End of Opel/Vauxhall Ampera in Europe

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    End of Opel/Vauxhall Ampera in Europe

    GM is withdrawing the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera from the European market - the next generation Chevrolet Volt WON'T be sold instead - sales have dropped below 1,000 per year across the whole of Europe despite the increasing selection of hybrid options in other brands' ranges.

    http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/ne...icture-special

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    Re: End of Opel/Vauxhall Ampera in Europe

    Shame. I think the Volt/Ampera is the shining light in GM's lineup and probably the only GM car I would consider post-Holden. It is a truly practical approach to genuine alternative energy motoring.
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    Re: End of Opel/Vauxhall Ampera in Europe

    Quote Originally Posted by isszy View Post
    Shame. I think the Volt/Ampera is the shining light in GM's lineup and probably the only GM car I would consider post-Holden. It is a truly practical approach to genuine alternative energy motoring.
    Fine for short commutes but if you go further the inefficient engine cuts in and gives poor economy.

    Australia may still get the next generation Chevrolet Volt - if they'll build it in RHD.

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    Re: End of Opel/Vauxhall Ampera in Europe

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruperts Trooper View Post
    Fine for short commutes but if you go further the inefficient engine cuts in and gives poor economy.

    Australia may still get the next generation Chevrolet Volt - if they'll build it in RHD.



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    Re: End of Opel/Vauxhall Ampera in Europe

    “We see e-mobility as an important part of the mobility of tomorrow and we will continue to drive down costs and affordability.

    "After the eventual run-out of the current-generation Ampera, we’ll introduce a successor product in the electric vehicle segment.”

    Decoded, that probably means GM will launch a much cheaper, battery-only electric car, possibly related to a new generation of the Chevrolet Spark electric supermini.





    Was always gonna struggle against a fuel-efficent non-hybrid diesel in Europe, priced up to high when the big price drop comes with time as the technology become cheaper price of maybe $32,000 then it might do well. Austerity hit Europeans have not got the cash to splash on expensive E-REV cars and will never have it, the price of the technology needs to come down.

    $26,532 Ford Focus Stationwagon 1.6 Econetic diesel up to 83.1 MPG offers more space
    $43,245 BMW 3 Series 320D diesel offer more fun-to-drive 145 MPH performance and up to 80.7 MPG plus a you get a BMW badge.
    $57,459 Vauxhall Ampera/Chevy Volt not very good value for money for what it is.

    Chevrolet Volt sales Europe
    2011 101
    2012 650
    2013 949
    LHD/RHD Volt discontinued.

    Vauxhall Ampera sales Europe
    2011 303
    2012 5,270
    2013 3,198
    2014 504 sales January to August YTD.
    LHD/RHD Ampera discontinued?

    Chevy Volt USA sales 2014
    August 2,511 down -25.1%
    2014 YTD Jan-Aug 13,146 down -12.3%

    Bob Lutz Volt sales were predicted to be hitting 60,000 sales by 2012, they missed that target. Some say the Volt cost nothing like the costs to make. Cheap Volt lease offers meant to drive more customers to Chevy showrooms this summer may have pushed that loss even higher. There are some Americans paying just $5,050 to drive around for two years in a vehicle that cost as much as $89,000 to produce.
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    With Fiats boss hoping and praying the Fiat 500e won't sell well because if it did Fiat would lose big money, maybe this is not such bad news after all.

    Better news is the Silverado pick-up trucks sales are up in the US that very much keep General Motors afloat as company globally, hopefully now Europe might get a Chevy small light duty pick-up truck, a practical high profit yield vehicle from General Motors of Europe, Toyota Hilux sales up +200% and Ford Ranger sales up over +150% iast year in Europe breaking the austerity hit mould in sales rises. General Motors lucrative pick-up truck sales 0 to 734,000,000 Europeans, at least they are not losing $20 billions like Opel in Europe, but you have gotta be in the game to win.

    Great to see GM Europe at long last giving Europeans something they want at long last, an AWD Mokka SUV which will make some decent profit on the roof, GM not selling a high profit yield light duty pick-up truck in Europe this has gotta be an absolute sin Toyota much be making lots of revenue from lucrative Hilux sales as Opel losing revenue on Corsa sales.
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    Re: End of Opel/Vauxhall Ampera in Europe

    I believe that the EV concessions do NOT apply to the VOLT or other Hybrids and ONLY to battery electric cars

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    Re: End of Opel/Vauxhall Ampera in Europe

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruperts Trooper View Post
    Fine for short commutes but if you go further the inefficient engine cuts in and gives poor economy.

    Australia may still get the next generation Chevrolet Volt - if they'll build it in RHD.
    That's not exactly true. I got 80km on a charge, 15-20% longer than adversised - that's two round trip daily commutes. The day I locked it into 'engineering mode' where it uses the engine to maintain the battery I still got 4.1 k/100km. Because, it still regens power on coast and brakes, and with a modicum of coasting up to lights it will run several hundred metres off the line on battery. Even with no charge. For most people, who drive in heavy traffic, it's a very good thing.

    Even on the freeway I got 5l/100km.
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    Re: End of Opel/Vauxhall Ampera in Europe

    Will Holden lose the Volt if they stop RHD for UK?
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    Re: End of Opel/Vauxhall Ampera in Europe

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    Will Holden lose the Volt if they stop RHD for UK?
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    Re: End of Opel/Vauxhall Ampera in Europe

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruperts Trooper View Post
    Fine for short commutes but if you go further the inefficient engine cuts in and gives poor economy.
    I don't know if I'd go as far as poor. 35 combined MPG (35.29 real world in ~3000 gasoline miles for me) in the US means either a hybrid or a handfull of econoboxes. Of course the other 14k electric brings MPGe lifetime to ~75 and I only charge at home.
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    Re: End of Opel/Vauxhall Ampera in Europe

    Quote Originally Posted by ausrutherford View Post
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