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Opel Ampera Spied Completely Uncovered

 Opel Ampera Spied Completely Uncovered
Opel Ampera spy photo during video shoot / Autoscoop.biz

March 3 debut is just around the corner

How's that for fast? Hot on the heels of the first computer renderings of the Opel Ampera, we've got actual spy photos of the car, captured during a closed video shoot just prior to its debut in Geneva next month.

Design sketches of the Ampera, which is the European-market version of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, leaked to the web just yesterday. The Ampera prototype caught in photos looks production-ready and it's possible this white car is in the process of being shot for the press kit. The styling, a blending of the Insignia sedan and Flextreme concept car, is clearly similar to that of the computer-rendered drawing, though the actual car shows a deeper chin spoiler and a taller body than the design sketch. While the car in the sketches looks like a four-door sedan, the production Ampera will be a five-door.

The Ampera is scheduled to go on sale in 2011, and shares GM's "Voltec" plug-in hybrid system that's set to be introduced in the Chevrolet Volt. Propulsion is provided by a full-time electric motor, with a small gasoline engine/generator aboard to charge the lithium-ion batteries when needed. GM says that the Voltec system will propel the Volt and Ampera up to forty miles (65 km) on a single charge. The engine/generator increases the range to about 500 miles (800 km). Recharging is expected to take 2-3 hours from a standard 230-volt European outlet.

The Ampera makes its official debut at GM's Geneva press conference on March 3.

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Comments (18)

 blay blay
dude, just because us aussies have Holden doesn't mean we all buy them. The Toyota Corolla, the most privately purchased car of the 2008 year in Australia would like a word with you...
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February 21, 2009 7:59 pm
 Madness Madness
the boomerang-shaped headlights are pretty much lifted straight off that opel flexstream concept.
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February 20, 2009 10:27 pm
 dom6698 dom6698
Its called valuing quality over quantity. Inlike in USA and Australia where they all want massive cars and massive engines to boot.
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February 20, 2009 2:19 pm
 daviepops daviepops
I sometimes wonder if blind people leave comments here ... the Volt design is absolutely nothing like the Insight except for the aerodynamic basic rear deck profile ... that said this Euro interpretation has a far more pleasing aesthetic style than the Chevy version, which tends to have an overly heavy looking front end IMHO ... I really hope this one comes to Australia as the Holden Volt and not the US version
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February 20, 2009 2:03 pm
 adottkiddy adottkiddy
looks a bit like the new Honda insight
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February 20, 2009 1:16 pm
 Tron117 Tron117
If i wanted a Honda i'd go buy one.....
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February 20, 2009 1:04 pm
 giga-games giga-games
nice!
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February 20, 2009 12:01 pm
 BabyMilo BabyMilo
This was hit by the ugly stick pretty darm hard
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February 20, 2009 8:09 am
 wjaprep wjaprep
Something about this reminds me of an Acura...
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February 20, 2009 5:16 am
 malcolm malcolm
Sorry - "Source: none" seems rather strange to be so coy about where these photos originated from, is WCF going to spill the beans?
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February 20, 2009 1:59 am
 Renegade Renegade
Looks good in white, almost better then the Volt.
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February 20, 2009 1:04 am
 sub39h sub39h
do Honda not have anything to say about GM copying the shape of the Civic?
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February 20, 2009 12:58 am