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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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RE: Killer design
By Keeir on 4/16/2009 3:49:32 AM , Rating: 3
Sorry, but "I don't like your conclusion" is not a great basis for saying my math is wrong.

Read my input assumptions:
Safe Medium Sized Car, similar to US Civic/Accord
Meeting Tier 2 Bin 5 emission requirements
Steady State, 60 mph travel

If you take a Geo Metro body (Does not pass current safety standards, and is Tiny! Making it practical for only a small subset of the population), add a gasoline engine similar to a Prius (probably the most efficient mass produced engine, not really suitable to varied loads but hey if you are willing to deal with crummy performance you can get better milage) and throw on some expensive and non-durable low rolling resistance tires.... Yep, you too can have a car capable of traveling 75-100 miles per gallon at my 60 mph speed... Did I mention stripping of the pollution controls? The car might produce more harmful emissions per mile, but hey less CO2!

In reality, people want/need the civic/accord/cr-v/pilot sized cars... Why do you think ALL manufactures are producing RD prototypes outside the gasoline range? Their engineers know there are realistic limits about how efficient various car types can ever get...

In conclusion, I am not saying 60mpg Highway is the limit for all autos, just ones the public would be willing to buy! Hey look at the tiny Honda Fit... It gets what like 33 mpg Highway? It's really only about 50% as efficient as that frontal area ever could, so it really isn't like there is no room for improvement (Hatchback increases drag, durable tires increase friction, variable engine to allow "sporty" performance, radios climate control etc)


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