AD #2351 – Cadillac Will Drop ATS Sedan, Jeep Wrangler 4-Cylinder Fuel Economy, Rolls-Royce Reveals Cullinan SUV

May 10th, 2018 at 11:40am

Runtime: 6:52

0:28 Cadillac Will Drop the ATS Sedan
0:52 Mobility Services Booming
1:21 OEMs to Meet with Trump
2:29 New Jeep Wrangler Fuel Economy
3:09 China Delays U.S.-Made Cars at Customs
3:43 Wild Custom Semi Truck from Finland
4:54 Tesla & Panasonic Want to Make Batteries in China
5:23 Rolls-Royce Reveals Cullinan SUV

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21 Comments to “AD #2351 – Cadillac Will Drop ATS Sedan, Jeep Wrangler 4-Cylinder Fuel Economy, Rolls-Royce Reveals Cullinan SUV”

  1. Lambo2015 Says:

    Hopefully a happy medium is agreed upon as OEMs meet with Trump. Sounds like reps from California should also be in attendance. However I could see Trump pulling federal hwy funds from any state that creates their own standards.

    Maybe China would like to see a delay in not just vehicles but all products from China into the US. I think they would experience a bigger impact than the limited amount of vehicles they allow into their country. With such a huge trade deficit they have a lot more to lose by creating import delays.

  2. Lisk Says:

    Sounds like the Chinese are using the organized crime tactics the US dock workers have have used over the years except hopefully cars won’t spoil like broccoli. It’s a shame the Chinese have stooped to such tactics; if the tariffs are paid and the paperwork is in order, let them pass!

    Rolls looks to have spent an awful lot of money developing the Cullinan. Beautiful on the inside. To me it has a lot of the styling characteristics of the greenhouse as the Maybach concept everyone loathed?

    ATS sedan going away? Why didn’t Cadillac bring over the LWB version they build in China? If the car had a bit more rear seat legroom, I think its acceptance would have grown by leaps and bounds.

  3. Lisk Says:

    1) If we shut China off, the US population wouldn’t stand for it. Where are they going to get their snuggies? Their 4k 65″ TVs? And most importantly, their new and improved George Foreman Grilles? :)

  4. Lambo2015 Says:

    Killing the ATS just shows that Americans associate small cars with economy. There is a reluctance to buy a premium vehicle at a premium price if it is small. Americans believe luxury and excess go hand and hand. Small cars have always been the economy cars so combining Luxury with small is a tough perception to break. The ATS is a fine vehicle but with the decline of sedans probably the best choice for Cadillac to kill.

  5. Phred Says:

    When will Cadillac drop the “alphabet soup” nomenclature for the cars? Really what is a ATS, ATC, whatever to the car buyer. bring back the name “Fleetwood” and I will know that I am buying is a Cadillac !!

  6. Lex Says:

    BUY AMERICAN!

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3. …and smart phones.

    2. Isn’t the stretched ATS pretty close in size to the CTS?

    I was surprised they are keeping the XTS. If it is selling, that’s proof that car buyers really like to pay extra for a name plate, since the XTS is much pricier than the better, Impala version that is being dropped.

  8. Len Simpson Says:

    USA is now second to China in the world hierarchy because so many of our industries either moved to , or bought by.–Made en Chine is stamped on nearly every item in Wally World , & is poor quality , especially metal , including cars like the little Buick CUV ,which I ck’d out last year

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I like the ATS Coupe, but would be uninclined to buy one, knowing it will probably soon be a “orphan.” Maybe it will be a bargain used.

  10. Chuck Grenci Says:

    There was already rumors that Cadillac was going to stop producing the ATS and the CTS to be replaced with one vehicle that was called CT3 (or 4); Cadillac was also going to drop the XTS (‘cept it was selling better than the new CT6 so they kept it). I guess wait and see is going to rule the day for future Cadillac’s (I believe before Johan left he announced that 20 new intros would happen in the next 2 years.

    I’m going to lump the new Rolls into the same lame category I put the Maserati (SUV) into.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Ultra lux car companies didn’t get where they are with tall, trucky wagons. They got there with elegant sedans, coupes, and convertibles. Maybe brands like Roll-Royce, Bentley, and Aston Martin should stick with those.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    China not only manufactures stuff for the world, and keeps getting better at it, but they are also buying a lot of the debt to fund the Ryan/Trump tax cuts. They have a lot of economic clout these days.

  13. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    Cullinan..ugh! $325,000 starting for that load?? Come on man!!!for that kind of jingle, give me something with some style. Interior materials used I’m sure are first rate but thats where it ends.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I just saw what an “ultra lux” car should be, a Bentley Continental convertible. Yeah, it’s a Volkswagen, but it looks special, in a very good way.

  15. wmb Says:

    The Cullinan looks waaay better then the Bentagay, yet feel that if the edges were softer, like on the Ghost or the Range Rover, the finished product would be better, IMHO. The squareness of the overall vehicle, makes the sharp angle of the window of the tailgate seem out of place. And I don’t think the color of this particular model is helping it at all.

  16. Bob Wilson Says:

    No company or country with a brain is going to import EV batteries. So the China battery plant makes a lot of sense.

    Bob Wilson

  17. Lambo2015 Says:

    #16 When you can buy that battery for half the price they will.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Won’t a lot of those batteries be for the Chinese market? I suspect so.

  19. Lambo2015 Says:

    Eventually I would think EV batteries will become standardized which would really help bring the cost down. Similar to how all electronics take a AA battery or “C” or “D” batteries. Car EV batteries will need to become standard sizes so that they can be mass produced for any vehicle manufacturer. This wont happen right away but eventually it makes the most sense. At that point China will be a perfect position to dominate the market.

  20. Lambo2015 Says:

    He who develops the best battery will be in the perfect position to dictate the standard. If I had the technology today to offer a battery that provided twice the range and half the charging time. I would produce it in only a couple configurations and dictate to the automakers the packaging size of the battery pack. Tell them to design around the battery size A, B or C and then I could mass produce batteries in just three or four sizes that fits all EVs. Even as technology changes having a standard battery size makes sense.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The standard battery with, to me, surprising “staying power” is the 9 volt battery, crappy snap connectors and all. It came along in the 1950′s for small transistor radios, and is still used in smoke detectors, and a few other things.

    As far as “stardard” cell sizes for car battery packs, I’d be surprised to see it any time soon. They haven’t completely decided what shape the cells should be yet.