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Cadillac confirms ATS sedan retirement; coupe to stay alive

by Justin King
Cadillac confirms ATS sedan retirement; coupe to stay alive

Former Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen warned of a sedan purge in 2017 as the company ramped up its focus on SUVs.

General Motors has confirmed the Cadillac ATS sedan's imminent retirement.

As previously reported, the four-door ATS has been dropped from the luxury marque's lineup for the 2019 model year. The coupe will live on, however, including the high-performance ATS-V with 464 horsepower.

"This year will bring forth significant changes to our product portfolio, most notably with the introduction of the all-new XT4 SUV as well as concluding the successful lifecycle of the ATS Sedan in North America," Cadillac representative Donny Nordlicht told The Truth About Cars.

The company does not break down the sales split between the ATS sedan and coupe. Combined ATS sales were up by more than 18 percent in the first four months of the year, despite a general downward trend in car segments.

Former brand head Johan de Nysschen last year announced plans to "rebalance our sedan portfolio" with a simplified lineup, marking the end of the XTS, CTS and ATS as the company focuses on SUVs. The company is not completely turning its back on four doors, instead filling the gaps with the current CT6 and upcoming CT5.