AUTOBEST Gala: Awards for Opel Group and Ampera-e


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  • ECOBEST: Jury of 31 European journalists votes for Ampera-e
  • COMPANYBEST: Opel Group wins the Corporate category
  • Live in Lisbon: Ulrich Schumacher, head of Opel Personnel, accepts the awards

Rüsselsheim.  Yesterday evening Ulrich Schumacher, Vice President HR and Labor Director, accepted two international awards on behalf of the Opel Group GmbH. At the 16th AUTOBEST Gala in Lisbon, Portugal, there were two first prize awards for the pioneering Ampera-e electric car and the strong leadership of the Opel Group.

The jury of expert journalists from 31 European countries awarded the Ampera-e the ECOBEST 2016 prize. With its range of more than 500 kilometers (electric range, measured in the New European Driving Cycle in km: > 500 km, provisional figure), the Ampera-e was described by the jury as the “right answer to the challenges of future electric mobility”. The Opel philosophy, “Sculptural Artistry meets German precision”, showed that it applies to the company itself as well as its products. The Opel Group therefore emerged from the field of competitors to win the COMPANYBEST 2016 award.

“COMPANYBEST is possible through the efforts of a highly capable Opel team. We have started to reinvent ourselves. Our 37,000 employees in Europe are making the difference. And with our battery electric Ampera-e, Opel is revolutionizing electro-mobility in Europe. The jury recognized that with its range of more than 500 kilometers it significantly outperforms its segment rivals currently on the road and makes electric mobility fully feasible for every day”, said Schumacher on stage in Lisbon.

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. 

16th AUTOBEST Gala

Doubly awarded: AUTOBEST founder Dan Vardie (left), and Ulrich Schumacher, Vice President HR and Labor Director of the Opel Group.

16th AUTOBEST Gala

The winners: Jean-Philippe Kempf, Director Opel Communications (left), with Dan Vardie, founder of AUTOBEST, and Ulrich Schumacher, Vice President HR and Labor Director of the Opel Group (right).

16th AUTOBEST Gala

Prize-giving: Ulrich Schumacher, Vice President HR and Labor Director of the Opel Group, receives the ECOBEST award for the new Opel Ampera-e electric car.