Sep 19

Vauxhall Ampera wins Green Car of the Year in the UK

 

Following the Volt’s prize-garnering lead, this month the Vauxhall Ampera was awarded “Green Car of the Year” by one of the UK’s leading automotive magazines.

The car won’t even be available for ordering until year’s end, but WhatCar? has had its eye on the Volt-based Ampera since the magazine gave the extended-range electric vehicle its prestigious Green Technology Award in 2009.

“The Vauxhall Ampera represents a massive step for alternative-fuel cars,” said What Car? editor-in-chief, Chas Hallett. “It offers all the benefits of owning an electric vehicle with virtually none of the drawbacks. It gives motorists the ability to dramatically reduce their emissions without changing their lifestyle, which is exactly what green cars need to do.”


Green Car of the Year Vauxhall Ampera.

The Ampera also earned the top slot in the WhatCar? alternative fuel category over the Nissan Leaf and Renault Fluence electric car.

In a land where cars cost more than in the U.S., and petrol especially costs more, the Ampera’s cost-benefit advantage, and environmental friendliness was not lost on the editors of “Britain’s biggest and best car buyer’s guide” (as WhatCar? calls itself).

“Demolishing the issue of ‘range anxiety’ altogether,” said Vauxhall in a press release, “the Ampera’s clever Voltec system helps it achieve an incredible 175mpg and combined emissions of below 40g/km, according to official R(EC) 715/2007 regulations for measuring fuel consumption and C02 emissions.”

UK motorists are also reportedly enthusiastic for the 25-50 miles of emissions-free electric driving the Ampera will offer.

Vauxhall said prospective buyers can reserve the Ampera through a program called ePioneers, in which a £150 fee will put their name on one of the imported-from-America cars.

“The Ampera takes Vauxhall into a new era,” said Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall’s Managing Director. “It can genuinely be considered a car that can perform a full range of family duties, with its four-seats and five-door body. Yet its 100 mph performance and brisk acceleration mean that it can hold its own in the cut and thrust of everyday motoring, unlike many EVs currently on sale.”


What Car? Editor-in-Chief Chas Hallet (right) gives Green Car of the Year award to Nick Reilly, president of GM of Europe.

Plans are to release the Ampera in early 2012 for £33,995 (estimated $53,654 U.S. including Value Added Tax).

Vauxhall has said there is already “massive interest” in the vehicle, and is assessing the viability of setting up an assembly plant in the UK at some undetermined point in time.

The decision to do so will be based in part upon initial success sales success and perceived market demand going forward.

What Car?, Vauxhall.

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    Sep 19th, 2011 (6:10 am)

    Great news for the Ampera. GB, Ireland, and Europe will love the electric driving experience. Very good low end torque and the ability to drive past petrol stations for weeks on end. The future has arrived.

    No Plug, No Sale!


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (7:29 am)

    I wonder if GM has offered the famous British auto show “Top Gear” the opportunity to try the Ampera, and compare it with the Toyota Prius and with other European autos in the same price range. This will help GM to promote the Ampera, and prove that it can surpass the quality and features of the other brands.

    Raymond


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (7:30 am)

    “Vauxhall Ampera wins Green Car of the Year in the UK”

    Hooray for common sense!


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (8:22 am)

    Raymondjram: I wonder if GM has offered the famous British auto show “Top Gear” the opportunity to try the Ampera

    Or the Volt to Top Gear America


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (9:49 am)

    One more award. One more achievement. But the real challenge at this point is not for the Volt/Ampera to win one more award. It’s been acknowledged a lot already.

    The challenge is now to earn a spot in every driveway in North America and elsewhere in the world.

    Engineers have done their part. Now it’s time for us to do ours and ‘vote with our money’ and buy the car. That’s the only way it can truly be a success. Awards will be nothing if we don’t buy the Volt/Ampera a lot.

    Congrats to those who already did.


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (10:12 am)

    Europe needs this – their petrol costs are more than double that in the USA. People who can afford the vehicle should be able to start savings some serious fuel costs.

    Old Mar 4, 2011 news story but it could be back to this soon:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-04/record-gasoline-grips-europe-while-california-faces-4-a-gallon.html


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (10:55 am)

    kdawg: Or the Volt to Top Gear America

    Top Gear, BBC version, is the #1 watched show in the world. I think it is like 170+ Million people a week watch. We get it on BBC America and if you are a car guy you have to check it out…. hilarious! (One of my favorite shows on TV) They pull no punches on that show and will rip a car to pieces if they don’t like it. GM will be wise to get on that show but make sure it is 100% ready. James May will love the car ….. Jeremy Clarkson it will be anyone’s guess.


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (11:03 am)

    It’s great that the Volt/Ampera can get into the European market without GM giving away it’s technology.


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (11:31 am)

    Tall Pete: Engineers have done their part.

    The leap in technology GM targeted is a bold move to say the least. The result of this effort is beyond expectation. A multi award winning first year (and now 2nd year) car which delivers previously unheard of smoothness and efficiency.

    A job well done by those involved in design, assembly, and testing.

    Bravo!

    ampera_image_001.jpg


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (11:41 am)

    evil conservative: Top Gear, BBC version, is the #1 watched show in the world. I think it is like 170+ Million people a week watch. We get it on BBC America and if you are a car guy you have to check it out…. hilarious! (One of my favorite shows on TV) They pull no punches on that show and will rip a car to pieces if they don’t like it. GM will be wise to get on that show but make sure it is 100% ready. James May will love the car ….. Jeremy Clarkson it will be anyone’s guess.

    I’ve seen the BBC version. They just started an American version, so it would be interesting to see the Volt on it.

    I thought CSI was the most watched TV program in the world, (also American Idol)?


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (11:57 am)

    More good news for GM. Hmm.

    Cueing YOU KNOW WHO in 3 … 2 … 1 …

    … I’d be happy to be wrong …


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (12:29 pm)

    kdawg: I’ve seen the BBC version. They just started an American version, so it would be interesting to see the Volt on it.I thought CSI was the most watched TV program in the world, (also American Idol)?

    You may not know this but the UK Top Gear is seen in 170 countries by 350 Million viewers each week. (I was wrong about the 170 million viewers) Imagine the “free” press GM can get if they get a car on that show. (not sure about current CSI numbers but in 2009 it was 73 million world wide and American Idol was 26 million last season but I am not one of them)

    Yes, I have seen the American version and a volt on there would also be good press.


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (12:40 pm)

    evil conservative: Imagine the “free” press GM can get if they get a car on that show.

    Unless it turns out the way it did for Tesla.
    ————————–
    “Tesla Sues BBC For Libel Claiming Top Gear Rigged Tests, BBC “will be vigorously defending”"
    “So yeah, one of the most watched TV programs in the entire world didn’t exactly portray the Tesla Roadster favorably. Enter the libel lawsuit”
    http://techcrunch.com/2011/03/30/tesla-vs-top-gear/


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (12:44 pm)

    evil conservative: Top Gear, BBC version, is the #1 watched show in the world. I think it is like 170+ Million people a week watch. We get it on BBC America and if you are a car guy you have to check it out…. hilarious! (One of my favorite shows on TV) They pull no punches on that show and will rip a car to pieces if they don’t like it. GM will be wise to get on that show but make sure it is 100% ready. James May will love the car ….. Jeremy Clarkson it will be anyone’s guess.

    I’m sorry – but I’ll have to disagree. Top Gear, what a bunch of hackjob dinosaurs! This is a PHEV, EREV, EV website and Top Gear smears, misinforms and mercilessly ridicules anything that doesn’t suck gobs of foreign fossil fuels!

    Might I remind of the puking Clarkston did of the first gen Prius, then they brought it back to lambaste it with some plastic kiddie car lead acid EV neighborhood car they must have gleaned from Eastern Europe! Next on the agenda was the infamous show where they pissed all over the 2nd gen Prius, then brought it back to run around their track vs. a 3 series BMW. At the end of that episode they concluded it was more economical to own a BMW than the Prius – that the 3 series actually got better mileage driving 90% to the limit around a racetrack?!! — ARE THEY PAID BY OIL COMPANIES OR JUST BUTT STUPID?!! Yes, as for me, I bought my Prius for track days and I drive it like Nicholas Cage running from the cops in Gone In 60 Seconds. GIVE ME A BREAK TOP GEAR BBC! Next up – The Tesla Roadster. Tesla actually sued Top Gear over their gross misrepresentation and staged failures of a perfectly charged Tesla. Oh and last but surely not least – since they didn’t learn from their lame forced retractions in the British press to avoid litigation…Now Nissan is suing Top Gear for slamming the Leaf. They purposely drove the Leaf around in circles to run it out of juice – to lambaste it, ridicule it and relentlessly poo poo it as only the British can do.

    I used to like Top Gear. Haven’t many of us got a chuckle from their shananigans like the time they tried to destroy a Toyota pickup truck eventually setting it atop an 11 story building being imploded. Thing is, they had to praise the Toyota for it’s evident virtue. It started up after the most extreme abuse possible. Yet, since Top Gear has succumbed to popularism and pandering to the grease and horsepower crowd – they lost all semblence of accuracy and objectivity.

    It’s “entertainment”. It’s like the TV news, which actually is not news at all. It’s about selling advertising. They try to get a laugh. And I stopped laughing when they blindly endorse anything that goes 200 mph and costs $200,000 – $1,000,000 and literally mash on anything practical, efficient and forward-thinking. Clarkson and company are not unlike today’s automobile magazines except far worse since the viewership and casual viewership of this show is in the millions and not merely ten thousands.

    American TV now copies Brit TV constantly. All the top shows were taken from U.K. TV. Top Gear no exception as the lame American version tries hard to mimic it’s overseas cousin but falls flat – because, while trying similar stunts like racing military helicopters and wrecking RVs, they just plain aren’t original or funny. Similarly, the American show, like it’s copycat “The Car Show” on Speed Network, panders to knuckle-dragging, testosterone-filled greasemonkeys who feel Volt and Prius are for wimps and a “real man” has to have 500+ horsepower and waste resources like we just don’t care!

    Top Gear = Rubbish.

    RECHARGE! ,

    James

    Did I mince words?


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (12:46 pm)

    kdawg: Unless it turns out the way it did for Tesla.“Tesla Sues BBC For Libel Claiming Top Gear Rigged Tests, BBC “will be vigorously defending””“So yeah, one of the most watched TV programs in the entire world didn’t exactly portray the Tesla Roadster favorably. Enter the libel lawsuit”http://techcrunch.com/2011/03/30/tesla-vs-top-gear/

    I watched that show. I saw nothing wrong with Top Gear taking the car to the limit. Tesla should know how they treat cars. Jeremy Clarkson just ended up using all the juice with aggressive driving and then breaking 2 cars driving them around the track. It was not like they were taking them off roading.


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (12:51 pm)

    evil conservative,

    Read the article I linked.. those are the “lies” they are fighting. Apparently the battery running out was staged, and the brakes were fine.


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (12:53 pm)

    James,

    Did you see the one w/Cameron Diaz on it? They asked what car she drove at home, and she said she had a Prius and loved it. They tried to poo poo her, but she is a hot celebrity. She defended it, and seemed to win the debate in my opinion.


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (1:04 pm)

    James,

    I had no idea someone could hate a UK TV show so much! Impressive rant my friend.

    Jeremy Clarkson does indeed hate the Prius. James May does like the Prius. They both hate the looks of the car. I see nothing wrong with a Prius (I do not or will never own one as I tend to buy American).

    I do have a feeling that once they review the Ampera they will all like it for what it is ….. a people mover with decent looks but not a supercar. (I prefer the looks of the Ampera to the Volt)


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (1:12 pm)

    evil conservative: I watched that show. I saw nothing wrong with Top Gear taking the car to the limit. Tesla should know how they treat cars. Jeremy Clarkson just ended up using all the juice with aggressive driving and then breaking 2 cars driving them around the track. It was not like they were taking them off roading.

    Wrong. From one “evil conservative” to another. We have to get our facts straight.

    You can watch all the episodes I mention on YouTube. In the Tesla episode – They play wah wah wahhhh music as several guys push the Tesla into the garage typifying the Roadster was out of electricity and this is just why it’s a bust. In fact, the Tesla had over 100 miles left of charge, and Top Gear admitted thus. Their lawyers scrambled to spin the episode, and several “versions” of their comments ended up in the London Times. Their first explanation of the spot was that they said running a car inside the garage was against the law! Then, when people scoffed at such a lark, they then said they never meant to falsely represent that the car was discharged, but they wanted to inform the public that electric cars have limitations.

    Next, on one of their Prius slamming jaunts, they broadcast their oft-repeated claims that electricity comes from coal, and thus all EVs are more polluting than regular cars. This old saw has been accurately refuted by many sources much smarter than I. It’s the same old argument, over and over and one opponents of any technology that doesn’t suck oil repeat again and again. What they don’t follow is the cost and emissions from searching for oil, building oil platforms and derricks, drilling, transporting, distributing and ….here’s the big one folks – DEFENDING ACCESS to – fossil fuel. Or, that petrol is not renewable – or that deriving it from algae is decades from fruition on any large scale.

    There is no defending Top Gear or it’s hacks. Like a politician with corporate lobbyists dripping from their pockets – these turkeys cause a whole lot of harm to the mass-adoption of new-tech cars that can make the world a much better place to live.

    Why doesn’t Top Gear do a story on how much gasoline it takes to support a couple aircraft carrier groups, a couple hundred thousand troops, their equipment and infrastructure? Or how much a human life is worth as we lose 20-40 American soldiers a month defending our access to foreign crude?

    VOLT – IT’S MORE FREEDOM THAN ELECTRIC! ,

    James


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (1:31 pm)

    James,

    I agree with you when you say “There is no defending Top Gear” and that was NOT my point. In fact a well educated person should not let anyone make up their mind for them on anything. When ever I make a purchase (car, computer, cell phone, ect …) I do my own research and don’t listen to what you, BBC, Cap’n Jack or the President tells me.

    My point was with 350 million people watching GM better make sure all the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed with the Ampera. (read my first 2 posts). Because if they are not 100% the Amprea could go up in flames like the Prius, Tesla or Leaf ….. from the Top Gear point of view that is.


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (1:43 pm)

    God forbid BBC Top Gear does a spot on Ampera!

    God forbid Top Gear America does a spot on Volt!

    God forbid more snarky Adam Carolla sarcasm re: Volt on “The Car Show”!

    You guys don’t get the gist of these shows do you?

    To them, anything with an electric motor or a plug is a “chick car” and completely stupid and useless in their eyes.

    That hundreds of millions of people watch these shows IS NOT good for Volt or good PR for an automaker attempting to build and sell EVs, PHEVs or EREVs.

    To end on a positive note: Thank God gearheads and teenagers that pour tens of thousands of dollars worth of aftermarket parts into their Honda Civic so it can burn more rubber and suck lots more petrol don’t make up the majority of car buyers in this ole world we live in!

    RECHARGE! ,

    James


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (2:03 pm)

    “You guys don’t get the gist of these shows do you?” Yes I do, do you? The gist is to sell advertisement not sell cars. Do you really think that American Idol is out to make someone into a Star? No. They are out to make Coke and everyone else pay top dollar for advertising because they are selling entertainment to 26 million people.

    The reason Jay Leno did not do the American Top Gear is because he will not bash anything. (check out http://www.jaylenosgarage.com) He loves all cars, trucks, bikes and anything that makes noise, drives and explodes. He owns a Volt and claims he drives it almost every day …. and I believe him. He also owns about every gas guzzler known to man (dripping with sarcasm). He informs about cars but lets you pass judgment on if YOU like it or not.

    So watch UK Top Gear …. don’t watch Top Gear. It is not going away anytime soon with 350 million people watching. But rest assured they will review the Ampera like it or not. Lets just hope they like it.


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (2:11 pm)

    Remember, folks, “truth is boring”. This applies to almost all aspects of life. That doesn’t mean truth is bad.

    Top Gear is entertaining. I rarely remember what car they even showed on the programs, but end up moderately entertained when I watch the UK show. The USA show is even more forgettable.

    I’m trying to never watch American Idol. But how do I get it through my wife and kids’ heads to not watch that drivel without being looked at like a narcissistic curmudgeon? :-)


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (2:16 pm)

    WOW!

    I didn’t expect my simple post about showing the Ampera in “Top Gear” could generate so much controversy about the show. I just hope GM does promote the Ampera somehow in European TV, since they have a very large TV audience, and I wish their local marketing does better with the ads than GM locally has done with the Volt.

    More Ampera interest means GM must expand their production here in America, and elsewhere. This will lower prices and make the future Amperas and Volts easier to buy. Then we can eventually see many more EREVs and other on the roads here and abroad.

    As for Japan and the Asian markets, that is a different story!

    Raymond


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (2:47 pm)

    James: has to have 500+ horsepower

    I resemble that remark! :)


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (3:18 pm)

    Maybe they need a show called “Topped Battery”, which showcases electric vehicles and hybrids.


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (3:34 pm)

    OT:
    Did you guys see this?

    GM-UAW tentative deal: $5,000 signing bonus, more jobs, 2nd-tier wage hike

    “The deal will also add new jobs, including about 400 at Warren powertrain and an untold number at other facilities, including Romulus powertrain, Wentzville, Mo., and Spring Hill, Tenn., which will reopen, two of the people said. ”

    http://www.freep.com/article/20110917/BUSINESS0101/309170004/GM-UAW-tentative-deal-5-000-signing-bonus-more-jobs-2nd-tier-wage-hike


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (4:30 pm)

    TOPGEAR! thats a good one. Getting an award from Whatcar? oh!

    the 3 times I have watched it I laughed — Oh, they are supposed to be testing cars? I thought it was all just
    british humor. A skit with “professional” journalists “testing” cars.

    Monty Python’s Search for the Holy Grail: On the bridge, Answer these 3 questions truthfully or die.
    What is your favorite color — Green,, no BLUE!! –AAAaaaaaa!!! Try not to laugh.

    Do people actually think they are going to give a car a fair shake?


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (5:16 pm)

    Kind of odd that the green car of the year is revealed with smoke wafting all around


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (5:21 pm)

    lousloot: TOPGEAR! thats a good one. Getting an award from Whatcar? oh!the 3 times I have watched it I laughed — Oh, they are supposed to be testing cars? I thought it was all justbritish humor. A skit with “professional” journalists “testing” cars.Monty Python’s Search for the Holy Grail: On the bridge, Answer these 3 questions truthfully or die.What is your favorite color — Green,, no BLUE!! –AAAaaaaaa!!! Try not to laugh.Do people actually think they are going to give a car a fair shake?

    You get it.

    Last week the slapped some train wheels on a Jag and Audi to solve the high cost of train travel in the UK. Were they really thinking they were solving the train cost? No, but it was very funny to see camping trailers thundering down the tracks being pulled by a v12 Jag.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81HgzHSwpcQ


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (5:50 pm)

    James: To them, anything with an electric motor or a plug is a “chick car” and completely stupid and useless in their eyes.

    … yet more evidence that GM needs to field a consumer EREV truck just as soon as the technology economic case allows.

    … pleased to be wrong so far, but the night is young …


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (7:14 pm)

    It is very surprising to me that GM waited so long to export this car to UK Germany etc It sems that they have the capacity to produce the #s ..Go sell them in other countries ..By this time most of the kinks have been worked out from the Volt …time to go and Sell Sell Sell ..Nissan is doing it better than GM. Volt/Ampera are ideal cars at this time for many who are thinking of buying an electric car. Scratch my head on this.


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (7:29 pm)

    I’m sorry – but I’ll have to disagree. Top Gear, what a bunch of hackjob dinosaurs! This is a PHEV, EREV, EV website and Top Gear smears, misinforms and mercilessly ridicules anything that doesn’t suck gobs of foreign fossil fuels!

    I hate to be such a John, but aren’t the British the one’s who managed to get a Prius down to 17 MPG? 8-)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmxUsGiGp3w


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (8:35 pm)

    kdawg:
    Maybe they need a show called “Topped Battery”, which showcases electric vehicles and hybrids.

    Technically, a show called top gear should only feature EV’s. Since EV’s are setting records for their acceleration in top gear due to gobs of linear torque application…their show should be renamed to; cars with limited top gear torque and noxious stink whose footnote in history will be that they helped assemble the capital and technology to develop modern mass produced cars. _ _ _ _NPNS


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (9:05 pm)

    kdawg: OT:Did you guys see this?GM-UAW tentative deal: $5,000 signing bonus, more jobs, 2nd-tier wage hike“The deal will also add new jobs, including about 400 at Warren powertrain and an untold number at other facilities, including Romulus powertrain, Wentzville, Mo., and Spring Hill, Tenn., which will reopen, two of the people said. ”http://www.freep.com/article/20110917/BUSINESS0101/309170004/GM-UAW-tentative-deal-5-000-signing-bonus-more-jobs-2nd-tier-wage-hike

    Give them a level playing field and there will be a lot more of this…
    The Volt is a winner but will GM benefit if it is kept out of all other markets while they start dumping all their products in the only major open market in the world?


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (9:31 pm)

    Tall Pete: The challenge is now to earn a spot in every driveway in North America and elsewhere in the world.

    “The challenge is now to earn a spot in every driveway in North America and elsewhere in the world. ”

    The “elsewhere in the world” will not happen…. the the three major competitors Japan Germany and Korea will keep the VOLT out with huge tariffs… while China will insist on owning half of anything GM makes there plus they want the technology so they can profit from it.


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (9:54 pm)

    I still see a Buick Electra version of Volt in the near future.

    Seems a U.S. Ampera fits the bill for the Buick variant. Where I used to think just a swap of the round Buick logo for the Opel/Vauxhall one would do – I’ve changed my view and think the Electra version would look too much the cheap brand-engineered tactic unless, along with a new fascia and rear styling – some of the most obvious Volt design clues were changed as well – especially the area forward of the mirror containing the Volt signage which was a design relic of when it was the panel that covered the charge port. Remove the blackout areas under the windows. Erase the indented style lines on the side doors and make the gray color kick panels body color.

    Add leather door inserts with a pattern, a wood center stack control area with different design tweaks and a few higher-end materials-especially in the rear seat area, a heads-up display and bingo!

    Those Ampera ( and now 2012 Volt option ) wheels don’t do it for me. They do look lightweight, which is most important, but I can see a Buick with a classier, more upscale-looking billet wheel.

    Auto lowering suspension over 40 mph to increase mileage, laser cruise control, lane-keep assist, and perhaps a self-park option.

    Perhaps Stuart can do a photoshop rendition of this new Electra – I wish I had his talent with that software!

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    Sep 19th, 2011 (10:11 pm)

    kdawg: Maybe they need a show called “Topped Battery”, which showcases electric vehicles and hybrids.

    There is a British Web Show called Fully Charged(http://www.fullycharged.tv) which is all about EV’s(EREV/BEV/PHEV) as well as energy which is done by EV Advocate/Journalist/(Kryten on Red Dwarf) Robert Llewellyn. I also follow him on Twitter and find the information he provides very insightful. Currently he has been loaned by Nissan a Leaf which he is using daily and reporting on from time to time, he also has had an extended loan of a Mitsubishi iMiev (or just i in the USA) as well as having test driven numerous other EV’s in whatever their form, ie: EREV/BEV/PHEV/etc.

    As far as Top Gear goes with EV’s, I like the show but it isn’t for any factual reason more for the entertainment of it all. The old Stig, Ben Collins, actually does like EV’s from what I have read. The rest of the show is pure entertainment but it is the world’s biggest motoring show and has ALOT of influence with car manufacturers and the biggest problem is that many people actually believe the ‘facts’ they spout which is a very sad state of affairs. The most recent EV test they did with the Leaf and the iON, Clarkson did actually give the Leaf accolades when he drove it which I was very surprised by. It will be interesting when they do test the Ampera as they won’t be able to fake it running out of electricity and having to try and find a plug, the only thing they could do is empty the gas tank of fuel before they started in order to do something like that.


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    Sep 19th, 2011 (10:24 pm)

    TassieEV: There is a British Web Show called Fully Charged(http://www.fullycharged.tv) which is all about EV’s(EREV/BEV/PHEV) as well as energy which is done by EV Advocate/Journalist/(Kryten on Red Dwarf) Robert Llewellyn. I also follow him on Twitter and find the information he provides very insightful. .

    That guy is great! THANK YOU for mentioning him. +1

    I watch his stuff on YouTube and he is definately the ANTI-CLARKSON!

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    Sep 20th, 2011 (12:19 am)

    TassieEV: which is done by EV Advocate/Journalist/(Kryten on Red Dwarf) Robert Llewellyn.

    Somewhere on YouTube he did a few runs around town in a Tesla roadster. Very funny stuff. He actually said ‘Holy Shjt’.


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    Sep 20th, 2011 (12:57 am)

    Tall Pete: Engineers have done their part. Now it’s time for us to do ours and ‘vote with our money’ and buy the car. That’s the only way it can truly be a success. Awards will be nothing if we don’t buy the Volt/Ampera a lot.

    Most of America can’t buy a Volt yet. We can’t support what we can’t buy, even though we really want to , just as soon as GM allows us to buy a Volt. Their slow roll out was the correct idea for last year, however, it’s now time to make it available from coast to coast! Just give us a chance, please!


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    Sep 20th, 2011 (8:58 am)

    TassieEV: There is a British Web Show called Fully Charged(http://www.fullycharged.tv) which is all about EV’s(EREV/BEV/PHEV) as well as energy which is done by EV Advocate/Journalist/(Kryten on Red Dwarf) Robert Llewellyn. I also follow him on Twitter and find the information he provides very insightful. Currently he has been loaned by Nissan a Leaf which he is using daily and reporting on from time to time, he also has had an extended loan of a Mitsubishi iMiev (or just i in the USA) as well as having test driven numerous other EV’s in whatever their form, ie: EREV/BEV/PHEV/etc.

    I saw his review of the Volt (i think it was an article here), but didn’t realize he had a show dedicated to ev’s. I doubt we get his show in the US, so would have to watch on one the web.


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    Sep 20th, 2011 (1:17 pm)

    vegasguy: Their slow roll out was the correct idea for last year, however, it’s now time to make it available from coast to coast! Just give us a chance, please!

    I wasn’t blaming you or anybody else. Fact is that in Canada, it’s only rolling out now. And I’m not in line to buy one … yet. But I keep calculating and crunching numbers to find the moment when I can afford one. Should be sometime next year, I hope.

    I test drove a Leaf last week. Sweet ride. Lots of torque. Too expensive (40K $ in Canada). Volt is a much better choice. It won more awards, lol.