Wales football captain gets a Vauxhall Ampera

Williams has received a new Vauxhall Ampera in the range-topping ‘Electron’ trim and follows a similar trend to other British international football stars.

Other footballers to have gotten a new Vauxhall Ampera within the past twelve months includes Everton and England defender Phil Jagielka, Liverpool and England’s Glen Johnson and the Women’s England international Casey Stoney.

The increasing contingent of Vauxhall drivers who play football is a result of the car company’s ongoing sponsorship with the Home Nations football teams.

The Assistant Manager for the Scotland National Football Team, Mark McGhee, and the former England player turned pundit, Gary Neville, also both own a Vauxhall Ampera.

Vauxhall’s Marketing Director, Peter Hope, commented: “It’s fantastic to see such elite athletes representing our brand in what is a huge year for sport.

“The Ampera is a cutting edge vehicle and provides a magnificent driving experience that we hope will attract more high profile individuals to join the Vauxhall family."

The Vauxhall Ampera currently starts pricing at £28,750 for the basic ‘Positiv’ trim, after taking into account the Government’s £5,000 Plug-in car grant. Meanwhile the mid-range ‘Earth’ trim Ampera is priced at £29,995 and the ‘Electron’ model which Ashley Williams has acquired is priced at £30,495.

The Ampera is an Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV), featuring a clever powertrain which combines an electric motor with a 1.4-litre petrol generator. The result is a total power output of 150bhp and a total projected travel range of over 300 miles.

On electric power alone the Ampera has a travel range estimated between 25 and 50 miles. Impressively the Vauxhall also has a projected fuel economy of 235.4mpg and CO2 emissions are recorded at just 27g/km.

Not only is the car incredibly efficient therefore, it’s also exempt from paid Vehicle Excise Duty and other potential extra costs such as the London Congestion Charge.

The electric motor in the Ampera can be charged either by energy sent from the onboard petrol generator or alternatively with a 240V charge plug. The latter method can fully recharge the Ampera in about six hours.

Vauxhall’s Ampera also comes well equipped. The Electron trim includes a radio/DVD player, a 30GB hard drive for storing music and voice-activated satellite navigation. The navigation is supported with street level mapping for 20 European countries.