The Vauxhall Ampera, and sister car, the Chevrolet Volt have been voted European Car of the Year

The revolutionary Vauxhall Ampera and sister car, the Chevrolet Volt have been voted the 2012 European Car of the Year (COTY).

The competition was the expected battle between the Ampera and Volkswagen Up, but the audience in the foyer of the Geneva motor show, where all seven finalists were parked was surprised at the performance of the Land Rover Evoque, which came fourth ahead of the Fiat Panda, Citroen DS5 and Toyota Yaris. The scores were - Ampera: 330, a decisive win; Up: 281; Focus: 256; Evoque: 186; Panda: 156; DS5: 144 and Yaris: 122.

GM officials were delighted, especially Vauxhall’s managing director Duncan Aldred, who said the award came just in time for next week’s UK launch, and would be a “fantastic help” in taking Vauxhall’s brand image where it needed to go.

“The Ampera had to win” says jury member Steve Cropley. “I believe the technology it employs is another automotive milestone; as significant as the invention of the Mini all those years ago.

“To think it was conceived by an automotive giant, while fighting bankruptcy is amazing and needs to be recognised,” Cropley added.

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5 March 2012

I guess a lot of people will disagree but I think this is a worthy winner.

We've just got to get GM to build it in Ellesmere Port now.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

5 March 2012

[quote TegTypeR]

We've just got to get GM to build it in Ellesmere Port now.

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I wonder if GM cutting back on Volt production will have any effect on this decision.

5 March 2012

congrats to Opel/Vauxhall/Chevy!

I agree with you on this Teg.

The Up! would have been a good nr. 1 too.

I fear about E. Port, though.

5 March 2012

First the Nissan Leaf, then this. It would be nice if the next European COTY were to be something that people might actually buy...

5 March 2012

Afraid I disagree with this choice, if this was a competition for a beta release of the car of the future I would agree. I think the Leaf has failed and so will this. Toyota will get this right with their plug in Prius which will work and when on fuel alone is still efficient. I think the next gen Prius which can't be far off will blow this away. My vote would have gone to the Up, definitely the car for austere times in the EU.

5 March 2012

[quote Fidji]

First the Nissan Leaf, then this. It would be nice if the next European COTY were to be something that people might actually buy...

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I think it's great that COTY don't pander to the highest sellers, it would make it pretty boring competion that didn't reward creativity and out of the box thinking

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

Myk

5 March 2012

Well, it's better that the Leaf winning last year, which was utterly preposterous. The Volt's a great idea, not entirely well executed. But hats off to GM for being first out of the box.

5 March 2012

COTY is like the Eurovison song contest a bit of fun but totally irrelevant in the real world.

5 March 2012

[quote Pistachio]COTY is like the Eurovison song contest a bit of fun but totally irrelevant in the real world.[/quote]

Manufactures see differently, they'll make good use of the award the following day by mentioning it in adverts.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

5 March 2012

[quote Pistachio]COTY is like the Eurovison song contest a bit of fun but totally irrelevant in the real world.[/quote]

I agree. At least the European COTY contestants don't consist of Engelburt Humperdinck and Jedward.

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