06 March 2012
This year's Geneva Motor Show, which is open to the public 8th-18th March, has opened with a winner. The Opel (Vauxhall) Ampera/Chevrolet Volt has been voted as ‘Car of the Year 2012' by the Car of the Year jury. ...
This year's Geneva Motor Show, which is open to the public 8th-18th March, has opened with a winner. The Opel (Vauxhall) Ampera/Chevrolet Volt has been voted as ‘Car of the Year 2012' by the Car of the Year jury.
The jury, which is made up of 59 automobile journalists from 23 European countries, based its decision on a number of key factors, including innovation and value for money as well as safety, quality and design, and environmental aspects.
Hakan Matson, automobile expert of the Swedish business paper Dagens Industri and president of the panel of international automobile experts, said: "‘The Opel Ampera and its counterpart, the Chevrolet Volt, won in a field of strong competitors, particularly on account of the outstanding technical progress they reflect. With its range extender the Ampera presents a very sound new concept on our way to e-mobility. By solving the problem of range anxiety, it is a remarkable step into future of electrification.
"A Car of the Year has to show excellence in a number of categories – with special attention to the needs of consumers. All the members of our jury are experts and put the finalists through a series of exhaustive tests to provide substantial purchasing criteria for consumers."
The race is now on to find out which diecast manufacturer will be the first one to release a scale model of this award-winning car.