Sources suggest that General Motors
is readying the Opel Ampera
for an expected debut at the Geneva Motor Show
next month. The Ampera will be the first production vehicle in Europe using the Voltec powertrain that should make its first appearance in the Chevy Volt
in 2010. We got an early sneak peek
at the general shape of the Ampera earlier this week from the European Office for Harmonization of the Internal Market, aka the patent office. Now, some sleuthy spy shooters in Germany have managed to catch the car completely naked while posing at an unnamed German facility.
We can clearly see that this car will share
most of its sheetmetal with its sibling from America, with most of the changes being most apparent in the Cylon-like front fascia. Underneath that skin, we are not expecting to see any real changes to the specifications outlined by the Chevy Volt, which means an electric-only range of 40 miles that's augmented by a small 1.4-liter four cylinder engine. Thanks for the tip, Mehdi