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2009 Cadillac Converj concept – click above for high-res gallery

After much hemming and hawing, General Motors will reportedly build a version of the Cadillac Converj, the gorgeous but awkwardly named extended-range coupe concept first shown at last year's Detroit Auto Show. According to The Detroit News, the Converj will probably take a few years to reach dealer showrooms, as GM will first direct its efforts on launching the Chevrolet Volt, the more affordable sedan with which it is likely to share much of its Voltec drivetrain architecture.

From where we sit, the Converj seems like a natural move for GM, as Cadillac's higher margins should help offset the research, development, and production costs of everything from the Volt's lithium ion batteries to its motors and control modules. For its part, however, Cadillac is still declining to comment on the story, and the DetNews story doesn't name a source.

Either way, GM vice chairman Bob Lutz has previously gone on record as a champion of a production Converj, and he has said that a serial version would look very similar to the 2009 showcar – in much the same way that the Camaro evolved from concept to production. As the concept was gorgeous, we're down with that – we only hope it doesn't take as long to build as the Bowtie's broad-shouldered muscle car.




[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Totally understand the sensibility of sharing the architecture to recoup costs but:
      1. It would be a shame to waste such a beautiful design on a hybrid
      2. Hybrids are probably NOT ever going to be a big seller for Cadillac, so how much will this car REALLY recoup for GM?
      3. Making this a Volt derivative won't be as easy as you think considering that any Cadillac is likely to be heavily laden with electronic goodies which work AGAINST cars like this
      My suggestion would be to drop a twin-turbo 4 or 6 into it (maybe even with a diesel option?), give it AWD, and get it out on the market ASAP to start making money. Hell, if you REALLY want, call it STS.......
      • 5 Years Ago
      Converj? What a stupid name.

      I will stick with my 1975 Fleetwood 75 limousine :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      What will it be called: VTS?
      • 5 Years Ago
      very nice car to make it into production and shake off the hippieish Prius image
      • 5 Years Ago
      There is a god, and he loves cars! Don't make it a 4 door though, that's what the CTS is for.
      wayne
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is what they come up with, Were is the different type, Mercedes mercrdes mercedes They all look alike .I wanted break down either if i were you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bring it!!!
      BUB
      • 5 Years Ago
      IT COULD BE WORSE, THEY COULD HAVE CALLED IT THE CADILLAC OBOMBA
      • 5 Years Ago
      "in much the same way that the Camaro evolved from concept to production"

      So if it survives the process, we can expect to see this in 5-7 years?
        • 5 Years Ago
        quote from daleam:
        - "You people seem to think that most of the auto buying public frequents blogs such as this and actually sees all the press. Most of them won't know what this car is until it is formally introduced." -

        This is true for a vast majority of the public. I can't tell you how many times I have had family or friends tell me about this new car they saw when it's something that's already been in production for 6mos-1yr. That or they talk about it after they see commercials or ads for the car.

        quote from mk15:
        - "So if it survives the process, we can expect to see this in 5-7 years?" -

        Well if it follows the Camaro timeline, we'll see it in less than 3yrs. But once again, why let facts get in the way of a good bashing right?
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you're lucky. But GM will make sure you see a picture of it every 3 weeks and hold a press conference about it. When it's released in 2015 it will be completely outdated.

        See: Cruze, Volt.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Luis, i think Volt is still fresh, but Cruze already does looks bland. I understand that it takes time for a car to evolve from concept to a production car, but GM really needs to stop releasing these updates because by the time the car comes out EVERYONE already saw it.

        Look at Honda, for the most part people do not know what their cars looks like before the launch. Think of the potential if one day you turn on a TV and you see this Convej ad and it is available for sale in the next 2 weeks.
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Camaro and Volt had to be engineered from the ground up, while it will still take a couple years to sort it is just a rebody job of the Volt.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You people seem to think that most of the auto buying public frequents blogs such as this and actually sees all the press. Most of them won't know what this car is until it is formally introduced.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Try 3 years.

        The Camaro concept debuted at NAIAS in January 2006. Production began in February 2009.

        So if we take that sort of timeline, this car should be here about the same time as the Fiat 500 Abarth is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry if it sounded like it was bashing. I seriously thought the Camaro had been in development for 5-7 years, not 3 years. I must be getting senile.
      matthew
      • 5 Years Ago
      Has anyone seen the new GM commercials? They basically say "We've been making garbage cars for years and years, but we're sorry and we won't do it anymore. We promise! There's even a money back guarantee! PLEASE come buy a GM car! PLEASE!" Sadly, people will fall for it.

      Any other company in a CAPITALIST society, in a republic such as the USA, would have gone out of business long ago. The fact that they've been bailed out by the government sickens me. It's too bad that people weren't educated enough to stop buying GM cars when the first bailouts and union corruption occurred 30 years ago. Too bad they'll keep buying them now!

      Hey, Wal-Mart is the world's largest retailer. I think that says, right there, that the vast majority of consumers are ignorant! I WANT MY TAX MONEY BACK!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now that is a hybrid I could get behind.
      • 5 Years Ago
      WHY? It will never cover costs to produce it.
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