It's over for the Cadillac ATS Sedan.
The sedan meant to crush the invading German BMW 3-series has instead met its end at the hands of a national trend away from four-door sedans and towards SUVs and crossovers. It’s a shame really since the 272 hp 2.0-L turbo four-cylinder Caddy was a much better deal at that price point than the same equivalently priced engine. But, what can you do?
In an email sent to Car Buzz, Cadillac communications specialist Donny Nordlicht said: "Production of the ATS Sedan is ending due to extensive plant upgrades, expansion and re-tooling to prepare for the next generation of Cadillac sedans. Cadillac's future sedan portfolio will consist of three sedans, positioned in different segments and clearly differentiated by size and price."
That message comes with a bit of mystery to it as we’re not entirely sure which three sedans will make the cut. Obviously, the newest sedan, the CT6, will survive and the ATS is getting the ax. That leaves the XTS and CTS duking it out, a strange struggle since they’re very similar cars and also priced very similarly.
We know one of the two is also due to be chopped since Cadillac is coming out with the compact CT5 sedan at some point in the future, and in an age where sedan sales are falling precipitously across the board it just makes no sense to have two sedans in the same price segment.
As for why the ATS is due to get chopped, that’s no big mystery. Sales for the ATS have dropped over 65 percent since its release in the 2013 model year, dropping from 38,000 moved sets of wheels to only 13,100 last year. We don’t have the exact breakdown of coupes and sedan sales, but you can bet if sedans were selling better than couples that Cadillac wouldn’t have decided to terminate production.
Nordlicht went on to say, "Production rate and inventory levels are being managed to ensure retails sales availability through the end of the year." So if you have your heart set on an ATS you’ve got some time before they’re gone for good.