Opel Ampera Breaks 7,000 Order Mark, Nearly Sold Out Until Years End

Opel Ampera Breaks 7,000 Order Mark, Nearly Sold Out Until Years End
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Chevrolet Volt sales in America haven’t been what GM had hoped with the American automaker even stopping production to let inventory numbers subside a bit. But it appears that GM executives can let out a sigh of relief, as the European counterpart, the Opel Ampera, has broken the 7,000 order mark and is nearly sold… Continue Reading...

Bob Lutz Defends the Chevy Volt, Again, in Latest Blog Post

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Bob Lutz Defends the Chevy Volt, Again, in Latest Blog Post
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The Chevrolet Volt has been a media glutton as of late, attracting more attention (and the wrong kind of it) than any one single car in quite a few years, and former GM Vice-Chairman Bob Lutz is not shy about sharing his feelings on the misinterpretation of Volt statistics in the public realm. In his latest blog… Continue Reading...

Shock! Chevy Volt Wins European Car of the Year: 2012 Geneva Motor Show

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Shock! Chevy Volt Wins European Car of the Year: 2012 Geneva Motor Show
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Although the Ampera is little more than a badge engineered version of the Volt, raising Opel’s profile should at least help the brand in the short term. Continue Reading...

Euro NCAP Releases Latest Crash Test Results

Euro NCAP Releases Latest Crash Test Results
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The Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Program) has just released its latest crash test results of 10 2011 models, and nine vehicles take top spots by earning five star ratings. Coming out on top are the Audi A6, the BMW X3, the Chevrolet Aveo and Chevrolet Orlando, the Citroën DS5, the Hyundai i40, the… Continue Reading...

GM Developing A Buick Version Of Chevy Volt

GM Developing A Buick Version Of Chevy Volt
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Word was leaked yesterday about a Buick version of the Chevrolet Volt being developed by GM. The vehicle would be a more luxurious version of the already fairly upscale Volt, according to a report by Bloomberg. This would make a fourth nameplate to carry a very similar platform. Already in Germany, Opel is showing its… Continue Reading...

GM to Expand Volt Range to Three Models by 2015

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GM to Expand Volt Range to Three Models by 2015
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General Motors will look to expand its lineup of extended range electric cars to three models by the time the current Chevrolet Volt’s production cycle has run its course. At least that is GM’s plan for the European market under the Opel/Vauxhall brands where GM has just launched the sister car to the Volt, the… Continue Reading...

Chevy Volt to Wear Buick Badge in China

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Chevy Volt to Wear Buick Badge in China
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Thanks to a patent filing process in China, it has been revealed that the Chevy Volt will be badged as a Buick model in what is now the world’s largest auto market. To be more specific, the Opel Ampera (the European version of the Volt) will actually be badged as a Buick. You see, in… Continue Reading...

Report: Top Chevy Volt Engineer Leaving GM for Opel

Report: Top Chevy Volt Engineer Leaving GM for Opel
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Frank Weber, the engineer that is currently running Chevy’s Volt project is parting ways with General Motors. Weber, will be returning to his homeland of Germany, where he will take up a senior management roll at Opel. GM is currently in the process of selling Opel to Canada’s Magna International and Opel is set to… Continue Reading...

Breaking: GM Agrees On Opel Sale to Magna

Breaking: GM Agrees On Opel Sale to Magna
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General Motors has just announced a deal that will see it’s European Opel brand sold off to Canadian autoparts supplier Magna International. The deal has yet to be finalized, but this morning GM announced Magna was the preferred bidder. The sale will see Magna and Russian backer Sberbank take a 55 percent stake in both… Continue Reading...

Opel Ampera at the Geneva Auto Show

Opel Ampera at the Geneva Auto Show
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We just captured a few images of Opel’s upcoming Ampera (unfortunately all from the same angle), based on the yet-unreleased Chevy Volt. The styling is certainly more progressive, although the basic shape of the car remains similar to the Volt/Prius/Insight design. We’ll be sure to bring you full info on this car from tomorrow’s press… Continue Reading...
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