The Vauxhall Ampera has won the 2012 European Car of the Year award. It beat off a strong challenge from the Volkswagen Up! but the GM car’s green credentials look to have played an important factor with the judging panel. Sadly, the Range Rover Evoque trailed home in fourth place, but it’s still a strong showing from the British carmaker, emerging as its most saleable – and desirable – car since the Land Rover Discovery in 1989.
The Ampera’s win follows on from Nissan’s remarkable electric car debut, the Leaf, which took the prize in 2011. Car of the Year president Hakan Matson presented the trophy to Opel boss Karl Stracke and Chevrolet Europe managing director Susan Docherty. ‘We were up against some incredible competition, so it feels terrific to have Ampera and Volt win this prestigious award,’ said Docherty.
- Vauxhall Ampera: 330
- Volkswagen Up: 281
- Ford Focus: 256
- Range Rover Evoque: 186
- Fiat Panda: 156
- Citroen DS5: 144
- Toyota Yaris: 122
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