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Production-ready Opel Ampera - Click above to view high-res image

Opel is bringing the Ampera to Geneva, and the extended-range electric hybrid is finally arriving in production form. This ready-for-public-consumption Ampera stays remarkably true to the concept we've been eyeballing since 2009.

The Opel Ampera wears more aggressive body panels than its more conservative Chevrolet Volt cousin. The headlights flow down into the running lights, while the front and rear fascias appear downright sporty. Tucked into the rubber, the production-ready flower-pattern wheels mirror the design of the concept vehicle, yet they aren't quite as show car exotic.

Opel notes that it has taken in over 1,000 reservations for the Ampera across Europe. The automaker put out a call to the public and around 400 "ePioneers" raised their hands to test early versions of the Ampera. When it goes on sale later this year, it will be priced at €42,900 in most European markets (that's just shy of $60,000 USD, but it includes Europe's costly Value Added Tax, which adds about 20 percent to the purchase price).

The Opel Ampera will take the stage under the Geneva Motor Show lights and we'll be on hand to give you a deeper visual dive. For now, click on the above image to view a high-res version, and click past the jump to read the press release.

[Source: Opel]Continue reading Production Opel Ampera revealed ahead of Geneva

Production Opel Ampera revealed ahead of Geneva originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 28 Feb 2011 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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