• Feb 20, 2009
One of the many cars we'll be seeing at the Geneva Motor Show is the Opel Ampera. The Ampera is essentially nothing more than a Chevrolet Volt with a new face. The Opel grille and headlights have largely been lifted from the Flextreme concept that appeared at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. General Motors has already said it will sell both the Volt and an Opel-badged car using the same Voltec powertrain in the European market. Judging by the appearance of the Ampera, it looks like GM's money troubles mean that body changes for the Opel will be kept to a bare minimum. Of course, a big part of the reason for the production Volt's shape is the need for optimized aerodynamics, so it's unlikely the Opel would have changed much anyway.
Although AutoCar reports that the Ampera will be built at one of GM's European factories, the reality is that initial production volumes are likely to be small (in the very low tens of thousands annually, at best). That means for at least the first few years, even the Opel- and Vauxhall-badged versions will be sourced from GM's Detroit/Hamtramck factory where the Volt will be made. Thanks for the tip, Mehdi!

[Source: AutoCar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      If Chevy gets the Volt, and Opel/Vauxhall get the Ampera, will Buick get the Electra and Cadillac the BTU?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kind of looks like a Toyota from the front
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think it looks more Acura CSX (Before power plenum change) ish :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      is it just the mr. blurrycam pics or does that ampera have extra nice rims (wheels)?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why is it crying?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I disagree. Although nice, I think the Volt looks much more natural and refined compared to this. The big huge boomerangs don't look that great on the Ampera. I also like the Volt name better. For once it seems the US is getting the better looking skin.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It could look exactly the same minus the emblem change and some boner would come on here and say the Opel version is 2x better. The same as those who think the Opel Gt is way better than the Saturn Sky. Or claim the Opel GT is based of a Lotus or that think the Opel GT was the first of the Kappa cars and not the last version.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wait so they are releasing the volt and the ampera in europe? And the only difference is that the ampera has boomerang headlights?

      What's the point of selling two versions?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Chevrolet doesnt have any dealers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Name. People would buy anything in Europe if it has the Opel Name. And the rear is tweaked. Very noticeably.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This would be a great Saturn.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Johari: "This would be a great Saturn."

        Unfortunately, with the writing on the wall, it would be more accurate to have said:

        "This would have been a great Saturn."
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chevrolet Volt, Vauxhall-Opel Ampera. I wonder if Pontiac is going to get the Ohm? very imaginative!!! not!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah you took my submission for that story, alright! ^_^
      • 5 Years Ago
      It would be cool to get a body like this in the US as after-market... So if you wanted something different, you could have it and just bolt it on.
      • 5 Years Ago
      AutoBlog quote: "The Ampera is essentially nothing more than a Chevrolet Volt with a new face. "

      This is incorrect. Do a little digging and you will notice that the Opel Ampera features a hatch-back body style, which the Chevrolet Volt does not.

      ~BG
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