I’m at the North American Internation Auto Show in Detroit this weekend, freezing my ass off to see what the future of the auto industry holds. With all the attention on the Big Three and how they plan on stopping the hemorrhage of money (something that is only allowed if you’re a large Internet company), I wanted to know what concepts they we’re dreaming up. The cars of the future that would bring the billions they’d need to pay back the loans.
At the GM press conference this morning, where they had a champagne fountain and handed out $100 bills to everyone in attendance (just kidding, you can calm down and get back to your lobbyist-funded ski weekend, Senator), they wheeled out their newest concept, the Cadillac Converj. (Not a typo. That’s what they named it.)
Super sleek and aggressive looking, the Converj is a luxury extended-range electric vehicle that would run on the Voltec propulsion system that powers the soon-to-be-released-if-we’re-really-really-good Chevy Volt. It would deliver 273 lb-ft of instant torque and have a top speed of 100mph. And take you 40 miles before the back-up gas engine had to kick in.
After asking several Caddy reps, from engineers to product development people, to brand managers, the only answer I got repeatedly was “It’s just a concept.” Well it’s a concept we want to see on the roads. And as taxpayers and essentially your new banker, (and possible partner, depending on the bailout plan), I think we should have some say in the matter. (Pics after the jump)