There's been a battle brewing within
General Motors about expanding the Volt platform to include vehicles
other than the Chevrolet Volt and its near twin, the
Opel Ampera. It was hoped that the Cadillac Converj -- which
was shown at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show -- would help expand
sales of the platform and help offset some of the development costs
due to its higher price tag.
The Detroit News received
confirmation late last year that the Converj would actually be
produced. However, a new
report from Automotive News suggests that GM has actually
shelved plans to produce the sleek two-door coupe.
The news comes from none other than
"Maximum" Bob Lutz had been proclaiming to the press that
the Converj would see the light of day in 2012. Lutz has been a
champion of "pet products" within GM over the past few
years. Unfortunately for Lutz, many of the vehicles he has championed
have also ended up on the chopping block recently (Pontiac Solstice,
Pontiac GTO, Pontiac G8, Saturn Sky, etc.). Lutz is also retiring
from GM on May 1, so any possible dreams of seeing a production
version of the Converj are leaving with him."It has always been a concept," added Nick Twork, a spokesman for Cadillac. "It was never announced officially that we were going to do the Converj. We never issued a press release."
The fetching Converj concept car
featured a four-seat interior, 21" front wheels (22" in the
rear), an all glass roof which incorporated solar panels to help
charge accessories (a similar feature is available
on the Prius), and LED headlights.