Chevy Volt and Opel Ampera Are Jointly Named European Car of the Year

In a ceremony Monday that opened the 82nd Geneva auto show, the Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera, the European version of the Volt, were jointly named the European Car of the Year.

The plug-in hybrids beat out a field that included the Toyota Yaris, Volkswagen Up, Citroën DS5, Ford Focus, Land Rover Evoque and Fiat Panda. The award was voted on by members of Europe’s motoring press.

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Obama Planning to Buy a Chevy Volt in next five years

He may have owned a Chrysler 300 and a Jeep Grand Cherokee, but President Obama said Tuesday that he would be a Chevy guy when he leaves office.

At a conference in Washington, Mr. Obama told representatives of the United Automobile Workers that he would buy a Chevrolet Volt in five years, after fulfilling a potential second term as president.

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The $41,000 Question: Is the Chevy Volt Worth the Money?

General Motors, after announcing on Tuesday that the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car would cost $41,000, was unfazed by inevitable comparisons to the Nissan Leaf, a battery electric car that will arrive in select markets at the end of the year, around the same time as the Volt. At $32,780, the Leaf is far less expensive.

“Honestly, they’re two different vehicles,” said Dave Darovitz, a G.M. spokesman. “One is range limited, and the other one offers 40 miles of gas-free driving and then a further 300 miles of travel.”
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