Vauxhall's range-extender saloon priced after qualification for goverment grant was confirmed

Vauxhall has revealed that its new Ampera range-extender saloon will cost from £28,995 after it qualified for the government’s £5000 plug-In Car Grant.

The Chevrolet Volt-based Ampera, which will reach UK showrooms in early 2012, will be exempt from London’s congestion charge and VED payments and have a company car tax rate of five per cent.

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Vauxhall is claiming an electric-only range of up to 50 miles, with a 1.4-litre petrol engine extending the range up to 360 miles.

A full recharge of the batteries takes under four hours at a cost of around £1 from a domestic 240V socket.

Vauxhall is offering people the chance to become an ‘ePioneer’ by being one of the first to own an Ampera. Those interested can place a £150 refundable deposit on the car at www.vauxhall-ampera.co.uk.Read Autocar's first drive of the Vauxhall Ampera

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The handsome Ampera is primarily propelled by electric motors; a 1.4-litre petrol engine is used to charge the car's batteries

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14 December 2010

[quote Autocar]Vauxhall has revealed that its new Ampera range-extender saloon will cost from £28,995 after it qualified for the government’s £5000 Plug-In Car Grant[/quote]

And there, in one sentance, is why this will fail. The Mondeo Titanium X is due for a change now, and the list price is circa £25K - whilst I know we won't pay anywhere near that, unfortunately that is what the company car tax benefit is calculated on. I could stretch to £30K, but no way could this car at that price be justified on any level.

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14 December 2010

£29,000 for an Ampera? frighteningly steep even with the grant and who knows what the residuals will be like.

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14 December 2010

Absolutely right jackjflash

Fuel prices are going one way. Every penny a litre makes these cars make more and more sense.

14 December 2010

[quote Straff]Every penny a litre makes these cars make more and more sense.[/quote]

Hmm, kind of. It's a balance though, isn't it? You can buy a car that it just as fuel efficient, across all cycles, yet doesn't cost £29k. More like £12-15k, surely that makes more sense?

Spending £29k to save a few quid off fuel & road tax doesn't add up.


14 December 2010

[quote bentleyboy]The Mondeo Titanium X is due for a change now, and the list price is circa £25K - whilst I know we won't pay anywhere near that, unfortunately that is what the company car tax benefit is calculated on. I could stretch to £30K, but no way could this car at that price be justified on any level.[/quote]

BIK on a 2011 £25k TDCI Mondeo Titanium X is calculated at approx 20% dependent on version. The Ampera will be calculated at 5%

As a 40% taxpayer with a P11d of £25,980 for a 2.0 TDCi (163PS) Titanium X Sport 6-spd you'd pay £2078 a year.

Same calculations on a Prius T-Spirit at £26095 you'd pay £1044 a year

In the Ampera with a P11d of £28995 you'd pay £580 a year.

Certainly something to think about... company car drivers always vote with their wallets.

1 guy at my place swapped his CR-V TDCI to a Prius T-Spirit last month and instantly saved £250 a month. That's like 3k a year pay rise!


14 December 2010

[quote Abarthuk.com]

[quote bentleyboy]The Mondeo Titanium X is due for a change now, and the list price is circa £25K - whilst I know we won't pay anywhere near that, unfortunately that is what the company car tax benefit is calculated on. I could stretch to £30K, but no way could this car at that price be justified on any level.[/quote]

BIK on a 2011 £25k TDCI Mondeo Titanium X is calculated at approx 20% dependent on version. The Ampera will be calculated at 5%

As a 40% taxpayer with a P11d of £25,980 for a 2.0 TDCi (163PS) Titanium X Sport 6-spd you'd pay £2078 a year.

Same calculations on a Prius T-Spirit at £26095 you'd pay £1044 a year

In the Ampera with a P11d of £28995 you'd pay £580 a year.

Certainly something to think about... company car drivers always vote with their wallets.

1 guy at my place swapped his CR-V TDCI to a Prius T-Spirit last month and instantly saved £250 a month. That's like 3k a year pay rise!

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Will be such a shame when Ampera drivers will spend 70% of their time in the old shape diesel Meriva courtesy cars whilst their brand spanking £30k battery is in the garage....

Sorry I know that was a little below the belt but couldn't help myself.

14 December 2010

[quote Peanus]Sorry I know that was a little below the belt but couldn't help myself.[/quote]

No offence taken. Calling yourself Peanus automatically places your comments below the belt.

14 December 2010

[quote Abarthuk.com]1 guy at my place swapped his CR-V TDCI to a Prius T-Spirit last month and instantly saved £250 a month. That's like 3k a year pay rise[/quote]

The £250 a month is net, so its really like a £5,000 pay rise (assuming he is a higher rate taxpayer).

And you are right, its company drivers who will make this a success. £29k is right on the money for a German exec, yet this will cost less than half in tax

14 December 2010

[quote artill]The £250 a month is net, so its really like a £5,000 pay rise (assuming he is a higher rate taxpayer). [/quote]

Exactly!

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