Detroit—Production is underway on GM’s new compact luxury sport sedan, the 2013 Cadillac ATS.
With the first ATS for public sale rolling off the assembly line at GM’s Lansing Grand River assembly plant in Lansing, Mich., the sporty rear-wheel drive sedan is aimed at the entry-level luxury segment.
The Lansing Grande River plant—also home to the mid-sized CTS lineup, including the sedan, wagon, coupe and V-series performance models—underwent $190-million in upgrades to facilitate the newest Cadillac model.
A second shift was added to the plant, according to GM, creating or retaining approximately 600 jobs.
“The new Cadillac ATS represents an investment in Lansing and our workforce,” Lansing regional plant manager Tony Francavilla said in a statement.
The ATS is built using lightweight materials and enhanced vehicle design to optimize driving dynamics.
It also includes a variety of leading technologies, including Magnetic Ride Control, the Safety Alert Seat and CUE, a new in-car connectivity system using capacitive touch and natural voice recognition.
The ATS is expected to hit U.S. showrooms in August, with exports to international markets kicking off later this year.