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Updated: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 11:05:51 GMT | By The Associated Press, thecanadianpress.com

GM to start producing electric Cadillac in 2013

DETROIT - General Motors says production is set to begin late next year on a luxury version of its Chevrolet Volt hybrid.


GM to start producing electric Cadillac in 2013

In a 2009 handout photo from General Motors, a 2009 Cadillac Converj Concept is shown. The automaker plans on making the concept as a Cadillac ELR, a two-door which will have a power train similar to that of the electric Chevrolet Volt, which can go about 38 miles on battery power before a four-cylinder gas engine kicks in to generate power for the car. Production will begin at a Detroit factory starting late in 2013. (AP Photo/General Motors)

DETROIT - General Motors says production is set to begin late next year on a luxury version of its Chevrolet Volt hybrid.

The automaker said Tuesday the Cadillac ELR will be assembled at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant. That plant makes the Chevrolet Volt, Opel Ampera and Holden Volt.

The Cadillac will run on electricity and carry a four-cylinder gasoline engine to generate power when the batteries run out of juice. It's based on the Cadillac Converj, a concept car unveiled in 2009 at the Detroit auto show.

GM North America President Mark Reuss said in a statement that the car is "further proof of our commitment to electric vehicles and advanced technology."

The company will invest $35 million at the plant, which hasn't produced a two-door car since the 1999 Cadillac Eldorado.

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