Opel Ampera Spied Completely Uncovered

Opel Ampera spy photo during video shoot
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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Published Feb 20th, 2009 2:36am By Christopher Jackson

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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...
Feb 22nd, 2009 2:59am
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Madness Madness
the boomerang-shaped headlights are pretty much lifted straight off that opel flexstream concept.
Feb 21st, 2009 5:27am
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dom6698 dom6698
Its called valuing quality over quantity. Inlike in USA and Australia where they all want massive cars and massive engines to boot.
Feb 20th, 2009 9:19pm
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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
Feb 20th, 2009 9:03pm
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adottkiddy adottkiddy
looks a bit like the new Honda insight
Feb 20th, 2009 8:16pm
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Tron117 Tron117
If i wanted a Honda i'd go buy one.....
Feb 20th, 2009 8:04pm
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giga-games giga-games
Feb 20th, 2009 7:01pm
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BabyMilo BabyMilo
This was hit by the ugly stick pretty darm hard
Feb 20th, 2009 3:09pm
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wjaprep wjaprep
Something about this reminds me of an Acura...
Feb 20th, 2009 12:16pm
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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?
Feb 20th, 2009 8:59am
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Renegade Renegade
Looks good in white, almost better then the Volt.
Feb 20th, 2009 8:04am
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Almost better? That definitely looks much better than the Volt. As always, European cars are styled to meet the higher expectations Europeans have (and better tastes). Not bad, I must say.
Feb 20th, 2009 8:31am
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BabyMilo BabyMilo
i agree bmwer, Europeans have high expectation in everything. Being a Europeaner living in AU i find that my expectations of cars and general stuff is higher than aussies. I also agree that we have good taste and design
Feb 20th, 2009 7:32pm
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tbrodie tbrodie
Wow. I think you might want to re-compare these photos with the Volt. There just aren't really dramatic differences here. Get real.
Feb 20th, 2009 9:50pm
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sub39h sub39h
do Honda not have anything to say about GM copying the shape of the Civic?
Feb 20th, 2009 7:58am
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Wickedated Wickedated
That shape is actually German, it's a design study that results in very low drag and its proven to be extremely aerodynamic. Honda CRX, Toyota Prius and the Volt all use that.
Feb 20th, 2009 1:32pm
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motorjedi motorjedi
The front end in particular looks very much like the civic - lights et al - but even more so on the Volt. This car's rear end looks better than the volt, better put together at least. Sadly, that strange wing mirror design hasn't been dropped for the Ampera. The Y-spoke alloys remind me of the larger ones you get on a BMW X5, or even on the Mondeo, big trend those are. I guess we're going to have to get used to this wedge-shaped profile for our future sedans - aerodynamic fuel-efficiency and maximum space being priorities.
Feb 20th, 2009 3:01pm
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freeway freeway
do Germans have anything to say about the X5 and Smart design rip off by chinese car producers? do the Italians have anything to say about the Fiat Panda being copied in smallest details by the same chinese producers? and how about the similarities between Insight and Prius? who copied from whom? and as "wickedated" said, the wind tunnel tests lead to this design if you want a streamlined car especially if it's an electric car. And BTW: the Y shaped alloys are used for years by Opel in their production lines and are not something copied from others. Look at the Astra, Vectra, Signum, a.s.o. And I like this design as I like the general direction in which Opel is heading in (well... being an Opel Astra GTC owner and with a few years of work experience in an Opel dealership, maybe I'm a little bit subjective but that's it)
Feb 22nd, 2009 12:50am
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