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Opel Ampera wins car of the year

Michael McAleer

Car of the 2012: Opel s new Ampera

Ampera has been voted Car of the year 2012. The new car, runs solely on electric for up to 80kms and thereafter on electricity from an on-board 1.4-litre engine, goes on sale in this spring.

There has some debate over the car is a fully-electric model or an advanced but the format is designed to overcome the of “range anxiety” that has sales of electric cars so

The Ampera won out quite convincingly. each of the 59 jury members 23 countries awarding 25 points the seven shortlisted cars – a maximum of 10 points for any one entry – the secured 330 points, compared to the Up on 281. Third place to the Ford Focus with 256 followed by the Range Rover on 186 points.

Prices for the new Ampera are expected to be high in Ireland €40,000 or – and while it’s not expected to in large volumes, it will the fears of some potential car buyers of being left once the charge runs

As the Irish jury member my went to:

1. Opel/Chevrolet Volt

it’s an evolution of the hybrid or a full electric car is beside the the Volt priorities the electric gives it an everyday useable range for most families overcomes the single greatest about electric cars – anxiety. Many motorists the idea of running on electric for the daily commute but also the reassurance of a regular engine if need to complete a longer Without the Volt that two cars in the driveway. When on its petrol engine the fuel is nothing special, but for everyday it delivers and it handles pretty for a car of its size.

The interior could be smarter, but a small gripe. For many it will be their first of driving on full electric at speeds and they won’t be

2. Volkswagen Up!

A small funky car with a surprisingly peppy and a remarkably spacious cabin for its on the road. It’s a great car that’s fun to drive, nicely and well-priced. It delivers in terms of for money, quality and design.

3. Focus

Still the best of the when it comes to driving even with its electric system. It also brought a of safety features to the mainstream The upcoming low-emissions 1-litre petrol engine is also impressive.

There’s a quality to this latest version, but the additional features on board, the are rather cluttered.

4. Range Rover Evoque

A concept design that it through to production. It’s is remarkable for an SUV format, it’s levels are equally impressive and the features fit with the Range badge, while the whole comes at a very competitive Of all the cars on the shortlist, it’s the one scores highest in terms of

We can see why they’re flying out of showrooms.

5. DS5

Alongside the Evoque, it’s the car really turns heads in Its wide-stance and muscular external is surprisingly smart, while the cabin evokes a premium that’s far plusher than expect for the money and there’s a sense of opulence about a car priced within reach of family car buyers. The optional EGS is still a bugbear, the ride can be choppy, and the diesel hybrid suffers from the premium you to pay over the regular diesel but it’s still a brave and statement of intent from the brand.

Finally a quasi-premium French car be happy to buy.

6. Toyota

Looks are arguably more than its predecessor, the cabin is drab, but the advent of a small version into the supermini is a welcome development.

7. Fiat Panda

The ‘Bakelite’ styling is smart and upcoming with a city safety prevention system is a great to the city car market.


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