The Ampera plug-in hybrid, essentially the European version of the Chevrolet Volt, has not enjoyed great sales since its introduction in 2012, even though it received that year the coveted European Car of the Year award.
This is why the recently rumored demise of the model looked like a sensible report – one that most of us would not have doubted. Industry sources reported that Opel would veto an Ampera successor even as Chevrolet vouched for a second generation of the Volt model. Well, the industry still has its fair share of surprises, as the company has now moved to officially dismiss the report.
“We will definitely introduce a successor product in the electric vehicle segment and continue to defend our position as an innovation leader,” Opel said in a statement. “We see electric mobility as an important part of mobility and we will continue to drive down costs and deliver affordability,” the company added.
According to the release, a new version of the Ampera would come anywhere in between 2014 and 2018, with the company declining to give further details. The new battery-electric car should arrive later than Chevy’s Volt though, which is scheduled for a US introduction late in 2015 as a 2016 model year. Currently, the model sells for at least 38,620 euros ($52,000) and has a driving range of 500 km.