• Feb 18, 2009
Click above for image gallery of the production Opel Ampera

As we learned yesterday in the Viability Plan that General Motors submitted to the U.S. Treasury Department, there will be two additional versions of the Chevy Volt sold in various markets. One is a production version of the Cadillac Converj concept, and the other is this car, the Opel Ampera, that will officially debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Thanks to the European Registry, we now have more than just GM's official teaser to show you. These images reveal the production Ampera from every angle, and as you can see in the gallery below, it's basically the same exterior as the Volt with a new front and rear end inspired by the Flextreme concept with additional Opel design cues. The Ampera will use the same Voltec drivetrain as the Volt, which means the extended-range EV will be able to power the wheels using electricity alone for up to 40 miles.

[Source: Autoblog Spanish]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks nice, but brings up a question.....is Saturn dead? Is this really it. Is it even worth going to a Saturn dealership unless you can secure a HUGE discount?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The fact that it would take a huge discount to even get you to a Saturn dealership shows how bad off they are.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't put my finger on it... VOLT... but I swear I've seen that design somewhere else.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I can't put my finger on it... ACURA... but I swear I've seen that grille somewhere...

        :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        "...there will be two additional versions of the Chevy Volt sold in various markets."
      • 5 Years Ago
      AMPera - get it?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Watt? i dont CURRENTly understand...ohm now i get it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe an even more compelling design than the Volt. Though I like both much more than their rivals, I kinda prefer the bold front end of the Opel.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I like the design overall but would have preferred the 2-box shape of the Opel Flextreme concept

        http://www.autoblog.com/photos/opel-flextreme-concept-1/400122/

        Using the Volt's 3-box shape certainly keeps costs at a minimum with just updating the front and rear clips to differentiate the Opel from the Chevy. Can't really blame GM for trying to save some money but I'm hoping if GM survives, we'll eventually see the Flextreme or similar arrive in dealer showrooms.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm surprised that GM kept the same side/rear profile from the Volt on the Ampera. Usually (AFAIK) Chevrolet-Opel rebadges don't happen very often.
      Also, Ampera? Really, GM?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dodge Avenger in the back, last gen TL in front.
        • 5 Years Ago
        When I first saw this I thought it was an Acura...

        under the tail lights tho reminds me of the current gen Falcon
      • 5 Years Ago
      The lines are nicer on this than they are on the Volt. GM should just use this design and pocket the tooling costs. The Volt isn't going to build brand awareness through looks anyways.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Acura grill check! Old style TL bodyline Check! Acura Stlye lights check!

      hmm...The acura volt?
        • 5 Years Ago
        you are blind...check!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Volt is a world car but GM would have way more trouble selling it as a Chevy in Europe vs. selling it as an Opel. Does not cost much to add different badges and plastic on the front and rear to match the expectations of the market base. I am willing to bet the interior is an exact replica of the Volt. Besides the profile view is exactly like the volt.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Front: Last gen TL.
      Rear: Current gen TSX.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As far as I'm concerned Chevy Volt should have been a world car sold under than name, rebadging it as an Opel for European market damages both Opel and Chevy brands. "I'm driving an Opel, but it's really a Chevy"...that's nonsense.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Problem is that if it were a Chevrolet you'd have to go to a Chevrolet dealership, and that is a real hassle. The other problem is that Chevrolets are still considered

        A: poorly made cars from america (Chevrolet Alero et al)
        B: decently made korean cars without character and no handling

        Opel on the other hand rivals Volkswagen. Choosing which brand to put on the Volt is easy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the front end better than the Volt (and frankly, the name too... Ampera just sounds cool). I know establishing brand identity is important, but it's too bad they didn't push the Volt styling a bit more "out there." It basically has a more modern version of the same grille that is slapped on the front of everything from the Aveo to the Traverse. That really blands up the appearance for me.

      Love or hate the appearance of the Prius, it did look like something from the future when the 2nd gen. version came out, and totally unlike anything else Toyota sells. That idea seemed to really stick with the average consumer.

      I can just hear the uninformed now:

      Mary "George, is that the new Cavalier?"

      George: "Doh!"
        • 5 Years Ago
        And what part of this is futuristic?

        http://www.siliconeer.com/auto-pics/03prius_thumb.jpg
        • 5 Years Ago
        NM. I missed "2nd gen" when I first read it.

        Nevertheless, it took 2 iterations to get something out there. You are not alone in saying GM needs it to be perfect right away, and I was hearing that before the economic crisis made it seem they are dependent on the Volt's success. Why is it that the mighty Toyota gets two shakes at solving the problem, and GM only gets one?
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