• Jan 26, 2009
Click above for a high-res image of the Opel Ampera

General Motors is bringing its Voltec propulsion technology to our friends across the pond, and as suspected, an Opel-badged version will join the Chevrolet Volt in Europe. The Opel Ampera will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show this March wearing a new front fascia inspired by the production Insignia, along with a few cues pulled from the Flextreme concept. As for the rest of it, expect most the Volt's interior and body panels to carry over with minor tweaks, along with the Voltec drivetrain that can transport four of the Ampera's occupants for 60 km on electric power alone. So a Volt by any other name would... still be an extended-range electric vehicle. Hit the jump for the press release.

PRESS RELEASE

Opel To Reveal Ampera Electric Car At Geneva Motor Show

Opel Ampera to feature innovative GM Voltec technology

Rüsselsheim. Opel has announced Ampera as the name of its revolutionary extended-range electric car. The five-door, four-seat Opel Ampera will be revealed at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show (March 5-15).

"With the Ampera, Opel will be the first European automobile manufacturer to provide customers several hundred kilometers of non-stop electric driving," said Alain Visser, GM Europe Chief Marketing Officer.

GM's ground-breaking electric propulsion technology, called Voltec, operates differently from other advanced propulsion systems. For short trips up to 60 km, the Ampera will run only on lithium-ion battery power charged via a standard 230v outlet. For longer distances, the car will continue to drive on electricity that is generated by a small internal combustion engine.

The Ampera will be well-suited to the daily driving schedule of most European customers. For example, approximately 80 percent of German drivers travel less than 50 km daily.

Additional information on the Opel Ampera will be released March 3 at the Geneva Motor Show.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Dude. Ampera? What's next, Vauxhall Ohmega? Holden Electroid? Saab Whatt?

      • 5 Years Ago
      Isn't this just a Cheve Cruze/Daewoo Lacetti with plug-in technology?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Volt's evil twin...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ampera is a really clever name.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Haha, and Europe gets the more tasteful looking design of the bunch. Apparently 'attractive cars' was not part of GM North Americas restructuring plan. Afterall, it's only because of the recession that no ones buying! Everyone loves our designs and rebadging! LALA STAY THE COWRSE LALA

      4 steps back, 2 steps forward talked about, 3 steps back further instead...
      • 6 Years Ago
      looks honda/acura-ish (emphasis on the "ish")
        • 6 Years Ago
        looks pretty nice to me!

        and look at the Opel badge! 50 years old design, yet so appropriate for the golf cart age.....;)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Please tell me we're getting a Saturn Ampera
        • 6 Years Ago
        It'd have made so much more sense to bring Chevy Volt to Europe and have it be a worldwide car, building up Chevy's image and GMs. This is just rebadging and it undermines Volt's originality. GM never learns...
        • 6 Years Ago
        If Honda/Acura still made cars that look like this, I'd be pining for one. Too bad they don't.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wish that this was the 2009 TL, instead of that POS that they gave us. We don't even have touch screen anymore. :(
      • 6 Years Ago
      0_o

      They coulda tweaked the look just a little bit, but the Flextreme treatment is awesome.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Pretty much a change the lower bumper and grill operation, isn't it?
        • 5 Years Ago
        No. The rims too. (rofl)
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow... look at that... a Volt hiding in the shape of a Civic coupe.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm not so sure that's a bad thing though. At least it's not a Sebring...

        Does have a very Honda/Acura-ish look to it though. I like it but I'm not digging the wheels at all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This looks just like the Volt. And BOTH cars will be on sale there? Sounds like a dumb move to me. Re-badging didn't work here in the states, now GM is taking the same approach to Europe?
        • 5 Years Ago
        They are NOT selling both cars here. There's no such thing as a Chevy in Europe. The only Chevy you can get here is a rebranded Daewoo.
      • 6 Years Ago
      a nice copy and paste job of the Acura face. Looks better than the real thing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Opel what??????????????????????? Who cares. This car should be the next Malibu. This is one way GM can save and make money, have Europeans design mid sized sedans (as you can see this one is gorgeous), launch them in Europe first, workout all the problems, and launch the best possible product in USA.

      If i am not wrong that is what Toyota does with Camrys and Corollas, they are launched under different names elsewhere and that is why we get such a reliable product.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You didn't pick up on the fact that its a Volt with a nosejob?
        • 6 Years Ago
        @sea urchin

        you know thats a drawing, right?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Looks wider than Volt.
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