Opel Ampera Orders Soar Past 7,000
Orders of the award-winning 2012 Opel Ampera—the European version of the Chevy Volt—recently soared past the 7,000-unit mark. Winner of the European European Car Of The Year 2012 honor, the Opel Ampera is now starting to trickle into showrooms throughout Europe, but is nearly sold out until year's end.
"We are extremely pleased with the continuing demand for our Ampera," said Enno Fuchs, Opel’s e-mobility launch director. "This news shows us that our sales target of 10,000 units for 2012 is well within reach." But news of General Motors shutting down production of the Chevy Volt/Opel Ampera for five weeks could mean that Opel won't be able to fill all its orders by the end of 2012.
Customer deliveries of the Opela Ampera began in February and are "going according to plan," said the automaker. Opel said the vast majority of Ampera buyers previously owned premium vehicles—from brands such as BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz—but are switching to the Ampera because of its "cutting-edge technology."
In related news, six Opel Amperas will make their debut in the “Alternative Energy” version of the Rally Monte Carlo on March 22. In order to participate, competing vehicles must emits less than 115 grams per kilometer of CO2. The aim of the rally is to cover a set distance, maintain a constant speed and use as little energy as possible.
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