Chevrolet Volt sales may be rocky here in the States, but its twin across the Atlantic appears to be having better luck. The Detroit News is reporting that 7000 orders for the Opel Ampera have already been received and General Motors is optimistic the Ampera will meet its goal of 10,000-unit sales goal by the end of the year.
With gas in Europe costing almost twice as much as here in the States, the Ampera seems to resonate with fleets and customers looking for somewhat upscale fuel-efficient transportation. It probably doesn’t hurt that the Ampera recently became the 2012 European Car of the Year, serving as the first-ever winner developed in the U.S.
So far, 60 percent of Ampera sales have been fleet or commercial customers. The Opel Ampera went on sale in February and the Vauxhall Ampera is set to arrive in U.K. showrooms by May. The Volt, which is sold in a few countries in Europe, also went on sale in February.
Some analysts, however, are skeptical the Ampera can maintain its success in a region where consumers have long embraced diesel engines for fuel efficiency. As with the Volt in the U.S., some wonder how well the Ampera will fare at a price — 41,900 euros ($55,817) — that reaches luxury car territory, without the benefit of tax credits in some European countries.
Source: The Detroit News