With the General Motors
IPO going better than one might have expected a year ago
, President Obama
is not at all above taking a little credit. He's also not above promoting the automaker's cars abroad, as he did in Portugal recently with the Opel Ampera
. Unlike when he drove the Chevrolet Volt all of ten feet back in July
, he didn't get to move the Ampera. He did say he was ready to take it for a spin, though, and called the car, "another example of GM
technology that is going to have great appeal here in Europe," according to a White House pool report.
The President was in Europe for NATO meetings and found time to highlight the Michigan-built Ampera, which is GM's European version of the Volt. The Ampera also comes with a Europe-sized price tag, with an MSRP of €42,900 (around $58,718 U.S. at current exchange rates). That's over $18,000 more than a Volt in the U.S., thanks in part to Europe's Value Added Tax. The Ampera that Obama sat in might be worth a wee bit more, though, since the President signed the C-pillar before leaving.
[Source: The Detroit News