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Cadillac Converj Cleared For Production, Says Lutz

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One of the most exciting cars from last year’s Detroit Auto Show was the Cadillac Converj concept, which General Motors used to showcase its plug-in hybrid technology in a luxury platform. Despite the concept featuring one of the most striking designs we’ve seen in a while, GM's then vice chairman Bob Lutz said it was designed so that any eventual production version would look “exactly like” the show car, hinting that we may eventually see such a car in showrooms.

Today, on the eve of the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, Lutz has confirmed that the Converj is headed for production.

Speaking in front of the Society of Automotive Analysts in Detroit, Lutz said the “Cadillac Converj is cleared for production” and that it would likely be introduced after 2012. “You’ll see it when you see it. It won’t be next year or the year after that,” he explained.

Lutz went on to reveal that the production Converj will be GM’s second plug-in hybrid vehicle based on its Voltec powertrain debuting in the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, which will be launched at the end of this year.

One major difference, however, is that the Cadillac plug-in hybrid will likely feature extra batteries to power a higher-output electric motor than the one in the Volt. The styling of the vehicle would also be slightly different to the Converj concept as much of internal structure, such as the firewall, would need to be sourced from the taller Volt. Spy shots of a mysterious compact Cadillac sedan have turned up, suggesting that prototype versions are already being tested.

A production Converj would certainly inject even more style and excitement into the Cadillac lineup, plus a touch of green flair that's currently absent.

[Bloomberg via BusinessWeek]

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  1. hopefully Cadillac will stick with the solar panel roof and a few other details to make it worthy competition to the Fisker Karma...
     
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  2. This car shares a lot of lines with the lamborghini gallardo and that always a good thing.
     
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  3. Adding some of those styling elements to the rest of the line-up would be a great thing.
     
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  4. But people who wan't a Cadillac *don't want* a Civic or a Corolla...they wan't a Cadillac. They want a car that competes with Lexus, BMW, and Mercedes. They want powerful luxury, they want muscle and comfort, and they want it made by North Americans for a North American company.
     
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  5. r4, if the Converj is simply an expensive Volt, then you have a point. But luxury cars, in particular Cadillac's are about quiet smooth power that effortlessly and silently moves the car through the environment. What power system can deliver that better than an electric motor.
     
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  6. I will believe it when someone other then Lutz says it, remember when he said the G8 would come back for public consumption and Henderson said no.
     
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  7. NND, I agree; The Cadillac CTS-V coupe apearance should look more like the Converj's. A great motor-train for the CTS-V, but a too "edgy" body
     
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