Ampera electric now on order
VAUXHALL is now taking orders for its electric Ampera, in showrooms in May. Prices open at £29,995 after a £5,000 government grant). The Ampera can drive up to 50 miles on electric power, with a small petrol generator adding electricity for another 300 miles at an average CO2 reading of 27g/km. The battery has an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty and the rest of the vehicle has a lifetime warranty (up to 100,000 miles). Its GM partner Chevrolet will beat it to market with the technically identical Volt in March, at £28,545.
GEELY’S Emgrand EC7 will be one of the first Chinese car to be sold in Britain when it arrives at the end of the year. The family saloon and fivedoor hack are expected to cost about £10,000 upwards with a five-year warranty.
The importers hope to find 30 to 40 dealers this year. Geely owns Volvo but the brands are expected to be sold from different showrooms.
Other Chinese cars here soon are from Great Wall and Cherry.
ON ITS WAY: GEELY Emgrand EC7 arrives from China at end of year.