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Interior and exterior views of the Cadillac Converj concept-- according to a new report, the Converj has received the go-ahead for production and will hit the streets in 2011. It could be GM's first profitable electric vehicle and is expected to have more power than the Chevy Volt.  (Source: Motor Trend)
GM gets the second entry in its electric armada ready as it faces troubling times

When it comes to GM, it’s hard to remove its financial predicament from news of its tech developments.  However, assuming that it can survive, GM has approved production of the Cadillac Converj according to a recent report.

Though some have poked fun at the name, the Converj has been quite popular ever since it was introduced as a Volt-derivative plug-in Cadillac concept at the North American International Auto Show 2009 in January.  The model seemed a logical move -- the Volt's production price is well above that of an average Chevy, but closer to that of a luxury brand model -- like a Cadillac.  By essentially re-releasing the Volt with luxury styling, the cost of deploying the Volt could be offset somewhat with an even pricier model under the Cadillac umbrella.

The vehicle has received official go-ahead from GM according a report from Motor Trend.  GM reportedly plans to unleash it on the roads in 2011 making it a 2012 model year vehicle.  Sources say that the Converj could even be the first profitable electric vehicle -- a major victory for GM, and a big boost in getting federal approval of their revised restructuring/bailout proposal, due June 1.

The source at GM says that the Converj will be followed up by a people-mover/crossover utility based on the Voltec (Volt) architecture. 

A GM spokesperson denied both comments, saying that no changes had been made with the Converj or other models.  However, Motor Trend stands by its source, stating.  The publication points out that the drivetrain (lithium-ion battery pack and 1.4L four-cylinder engine) could be largely reused from the Volt, with more battery mass added to give it more power.  The main work would be working an all-new sheetmetal and interior.

The new production model will reportedly be a two-door coupe, like the concept.  This is different from the 4-door with hidden handles version that retiring product chief Bob Lutz suggested.  The height of the production vehicle will also have to be tweaked to make production financially feasible.

The source says that they believe the Buick brand is a likely target for the people-mover.  GMC is another branding possibility.  The Voltec CUV would have two to three rows of seats

GM is continuing to make efforts to grow its profitable brands as it reluctantly agrees to kill other ones, as part of its restructuring -- including Saturn, Saab, and Hummer, according current expectations and reports.  GM has also entered into a partnership with Segway to release new light electric two-wheelers for urban streets.

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Concept or not..
By bohrd on 4/15/2009 12:28:36 PM , Rating: 2
Is it just me or does it seem that viewing out of the front windshield would be impossible? The steering wheel looks like it would sit right in front of you face and then there are a few more inches of dash to contend with.

Perhaps GM wants everyone to look like grandmother driving whether or not they are.

RE: Concept or not..
By Aquila76 on 4/15/2009 12:54:41 PM , Rating: 2
Well, it IS a Caddy.

RE: Concept or not..
By FITCamaro on 4/15/2009 1:08:27 PM , Rating: 2
I think the pictures paint it worse than it is.

I know if they built the car to actually look like that, it'd be one sexy @$$ car.

RE: Concept or not..
By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 4/15/2009 1:09:04 PM , Rating: 2
It's just you. The bottom pic is a wide angle, so it makes the windshield look obscured.

RE: Concept or not..
By geddarkstorm on 4/15/2009 2:05:35 PM , Rating: 2
Look at the head on pic. The seats are easily visible; there shouldn't be any problem seeing out the front of that car.

RE: Concept or not..
By Keeir on 4/15/2009 3:08:21 PM , Rating: 2
One word... -concept-

I imagine the final interior will use more "off the shelf" Caddy components and designs.

RE: Concept or not..
By Spuke on 4/15/2009 3:28:30 PM , Rating: 2
You do know this is a concept car, right?

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