prescribed 60 to 70 days.

One analyst believes this won't be the General's last production adjustment.

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But $900m will be pouring into three other GM plants.

The plans affect GM's plant in Lansing, MI and Lordstown, OH.

Cadillac is dropping the base 2.5-liter engine from the ATS, leaving the turbo 2.0 four-cylinder as entry-level motor. Some equipment changes have raised the base price compared to the 2016 model.

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A new Black Chrome Package from Cadillac can now be ordered on the ATS coupe, ATS sedan, and CTS sedan, giving each a more subdued and sinister look.

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Italian For Radical

Automobili Turismo Sport has resurfaced with the updated 2016 ATS Sport Dieci, a Le Mans prototoype-style Italian track-day racer.

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The Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang beat out a field of eight quick machines, including the Ferrari 488 GTB and Dodge Viper ACR, to take the title of Road & Track's 2016 Performance Car of the Year.

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For 2016, Cadillac is fitting the new 3.6-liter V6 and eight-speed automatic transmission from the larger CT6 to the smaller ATS and CTS models, with increased output and efficiency.

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Cadillac is recalling 120,000 examples of the 2013-2016 ATS sedan to fix an issue that can potentially cause a fire in the rear defogger. There are no injuries linked to the problem, though.

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Cadillac is recalling 82,000 examples of the 2013-2016 ATS because the sunroof controls don't comply to government rules, resulting in a stop sale order to dealerships.

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Cadillac introduces an Midnight Edition special equipment package for the ATS coupe and sedan to go along with the CTS Midnight Edition that landed a few months ago.

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