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AutoBlog: REPORT: Cadillac Converj has a new lease on life, maybe

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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]

REPORT: Cadillac Converj has a new lease on life, maybe originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 25 Aug 2009 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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If nothing else, take that styling & put it on Alpha, that car is HOT.

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This car would sell like crazy. Every greenie in Hollywood would be able to pull off the double whammy. American and green. Just like the EV-1 gave them that chance.

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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.

Well that's dumb. My main reason for not wanting a hybrid right now is that I can't get all the toys, handling, and performance I want from a car. I'll sacrifice some 0-60 to save some gas especially if the eVolt platform is as torquey as they say, but I'm not sacrificing my heated seats and great handling.

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Looks a bit like the last Celica.

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