The Cadillac ATS was named the 2013 North American Car of the Year as a kick off of the Detroit Auto Show on Monday January 14th. In competition with Cadillac over the title was the Honda Accord and the Ford Fusion, but it’s hard to argue against the decision. Although the Accord and Fusion are both well received new models, the ATS is arguably the new benchmark for the compact luxury sedan.
“This is a very meaningful honor for the entire Cadillac team, especially the men and women who build the ATS in Lansing, Michigan, and our dedicated and talented designers and engineers,” said Bob Ferguson, GM vice president, global Cadillac. “A car like ATS is the result of incredible commitment and focus. That’s the only method for creating a great performing luxury car.”
The ATS can be had with either rear- or all-wheel drive and is offered with three different engine options; a 2.5 liter inline four cylinder, 2.0-liter turbo four and 3.6 liter V6. Other than engine options, there is more to come for the 2013 Car of the Year. The automaker plans to offer a diesel variant, although a timeline hasn’t been disclosed.
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