GM to hire 600 new workers to build Cadillac ATS – Michigan image

GM will hire a majority of new-to-GM employees as the automaker adds a second shift at its Lansing Grand River assembly plant – Michigan to build the new Cadillac ATS sedan.

The ATS when will hit the market in late July or August will be the smallest and least expensive Cadillac vehicle and is a direct challenge to leading sellers among small luxury cars, the 3-Series from BMW and the C-class from Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz.

GM is spending $190 million on the Lansing Grand River plant to prepare for the new car. GM’s newest employees will earn about $16 per hour. Those with more experience earn, on average, $28 per hour. The factory also produces the Cadillac CTS line of sedans, coupes and wagons with a shift of about 835 hourly workers.

The 2013 Cadillac ATS will be available in Standard, Luxury, Performance and Premium trims. Base rear-wheel-drive ATS models will use a 202-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder and will start at $33,990.

Midlevel rear or all-wheel-drive models get power from a 272-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and start at $35,795.

The top of the line model comes with a 321-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 engine and will start at $42,090. All prices include an $895 destination fee.