Its Top Gear Magazine’s 20th birthday, and what better way to celebrate 20 years of automotive coverage than to count down the 50 greatest cars from last two decades. Top Gear called upon its car-loving readership to vote for what they thought were some of the best cars of the past 20 years, with the Vauxhall Ampera coming in at #48.
The Volt-based-extended-range-electric-car is the only General Motors vehicle to make the list and one of two hybrid vehicles to make the list – the other being the Toyota Prius. Top Gear has praised the Ampera in the past, naming it their 2011 “Green Car of the Year”. When they tested the extended range EV in June of 2012 Top Gear said it was “A far more realistic vision of an electric-car future. Not only because it eliminates the range anxiety felt with nearly every pure EV, but because it feels so genuinely usable.”
That said, GM has just recently lowered the price of the Ampera in Europe. Opel announced Monday it would reduce the price of the Opel Ampera in Germany by €7,600 euros, with Vauxhall reducing the price of the Ampera in the UK by £3,000.