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2014 Cadillac CTS Named Motor Trend Car of the Year

20131107-063039.jpgMotor Trend has announced that the 3rd generation CTS has won their coveted ‘Car of the Year’ award.

This is the second win for the CTS (it also took the nod with the 2008/2nd generation design as well).

This quote sums up why MT awarded the CTS this time around:

THE CTS’ INTENDED FUNCTION WAS TO TAKE THE FIGHT TO BMW, MERCEDES-BENZ, AND AUDI — AND WIN. AND IT HAS.

Congrats to Cadillac and the CTS team.

Source: MotorTrend.com

Cadillac ATS takes North American Car of the Year Award

20130114-062945.jpgAt this years North American International Auto Show in Detroit, a group of 49 journalists from the US and Canada have named the Cadillac ATS the car of the year.

This makes the first time Cadillac has had a winner of this award that is not affiliated with any one publication.

The ATS took top honors over the other car finalists, the Ford Fusion and Honda Accord.

“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 winners were announced this morning to kick off the opening of the media days of the show in Detroit.

Congrats to Cadillac and the ATS team.

Motor Press Guild Names Cadillac ATS as Vehicle of the Year

2013 Cadillac ATSMPG, the largest automotive media organization in North America has named the Cadillac ATS as their Vehicle of the Year winner. This is only the second time that MPG has named a VotY. The contenders for this year’s award must be all-new or substantially changed and go on sale on or before Jan 1, 2013.

The ATS was selected above other finalists in this years’ competition the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ.

Cadillac ATS Named North American Car of the Year Finalist

2013 Cadillac ATSOne of the only awards not affiliated with a specific media outlet has announced its finalists for their Car of the Year competition.

This award is voted on by journalists from many of the North American media outlets and each is able to assign their points across all nominees.

This year, the finalists include (of interest to our audience) the Cadillac ATS as well as the new Fort Fusion and Honda Accord.

On the truck side, Ford’s CMAX, Mazda CX-5, and the RAM 1500.

The winners will be announced in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.

If we had to bet, we would place about even money on either the ATS or Fusion taking Car of the Year honors this time around. We’ll know in about a month.

Cadillac ATS Wins Popular Mechanics Auto Excellence Award

2013 Cadillac ATSEvery year, Popular Mechanics recognizes 10 models their “Auto Excellence” awards. They pick their favorites in 10 separate categories with one extra ‘car of the year’ – because, really, who doesn’t name a car of the year anymore?

Cadillac’s new ATS took the nod this year in the Luxury category. Notable for beating the also new for this model year BMW 3-Series and Cadillac’s own XTS which also bowed this year.

Quoting PM about the ATS:

Luxury isn’t defined solely by the gleam and grain of the wood fastened to the dashboard or the suppleness of the hides stitched to the seat frames. Sure, we like to be pampered, but the luxury cars we truly admire are more like the all-new Cadillac ATS—short on fluff and long on substance. The ATS packs a technical spec sheet loaded with advanced lightweight materials in the chassis as well as a body shell that’s up to 40 percent stiffer than the larger CTS sedan.

Source: Popular Mechanics

Cadillac ATS Named Urban Car of the Year

Decisive Magazine has announced their Urban Car of the Year award and the 2013 winner is Cadillac’s new ATS.

The ATS was given the nod for its comfort, ease of maneuvering and technical sophistication, in urban settings.

Randi Payton, founder of the Urban Wheel Awards:

The renaissance at Cadillac shows no signs of abating. With the good-looking and fun-to-drive ATS, Cadillac is wading into one of the most competitive automotive segments in the market with a very strong contender.

Congrats to the team at Cadillac for yet another award.

Source: Decisive Magazine

Cadillac Named Best American Brand in Consumer Reports Reliability Study

Consumer Reports has released the results of their 2012 Reliability Study. While the American brands didn’t crack the top 10 this year, Cadillac did come out on top of the US brands in the number 11 spot (and improved 14 points on their score from 2011).

Top brands in this years study were:

Scion, Toyota, Lexus, Mazda, Subaru, Honda, Acura, Audi, Infiniti, and Kia

You might wonder what makes this study different from the old faithful JD Power.

I’ll let an article on this subject from the New York Times explain (emphasis is ours):

The Initial Quality Study looks at problems owners have with their new vehicles in the first 90 days of ownership. It broadly defines problems as things that have “caused a complete breakdown or malfunction, or where controls or features may work as designed, but are difficult to use or understand.”

It gives equal weight to problems that are defects, which can be fixed, and elements that are working as intended, yet rankle owners; the latter cannot be fixed immediately, if ever.

The Consumer Reports survey asks respondents whether they have had any problems with their cars “in the past 12 months that you considered serious because of cost, failure, safety or downtime.”

So, while both leave it up to consumers to define a problem, Consumer Reports asks for any problems that are ‘serious’ where JD Power asks for ‘complete breakdown or malfunction’. Both are flawed in their own ways by allowing one owner to rate a failure as something worth reporting while another might overlook the problem and never put it on the survey.

Either way, we can see that Cadillac is marching up the rankings and making their buyers happier than in years past.

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