Volt and Ampera Win European Car Of The Year

This year, out of seven finalists, the European Car of the Year Award was shared by the Chevrolet Volt and its European cousin, the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera.

As it has since 1964, the announcement of the winner for the annual contest preceded the Geneva Motor Show – open now to the press and for public attendance March 8-18.

The Volt/Ampera along with the other finalists were judged on a number of different factors, ranging from design, to comfort, performance and technology.

When the dust settled, the Volt/Ampera had garnered a total of 330 points, followed by Volkswagen’s pint-sized Up! With 281 points and Ford’s 2012 Focus with 256.

Chevrolet’s current Managing Director for Europe, Susan Docherty, along with Opel CEO Karl-Friederich Strake were on hand to receive the award.

Docherty remarked that “it is a proud moment for us and an honor to receive this award.” Strake added that the announcement “encourages us further to continue our leadership role in the area of mobility.”

Given that both the Volt and Opel AG have been struggling of late, the announcement probably could not have come at a better time.


  • Yegor

    “Given that both the Volt and Opel AG have been struggling of late, the announcement probably could not have come at a better time.”

    True!

    Kudos to GM!

    Volt is a great car and in Europe it is already cheaper to own than gas cars.

  • Duude

    If technology is an important aspect in being named “car of the year”, it seems to me it should be attractive to consumers. Fail!

  • alessandra

    It doesn’t at all seem to be the car of the year. I agree that it is a good one and the it has a lot of many good features..but the thing that I really dislike on it..is it’s design.. :)
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  • cadencejohn11

    Vauxhall Ampera The Vauxhall Ampera/Chevrolet Volt has won the 2012 European Car of the Year award. The final votes were counted at a ceremony kicking off the Geneva Motor Show. It finished a clear 49 votes ahead of the second-placed Volkswagen Up, and five others which made up the seven-strong shortlist. Third placed was the Ford Focus – a good car but a bit conventional and not far enough ahead of class rivals – followed by the Range Rover Evoque; an excellent showing because SUVs have never done well in the past, and neither have upmarket cars.
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  • greg45

    The volt is definitely such an amazing car. This is why it won car of the year. The volt is so amazing to drive and you do not have to use any gas. I just love it. window cleaning

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