Flaming Pile of Junk Named European Car of the Year

Posted by on Mar 06, 2012 at 7:38 am

Just days after it was announced production of this pile of junk was being suspended “temporarily” because nobody is buying it, some geniuses in Europe decided to name the Chevy Volt the European car of the year.

Days after General Motors announced it was temporarily suspending production of the Chevy Volt, the electric car was named European Car of the Year.

The Geneva Auto Show announced Monday that the Volt, which is sold in Europe as the Opel Ampera, was named its 2012 Car of the Year ahead of its annual car show that opens this week.

The auto show, in its review of the vehicle, called the Volt/Ampera a “mature product, after years of development and perfectioning by General Motors, and the first example of an electric vehicle with extended range.”

The recognition follows General Motors’s announcement last week that it was halting production of the Volt at its Hamtramck, Mich., plant for five weeks and temporarily laying off 1,300 employees.

GM officials attributed the decision to temporarily suspend production of the Volt to inventory concerns.

“We needed to maintain proper inventory and make sure that we continued to meet market demand,” GM spokesman Chris Lee told The Hill last week.

Of course there is no market demand whatsoever, but let’s play along.

Ironically, translated into English, Opel Ampera means flaming pile of junk.

Via Tim.


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4 Responses to “Flaming Pile of Junk Named European Car of the Year”

  1. Blue Hen on 6/06/12 at 9:57 am

    40 miles is extended range? Compared to what? Something powered by a T-strip?

  2. Not Likely on 6/06/12 at 1:43 pm

    The Volt range is 375 miles. Chances automotive journalists know more about an automobile than some deranged right-wing bloggers? 100%

  3. Blue Hen on 6/06/12 at 4:57 pm

    The Volt range is 375 miles

    Oh yeah? This is consistent? What’s the source for this range estimate? Please don’t say the WH. And what’s the breakdown on the government subsidies per car? What’s the replacement cost of the bettary? What options are available for recharging it on the road?