: Report: GM decides to shelve Cadillac Converj



itschrome
03-02-10, 03:46 PM
The Cadillac Converj made quite an impression on a lot of people after it was unveiled at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show late last year. At that time, the Converj, which was being pegged as an upscale Chevy Volt derivative, was being touted as having a production date after 2012.

But now, it appears that the Detroit Auto Show could be the last time we’ll ever see the Converj after reports have indicated that General Motors is scrapping the car permanently.

GM has yet to confirm nor deny these reports but according to Auto Observer, the main issue surrounding the scrapping of the Converj was that the overall weight of the car – with all the added amenities – would be too heavy to even achieve a 20-mile electric driving range, at which point it became implausible to build a high-end version of the Volt without sacrificing all the luxuries that would have made it, well, high-end. Even if it the Converj did manage to scratch the 20-mile electric driving range – about half of the Volt’s marketed 40-mile range – General Motors would be forced to tack on an extra $30,000 of added cost for each car.

The loss of the Converj is a shame to a lot of us, especially after its highly-successful debut at the Detroit Auto Show. It just goes to show that in the auto industry, nothing’s for certain until we see it out on the streets."


I dunno about the rest of you guys but no tears will be shed for the loss of this car. The idea of basing a cadillac of a base model chevy is never a good Idea. plus I'm just not a huge fan of the drive system and thin they should pull it from the XTS as well.

dqw1
03-02-10, 07:00 PM
Wow. Then again, this car was being made to also show how green GM can be. What a joke Al Gore and the green revolution is.

77CDV
03-03-10, 03:29 AM
Oh, well, boo hoo. Now what? Not terribly fussed, to be honest. Wake me when they start building Fleetwoods again.

itschrome
03-03-10, 04:34 AM
Oh, well, boo hoo. Now what? Not terribly fussed, to be honest. Wake me when they start building Fleetwoods again.

sleep well my friend and may the infinity of your slumbers be peaceful

Stingroo
03-03-10, 08:39 AM
sleep well my friend and may the infinity of your slumbers be peaceful

I lol'd.

Aron9000
03-05-10, 03:34 AM
Probably a good thing the Converj was aborted. I'm sure everybody has real fond memories of the last Cadillac based on a Chevrolet economy car. Actually I bet that the Cimmaron was a huge reason Cadillac decided against producing the Converj.

itschrome
03-05-10, 03:59 AM
Probably a good thing the Converj was aborted. I'm sure everybody has real fond memories of the last Cadillac based on a Chevrolet economy car. Actually I bet that the Cimmaron was a huge reason Cadillac decided against producing the Converj.

You know i hope this is the case, but truth be told i honestly do believe it simply was a matter of the platforms in ability to support the weight of the luxuries required to be a luxury sedan. If the package was supportive of the weight and electrical needs of the planned vehical i believe they would have gone production. But with the added electrical requirements of GPS Nav screen, premium sound system, electric seats, fancy dash board, ect.. all just too much for the system to run with out making its electrical range null and void entirely.