Another Award For GM’s Ampera

Chevrolet Volt’s twin, the Vauxhall Ampera, has added Auto Express magazine’s Green Award 2012 to its growing collection of top honors.

The UK’s best-selling weekly car magazine made the announcement at its prestigious New Car Awards held last night in London.

The Ampera, which has only just been launched in the UK, adds this latest accolade to an impressive haul of over 40 awards including the 2012 European Car of the Year, What Car? magazine’s Green Car of the Year and Top Gear magazine’s Green Car of the Year.

Sales results are confirming the popularity of the Ampera. The Volt twin is Europe’s best-selling electric passenger vehicle with a continent-wide market share of over 20 percent.

“The Ampera is a superb car that debuts technology that will play a huge part in our motoring future,” said Steve Fowler, Auto Express Editor-in-Chief. “As always, the simple ideas are the best, but putting them into a car and making it work so well, then getting it on sale, is altogether much harder.”

“We are delighted that the Ampera has received recognition from Auto Express magazine,” said Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director. “The Ampera is truly a pioneering vehicle not just for Vauxhall but for the automotive industry as a whole. Its revolutionary E-REV technology makes it the first vehicle on the market providing uncompromised electric driving.”

  • MrEnergyCzar

    I should do a video showing all the awards the Volt received but it would be too long…lol..


  • Christien

    Saw both the Volt and Ampera at a recent trade show, wasn’t impressed by the build quality, the Ampera had condensation in its rear lights! I suppose in Vauxhalls world, water in the light cluster isn’t a problem – this was a show car for god’s sake! It should have been perfect. Just imagine how awful the run-of-the-mill Amperas are going to be.
    I wouldn’t buy one just because I have run Japanese built Toyotas for too long and expect things to work perfectly first time, every time.

    To be honest the only manufacturers taking EVs seriously at the last few trade shows I’ve visited is Nissan, they turn up with engineers that can actually answer questions. Citroen & Peugeot turn up with dolly birds from an event handling company that can’t tell you which end is the front and half the time Mitsubishi doesn’t even turn up at all. Looking forward to the time when EV’s are actually taken seriously by all manufacturers.

  • TrasKY

    i’m surprised at your reaction. The Volts I have seen at shows and on the road have looked exceptionally well made. Of course, I’ve never worked at a Toyota plant. I live near one and know that their non-union safety rules break the bodies of it’s workers.

    Regarding Europe, I wonder if the Volt/Ampera is more suited for their driving style. Their urban areas are very compact. How many many miles does the average German or italian drive a day?

  • AngolaCarro

    The Volt/Ampera is a great car, the price is a little high but you get a fantastic car for what you pay. I wish them every success.