Vauxhall Ampera and Chevrolet Volt win ‘Car of the Year’

Vauxhall's Ampera

Two electric cars, the Vauxhall Ampera and Chevrolet Volt, have won the ‘Car of the Year’ award, ahead of Volkswagen’s Up and the Ford Focus.

The award, which was announced at the Geneva Motor Show this week, is voted on by a panel of judges comprising 59 automotive journalists from 23 European countries.

The Ampera and Volt were selected from a shortlist of seven, chosen from the pack of 35 original entrants, on the basis of design, performance, comfort and efficiency – where the winning vehicles took the lead.

“We are extremely pleased that our revolutionary electric vehicle has emerged as the winner in such a tough field of competitors,” said Opel/Vauxhall CEO, Karl-Friedrich Stracke.

President and managing director of Chevrolet Europe, Susan Docherty, added:
“Our car demonstrates that electric driving can be fun and reliable without ever compromising the owners’ lifestyle.”

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07 March 2012