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imho there is Very Much a SilverLining for GM in this news...

Report: GM Drops Cadillac Converj to focus on Cheaper Plug-In Hybrids - HybridCars.com - Published March 1, 2010
...Bloomberg is reporting that General Motors stopped work on the Cadillac Converj, a sleek electric-drive coupe, to focus on cheaper plug-in hybrids for its luxury brand. The report is based on comments from two GM executives who asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public...

...“The future lies in plug-in hybrids with smaller electric range,” said Eric Noble, president of CarLab, an Orange, California-based automotive consultant, told Bloomberg. Dropping the Converj is “a tacit admission from GM that they over-batteried the Volt.”

Right-Sizing Plug-in Hybrid Batteries

The three major categories of electric-drive vehicles are conventional hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and pure electric cars. Conventional hybrids, like the Toyota Prius, will continue to use relatively small battery packs—while pure electric cars require much larger batteries in order to deliver approximately 100 miles of range between charges.

The decision to drop the Cadillac Converj underscores the debate about the optimal size of the battery pack for a plug-in hybrid, which offers many of the benefits of an electric car—such as using energy pulled from the electric grid or rooftop solar panels—while providing a driving range which matches or exceeds a gas-powered vehicles.

Cost is a major factor. GM has insisted that 40 miles of range, without using a single drop of gasoline, is critical. However, Toyota plans to offer a plug-in version of the Prius with about 13 miles of all-electric range, and Ford’s Escape Plug-in Hybrid will provide around 30 electric miles—with both vehicles expected to put the internal combustion engine to some use throughout the drive cycle, if it means overall greater efficiency. This approach is sometimes called a "blended" strategy. GM’s own plug-in hybrid SUV in the works is reportedly aiming for approximately 10 miles of electric-only range.

One of the key questions that auto engineers hope to answer with plug-in hybrid pilot programs is how small they can make the battery pack—to reduce cost—while daily driving remains gas-free.

According to executives quoted on the Bloomberg story, the extra cost of pushing the Cadillac Converj’s electric-only range even to 20 miles would be $30,000. Pat Morrissey, a GM spokesman, declined to comment on the future of the Converj.


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imho the drop-dead-gorgeous Styling of the Converj can be applied to the ATS;
&, really, the electric part sounds to me like they're moving on to a new generation already

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btw
GM is releasing it sales numbers Early tomorrow - quite unusual
- maybe to avoid conflicting with Senate/Throttlegate hearings
- maaaaaaaaaaybe for some other announcement?
 

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Shame. It would have given profits to an otherwise unprofitable system.
Something is seriously wrong at Cadillac. Its the only GM brand that does not know what it is doing. FWD, AWD, RWD, XTS, DT7? BOF escalade, FWD escalade, splitting SRX into a wagon and a FWD suv, .. Cadillac's manager needs to go.
 

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Right now it seems that Lincoln is going to benefit from being a few years behind Caddy. Lincoln can wait and see what works and what doesn't. With limited money to spend, it is better to get to the right market late, than to divide your resources and use the shotgun approach.
 

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Right now it seems that Lincoln is going to benefit from being a few years behind Caddy. Lincoln can wait and see what works and what doesn't. With limited money to spend, it is better to get to the right market late, than to divide your resources and use the shotgun approach.
Cadillac and Buick also have the advantage of good dealer networks in China and Russia.
 
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