SEMA eNews Vol. 15, No. 38, September 20, 2012

SEMA Offers Manufacturers First Look at ’13 Cadillac ATS, XTS and Chevrolet Spark

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The ’13 Cadillac XTS luxury sedan is powered by a 304hp, 3.6L V6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and features the CUE in-vehicle entertainment and information technology system.
   
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Twenty-one manufacturers showed up to measure the XTS during multiple Measuring Sessions held at SEMA’s Diamond Bar, California, headquarters.
   
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The fuel-efficient ’13 Chevrolet Spark mini car is powered by an 84hp, 1.2L four-cylinder engine mated to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.
   

Twenty-one manufacturers showed up to measure the ’13 Cadillac ATS, XTS and ’13 Chevrolet Spark during the Measuring Sessions at SEMA’s Diamond Bar, California, headquarters, September 5–6. These Measuring Sessions—open to SEMA-member manufacturers only—provide hands-on access to new vehicles in order to gather surface data in preparation for designing, developing and manufacturing aftermarket parts and accessories. They also offer an opportunity to speak directly with the automaker’s engineers and technical staff.  

The ’13 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sports sedan is equipped with a choice between two four-cylinder engines—a 272hp, 2.0- or 202hp, 2.5L—or 321hp, 3.6L V6. Transmission options include either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. The XTS luxury sedan is powered by a 304hp, 3.6L V6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Both vehicles feature Cadillac’s CUE in-vehicle entertainment and information technology system.

The fuel-efficient ’13 Chevrolet Spark mini car is powered by an 84hp, 1.2L four-cylinder engine mated to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings for the manual are 32/38 mpg (city/highway) and 28/37 mpg (city/highway) for the automatic.

“The Measuring Sessions were even better due to the fact that we had multiple vehicles,” said Roland Peters of American Tire Distributors. “We were there to get brake caliper overlays and check clearances for our fitment data so we can make sure that the wheels we are building will be applicable for our customers’ vehicles.”

Measuring Sessions have also been a valuable part of SEMA’s Tech Transfer program, which grants SEMA manufacturing members access to vehicle CAD files provided directly from participating OEMs. The intent of the program is to help streamline production by minimizing or completely eliminating the necessity for reverse engineering. Chrysler, Ford, General Motors and Scion are currently participating in the program. SEMA Measuring Sessions and Tech Transfer Program are functions of SEMA's OEM department. 

In addition to access to upcoming vehicles, SEMA Measuring Session participants can also ask questions of the participating OEM staff to learn more about the vehicles, the automaker's marketing plans, the intended audience and more.



For additional information on Measuring Sessions, Tech Transfer and additional programs available through SEMA's OEM Relations department, visit www.sema.org/oem.



’13 Cadillac ATS, XTS and ’13 Chevrolet Spark Measuring Session Participants:

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