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2012-03-05 18:39

EURO CAR OF YEAR 2012: Opel's Ampera, the Euro version of GM's Volt battery car, was awarded the title on the eve of the 2012 Geneva auto show. Image: AFP

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.


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

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