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Opel battery car is Euro Coty

2012-03-05 18:39

Geneva, Switzerland - The Opel Ampera, which sells in the US as the Chevrolet Volt, has been named European Car of the Year by automotive journalists from 23 countries.

The announcement was made on the eve of the opening of the 2012 Geneva auto show.

The Ampera, which premiered at the Geneva Motor Show in 2009, is an electric car with an extended range of 500km.

CAR OF FUTURE

It won with 330 votes out of a total 1475 cast, ahead of the Volkswagen Up! with 281 votes and the Ford Focus with 256.

The prestigious award is considered one of the most important in Europe and aims to indicate to consumers the car of the future.

The other finalists were the Range Rover Evoque, the Fiat Panda, the Citroen DS5, and the Toyota Yaris - all of which are cars of the present. - AFP

Read more reports about the 2012 Geneva auto show.

Comments
  • mundu.olewega - 2012-03-05 19:21

    Yah...but it costs more than double the price of a similar car that runs on petrol. So the payback peroid is more than 10years, by that time the car will need replacing due to wear and tear.

      Vernon - 2012-03-05 20:50

      tears by the the second hand owner

      Vernon - 2012-03-05 20:50

      tears by the the second hand owner

      James - 2012-03-07 00:27

      And when you have to replace that Battery in +- 5 yrs your eyes will water.

      James - 2012-03-07 00:27

      And when you have to replace that Battery in +- 5 yrs your eyes will water.

      Ernst - 2012-03-07 11:27

      @James: The battery is designed to last 10+ years i.e. the life of the car.

  • James - 2012-03-05 20:06

    The Volt is based on the Cruze which is trashed by Brit Car Mag. Despite $7,000 tax break, big corporate fleet sale the Volt is not selling well. Production line in US shut for 6 wks.

      James - 2012-03-07 00:24

      The assembly line for Volts shut down reduced to 5 weeks.

      James - 2012-03-07 00:24

      The assembly line for Volts shut down reduced to 5 weeks.

  • Grant - 2012-03-05 20:54

    Not to mention Chevy has suspended production of the volt due to k&k sales state side. GM is a little too late to the hybrid table. Until these cars become affordable and as reliable as those that run on traditional fuel, they will not really be a factor in the market.

      Ernst - 2012-03-06 13:06

      The Prius was also slow to catch on with buyers. Toyota sold 5,562 Prius cars in 2000 after bringing the model to market in July of that year. Sales totaled 15,556 in 2001. Chevy sold 7,651 Volts last year.

      Ernst - 2012-03-06 13:06

      The Prius was also slow to catch on with buyers. Toyota sold 5,562 Prius cars in 2000 after bringing the model to market in July of that year. Sales totaled 15,556 in 2001. Chevy sold 7,651 Volts last year.

  • Vickers - 2012-03-06 08:44

    Is there any significant car of the year competition where the Focus was not beaten by either the Elantra/i30 or the Up?

  • Mark - 2012-03-07 05:49

    If you buy a petrol car now, it will be worth $0 in 10 years anyways, Hybrid and Elec are the cars of the future and will retain their value as the price of petrol is going to sky rocket. That replacement battery is going to seem cheap in 5 years from now.

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