The models coming from General Motors are the full-sized Cadillac XTS and the first-ever compact Cadillac, the ATS.
The Cadillac XTS will be replacing the Cadillac DTS, which ended production earlier this year at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant. The newest full-sized XTS will be manufactured in Oshawa, Canada. Michigan Cadillac dealers hear that General Motors will be investing $117 million into the plant specifically for the XTS, and the production of the XTS will create or retain 400 jobs.
The XTS may include a direct-injection 3.6-liter V6 engine, which may power up to 300 horsepower. The higher model may include a V6 combined with a plug-in hybrid system, which may push the horsepower up to 350.
The compact Cadillac ATS will be built in GM’s Lansing Grand River plant, which has already been announced to be creating 600 jobs. The ATS will be the first luxury-compact available from Cadillac and may rival other competitors such as the BMW 3-Series. The ATS may have the same engine as the XTS with possibly an option for a 2.0L, turbo four-cylinder. Details should be announced by General Motors by the end of the year.
The XTS should be available at Michigan Cadillac dealers and others in spring 2012 while the ATS should be available in summer 2012.
Also, during this announcement concerning the new Cadillac models, General Motors announced the official pricing for the 2012 Buick Regal with eAssist.
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The ultimate price for the mild hybrid includes a start price of $29,530, which already includes an $860 destination charge. The Regal is estimated to earn 25 city and 36 highway.
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[Source(s): The Detroit News, Car and Driver, Forbes]