• Mar 30, 2011
2012 Opel Ampera – Click above for high-res image gallery

According to a new report from Bloomberg, General Motors is working on a Buick-badged version of its Opel Ampera plug-in hybrid, Europe's mechanical twin to the Chevrolet Volt. The car hasn't received final approval yet, as GM still isn't sure it can get buyers to justify in inevitable premium over the $41,000 pre-incentive Volt.

To make a Buick version more marketable, the General may attempt to take measures to extend the car's all-electric range, like using lighter materials, but that may be a higher level of investment than the program calls for. That said, any Ampera with a waterfall grille will probably require a few more creature comforts and better interior materials to command Buick's typically higher pricepoint.

If General Motors can figure out how to build and sell an Buick Volt/Ampera, the car will probably arrive in 2013 as a 2014 model. For now, range and performance will likely be pretty similar to the Volt.



Photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL

[Source: Bloomberg]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Here's a thought: Make it not hideous! That may help Buick buyers warm to the idea.
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM....ugh, c'mon seriously guys. We don't need a Buick version of EVERYTHING....instead of spending money on making a Buick grille for the Volt/Ampera, why not put it towards resurrecting the Cadillac Converj concept?? That would be a much more interesting future product, considering that the Fisker Karma and Tesla Model S are on the horizon. Get it together, GM! You guys are slipping back into old habits!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Don't worry, Buick won't be getting any everything - no pickup trucks, for starters.
      • 3 Years Ago
      perfect vehicle to bring back the Electra moniker! I think that Buick would make much more substantial body changes than what Opel did with the Ampera. For one thing it will be a couple of years later, and for another thing, Buick is on a roll with its current designs and I don't think they'd ruin it with an identical appearing car. I THINK GM has learned that lesson. Or should I say I HOPE GM has learned that lesson... Their current CEO scares me, it seems he's 15-20 years behind the times.
      • 3 Years Ago
      yeah looks much better than the Volt.
      But cant stop it reminding me of the crusty stuff dogs get in their eyes
      • 3 Years Ago
      They can't sell the volt how are they going to sell this?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't wait for the Cadillac Ampera and the GMC Volt!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Old GM much?
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM just admitted yesterday that rebadging doesn't work anymore. So, why are they continuing to do so?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would hope that GM has learned their lesson when it comes to badge engineering and that they update the sheet metal significantly to distance itself from the Volt... I know the front and rear of the Volt/Ampera look pretty different, but the entire profile view is identical.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is what the volt should look like for the US.
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a Buick, this will undoubtedly weigh and cost more and get poorer mileage figures than the Volt. Are there still enough buyers to whom it's important to drive one rather than the other? Stay tuned!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Volt got a nose job and extra switch and they called in Ampera. Now another nose job and Buick ?? But GM last day said "Badge engineering is not going to work"

      So i think this should be a very different machine ..

      But we are already missing the Vuick 2 mode (baby enclave i think ).

      Encore, Envision , Electra ?

        • 3 Years Ago
        Buick Electra, of course.
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