• Opel Ampera-e

    It's been six months since General Motors completed the sale of its Opel division in Europe to PSA Group, the French parent of the Citroën, DS, and Peugeot brands. With the sale came licenses to run out the model life of GM-designed vehicles sold as Opels (and Vauxhalls in the U.K.) while PSA developed successors on its own underpinnings. Now the electric-car piece of that puzzle has come into clearer focus. DON'T MISS: Strong demand for Opel Ampera-e in Norway moves up launch date (Feb 2017) It appears that the Opel Ampera-e battery electric car, essentially a Chevrolet Bolt EV with a...

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    2017 Opel Ampera-e (nee Bolt EV) to debut at Paris Motor Show

    The 2017 Opel Ampera-e debuts at the 2016 Paris Motor Show this fall.

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    Chevy Bolt EV To Be Sold In Europe As Opel Ampera-E Electric Car

    The Opel Ampera-e should be mechanically identical to the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt Production Line at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant
    Will Chevy Volt Sales Hit 40,000 This Year (Ampera Included)?

    After being flayed for not achieving its 2011 sales goal for the Chevy Volt, you might think General Motors would shy away from further volume predictions for its innovative range-extended electric car. Not so. CEO Dan Akerson said in late June that the company thought it would sell 35,000 to...

  • 2012 Vauxhall Ampera
    Your Chevrolet Volt Needs A Charge Sustaining Mode: Here’s Why

    In a few weeks’ time, Vauxhall/Opel, a European arm of General Motors, will officially start sales of the 2012 Vauxhall/Opel Ampera. Essentially a Chevrolet Volt in disguise, the Ampera shares most of Volt’s features and, thanks to a lack of On-Star in Europe, loses some of the...

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    Could Opel Ampera Outsell Its Sibling The 2012 Chevrolet Volt?

    Orders have been coming in ahead of projections for the European Opel Ampera, but sales prospects may be looking up in the U.S. too for GM's range-extended electric car.

  • Opel Ampera

    So far, the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car has been sold only in North America. That's about to change, as the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant restarts after a month of retooling that raised Volt production capacity to 5,000 cars per month. While the Volt will go to China (despite recent changes to that country's plug-in car incentives that disqualify the Volt), it will also be exported to Europe. But most Europeans won't be buying a Chevrolet Volt. 10,000 Amperas throughout Europe Instead, starting this November, GM Europe plans to sell up to 6,000 Volts next year under the Opel...

  • 2012 Opel Ampera, first pre-production vehicle, April 2010
    Report Threatens Badge-Engineered Buick Model Of Chevy Volt

    General Motors and its brand strategies have been through a lot of turmoil in recent years. Now, GM is down to just four brands in North America--Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac--and is rapidly taking Chevrolet global, including its Malibu midsize model. Buick survived only because of its...

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    Chevrolet Sail Electric Concept Vehicle, Developed In China

    Whilst the U.S. and Europe get the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and 2012 Opel and Vauxhall Ampera, it seems all the full battery-electric vehicles are going to the Far East, and they're keeping fairly quiet about it. A few months back we revealed GM's plans to test an electric version of the Chevrolet Cruze...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt MPV5 concept, Unveiled at 2010 Beijing Motor Show
    Volt-Based 'Amp' Due In Detroit: Wise Move By Chevrolet?

    The Voltec powetrain used in the 2011 Chevrolet Volt has never been meant for just the one vehicle. Restricting a new technology developed at great expense to a single niche vehicle makes poor economic sense. The prediction by Car and Driver of a Volt-based Chevrolet Amp, thought to be close in...

  • 2011 Coda Sedan electric car, 'All Electric' badge, 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show
    Naming Electric Cars And Companies: Is Anything Good Left?

    Naming new car models is always tough. The latest head-scratcher is GM's decision to rebrand the replacement for its Aveo subcompact as the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, a name better associated in the U.S. with hedgehogs or hamburgers. But that's nothing compared to the challenge of naming electric-car...

  • Opel Ampera Prototype
    Do GM's Ampera Plans Forecast the Next Generation of Volts?

    We don't hear much about the 2011 Chevrolet Volt's half-brother, the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera, here in the States. But in the U.K., the president of GM Europe laid out that group's plans for future generations of Ampera--and they're significant for what they say about upcoming models in an expanding...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt

    General Motors may be trying to spread Chevrolet through Europe and Asia, but it won't put the Chevy bowtie on its Volt extended-range electric vehicle when that car goes on sale in China next year. Instead, the car that hits U.S. dealerships this November as the 2011 Chevrolet Volt will be sold in China as a Buick. Why? Because, in the words of, Buick is a "has a lot of cache [sic] in China, and is the flagship of General Motors in that country (despite Cadillac being present...since 2004)." More than twice as many Buicks are sold each year in China as in the U.S. To make it...

  • 2012 Opel Ampera, first pre-production vehicle, April 2010
    Opel Ampera, GM's Other Extended-Range EV, In Pre-Production

    We write a lot about the 2011 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle here. It's a radical new car, GM's first electric car since the late EV1, and it'll be in dealerships in just six months. But GM has another electric car coming next year as well. It's the 2012 Opel Ampera. Ummmm, what's...

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    First Pre-Production Opel Amperas Roll Off The Line

    The 2011 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle isn’t due to hit showrooms until the end of the year but the first pre-production examples are already rolling off production lines at a GM assembly line in Warren, Michigan. Now, the first pre-production Opel Amperas, Europe’s version of...

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