Opel Ampera Orders Soar Past 7,000

By · March 20, 2012

Opel Ampera

Orders for the plug-in hybrid Opel Ampera soared past 7,000 units, exceeding General Motors' expectations.

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."

Opel Ampera Rally Monte Carlo

For the first time in its history, the prestigious international Rally Monte Carlo will see six electric Opel Amperas compete in the Alternative Energy version of the rally.

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.

Comments

· · 2 years ago

is this a 4 seater as well?

That's probably a stupid question =)

· · 2 years ago

""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."

Ok, they cannot fill orders in Europe so why GM shutting down production of the Chevy Volt/Opel Ampera for five week?

· · 2 years ago

I am a very happy Volt owner but GM finds it hard to break the habit of killing electric cars.

The first time the Volt started to sell well they decided to halt production to retool the factory to make more capacity available and now they are getting large orders from Europe they decide to take a five months break even though there are people on waiting lists even within the US.

· · 2 years ago

@dutchinchicago -
I believe that was a 5 week break, not 5 months.

· · 2 years ago

@MFong - is this a 4 seater as well?

Ampera website says "carries 4 passengers".

http://www.opel-ampera.com/index.php/mas/home#

· · 2 years ago

@Yegor

At GM's current rate of production they could build that many Volts/Amperas in a little over a month. I think shutting down the plant had more to do with redistributing cars that are already in the pipeline especially in California. In CA why would you buy a non HOV capable Volt at this point?

· · 2 years ago

@dutchinchicago - It's 5 weeks, not 5 months - big difference!

· stiofan (not verified) · 2 years ago

Dear Congress
Thanks for the bailout, just updating you on some good news. We are exporting that electric car we showed off. Selling really well in Europe (seems high gas prices are actually an advantage and some of them seem to believe in this global warming issue!!). As such we have decided to close the plant down for some R&R as its hard work with sales so low at home... BTW getting worried that these high gas prices might hurt truck sales, you know the stuff we make the easy money on. Seems these don't sell and we didn't get a chance to fix em. Any chance of a research 'loan'?

· ModBargains (not verified) · 1 year ago

Wow this is so futuristic. These babies deserve to be fully upgraded with the best aftermarket parts/accessories. You don't want the inside of a wonderful ride like this getting destroyed. Make sure to invest in good floor mats. I personally own a BMW and I purchased a BMW floor mat and I'm loving the amount of protection I'm getting.

· · 1 year ago

Still not sure about a plugin. I think the next step the US should take is accepting the turbo as a fuel saving device like Europe does. 80% of European cars have turbochargers and less than 20% of American cars are equipped with turbochagers. This blog does a good job at explaining why Turbos are more fuel efficient. http://www.buyautoparts.com/blog/will-a-turbocharged-car-save-me-money.html

· · 1 year ago

Europe has a great idea that the US could copy. They could use a turbo to help save fuel but I am sure that there are pluses and minuses. I was looking on http://www.vehicleparts4you.com and adding a turbo is not a cheap thing to do. It might increase the cost of new cars. My opinion, have lots of options so that people can choose to fill up on gas or use electric or whatever so that we can get the best prices on commuting possible.

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