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Second Generation Opel Ampera More Affordable

A second generation Opel Ampera is already being planned with an aim to be more affordable for buyers.

According to Autocar, the second generation of the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera is scheduled for release in 2015 and will supposedly feature a more radical design and lower base price than the current model. The Ampera is currently being offered at a rather steep £28,995, even after the £5,000 rebate from the government. Opel engineers claim the battery pack alone costs about £7,000 with improvements in technology aiming to reduce the cost in half.

Opel CEO Nick Reilly said that the price of the Ampera will be reduced due to an increased demand and more localized production. As stated, Opel would like to give the next generation Ampera a more aggressive look that will be more in line with the other models in its product range and to further deviate its styling from the Volt. Before the next Ampera begins development, however, GM also needs to decide if it will be feasible for them to begin manufacturing its next generation plug-in in Europe, as they currently build the Chevy Volt nearby at its plant in Warren, Michigan.

So far, things look pretty good since 7,000 of the 10,000 units allocated for 2012 have already been presold, with 75 percent of the sales going to fleet customers.

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