Male Speaker: Until this year, The Trade Auto Show has always been about two things. Cars that show off sex, power, beauty, and cars that are meant to be practical, have good fuel mileage, be sustainable, the cars of the future, the two seldom meet. They finally have this year, would be Cadillac CONVERJ Concept. A car based on the upcoming Chevy Volt platform, but one just as beautiful as last year's CTS Coupe Concept.
The man in charge is Simon Cox, he is the Director of Advance Design for General Motors in England. Simon, tell me how you have helped design this car.
Simon: Well, basically came from a very tough group of bubblets. We basically wanted a very relevant concept for this show. I mean one that actually illustrated not only that we are still looking forward, but we wanted a concept that was based on real technology, that as you said we have in the Volt but coupled with a futuristic design but a very real design. It's probably the smallest Cadillac you have seen to date, but again what we try to illustrate, you can be small, you can be relevant to current needs of society and obviously the pressures we are under.
But it doesn't mean you have to be boring, we can still have a dramatic looking car. Exterior wise, we've really shrink wrapped over, basically what you've said is the Volt architecture. Getting a lot more sculptural but still keeping very much the art and science cues, vertical lamps, tail fins at the rear, but that combined with a very sleek profile for aerodynamic reasons.
What we've tried to do, dimensionally is actually disguise the height. It looks low, it looks very sleek. But actually it is very spacious inside, I mean it's two plus two, rear seating is spacious, it's not cramped at all, that was part of the challenge is to disguise the actual height of the car, because again we wanted a very sporty, very dynamic looking car but combined with a practicality, that this kind of vehicle is going to need if they ever just go forward.
But if is our proof for of production we want to see it turn in to a stand, won't we?
Simon: No, no.
Male Speaker: That's good. We vote for this one, we think it should be done.