Unveiled at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, the Cadillac Converj concept is perhaps General Motors most on-again, off-again vehicle in recent years. Based on the Chevrolet Volt, the Converj is a plug-in hybrid coupe with chiseled lines and a Wreath and Crest badge.

This production/non-production saga continues with Green Car Reports claiming "an inside source at General Motors" has confirmed the Converj is back on, meaning Cadillac is gearing up to launch the plug-in hybrid in 2013 or 2014. GCR's source says the production Converj – likely to end up with a three-letter model designation – will get a "generation 1.5 Voltec" propulsion system. If true, then the extended-range coupe will feature a slightly modified version of the powertrain that currently resides in all Chevy Volts.

We certainly have our doubts on this one, but there are two reasons to keep hope alive that the Converj will indeed make it to production. First, Green Car Reports told AutoblogGreen that the unnamed source, "has been completely on the money in the past." Second, a plug-in Cadillac makes more financial sense than a Chevy Volt. We'll wait for word from GM before we know if we should be waving hello or goodbye to the Converj this time around.


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      defiant2
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is what we wanted originally. We leased a Volt to try out the tech/concept. Glad we did; love it so far! For our family, the 40 miles (between 35-52 depending on ambient conditions) range has worked perfectly... especially since our electricity is so cheap! If they build this and it actually looks mostly similar to it, we'll be getting it when the Volt's lease expires. Note to GM: Ditch the touch sensitive buttons as after 6 months, I still don't have "muscle-memory" with which buttons are where (except for the nav and "leaf" buttons). And for $60k - it better have LED/HID headlamps this time around! (biggest single oversight on Volt - the headlamps don't compare to the xenon's I've had on other prior cars). Sign me up!
        Jason
        • 3 Years Ago
        @defiant2
        Yes, GM does need to work on it's lighting on almost all of it's cars. They never use side repeaters, or daytime running LEDs. These are all things that should be on all Cadillacs and Buicks and not just on certain trim levels.
      popski87
      • 3 Years Ago
      This would be good for cadillac. The RWD flagship is still a few years away so it needs another halo car to attract new customers to its increasingly strong lineup.
      Eta Carinae
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love this cars design so much ! It just screams american appeal......for get the boring vulgar look of the the European cars ! America is on its way back to the top of the car game !......with time lol
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      It would be nice if this were the future ATS coupe.
      paulinator66
      • 3 Years Ago
      They need to build this car, regardless of drivetrain. This needs to be the ATS coupe (or something) and then they can provide a version that has the Voltec drivetrain.
      Mike J
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM revise the power train to accept regular fuel and maybe a diesel option.
      Ron
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hope they make it a hatch as the trunk on the CTS coupe is useless, like most useless trunks on other worthy coupes. Haven't car manufacturers get the fact that tons of people are moving down from suv's or would like to if it has some sort of cargo versatility.
        axiomatik
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ron
        Why do you think the beltline is so high on most cars? To offer gigantic trunks.
          Ron
          • 3 Years Ago
          @axiomatik
          High beltline or not the trunk openings are too small to shove anything through it that's bigger than a bread box and somehow, if you look into some of these coupes trunks, the space is much smaller than expected. Hatch is still more useful. I long for a coupe that is usefull, Mustang hatch, camaro hatch, Genesis hatch, I would buy!
          Ron
          • 3 Years Ago
          @axiomatik
          High beltline or not they somehow seem to make the opening so small as to be useless and the space is much smaller than you would expect. On a sedan it seems to work why can't they just make a useful hatch that still looks like a coupe.
      Rambo
      • 3 Years Ago
      That would be cool if they made a production version of it, this was my favorite concept cars when I went to NAIAS in 2009, but I hope they keep most of the styling from the concept version if this were to happen.
      axiomatik
      • 3 Years Ago
      For those of you crossing your fingers that it will be RWD, take a look at the front wheel placement. It was obviously styled to be built on a FWD platform. If GM builds this, it will be on the Volt platform. That said, I hope they build it. Looks great, and the higher pricing of Caddy blunts the impact of paying for the Voltec drivetrain. They should then make it into a 4-door coupe format as well, the market for 2-doors is just so small.
      thealzabo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cadillac needs to build this as a hybrid or all electric. Just look at the comments on this article - rarely are the comments on any article so unanimously positive. This looks great, and because it's a luxury vehicle, no one will complain about the price of the advanced technology. Leverage the Volt platform! I've driven one, and it's great. Plus, sell enough of these hybrids, and GM can help balance out the mileage hit they'll take from building a proper, RWD, S-class/7-series competitor.
      jjsherid1
      • 3 Years Ago
      If the price is reasonable--$50-60K, sign me up. Love the look and for most of my daily driving the electric range would be enough. It would bring my environmental karma a bit more into balance.
      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      This where Lincoln really really should be going but looks like GM is going to head them off at the pass.
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