General Motors has just announced details where it will begin production of its upcoming Cadillac ELR hybrid electric vehicle. Not surprisingly, the coupe will be built at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant in Detroit, MI, where more mundane twin Chevrolet Volt is currently produced.
“This investment reflects the corporation’s confidence that the highly skilled members of UAW Local 22 can successfully build one of the most technologically advanced vehicles in the world,” Joe Ashton, UAW Vice President, said in a press statement. “The hard work and dedication of our members demonstrates that we can competitively manufacture products for the future right here in Detroit.”
Few details have emerged on the Cadillac ELR, which nearly didn’t make it into production. It is based on the Cadillac Converj concept, which electrified audiences (pun intended) at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. The ELR will be powered by a variant of the Volt’s range-extender powertrain and most likely come equipped with Caddy’s latest technology like the CUE interactive infotainment system. We’ve reviewed the Chevy Volt and found the engine smooth and seamless. Same with the CUE system, which we played with while testing the all-new 2013 Cadillac ATS. Exterior and interior spyshots of the Cadillac ELR testing recently surfaced, supporting the coupe’s production plans which is scheduled to begin late next year.
Source: General Motors / Chevrolet