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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 RandallMoore on 4/16/2009 10:42:27 AM , Rating: 2
I like noise and I like the individual character of combustion engines.

Damn straight! Nothing like the sound of a 70's mustang :D

Driving a car that sounds like a case fan with a bad bearing is extremely unappealing.

For now, yes. Did the first internal combustion car have the massive sound appeal that most cars have today? Haha, not a chance. I bet they sounded like a sputtering mess. Give it time though, I bet if we ever get to enjoy a zero emissions pure power fuel celled car they will definitely find a way to make it sound furious. I'll take the dying fan noise for all the benefits any day of the week though.

RE: Killer design
By callmeroy on 4/16/2009 11:25:27 AM , Rating: 2
The sound was actually one of the first things I kind of went "oh geez here comes the wimpy electric revolution there goes beefy sounding cars...."....performance WAS a concern but its been proven electric doesn't have to mean slow.

Someone suggested sound chips before to make a custom sound...I guess that would be one way to address the issue but it would feel lame to me and I'm sure see with an ICE you get the sound but --- its real and there's a genuine purpose for it. If electric cars rely on artificially creating the sound by sound boards/chips/speakers --- it just won't feel right.

I'm sure down the road several years everyone would just accept it and adjust to it,and many many years into the future the young adults and kids won't know the difference , but to us folks now the transition will be hard since we've known and loved our gas guzzling sports cars and the beautiful sound of raw explosion created horse power.

....but that's just me.

i don't drive much to begin with --- so the impact or drain on the enivornment I do personally with my gas guzzler is LESS than the average person they use for those far.

RE: Killer design
By Spuke on 4/16/2009 1:29:01 PM , Rating: 2
Haha, not a chance. I bet they sounded like a sputtering mess.
It's an electric motor. It sounds the way it sounds. There's no cylinder firing order or exhaust to be tuned.

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