Cadillac Converj concept

<b> <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="prdcrmk7" title="Cadillac" href="/topic/services-shopping/vehicles/makes-models/cadillac-prdcrmk7.topic">Cadillac</a> Converj concept</b><br>
One of the absolute smash hits of the Detroit Show -- so sayeth I -- is Cadillac's concept Converj, a gorgeous, provocative, heated diamond of a sports coupe that could -- just theoretically -- contain the same range-extended gas-electric hybrid powertrain from the Volt. GM has inevitably hung a branded name around this technology: Volt-tec. (Whatever happened to E-Flex?) Like the Volt, the car is proposed with a 16 kilowatt-hour battery and a 40-mile all-electric range. The Converj joins the Fisker Karma in the growing class of proposed luxury plug-in hybrids.<br>
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The packaging advantages of the Volt-tec powertrain is made manifest, in the dramatic cab-forward posture of the car, which is "doable" because there's not a big chunk of an engine under the hood. In fact, the car has a nose worthy of a mid-engine Lambo.<br>
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Yes, well, there's just one leetle bit of a problem with Converj. The Volt-tec powertrain is obstinately front-drive and any Cadillac coupe worth its wreath and crest would be rear drive. I'm sure that can be fixed in rewrite.<br>
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-- <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB0002799" title="Dan Neil" href="/topic/arts-culture/mass-media/news-media/dan-neil-PECLB0002799.topic">Dan Neil</a><br>
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<a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/uptospeed/2009/01/detroit-auto-sh.html">Related story: A Cadillac defibrillated by a Volt</a>
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Cadillac Converj concept
One of the absolute smash hits of the Detroit Show -- so sayeth I -- is Cadillac's concept Converj, a gorgeous, provocative, heated diamond of a sports coupe that could -- just theoretically -- contain the same range-extended gas-electric hybrid powertrain from the Volt. GM has inevitably hung a branded name around this technology: Volt-tec. (Whatever happened to E-Flex?) Like the Volt, the car is proposed with a 16 kilowatt-hour battery and a 40-mile all-electric range. The Converj joins the Fisker Karma in the growing class of proposed luxury plug-in hybrids.

The packaging advantages of the Volt-tec powertrain is made manifest, in the dramatic cab-forward posture of the car, which is "doable" because there's not a big chunk of an engine under the hood. In fact, the car has a nose worthy of a mid-engine Lambo.

Yes, well, there's just one leetle bit of a problem with Converj. The Volt-tec powertrain is obstinately front-drive and any Cadillac coupe worth its wreath and crest would be rear drive. I'm sure that can be fixed in rewrite.

-- Dan Neil

Related story: A Cadillac defibrillated by a Volt

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