Detroit 2009: Five Favorite Designs

Automobile Magazine's opinionated Design Editor, Robert Cumberford, sifts the wheat from the chaff at Detroit's Cobo Hall.

2009 Cadillac Converj Concept

The idea of presenting Chevy Volt technology in a stylish luxury car is good. Flawlessly executing the styling so the resulting coupe-which seamlessly incorporates traditional and recent design cues-is at once instantly recognizable as coming from a specific brand is brilliant. Simon Cox and his team did a great job. In styling terms the only jarring visual aspect of the Cadillac Converj, inside or out, was the cutsey-poo nameplate. And even there the typography was elegant. The Converj confirms that Cadillac has firmly re-established itself as a worthy provider of luxury cars with respectable technology. Cadillac is not back to Standard of the World yet, but that goal is in sight.

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