The first pre-production Model Year 2012 Opel Ampera rolled off the assembly line at General Motors Co.'s Warren, Mich. plant. In the coming months, more pre-production Amperas will be built. But before you run off to your dealerships, take note that these are real world test vehicles.These cars won't be sold and they will not make their way to the dealers.
Testing of these Amperas will enable the automotive producer to finalize the software development stage, as well as make final adjustments to the vehicle's controls. Aside from that, GM will use the pre-production models to make fine tweaks to all aspects of the car. Some of the vehicles will be even used for safety tests.
Andrew Farah, Vehicle Chief Engineer for the Ampera, said that GM is "right on target" for its goal to produce this car for Europe later next year. He said that much work is still to be accomplished but that driving an Ampera off its pre-production line is a "great accomplishment for the teams here and in Europe."
The Opel Ampera, which will also be offered as a Vauxhall, uses the same Voltec Platform as the Chevy Volt. The model gets a 150 hp & 273 lb-ft electric motor powered by a Li-ion battery and a 1.4 liter gasoline engine. European markets will get the plug in hybrid vehicle at the end of next year.