Cadillac Converj

Cadillac Converj concept

Cadillac Converj concept

IS IT REAL? This largely unexpected Caddy electric car bears a strange resemblance to the production-ready, gasoline-powered CTS coupe that was pulled from last November’s Los Angeles auto show, rescheduled for this Detroit show, but which has now gone missing.

WHAT THEY SAID “The electric motor in the Converj drives the wheels at all times, at all speeds,” said Robert A. Lutz,General Motors vice chairman. Driving it just on short commutes, he added, “You may never have to buy a drop of gasoline as long as you own the car.”

WHAT THEY DIDN’T SAY It just makes good sense right now to introduce yet another member of G.M.’s nascent family of politically correct extended-range electric vehicles. Like the Chevrolet Volt, this version would run for about 40 miles on electric power alone, before needing either a boost from its gas-assist engine or a few hours of recharging.

WHAT MAKES IT TICK? No one seems to know, possibly even G.M. “The battery pack could either be larger or smaller than the one in the Volt, and so could the engine,” Mr. Lutz said. Yes, despite its sleek styling, there is the impression this surprise Detroit debutante was cobbled together quickly to impress skeptical audiences of, say, congressmen.

HOW MUCH, HOW SOON? Expect premium pricing, though Mr. Lutz said G.M. is “a long way from announcing any production plan for this car.” But Mark McNabb, G.M.’s executive in charge of Cadillac, said it could be “pulled forward in 18 months” if auto show reaction is “a wow.”

HOW’S IT LOOK? In its own way, every bit as stylistically sensual as the vanished CTS coupe and its politically incorrect 550-horsepower V-8.


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