Electric success as Ampera and Volt win Car of the Year
The Ampera and Volt were decisive victors among the seven finalists in the annual contest regarded as highly important in the motor industry.
Journalists from 59 countries allocated points to the seven finalists, and the Ampera/Volt scored 330 points, 49 ahead of its expected closest challenger the Volkswagen up! supermini.
Third was Ford’s Focus on 256 points, then the Range Rover Evoque on 186, Fiat Panda (156), Citroën’s DS5 (144) and the Toyota Yaris (122).
For the first time the finals of the contest were staged in the foyer of the Geneva show.
The UK jury gave the Ampera/Volt the highest score of 47 points and one of the jurors, Steve Cropley of Autocar, tells the magazine’s website that the car had to win; “the technology it employs is another automotive milestone; as significant as the invention of the Mini all those years ago,” he says.
Opel/Vauxhall CEO Karl-Friedrich Stracke is extremely pleased that what he describes as “our revolutionary electric vehicle” has emerged as the winner in such a tough field of competitors. “This encourages us further to continue our leadership role in the area of e-mobility,” he adds.
Words by: Andrew Charman