2012 Car of the Year in Europe: Opel Ampera / Chevy Volt

The Opel Ampera and the car it’s actually based on, the Chevrolet Volt have won the 2012 European Car of the Year Award, defeating competition from the VW Up! citycar and Ford Focus, which came second and third respectively.
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Let’s just say that after the Range Rover Evoque was named the North American Truck of the year, we expected anything from the European version. The Ampera isn’t really going to change the way people move about in Europe, and it certainly isn’t a game changer. But that what the seven major publications decided, and we’re going to have to live with it.

“ For users who cover moderate daily distances, the autonomy as an electric vehicle is adequate, recharge rather fast and the energy cost very low. Other kind of motorists would have to eventually rely in electric energy generated on board,” says

However, recent reports coming from America suggest the Volt is nowhere near as frugal as it’s claimed, and even if you ignore those factors, these two extended range EVs will never influence the European market in a major way due to the high price tag.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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