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#803 of 1015 The Cadillac of Volts
Aug 19, 2011 (7:09 am)
This might sell a few to the people "for whom money is no object."
You know electric cars are making a mark when the luxury auto market decides to get involved. General Motors announced today that it plans to create a production version of the Cadillac Converj Concept. Built on the gasoline-electric Voltec platform - that also powers the Volt - the Cadillac ELR will be the company’s second extended-range electric vehicle. Some of you may have seen the concept at the the Detroit Auto show last year.
Like the Volt, the Cadillac ELR will feature a four-cylinder 1.4L generator and a lithium-ion battery. In all likelihood, the car will use electricity for the first 35-40 miles after which it will switch to an extended-range mode.
Specific details about the car’s price, specs or release date weren’t announced, but the Coupe is rumored to go into production in 2013.
From all the details we’ve received though, the car seems like a Chevy Volt in a new skin.
Though Don Butler, vice president-Cadillac Marketing said, “Like other milestone Cadillac models of the past, the ELR will offer something not otherwise present – the combination of electric propulsion with striking design and the fun of luxury coupe driving.”
Cadillac isn’t the first company to enter the luxury-electric company and GM is likely to face competition from car manufacturers like BMW and Volkswagen who’ve both announced extended-range electric vehicles of their own.
#804 of 1015 Re: The Cadillac of Volts [larsb]
Aug 19, 2011 (7:50 am)
Cadillac has done rebadges before with disastrous results to their standing as a luxury vehicle. You would think GM learned some lessons from past failures.
#805 of 1015 Re: The Cadillac of Volts [gagrice]
Aug 19, 2011 (8:23 am)
They've also had successes, like the Escalade.
#806 of 1015 Re: The Cadillac of Volts [larsb]
Aug 19, 2011 (9:14 am)
That is true. It is the Escalade that has kept Caddy from going the way of Pontiac and Olds. I was thinking of the cheapo Cimarron that was a total POC.
Yet even years after the model was discontinued, the Cimarron's legacy remains negative. The car has become a staple of books and articles about bad cars. Forbes placed the Cimarron on its list of "Legendary Car Flops,
Will a luxury car buyer want a Cadillac Cruze. If the Volt was a runaway success rather than a flop in the making, I would say maybe try a Buick version and see how that sells. I am sure it all has to do with Tax Payer subsidies keeping the concept alive and on life support.
#807 of 1015 Re: The Cadillac of Volts [gagrice]
Aug 19, 2011 (10:10 am)
Why is GM in trouble? (sarcasm everyone)
#809 of 1015 Re: . [anythngbutgm]
Sep 26, 2011 (6:46 am)
Who in their right mind would pay $50k for a Volt? That car should not sell for over $30k. I don't think GM can build them for that. A dead donkey IMO.
#811 of 1015 Re: . [anythngbutgm]
Sep 28, 2011 (4:56 am)
Volt to China:
Leaf to TN
#812 of 1015 Re: . [gagrice]
Sep 30, 2011 (6:48 am)
Sure I will admit with all thehype it is disapointing the price is so high on the Volt. However once you drive the car, learn about the technology in it, and the quality in it the price does not seem as bad. If it were a BMW we would not be having this discussion. I have seen multiple BMW owners say the Volt handles and performs as good as a BMW. Yes they need to build a cheaper version. One with a more simple driver info center and radio. Make more equipment optional and not packaged so the dealer can order a lesser priced Volt. Doing all that I believe you could get the Volt to around $32-35K.