Opel Ampera Going to the Gallows
Europe’s counterpart to the Chevrolet Volt is slated for discontinuation.
With virtually no sales, the Opel Ampera is going to be killed off in conjunction with a mid-cycle refresh to the Chevrolet Volt for the 2016 model year according to a report by Automotive News. General Motors is ramping up its battery engineering effort in Michigan by investing $65 million into its Brownstown battery plant and $449 million into the Detroit-Hamtramck plant where the Volt is assembled.
The Ampera is a re-badged version of the Volt that is sold under GM’s Opel and Vauxhall European brands. Through 2013, Opel sold 3,184 Amperas and things are even worse this year.
Meanwhile, Chevrolet is continuing to slowly improve the Volt for the North American market. For 2015, the company is adding a 17.1-kWh battery compared to the 16-kWh pack in the Volt when it first launched. Currently, the car uses a 16.5-kWh battery.
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