• Aug 25, 2009
Cadillac Converj Concept - Click image above for high-res gallery

Last we knew, the fate of the Cadillac Converj vehicle was unknown and remained "a concept vehicle undergoing a review that has not yet concluded." Resistance to putting the Voltec plug-in powertrain into a Cadillac apparently came not only from the Treasury Department (when General Motors was still in bankruptcy) but also some executives within the company.

BusinessWeek names the resisting execs as GM North America President Troy Clarke and Mark McNabb, who ran Cadillac, Hummer, and Saab. Note the past tense there: both Clarke and McNabb no longer work at GM. One of the Converj's strongest proponents, Bob Lutz, remains with the company. While nothing has been officially decided – some inside GM think the Volt should have been a Caddy all along while others don't think that luxury car buyers care about being green – don't count the Converj out yet.



[Source: BusinessWeek]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Stunning automobile.
      Simply stunning.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yup. Make it a 4-door and they may have something. Otherwise, it's just an expensive toy, and when big boys want expensive coupe toys, they generally want them to have some muscle too. With 4 doors you have room to stuff your upper management coworkers in the back, so you can demonstrate to them how green and cutting edge you are.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wasn't this exact article posted a few days ago???
      • 5 Years Ago
      " some inside GM think the Volt should have been a Caddy all along while others don't think that luxury car buyers care about being green" ?

      Are they kidding? Driving a "green car" is the latest fashion accessory for the ultra-rich. It's another way they can prove they are "greener than thou".

      Driving range doesn't even matter because they are only driving it to be seen getting out of it for the cameras.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good god, People! This is what we mean when we say get in touch with your customers. Build this thing, why is this even still being discussed?
      • 5 Years Ago
      A v-series version with a Tesla-like 240hp+ motor would be nice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Of course you should build this car. Lexus has the 250H and it's in short supply. The rich would buy one I'm sure.

      The two door and four versions need to be made. Both for the US, Canadian and Mexican markets, as well all the other markets throughout the free world.

      Just do it!!!!
      katatonics
      • 5 Years Ago
      See the Volt concept versus the Volt production model. Totally different cars. Now imagine this concept turned into a production model. It will look just as bland and terrible.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @katatonics
        Yeah, because this looks SOOOO much like the original Volt. Can you not see that this concept is built on the real Volt's mechanicals????
        • 5 Years Ago
        @katatonics
        Have you not seen the CTS coupe? It already got the styling of this car, and it largely got it right.

        http://www.autoblog.com/gallery/cadillac-cts-coupe-concept/

        The Converj will have to have new styling, if it's going to be a separate car from the CTS coupe. Maybe they'll just offer the CTS with a Voltec hybrid option?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @katatonics
        The Converj has a much better chance of going to production looking 80% like the concept.

        And if some of the naysayers have been paying attention, Lexus is marketing a small luxury hybrid. Just like many of the rich and famous had jumped on the last-gen Prius, those that dragged their feet on buying "hybrid", can do so in Lexus-garb.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @katatonics
        Heck, look at the next article in the Autoblog --- The Lexus HS250h is in demand and in short supply.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There's no drama here. This car could (and should) easily be produced in both hybrid and conventional versions. Let the buyers decide which model they want. For those who want to go green, there you go. And for those that prefer the rumble of a gasoline engine, enjoy yourself.

      Two words: Bring it!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm...

      In thinking of a replacement for the XLR - I wonder how hard it would be to make a second Voltec-based car mid-engined/RWD... It would almost fit with this current styling.

      Perhaps something to give Tesla a (semi-)direct competitor...?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't care if it's green, yellow, blue or black, just make that awesome looking car already. This can be the ATS Coupe and the hybrid may be just a version of it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "others don't think that luxury car buyers care about being green"

      Funny that this post follows the one which mentions a shortage of Lexus Hybrids.

      Luxury car buyers seem to like high tech products. The Converj will be that. It also looks great. Assuming the interior quality is up to the new GM standards, my guess is it will sell and sell well.
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