Volt and Ampera to be in short supply

Both Vauxhall and Chevrolet will sell out of the ground breaking Ampera and Volt models this year, as both companies vie for stock allocation from GM.

With just 15,000 of the range extended hybrid models coming to Europe, and no firm figures as to how many will make it to the UK, GM Europe president Nick Reilly is confident that they “will sell every Ampera we can make.”

“What we don’t know is the size of the market,” Reilly added, “and we won’t know that for two to three years.”

Chevrolet UK’s managing director Mark Terry explained that they have 2,500 people “who said they want to talk to us about the Volt,” and expects there to be more customers than cars.

“We’re fighting for production every month and the gates are opening,” he said.

Despite both being GM brands, Vauxhall and Chevrolet will be in direct competition over the Ampera and Volt. All but identical, the Vauxhall Ampera will have a marginally higher specification than the Chevrolet Volt, but will retail at around £5,000 more than its twin.

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