There’s more good news for General Motors as the Cadillac Converj, electric, extended-range car was honored as the 2009 Specialty Concept Vehicle of the year by the Southeast Automotive Media Organization (SEAMO).
Incorporating the same powertrain layout used in the Chevy Volt, which is scheduled to go into production in 2010, the Cadillac Converj was created to demonstrate that environmentally-friendly vehicles can offer the styling and features that luxury car buyers seek according to GM Executive Director of Advanced Global Design, David Rand.
Rand went on to say that the Converj ‘serves as a compass for our designers working on the future direction for Cadillac.’
This year’s award marks the second consecutive year Cadillac has taken first honors in the category. In 2008, the Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept took home the award. The CTS is scheduled to go into production in GM’s Lansing facilities next year.
Other honorees at this year’s ceremonies, held at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, MI included Hyundai, Volkswagen and Fisker Automotive.
Hyundai won the award for Best Concept Truck for the Kia Soul’ster whose design draws heavily from the Soul small car which the South Korean automaker began selling this year. Hyundai took home the award in 2008 for a concept car that was the precursor to the Hyundai, Genesis sport coupe.
The Fisker Karma Sunset took the award for the Production Preview of the Year which is given for almost-ready design and flawless styling. The Karma S debuted at the North American International Auto Show in January where it was touted as the world’s first convertible plug-in hybrid.
Volkswagen’s Blue Sport roadster, which showcases the automaker’s low-emissions diesel technology, was also honored.
This year’s awards marked the eighth year for the North American Concept Vehicle Awards which recognizes vehicles voted most likely to shape the future of the automobile industry by a panel of about two dozen professional automotive journalists from across North America.