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Cadillac's Converj adds some spice to the Volt platform

The Chevrolet Volt has been the talk of the town at General Motors for the past two years. The vehicle was first unveiled as a concept two years ago at the Detroit Auto Show. After over a year and a half of development, GM finally unveiled the production Volt to an anxious public.

The Volt, which is likely to be priced north of $40,000 before applicable government tax credits, can travel forty miles on battery power alone. After the initial 40-mile battery range is depleted, the car turns on its gasoline engine/generator to boost the total driving range to 360 miles.

GM is now looking to spread the wealth by giving one of its more upscale brands a vehicle based on the already impressive Volt platform. The lucky recipient this time around is Cadillac and the car is called the Converj. The Converj uses the same powertrain as the Volt, so the performance and economy ratings of the vehicles should be identical -- the Converj, however, does have a much more attractive exterior design.

Whereas the production Volt is considered by most to be rather plebian in design, the Converj is definitely more dynamic with its low-slung shape. The two-door, four-seat coupe seems to borrow from both the Cadillac Cien Concept from seven years ago and the Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept which was unveiled last year.

This is how Cadillac describes the design of the Converj:

Cadillac’s extended-range electric vehicle (E-REV) concept has a new body style that is an evolution of the brand’s traditional Art and Science design theme. An aggressive, forward-leaning arc profile is the foundation for the sporting stance. And more than a Cadillac in form, Converj is also intended to be a Cadillac in substance, with the premium materials, technology and driving dynamics that are hallmarks of the brand.

In keeping with the concept nature of the vehicle, the Converj features large 21" wheels in the front and slightly larger 22" wheels in the back. An all-glass roof is littered with solar panels which help to power the vehicle's many accessories, while OLEDs are used to light the Converj's instrument panel. The Converj also makes use of LED headlights.

"Vertical lamps are Cadillac signatures and the Converj builds on the brand’s light pipe technology with bolder light emitting diode (LED) and high-intensity discharge elements front and rear," adds Cadillac global design director Clay Dean. "There is also a unique daylight light ‘spear’ at the top of the headlamps."

"It’s a logical extension of our plan to reinvent the automobile," said GM's Bob Lutz. "It clearly shows what a Cadillac electric vehicle could look like, and clearly indicates that global luxury customers can have a car that has both strong design and electric propulsion with a total range of hundreds of anxiety-free miles."

It remains to be seen whether a vehicle like the Converj will end up being in the Cadillac family, but one thing is certain -- if the vehicle does make it to production, it will be priced much higher than the $40,000+ cost of entry for the Volt.

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By Ben on 1/11/2009 12:25:53 PM , Rating: -1
Now if they keep this design for the final production, they might have a winner...

But they won't, cause their GM. They'll F it up somehow.

RE: Nice
By MrX8503 on 1/11/2009 12:34:51 PM , Rating: 5
"But they won't, cause their GM. They'll F it up somehow."

I guess you've never heard of a concept.

Cause they're GM? I'm sorry but almost all, if not all car manufacturers change their final production car from their concept. That's why its a concept.

And GM doesn't mess up all their concept designs. Have you seen the Camaro? The production car still looks as good as when the concept was first introduced.

RE: Nice
By Solandri on 1/11/2009 6:07:37 PM , Rating: 5
A concept car is what you get when the designing artist makes whatever strikes his fancy.

A production car is what you get after the concept car has run the gamut of engineers, test drivers, and government regulations saying you have to have an A pillar or the occupants won't survive a rollover without an roll bar, the lack of interior space will put it in the subcompact category where its fuel mileage will make it look inferior to the competition, you need to put a cup holder here, you need to beef up the sides and change the angles like so to improve the impact survivability of the passenger cage, the thing will fishtail like a trout unless you tweak the engine placement and wheelbase like so, and the street surveys say too many people think it's too far out to buy.

RE: Nice
By Dreifort on 1/12/2009 10:12:23 AM , Rating: 2
I want to see a Hollywood movie use a hybrid car in a thrilling car chase sequence with really fast speeds and distances all over europe... recreate the only good scene in Ronin... with hybrids.

Then after the movie comes out everyone hails the hybrid (becuase of high performing chase scene) -- then it gets leaked that actually gas powered Honda Civic Si's were used with hybrid bodies.

RE: Nice
By bjacobson on 1/12/09, Rating: -1
RE: Nice
By theapparition on 1/12/2009 9:32:31 AM , Rating: 4
Which car company was it that just received a government loan because they messed up so many cars nobody wanted to buy their crap anymore?

They've already proven they don't have the forward looking insight to make a vehicle anybody wants in this day and age.

Suggest you check your facts. Fully 1/2 of every car sold in america are from the domestic "Big three". GM domestically and worldwide still sells more cars than anyone else.

So your stupid "They make cars no one wants" rant is way of base. But don't let facts get in your way.

RE: Nice
By Dreifort on 1/12/2009 10:15:58 AM , Rating: 1
I would actually tend to agree they make cars "no one wants" when it comes to design taste. They may still sell quite a few cars due to pricing and convience - but it wasn't until recent few years I started liking Chevy car designs again. Especially the malibu. Before the Malibu redesign, I had no inclination of buying Chevy for their designs.

And believe it or not (my dad incl), there are many Americans who refuse to buy anything but American (even if the "American" product is pretty much made with overseas parts.

RE: Nice
By omnicronx on 1/12/2009 1:23:08 PM , Rating: 2
GM domestically and worldwide still sells more cars than anyone else.
I'm pretty sure toyota now has the lead in worldwide sales and is now #2 in US domestic sales.. They first passed GM in worldwide sales as of April 2007.

Toyota also makes a hell of a lot more money than GM while only slightly besting their sales totals. Toyota was on pace to outsell GM by around 50000 cars in 2008, I am not sure how that ended up.

People are still buying GM cars, but they are not even close to making a profit, which is the number that really counts.

RE: Nice
By theapparition on 1/12/2009 1:39:39 PM , Rating: 2
People are still buying GM cars, but they are not even close to making a profit, which is the number that really counts.

If you re-read my post, I didn't attempt to come to any conclusions about profitability or business case. I merely refuted the accusation that no one wants domestic cars. Apparently, 50% of the population does.

I was incorrect on the worldwide sales though, as Toyota currently has more sales.

RE: Nice
By Reclaimer77 on 1/12/2009 1:14:20 PM , Rating: 2
And GM doesn't mess up all their concept designs. Have you seen the Camaro?

Butt ugly retro styling pig of a "muscle car" ? Yeah, I've seen it.

RE: Nice
By JediJeb on 1/12/2009 5:07:20 PM , Rating: 2
Guess it comes down to taste, I for one like the looks of cars from the 40's to the late 60's far more than anything made today. Most of the time when I see a car coming down the highway today I can't even tell what company made it, they all look alike until you are right up on them. Honda, Toyota, Ford, Chevy, BMW ect, all about the same size and shape, similar curves, similar trim on all the mid and small sized cars.

RE: Nice
By Reclaimer77 on 1/12/2009 6:49:08 PM , Rating: 2
I can't even tell what company made it, they all look alike until you are right up on them. Honda, Toyota, Ford, Chevy, BMW ect, all about the same size and shape, similar curves, similar trim on all the mid and small sized cars.

Yeah amazingly we have discovered that huge square cars aren't the most streamlined design.

You sound like my dad. Always going on and on and on about every car he see's. " Thats a Malibu !!?? It sure doesn't look like the Malibu I remember ". bla bla bla shut up you freaking fossil.

RE: Nice
By Spuke on 1/13/2009 5:29:54 PM , Rating: 2
bla bla bla shut up you freaking fossil.
You say that about your dad? Sounds like you have some problems. LOL!

RE: Nice
By amanojaku on 1/11/2009 1:03:52 PM , Rating: 2
I think it's a little too angular. I'd prefer if the edges were rounded just a bit. Not too much, though. I think that would be bad @$$.

RE: Nice
By Brandon Hill on 1/11/2009 1:13:28 PM , Rating: 2
Then it wouldn't be a Cadillac...

RE: Nice
By Bubbacub on 1/11/09, Rating: -1
RE: Nice
By austinag on 1/12/2009 12:41:36 PM , Rating: 2
I think it looks great. Especially the interior. Hopefully the final design will be a little more faithful to the concept then the volt, which ended up looking like a prius themed suppository.

RE: Nice
By Rodney McNaggerton on 1/11/2009 5:21:45 PM , Rating: 2
And on this day, Jesus took the bread, broke it, gave it to his disciples and said, "That Cadillac looks dayme fine."

RE: Nice
By Hoser McMoose on 1/11/2009 10:30:52 PM , Rating: 3
Jesus would put better rims on his Caddy.

RE: Nice
By dice1111 on 1/12/2009 10:19:21 AM , Rating: 2
RE: Nice
By Mr Perfect on 1/12/2009 9:58:41 AM , Rating: 3
After the radical change to the Volt concept, it's not worth holding your breath. The Volt design went from mean machine to snugly earth saver in no time flat.

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