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USA: Electric car both reliable and fun

T HE vehicle that could revolutionise the face of hybrid technology has been voted European Car of the Year with one of the most crushing victories ever.

The Vauxhall Ampera and Chevrolet’s version called the Volt got the highest score from a panel of 59 leading motoring writers from 23 European countries with the highest score coming from the UK jurors.

The Vauxhall Ampera and, top right, the Chevrolet Volt.

The Ampera/Volt obliterated all other contenders, getting 330 points against the nearest rivals, the VW Up (281) and Ford Focus (256).

The Ampera and the Volt emerged as the joint overall winner in a field of seven Car Of The Year (COTY) finalists. Initially, 35 recently launched vehicles entered the contest.

The selection criteria applied by the judges was based on attributes such as design, comfort, performance and especially innovative technologies as well as efficiency – areas where the Ampera and the Volt excel.

Susan Docherty, president and managing director at Chevrolet Europe, says: “It is a proud moment for us and an honour to receive this award from Europe’s leading jury of automotive journalists. Our car demonstrates that electric driving can be fun and reliable without ever compromising the owners’ lifestyle.”


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