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Jaguar Hopes to Claw Back as it Unveils New XE Sedan

Maker promises an "attainable" price tag.

by on Sep.09, 2014

The new Jaguar XE makes its London debut.

Luxury automakers are fond of staging lavish debuts, complete with A-list celebrities, for their latest offerings. Jaguar clearly underscored the importance it’s placing on the debut of its new XE sedan with a series of previews staged all over the city of London last night.

The XE could prove to be one of the most important products ever for Jaguar, targeting one of the largest segments of the global luxury market – but also going up against some of the toughest competition possible, including the likes of the BMW 3-Series, the Audi A4 and an all-new version of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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Officially set for a public debut at the Paris Motor Show next month, the new Jaguar sports sedan is the maker’s first model developed entirely under the ownership of India’s Tata Motors. It relies on an “aluminum-intensive” that’s intended to improve performance while also maximizing fuel economy.

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Jaguar Reveals Plans For New XE Compact Sedan

XE will go aluminum and introduce new "Ingenium" engine family.

by on Mar.04, 2014

Jaguar offers a first look at the upcoming XE sedan.

The long-awaited compact Jaguar sports sedan will be dubbed the XE, the British maker confirmed during a Geneva Motor Show news conference, adding that the next Jaguar model to migrate to an “aluminum-intensive” design.

The sedan will be a critical addition to the Jaguar line-up and will mark the beginning of the end of the maker’s ties to former parent Ford Motor Co., the XE to be the first model to be powered by Jaguar’s new Ingenium family of engines.

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While Jaguar offered just a hint of what’s coming during a Geneva preview, the maker’s CEO Ralf Speth confirmed a production version of the sedan will debut later this year.  The Jaguar XE will begin to roll out in 2015, though it won’t reach the critical U.S. market, long the maker’s largest, until 2016.

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First Drive: 2013 Cadillac ATS

Let the buzz start here.

by on Jul.24, 2012

The 2013 Cadillac ATS is the brand's first compact sedan in a quarter century.

For all too many potential buyers the idea of a compact Cadillac brings to mind the last attempt by the U.S. maker to tackle the likes of the vaunted BMW 3-Series. Caddy’s dreadful Cimarron almost single-handedly brought the General Motors flagship brand to its knees, helping shatter its long-standing image as the “Standard of the World.”

It’s no surprise Cadillac officials spent nearly three decades dithering about whether to return to the compact market – a decision finally forced upon the brand by global sales trends.  As TheDetroitBureau.com has reported, GM has given Caddy the go-ahead to produce an all-new flagship meant to tackle the likes of the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.  But the real sales growth is at the other end of the market – especially if Cadillac finally hopes to generate some real volume outside the U.S.

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So, the 2013 Cadillac ATS could become one of the most important products in the Detroit luxury brand’s history – as critical to Caddy’s long-term success as the finned wonders the maker rolled out a half-century ago.

That said, simply entering the compact luxury market is no guarantee of success.  The Caddy ATS will have to face off with not only the latest-generation BMW 3-Series but equally tough European alternatives such as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4 – never mind the new Acura ILX, the redesigned Lexus ES and the upcoming replacement for the Infiniti G.

Putting the 2013 ATS through its paces at Atlanta Motorsports Park.

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Cadillac ATS to Start at $33,990

Maker will have slight advantage over BMW 3-Series.

by on May.07, 2012

Cadillac's new ATS will plug a gaping hole at the bottom of the maker's line-up.

Cadillac is betting it can win entry into the hotly competitive luxury market with a mix of styling, performance and pricing, the base model of its new 2013 ATS sedan to carry a sticker of $33,990.

That’s about $2,000 less than the MSRP for the king of the compact luxury segment, the BMW 3-Series, which starts at $35,795 for the base 328i.

But as with BMW and other competitors, the Detroit maker plans to offer a wide array of options, including all-wheel-drive and a more sporty V-6, which will let buyers nudge the price tag for the 2013 Cadillac ATS all the way up into the mid-$40,000 range.

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“The ATS enters a vehicle segment this year that’s one of the most competitive in the market, from both a price and performance standpoint,” said Cadillac’s director of marketing Don Butler. “ATS will bring a distinctive presence and compelling value while offering quick, nimble, fun-to-drive dynamics that will appeal to the lifestyles of modern luxury buyers and challenge the segment’s status quo.”

Of course, Cadillac has tried that before.

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Production-Ready Acura ILX Blows into Windy City

Taking aim at the Millennials.

by on Feb.08, 2012

The production version of the 2013 Acura ILX.

The production version of the new 2013 Acura ILX is blowing into the Windy City just in time for the annual Chicago Auto Show.

The new compact sedan is Acura’s attempt to gain traction with both Gen-X and Millennials, especially those entering the luxury market for the first time.  But Acura won’t have it easy, the new model – which first appeared in concept form at last month’s Detroit Auto Show – will go up against an array of tough competitors, from the BMW 3-Series to the Infiniti G and even Buick’s new Regal.

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The look of the production vehicle won’t surprise those who saw the earlier prototype.  The basic shape is the same – minus a few of the chrome accents and high-tech details.  Perhaps the most significant detail is the downsized version of the Acura chrome shield above the car’s grille – a design theme often derided as “the beak.”

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