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The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe.

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The kid in front of the liquor store was beaming, and I was more than a little taken aback when he said to me: "Hey, nice Cadillac."

By kid I mean 21 or 22 years old. Now, a twentysomething kid who not only liked my ATS Coupe test ride, but recognized it as a Cadillac, left me nearly speechless. "Thanks," I managed to say.

Cadillac has suffered from many problems these past two or three decades, and among the most troubling for General Motors has been that, as former GM vice-chairman Bob Lutz once quaintly put it, "the buyers have been falling off the demographic table."

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But this millennial was all over the 2015 ATS Coupe. Loved it like a smart phone, apparently. And as long as he keeps living in his parents' basement, he might even be able to afford it: $41,240 to start, topping out at $52,655.

I didn't have time to get into the CUE infotainment interface, the engine choices, the balanced weight distribution, Caddy's product emphasis on being not a heavyweight but a lightweight, and more. The move of Cadillac headquarters from Detroit to New York? He never asked. The driving dynamics versus the seats? I like the former, not the latter, but he didn't ask.

What of the possibility that GM of Canada might finally orchestrate a slew of independent Caddy dealers so you won't need to buy an ATS parked beside a Chevy Spark at your local four-brand GM dealer? I was off before he had the chance.

For the record, I did buy a very nice Bordeaux from St-Emilion, and it stayed sealed tight until I got home, put my feet up and began sorting through the Caddy story that will appear in Globe Drive next week.

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