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    Report: GM's Opel may add electric side to diesel engines
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    General Motors' Opel division is confident that its slate of diesel engines will allow it to meet stricter European emissions standards set for 2020. As for the even stricter ones expected in 2025? Not so much. Stop us if you've heard this before, but that's why Opel says it will consider adding ...

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    Report: GM refutes German OEMs, says HFO-1234yf AC coolant is safe
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    General Motors' Opel division is adding metaphorical fire to the real dispute over a new air-conditioning refrigerant's potential flammability. Opel recently ran crash tests with an SUV using a refrigerant, called HFO-1234yf, that is being pushed by the European Union as a way to cut greenhouse ...

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    Report: GM VC not happy with Europe's response to plug-in vehicles
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    General Motors Vice Chairman Steve Girsky has had it up to his eyeballs with Europe. It's one thing to attempt to bail out GM's Opel subsidiary in the beleaguered European auto market. It's another to market the Opel Ampera plug-in hybrid to such tepid response. "All the governments in Europe ...

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    Report: GM planning on 20% increase in plug-in hybrid production in 2013
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    Before the Chevrolet Volt launched in late 2010, General Motors representatives were boldly talking about some big production numbers, like 60,000 or 45,000 Volts a year. It's been a rocky road since then, and the reality was more subdued. The General sold 7,671 Volts in 2011 and 23,461 in 2012. ...

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    Report: Ampera video will be shown on temporary water screen in UK
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    Some say the Vauxhall Ampera extended-range plug-in can do amazing things, but we're pretty sure the sister vehicle to the Chevrolet Volt can't float on water. That's what the U.S. model is for. Across the pond, General Motors' UK Vauxhall is making a different kind of association between ...

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    Report: Opel Insignia's LPG option delivers 1,000-mile full-tank capability
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    For anyone who wants to drive from Paris to Budapest without that pesky problem of filling-up, Opel has got the car for you. General Motors' Opel division is offering its Insignia with an engine that can run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as well as petrol, Green Car Congress reports. The ...

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    Report: GM, Peugeot alliance won't include electric-drive secrets
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    We're close, but we're not that close. That's what Rita Forst, head of development at General Motors' Opel division, seemed to be saying when discussing the possibility of GM and PSA Peugeot Citroën sharing advanced-powertrain trade secrets. Speaking at an automotive industry conference in ...

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    Official: Opel/Vauxhall Adam zooms into Europe's supermini fray [w/video]
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    We've done a triple-take with the Opel/Vauxhall Adam, and after two rounds of grainy spy shots, this third official look brings the car into crisp, clear focus. From the looks of these photos, we like it a bit more than we thought we did initially. Yes, it's got plenty of Audi A1 going on in that ...

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    Spy Shots: Opel Adam hatch caught sans camo
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    Two weeks ago we brought you some of the worst spy shots ever, revealing the forthcoming Opel Adam minicar. Today we've got more. These are remarkably better – yet still low res – shots of Opel's long-gestating competitor to the Volkswagen Up! But hey, they're better than nothing, ...

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    Official: Opel Ampera is Europe's best-selling passenger 'EV'
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    Lost in translation? Opel, General Motors' European unit, says its Ampera – the better-looking sister vehicle to the Chevrolet Volt – is Europe's best-selling passenger electric vehicle, accounting for more than one in five EVs sold in the continent. Opel, citing May sales numbers, ...

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    Video: Translogic identifies differences of Opel Ampera
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    Most gearheads know the Opel Ampera is the European near-twin of the Chevy Volt. There are obvious exterior differences, such as the Ampera's "boomerang" headlights and Opel badging, but inside, the only noticeable difference is another Opel badge on the steering wheel. Bradley Hasemeyer and the ...

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    Official: Opel enters six Ampera plug-ins in Rally Monte Carlo alt-fuel race
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    Think James Garner in "Grand Prix," only quieter. General Motors' Opel division is entering six Ampera extended-range plug-in vehicles in an alternative energy version of the Rally Monte Carlo this week, as the company looks to boost exposure for the European version of the Chevrolet Volt. The ...

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    Report: Chevy Volt sister car Opel Ampera gets 7,000 pre-orders, may hit 2012 sales target
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    Found in translation? Demand for the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in hybrid vehicle in the U.S. has been up and down over the car's first 16-odd months, but executives at General Motors' Opel division in Europe are saying that the Ampera, the Volt's European twin, is getting some good ...

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    Official: Chevy Volt and Opel Ampera named 2012 European Car of the Year
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    The Chevrolet Volt may not be selling well, but it's one of the most lauded cars in history. Today the plug-in hybrid was named the 2012 European Car of the Year, an award it will share with its European fraternal twin, the Opel Ampera. The Volt won North American Car of the Year in 2011, while ...

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    Report: Opel Ampera delayed over Chevy Volt battery fears
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    Automotive News reports that, as suspected, Opel is delaying delivery of its Ampera extended-range hybrid to customers. The plug-in gas-electric hatchbacks have already arrived at dealers across Europe, but the automaker wants to ensure the vehicles' batteries are safe even in the event of an ...

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    Report: GM increasing Opel Ampera production target given higher-than-expected pre-orders
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    The Opel Ampera may be very similar to the Chevy Volt under the skin, but a lot of people in the U.S. would argue that the Euro-plug-in's skin is far more attractive. Apparently a lot of Europeans agree. First year production for the Ampera had been targeted for 8,000 units, but high demand has ...

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    Report: Opel aims to be "leader in electric mobility"; production RAK e possible
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    General Motors' German arm, Opel, wants to be the "market leader in electric mobility," according to the automaker's head of sales and marketing, Alain Visser. That's one task that's easier said than done, for sure. Still, with the plug-in Ampera scheduled to launch next month, Opel says it's ...

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    Report: Is the Opel RAK e electric concept headed for production?
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    Soon after unveiling the Opel RAK e concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, General Motors of Europe president Nick Reilly revealed to Autocar that the RAK e is a "very serious concept," adding that Opel is currently investigating production feasibility and believes the two-seat electric could ...

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    Frankfurt: Opel RAK e electric concept looks to the future of low-cost urban motoring
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    Before we delve into the details of the RAK e electric concept, let's step back in time with a brief historical primer. The oldest industrial division within General Motors' current portfolio, Opel, started as a sewing machine manufacturer way back in 1862. Evolving to the production of bicycles ...

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    Report: Opel cancels electric version of Junior minicar
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    Perhaps the confidence was overstated. Opel/Vauxhall now says it will not offer an electric version of its upcoming, entry-level Junior minicar. The electric minicar program, referred to internally as Junior BEV S-04404, has been axed due to "excessively high" costs, according to documents ...

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