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Vauxhall Ampera enters pre-production testing

As the Chevrolet Volt nears the completion of its pre-production testing, its European cousin has reached an important milestone of its own as the first pre-production Vauxhall Amperas roll off the line at GM’s Pre-Production Operations' assembly line in Warren, Michigan.
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More vehicles will be added to the pre-production test fleet in the coming months which will be used by engineers both in Europe and the United States to evaluate the progress of its development.

The focus will be on developing the final vehicle software and controls, fine tuning the vehicles' driving characteristics, and performing safety and structural integrity testing.

“We’re right on target for producing the Ampera for European markets later next year,” said Andrew Farah, Vehicle Chief Engineer for Ampera. “There’s still work to be done, but being able to drive an Ampera off our pre-production line is a great accomplishment for the teams here and in Europe.”

The Ampera uses an extended-range powertrain identical to the system used in the Chevrolet Volt which allows up to 65km of pure electric driving before the on-board engine is used to sustain the battery charge.

The new vehicle will fall under both the Opel and Vauxhall umbrella in Europe, depending on the specific market.