Is the clock ticking for the Vauxhall Ampera?

Vauxhall-AmperaThe Vauxhall Ampera may be discontinued next year after already-weak sales slowed further in 2014.

Automotive News is speculating the Vauxhall/Opel Ampera may be withdrawn from Europe when the second-generation Chevrolet Volt is launched next year; the Chevrolet brand has already been pulled from Europe.

The withdrawal would come despite the innovative petrol-electric range-extender hybrid winning the European Car of the Year title in 2012: it seems the clever car may have won plaudits but has proven to be a market flop.

Automotive News reports sales have fallen by more than two thirds in 2014, with just 332 cars being registered throughout Europe in the first five months of the year. They had already fallen 40% in Europe last year, to 3184 cars.

Ferrari has sold twice as many F12s in Germany as GM has sold Amperas, it adds.

“It’s purely speculation,” a spokesman told MR. “We can’t discuss future product plans.” But with sales plunging at such a rapid pace, it seems the market may already have made up its mind about the Ampera. Enjoy it while you can.

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