Chevy Volt and Opel Ampera Voted 2012 European Car of the Year

The Chevy Volt and the Opel Ampera today won the European “Car of the Year 2012” award voted by a panel of 59 judges from 23 European nations. The Ampera/Volt received 330 points against the Volkswagen Up! with 281 and Ford Focus with 256.

The final selection was made in the context of the Geneva Motor Show. The Ampera and the Volt emerged as the joint overall winner in a field of seven finalists. Initially, 35 recently launched vehicles entered the contest.

“Our car demonstrates that electric driving can be fun and reliable without ever compromising the owners’ lifestyle,” Chevrolet President and Managing Director for Europe Susan Docherty said. “It is a proud moment for us and an honor to receive this award from Europe’s leading jury of automotive journalists.”

The Volt and the Ampera have won many international awards including the “World Green Car of the Year 2011” and the “North American Car of the Year 2011” award.

Even though the Chevy Volt receives today’s award. Not all the news for the Volt is positive. It’s been reported that GM is halting production of the Chevy Volt for five weeks, due to rising inventories.