Lutz Confirms Production of Cadillac Converj Plug-in Hybrid
Accroding to an Automotive News report, Bob Lutz has confirmed the Cadillac Converj concept will enter production. Lutz didn't give much information regarding the plug-in hybrid's production timeline but we know the car would rely heavily on the upcoming Chevrolet Volt's architecture.
"You'll see it when you see it," Lutz said regarding a production timeframe. "We have to slot it into the product lineup."
Speculation about production has run rampant since the Converj concept debuted at the 2009 Detroit auto show. Lutz said a business case was made for the swoopy two-door coupe based on a specific demographic of affluent people in congested U.S. coastal towns. The target buyer would care as much about luxury vehicles as promoting an eco-conscious image.
The Cadillac Converj is based heavily on the upcoming Chevrolet Volt's plug-in electric powertrain. Heavy development costs for the innovative electric system likely factored in to the Converj's production go-ahead, allowing GM to recoup its investment by using the technology on multiple vehicles. Expect the same 1.4L gasoline engine as found in the Volt to be used in the Converj, though a stronger lithium-ion battery pack could likely be used to provide greater power for the heftier luxury coupe.
Despite GM's electric vehicle development, Lutz reportedly believes that electric vehicle dominance is still fairly far on the horizon for the industry in general.
"For the next 20 years, we will continue to be driven predominantly by piston engines of all sizes," Lutz said."
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