Ampera picks up Sunday Times Award

The motoring section of the paper, Sunday Times Driving (a new motoring section which has replaced In Gear) launched with a ‘Top 100 Cars’ feature. The judging panel featured in the article said that the Vauxhall Ampera was the clear winner in the eco-car group.

The Sunday Times accolade is just one of a number of awards picked up by the Vauxhall Ampera. The Ampera has previously been named European Car of the Year 2012, What Car? Green Car of the Year 2011 and Top Gear Magazine’s Green Car of the Year 2011.

A spokesperson for The Sunday Times said: “The Ampera offers excellent and silent performance and all-electric transport. It’s a brilliant solution.

“But it’s no less brilliant than the execution of the rest of the car. The Ampera is also a great-looking car inside and out, comfortable on a long journey and easy to understand and operate.”

The Ampera was released earlier this year to critical acclaim. The Vauxhall Ampera is different from other electric vehicles in that whilst its wheels are always electrically-driven, a small petrol-powered range-extending motor adds an additional 300-plus miles to the car’s range.

The Vauxhall Ampera has a real-world battery range between 25-50 miles, and has been awarded five stars for safety from Euro NCAP. The Ampera is able to go from 0-60 in less than nine seconds. The Ampera’s design also reduces drag, making it one of the most efficient cars on the market.

New Vauxhall Ampera prices start from £29,995, including a £5,000 government grant for the Earth model.

The Vauxhall Ampera is available to buy from Perrys Vauxhall dealerships.