Back in November 2010, GM began taking orders for the €42,900 Opel Ampera, the European kissing cousin of the Chevrolet Volt that will be available in Europe later this year. Approximately 5,000 potential buyers have put down a €150 ($214 U.S.) deposit to get their hands on the Ampera. GM plans on shipping just 5,000 Amperas to the Old World by the end of the year, and that’s it for 2011. So, does that mean that all of the Amperas headed to Europe this year are spoken for? Kind of.
The 5,000 people (2,000 coming from the general public and 3,000 from corporate fleets) who threw down the deposit could always back out, but in effect would lose their deposit if they come to such a decision. We won’t know if the Ampera actually sold out till deliveries begin in the 4th quarter of 2011. To note, Opel expects 10,000 Amperas for 2012.
Source: Autoblog Green