Speaking at this week's annual Center for Auto Research Management Briefings Seminar, GM North America President Mark Reuss offered a first veiled look at one of two cars the automaker's luxury division will add to the lineup for model year 2013. Due to arrive next summer, the 2013 Cadillac ATS will be a compact, rear-drive/all-wheel drive BMW 3 Series/M-B C-Class rival that puts the division's edgy style and attitude into a sub-CTS size package and is expected to offer several different body configurations.
While offering no other details on the new car, Reuss did describe it as "a truly unique, American performance entry." He also confirmed that the already-announced all-new 2013 Cadillac XTS sedan -a super-lux front-drive/all-wheel drive four-door based on the XTS Platinum Concept car that appeared at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show -- will head into showrooms next spring as a de facto replacement for the aging DTS.
Beyond the Cadillac news, Reuss also outlined pricing for the eAssist system that will be offered on the 2012 Buick Regal. The "light-electrification" technology that matches GM's 2.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine with a small electric "helper" motor to provide a 25 percent gain in fuel economy and endow the Regal with 36 mpg/25 mpg city/highway EPA numbers will be a $2,000 option.