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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
      Does GM have ANY exciting and affordable new product to talk about? Or have they decided to just settle for trying to get bankers' bonuses?

      Oh, for those who think this is going to be slightly more expensive than a Volt. Consider that the Volt will cost twice as much as a comparable conventional Chevy model. The closest Cadillac to the Converj is a roadster which costs $100, 000. The Converj will not be cheaper than that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "we only hope it doesn't take as long to build as the Bowtie's broad-shouldered muscle car."

      The Camaro went from concept to production in just over three years. First shown at the New York Auto Show in January of 2006 - Official production began March 2009.
      • 5 Years Ago
      == GM needs to spread production of the Voltec drivetrain as much as they can. We already know they're struggling to hold the cost of the Volt itself to a minimum, so it only makes sense that they would produce a higher-content (and higher profit) version.

      I think the Converj is a strikingly beautiful car. It will certainly give Fisker some competition for the coupe version of the Karma.

      "we only hope it doesn't take as long to build as the Bowtie's broad-shouldered muscle car." ==

      I agree with you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm surprised by the tone of many of the complaints listed here. The car's looks are a matter of taste (I find the car beautiful). But the importance of the Converj transcends its looks.

      An electric Cadillac makes sense. Cadillacs are supposed to be silent. Sports cars (like Tesla), and sports sedans (like the Tesla S and Fisker Karma), really, aren't. The cognitive dissonance is too much for some people to really get passionate about them. Would enthusiasts ever really prefer an EV Ferrari or M5?

      But an EV Cadillac, to my mind at least, is the apotheosis of the brand: silent, swift, "An American Standard for the World."

      Guys: the Cadillac Converj will be the first green car to be sold on the merits of its drivetrain, not on its greenness. Shouldn't this be something to celebrate?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, thanks GM! I was hoping you would come out with a more expensive, less practical volt vehicle! If only it had less doors, bigger rims and cost over $100k I would buy one for sure.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Meme

        The over-sized front end has more to do with pedestrian safety requirements than anything else.
        • 5 Years Ago
        GM needs to spread production of the Voltec drivetrain as much as they can. We already know they're struggling to hold the cost of the Volt itself to a minimum, so it only makes sense that they would produce a higher-content (and higher profit) version.

        I think the Converj is a strikingly beautiful car. It will certainly give Fisker some competition for the coupe version of the Karma.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I do like the streamlined look better than the volt, but the cadillac grill on the front ruins the design.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Strikingly beautiful if you think cylons are attractive. ;) Their next model will have all windows reduced to a tiny eye-slit, tires so big they extend up past the doors, and a front end so protruding and stub-nosed that the car will be mistaken for a robotic pug.

        Seriously, who goes car shopping and says, "I want to spend a fortune on a car that's both unaerodynamic AND has poor visibility. What do you have that matches that description?"

        That seems to be the recent style trend, though. Thankfully, I'm pretty fond of the new, opposite style trend that's starting to emerge, which is a sort of stretched kammback. Sleek, streamlined, good visibility, and very attractive. They still make the front-end way too oversized, though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've seen this car at the auto show and let me tell you pictures do not do it justice. A few things to note as some others have - this was designed after after all the disappointment with the production Volt versus the Concept Volt. They have said this wind tunnel tested and approved. I would expect only minor changes to the exterior but an all new interior (the interior is 95% concept car.) Secondly why would someone buy a Cadillac and not a Karma or a Telsa. The answer -- who ever heard of these car companies? Now GM might be in bad shape right now but it's still GM not some start-up company nobodies ever heard of. Luxury car buyers are conservative. This car would probably be at a $10-20K premium over the Volt so $50-60K. Cadillac sells a $100K roadster with a normal drive train that as far as I know is on an unshared platform. Basing this on the Volt saves big money versus a discrete model. People who want to drive something futuristic that is a plug in hybrid, and from a known company who like Cadillac styling and want to buy American will buy a Converj. This does not need to be a huge volume seller for GM, like the Volt it will be a Halo car for the brand. There really is no downside to making this car except enduring idiotic comments from the peanut gallery who think that the GM should only be making mass-volume models.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's cool... I always did kinda liked the celica.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Of course this is the concept car. Lets see how cool it looks once it's gone through wind tunnel and manufacturability changes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "There really is no downside to making this car except enduring idiotic comments from the peanut gallery who think that the GM should only be making mass-volume models. "

      There is always a downside to building low volume models. The enormous cost of R&D, crash testing, emissions and safety certification can be more easily absorbed in a mass volume model.

      The XLR was expensive and uncompetitive in its segment because GM couldnt afford to invest the money it needed to survive. GM had to kill it. I'd rather not see that happen to the Converj, which is a very pretty car. Perhaps GM can offer it with a choice of powertrains, including Voltec.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope GM gives it AWD (or at least RWD) and serious performance so that the difference from the Volt is more than skin deep.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Makes sense, they could give the Karma and high mileage Model S a run for the money.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And you're basing those numbers on...what, exactly?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Estimates for the Converj put it in the $80K range. That's more than the Tesla S, but someone looking at a luxury touring coupe probably wouldn't want a four-door sedan that is meant as a family car.

        The Karma Coupe derivative is the more likely competition, except that the Karma Coupe will probably be more expensive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Really? I bet it will cost 60k(base) but have the same 40 mile range as the volt.

        You would buy this car over the Model S($50k 160-300miles) & Karma($80k 50milesEV)?
        Really?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I doubt the 300 mile range model S will be 58K. I also doubt the Converj will cost the 87K the Karma does. Assuming the Converj does cost 60K that puts it in the ball park of those cars. Some folks do like the style of modern Caddys.
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