GM CADILLAC BRAND LAUNCHES CRUCIAL MARKETING CAMPAIGN
- General Motors' Cadillac brand on Wednesday, July 18 launched one of its most crucial marketing campaigns since the automaker emerged from bankruptcy as it takes aim at BMW's 3-series in the heart of the U.S. luxury car market with its new ATS sedan, Reuters reported.
GM has lacked a small luxury car in recent years - a segment that accounts for 60 percent of the luxury market and one that also garners younger users.
As the smallest and least expensive Cadillac, the 2013 ATS is key to GM's hopes of making Cadillac more of a global luxury brand. It goes on sale in the U.S. market next month, following on from the launch of the large XTS sedan last month.
With a starting price of just under $34,000, the ATS is a direct challenge to BMW and Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
The marketing campaign begins with a 2-minute video on YouTube and will include 10 TV ads during the Olympic Games in London, starting with the opening ceremony on July 27.
The campaign dubbed "Cadillac ATS vs. the World" features the car being driven in exotic locales such the winding roads of Morocco's Atlas Mountains or through the remote hand-carved Guoliang Tunnel in China.
Cadillac officials declined to provide the marketing budget for the ATS launch, but said it was on par with the introduction of the CTS car two years ago when the brand spent more than $297 million on ads for the U.S. market according to Kantar Media.
However, GM, which filed for bankruptcy in 2009 as part of a $50 billion U.S. taxpayer-funded bailout, has failed in the small luxury segment before. In the early 1980s, it launched the Cadillac Cimarron, which Time magazine in 2007 called one of the 50-worst cars ever built.
Brand image remains perhaps the most crucial asset in the luxury car market, where it can take a long time and a lot of money to overhaul consumer perceptions, analysts said.
The ATS will be built on a new rear-wheel drive platform, but will also come in an all-wheel drive version.
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