Cadillac Converj premium hybrid will enter production soon, GM’s Bob Lutz says
While General Motors is betting big on the upcoming Chevrolet Volt hybrid, the company is also capitalizing on the technology behind it, the so-called Voltec powertrain, and will implement it in a few other cars as well, like the Opel Ampera.
But one of the most interesting versions of the Voltec might appear in a production version of the Cadillac Converj hybrid concept, which was shown last year at the Detroit Auto Show. During this year’s convention, GM executive Bob Lutz revealed that the Converj will soon enter production, and that “we’ll see it when we see it”, but also said that the whole hybrid and electric trend might be just a fad.
“There are always these waves in the popular media and the public, and right now it’s teensy-weensy cars and electric vehicles,” he said. “And I’m all for it because we’re going to have those, and I hope people buy a lot of them so we can make some money.”
You can just imagine Lutz being the old guy at the convention laughing at the Honda CR-Z or the newly revealed Toyota FT-CH hybrid concept. In all seriousness, the Converj looks pretty good, and with an electric motor developing 161 HP and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque, helped by a 1.4-liter gasoline engine, it will certainly attract a lot of people when it will be released.
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