If investments go as planned, it seems General Motors may be closer to pushing a baby Cadillac — the ATS — into production. New reports suggest the automaker is reportedly preparing to pump $190 million into a facility in Lansing, Michigan, to accommodate ATS assembly.
According to the Detroit News, GM is angling to build the ATS at its Lansing Grand River facility, the same plant that currently manufactures both the CTS family (i.e. coupe, sedan, wagon) and the larger STS sedan. The facility, built next to (and partially atop) a former Oldsmobile factory site, was once also responsible for manufacturing the first-generation SRX crossover.
Though the phrase “small Cadillac sedan” may invoke flashbacks of the Cimmaron or the Saab-built, European-exclusive BLS, the ATS will likely be roughly the size of the current CTS. Motor Trend reported the ATS range will target the BMW 3-Series, and will be offered in coupe, sedan, and possibly wagon forms. In the meantime, the CTS will grow roughly six inches in length, allowing it to tussle with BMW’s 5-Series and fill the gap left when then the STS departs the lineup.
Previous reports suggested both the ATS and CTS will be built upon a new flexible rear-wheel-drive platform, which is reportedly code-named Alpha. Speculation also suggested the architecture could be used to underpin the next-generation Chevrolet Camaro, which could also be assembled within an expanded Grand River plant.
We don’t expect GM to show all of its rear-wheel-drive plans anytime soon, but the automaker is expected to make an announcement regarding the plant investment — and possibly the ATS — tomorrow morning. If all goes according to plan, the ATS is scheduled to launch in 2014, while a revamped CTS may debut in late 2013.
Source: Detroit News, Motor Trend