Rüsselsheim. Opel has been very successful at the 2016 AUTOBEST Awards. The Rüsselsheim-based carmaker took home trophies in two categories. The expert AUTOBEST jury, consisting of independent journalists from 31 European countries, voted the Ampera-e ECOBEST 2016. The revolutionary electric car with the exceptional range beat stiff competition by providing the “right answer for shaping the future of electro-mobility in Europe”. Furthermore, the jury recognized “Opel’s successful turnaround under the leadership of Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann”. The jury continued to state that Opel’s credo of “German precision meets sculptural artistry” can be applied to the models and the company alike. The result is that the Opel Group has been named COMPANYBEST 2016.
“We are very proud to receive these prestigious awards,” said Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “It shows that our models but also we as a company and the brand can convince people. So far, we have grown on 18 markets this year – that is only possible if you have a good team and the right products. The success of our bestseller, the Astra, and the groundbreaking technology of the new Opel Ampera-e are only two examples of our comprehensive model offensive.”
The Opel Ampera-e is exemplary for Opel’s ability to innovate. It is revolutionizing electro-mobility. With its range of over 500 kilometers (electric range, measured in the New European Driving Cycle in km: > 500 km, provisional figure), the electric car boasts at least 100 km more than its nearest segment rival currently on the road. In addition, the Ampera-e also offers a lot of driving pleasure and the feistiness of a sportscar. The performance of the electric motor is equivalent to 150 kW/204 hp (PS) and the new electric car accelerates from 0 to 50 km/h in 3.2 seconds. And as the large, 60 kWh capacity batteries are cleverly integrated in the underbody, the car also offers ample space for five passengers and a trunk with the load capacity of a five-door compact class car. Further highlights include Opel-typical outstanding digital connectivity thanks to OnStar and smartphone projection.
Opel is seamlessly continuing its AUTOBEST successes of last year with the two latest awards. In 2015, the jury presented Opel with the SAFETYBEST award for the IntelliLux LED® matrix light, previously the Opel Corsa was voted Best Buy Car of Europe for 2015.
Further information about official fuel consumption, official specific CO2 emissions and consumption of electric energy can be found in the “guideline about fuel consumption, CO2 Emissions and electric energy consumption of new passenger cars” ('Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen') in German language, which is available free of charge at any point of sales and at DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Helmuth-Hirth-Straße 1, D-73760 Ostfildern.