The Opel Ampera

Chevy Volt-based Opel Ampera has 7,000 preorders

The Chevrolet Volt will also be sold as the Opel Ampera in some European markets and with the first Ampera sedans reaching owners after being named the European Car of the Year, Opel has reportedly received over 7,000 preorders for the electric vehicle – causing GM to believe that the goal of 10,000 Ampera sedans sold this year is a very real possibility.

General Motors’ European management initially believed that the Opel Ampera would sell around 8,000 units when it went on sale for 2012 but with the early enthusiasm for the sibling car to the Chevy Volt in those European markets where the Opel brand is sold, GM has raised that expected sales volume up to 10,000 units. With the sales of the Chevy Volt in the United States fluctuating over the past year, some felt that these European sales goals were a bit too lofty but with 7,000 preorders already accepted for the Ampera in just mid-March, it looks as though GM could hit their numbers for the electric Opel in 2012.

One obstacle that may prevent General Motors from hitting the 10,000 unit mark for the 2012 Opel Ampera is the scheduled downtime for the GM Hamtramck plant where the Volt and Ampera are built. The assembly lines at the Hamtramck facility stopped this past Monday (March 19th) and will remain dormant until April 23rd, bringing about five weeks where no Chevy Volt or Opel Ampera models will be built in an effort to help GM burn through the current inventory of Volts around the country but that period of ‘inventory adjustment’ could hit the Ampera where it hurts – possibly preventing GM of Europe from hitting their goal of 10,000 Amperas sold in 2012.

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