Some cars don’t come cheap in Germany. And despite the Opel Ampera having no major mechanical difference from its American twin, the Chevy Volt, it still asks for an incredibly steep price of €42,900, or approximately $58,718. Yikes.
Reasons for such an immense price polarity between the Volt and Ampera involve certain taxes. For instance, Europe has one titled the Value Added Tax (VAT) and – in Germany – that tacks on an additional 19 percent to the MSRP. For those of you in Europe looking to own this expensive modern marvel, expect it to launch Q4 of 2011, basically a full year from the time this article was written.
Additionally, though we now know just when and how much the Ampera will sell for, the asking price for the Chevrolet Volt when it makes its reported European debut remains a mystery.