The Cadillac Converj, a premium coupe based on the Chevrolet Volt, has been given the green light for production, according to a report in the Detroit News.
Production plans presented to GM’s board by Cadillac last week are said to have included the Converj, and although the car has been agreed, a production date has yet to be set.
A decision to build the Converj fits with GM’s plans to build an environmentally friendly range of cars amid growing customer demand for greener vehicles.
Cadillac surprised this year’s Detroit show with the Converj concept, which was designed by Brit Simon Cox.
The so-called Voltec system from the Volt means that the wheels are always battery-powered, offering a 40-mile range which can then be extended with a four-cylinder petrol engine charging the lithium ion battery.
GM's product chief Bob Lutz said that the Cadillac Converj concept proves that the blueprint laid down by the Volt can be scaled up or down. In the Converj the system delivers 273lb ft of torque and a 100mph top speed.