• Mar 2, 2011
2012 Opel Ampera – Click above for high-res image gallery

Just as the first round of Chevrolet Volts are hitting the streets of the United States, Europe's own version of the electrified sedan makes its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. General Motors took the wraps off the 2012 Opel Ampera, a sedan that wears more aggressively styled body panels than its Chevy cousin. It's pretty slick, and when you consider the technology that exists underneath that shapely sheetmetal, Europe should be pleasantly surprised.

Pricing, however, is a bit steep. GM has set the Ampera's base price at €42,900, which includes Europe's steep Value Added Tax, and that translates to roughly $60,000 based on current exchange rates. Still, Opel says that it already has about 1,000 orders placed for the sedan across the continent, and with Voltec engineering on tap, hopefully the Ampera will make as big of a splash in Europe as the Volt has here in America.



Photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL


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      • 3 Years Ago
      "Pricing, however, is a bit steep. GM has set the Ampera's base price at €42,900, which includes Europe's steep Value Added Tax, and that translates to roughly $60,000 based on current exchange rates." - Autoblog

      The cost then is the equivalent of US$60K to an American who converts their greenbacks and flies to Europe. In western Europe, using PPP, the equivalent price to a European is roughly US$45K.
        • 3 Years Ago
        If you consider Kalifornia sales tax (nearly 10%) plus registration fees, and so on, that price is close to $60k than $40k.

        Apples-to-apples, let's see European pricing without VAT rolled in, or American prices with all fees tacked on, or net pricing to the customer with all rebates & credits factored.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This looks a million times more sophisticated than our Volt.

      Why couldn't the design have been the same, or more similar at least? These minor tweaks completely transform the vehicle in my opinion.
      • 3 Years Ago
      No it's not, at €42,900 us europeans can buy an Audi/VW/BMW etc diesel that is 2x better overall car, cheaper, while noone should realistically expect to cover the difference in price with savings in fuel. I also expect that by the time you could expect some savings due to fuel the batteries would already be in a bad shape and I bet governments would have found a new sort of EV car tax to rip us off. I believe it's a "niche" car aiming to improve the image of Opel rather than a car made aiming real needs of customers. Leaf yes, this noooo bloody way
        • 3 Years Ago
        Why would you pick an Audi/VW/BMW over a Volt/Ampera?

        The Volt/Ampera has better fuel economy/range than diesel vehicles
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ FT,

        What are you dumb? The Volt a sales failure? GM has sold every single one that will roll off the line for the next 6 months. If a dealer actually has one on the lot (because order fell through) then they turn around and sell it over MSRP because it's in such demand (not that I condone that at all). Pass me some of that stuff you're smoking. I could use it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        FT is annoying.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You are right on the money. The Volt is already a sales failure in the US at $41K -$7500 government welfare so this car is sure to be a flop in Europe at it's even higher pricing.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I cannot seriously believe the level of bloggers here, I can only suppose they have not done their homework cause they don't really own or care to buy a car here.

        FACTS:

        AUDI A4 2.0TDI 143hp 31'600 Euro (Germany)
        Mixed Route 5.0lt/100km

        (Yes I know there are versions starting from 27k Euros as well as more efficient diesels for A4 but it doesn't even matter)

        Euro Zone Petrol Prices (Surveyed in February (avg. retail price per litre))
        Germany | Diesel: 1.27 Euros/litre

        Electricity cost: 0.22 Euros/kWh (Germany) (Yeap an electric car is not a hairdryer to ignore costs)

        Fuel Costs:

        A4 0.0635 euros/km
        AMPERA 0.0286 euros/km (best case scenario, running solely on electricity forever, 10.4kWh of the 16kWh battery are usable, 80km range by using just these 10.4kWh, no depletion, no conversion loses etc)


        So in order to cover the 11'300 Euros initial price difference with fuel you just need 323'782 km…

        Do I need to mention that the battery would be in a mesh just in half of these km?
        Do I need to mention that the Ampera is by no means even close to the quality/ride/handling/space bla bla of the A4?
        Do I need to mention that this initial price difference does not exist in the case of the (still fugly) Leaf and that if you are so sure of the "peoples everyday needs" you can even go 2xfurther on just electricity?
        Do I need to mention some of the million cases why the best case scenarios of the Ampera are not even close to be realistic?

        Thank you, have a good evening
        • 3 Years Ago
        If you want a loaded BMW or VW with 4 doors and more power than a Volt, you're pretty easily over 42k....
        • 3 Years Ago
        Kevin, that's GM's line, they already said they can build 2K per month and started production in November but less than 1K have been sold including to fleets. Read this:

        http://green.autoblog.com/2011/03/01/gm-sells-281-chevy-volts-february-nissan-67-leafs/

        The industry has noticed the Volt is not meeting sales expectations.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A niche car for in Europe.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The better looking cousin at that.
      • 3 Years Ago
      You know when you see 2 brothers or 2 sisters and they kinda look alike, but one looks way better than the other and you say, "...well that one got all the looks." Well, the Opel got all the looks in this one. It actually looks really good...but, too expensive.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's the body-colored rocker panels.
        • 3 Years Ago
        strangely, the best reference to that is these identical twins i know. for some reason, one looks so much hotter then the other. its so god damn weird...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't feel bad for europeans because they have alternate engine choices, plus the Volt was made for America in the first place.

      If we could get our hands on half the cars they sell, I'd have at least one of their small diesel powered "saloons" and one of their "hot-hatches" in my driveway.

      I'd still keep my GMC Sierra though!
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