When General Motors unveils the heavily updated 2016 Chevrolet Volt, the EREV may be devoid of one thing — its European cousin, the Opel Ampera, which isn’t expected to continue onward into the next-generation. According to Automotive News, Opel has been disappointed with the once-European-Car-of-the-Year’s slow sales, “down 40 percent [in 2013 compared to 2012], to 3,184 cars. And it’s only gotten worse this year, plunging 67 percent through the first five months, to 332 cars.”
As such, GM is expected to discontinue both the Ampera and the Volt in the European market when the time comes, according to the report.
Fortunately, sales have remained strong for the plug-in hatchback in America. Though it still hasn’t usurped the Nissan Leaf from its EV sales throne, Chevrolet has sold over 63,000 Volts since releasing the car to the public.
While Americans will see improvements to the Volt such as the addition of a fifth seat and a more efficient gasoline engine come 2016, European consumers will likely be left with one less new electric car to choose from.