The Truth About Cars » vauxhall ampera http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:45:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » vauxhall ampera http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Vauxhall Offers 30-Day Return Policy For Ampera http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/vauxhall-offers-30-day-return-policy-for-ampera/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/vauxhall-offers-30-day-return-policy-for-ampera/#comments Fri, 21 Dec 2012 13:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=471324

Swedish clothing store H&M offers a generous 30-day return policy that urges customers to Buy It Now, Return It Later. Looks like Vauxhall will be following suit.

Customers in the UK will have the opportunity to return the Vauxhall Ampera, aka the Chevrolet Volt, after 30 days if they’re not satisfied with the car. Vehicles with 1,500 miles or less will be eligible for the program and any damage must be paid for.

Chevrolet runs a similar scheme for the Spark supermini, although buyers are allowed 4,000 miles and a maximum of 60 days. Nevertheless, the program is an interesting way to promote a technology and a vehicle that many motorists are weary of to begin with. Now close your eyes and imagine if this program were put in place in the United States.

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Chevrolet Volt, Vauxhall/Opel Ampera Named 2012 European Car Of The Year http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/chevrolet-volt-vauxhallopel-ampera-named-2012-european-car-of-the-year/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/chevrolet-volt-vauxhallopel-ampera-named-2012-european-car-of-the-year/#comments Mon, 05 Mar 2012 16:58:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=433842

On the back of last year’s win for the Nissan Leaf, the Chevrolet Volt and Vauxhall/Opel Ampera has won the 2012 European Car of the Year award, beating out the Citroen DS5, Fiat Panda, Ford Focus, Range Rover Evoque, Toyota Yaris and the Volkswagen Up!

The Volt/Ampera beat out the Volkswagen Up!, with the Focus ranking third. Two jurors from England’s CAR magazine explained their voting patterns (you can read them here and here). Juror Georg Kacher, who voted for the Evoque in first place, summarized his drawbacks for Volt/Ampera twins, stating that it was prevented from getting his first place vote because

 it commands a steep asking price, is no performance champ, and consumes too much fuel once the initial battery charge has been used up

I haven’t driven the Up!, but the Evoque and Focus are both fine cars in my opinion and could have easily taken the title. The Volt and Ampera will both be sold in Europe under different dealer channels and branding (Chevrolet being more downmarket and selling rebadged Daewoos relative to Vauxhall/Opel’s slightly more upscale positioning) and seeing the sales breakdown between the two will be a fun exercise once the two are on sale across the continent.

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