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Sometimes, like dead cars rise

We’ve learned from an source at General Motors, a close to the project, that the Cadillac Converj luxury is now back in the GM product plan.

The was recently approved for production by GM executives. It will likely in 2013 as a 2014 model, it may end up with a Cadillac-style three-letter name.

The production version feature, says our source, a 1.5 Voltec powertrain.


That would be an updated of the extended-range electric powertrain the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. with better acceleration to the Cadillac image—but not the fully second-generation version that go into production in 2015.

hit in 2009

The Converj concept car was unveiled in January 2009 at the Auto Show. The sleek coupe received rave and during 2009, it was approved for with then-product chief Bob saying in January 2010 it had cleared by management .

Two months it was killed. with Cadillac David Caldwell saying the program had not reached a point which development would be in earnest in any case.

Two reasons were given for the program almost 18 months First, GM could not make a at the low volumes the Converj had been for.

Now, with the essentially sold out and GM trying to production as fast as possible, Converj volumes can go higher, each car may cost less.

product planners were that the greater weight and luxury features of a Cadillac cut its electric range and performance—reducing its much as the Lexus HS 250h has in lower numbers than for Toyota’s luxury arm.

All about profit

Apparently, concerns have been One reason for resuscitating the Converj, our source, is that CEO Dan Akerson is all profit. The 2012 Volt at $39,990, and tops out (before markup) at less than

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If some Voltec cars be sold not for $45,000 but, $60,000, that might GM to make money on its first of Voltec cars. Or, perhaps realistically, to lose less on the technology—until a less-costly second can be rolled out.

And if Cadillac hopes to compete with the of Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi, it to have one or more plug-in

All those makes have plug-ins planned, from the S-Class Plug-In Hybrid and e-tron electric supercar to the A-Class E-Cell and tiny Urban Concept two-seater.

Hybrid: hardly a halo car

But a plug-in hybrid concept for the XTS sedan that will go on next spring as a 2013 and persistent rumors of an SRX plug-in crossover, neither of those has been given the green for production.

The SRX plug-in hybrid was in May due to inadequate range from its pack. which had been for a different and lighter vehicle. So sole electrified vehicle the 2011 Escalade Hybrid sport-utility vehicle—hardly a halo car to get adopters into their as the Volt has done for Chevy .

The Converj is not the only example of in GM’s product plans the last three years. But now a deal has been reached to corporate average fuel-economy to 54.5 mpg by 2025, insiders that the GM product plan settle down.

To reach goals, plug-in cars clearly become a larger of GM’s portfolio over

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