NEWS: Does a Sub-ATS Compact Cadillac Make Sense?

February 10, 2012
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Even though the Cadillac ATS Coupe and Wagon are currently scrapped due to GM's desire to bring its stock price up, it doesn't mean Cadillac doesn't have plans for an Alpha-based model to slot beneath the new ATS. According to WardsAuto, Cadillac might just have plans for a rear-drive compact smaller than the ATS.
We already know that the Cadillac ATS' Alpha platform is scalable – Chevy's compact Code 130R concept from the Detroit Auto Show rides on a modified Alpha platform. A small rear-drive car might make sense for Chevy, but what about Cadillac? "The ATS sedan is not as small as we could go at Cadillac," Dave Leone, vehicle-line manager for the ATS told WardsAuto.
While Cadillac may already have plans for a smaller car to slot in beneath the ATS (ELR, anyone?), there certainly seems to be a business case to use the Alpha chassis to make a sub-ATS BMW 1 Series fighter.
So do you think Cadillac should go smaller than the ATS? Cadillac hasn't always had success with small cars in the past, but from a business standpoint it seems to make sense to spread out the costs of the Alpha platform by having it underpin as many different models as possible. What would a sub-ATS Cadillac look like? What would you like to see in a theoretical BMW 1 Series fighter?
Source: WardsAuto
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