Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera Twin Win European Car of the Year

By Joel Arellano | March 06, 2012
While the Chevrolet Volt is getting savaged in typical American election-year politics, overseas the Volt and Euro-twin Opel Ampera recently won the European Car of the Year 2012 award. "Our car demonstrates that electric driving can be fun and reliable without ever compromising the owners’ lifestyle,” states Susan Docherty, Chevrolet President and Managing Director for Europe. “It is a proud moment for us and an honor to receive this award from Europe’s leading jury of automotive journalists." The Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera were among the thirty five entries accepted by the judging panel, which is composed of 59 representatives, most of whom are automotive journalists, from 23 European countries. The judges then culled the entries based on such criteria as comfort, design, driving character, efficiency, and technology. The Chevy Volt and Ampera made it to the seven finalists, then top three, before selected the winner against the European Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Up!.
Across the pond, the Chevrolet Volt has already received numerous accolades like 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year and 2011 Automobile of the Year. Sales-wise, though, the Chevy Volt has seemingly taken a hit, first with battery fires (an investigation now closed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) then as a political target. General Motors recently halted production of Volt at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant to let demand catch up with supply. The Opel Ampera, on the other hand, which went on sale last month, has already received 7,000 orders and is expected to easily meet its 10,000 units sold quota by the end of the year. States Enno Fuchs, Opel’s e-mobility launch director, “We are extremely pleased with the continuing demand for our Ampera. This news shows us that our sales target of 10,000 units for 2012 is well within reach.” Source: General Motors/Chevrolet/Opel