2010 Opel AmperaEnlarge Photo
What with all the protests and financial hoo-ha, Friday wasn't Opel's best day. Today, however, the company seems to have regained its footing--or at least it's got the common sense to put its worries aside and focus on what really matters: gussying up for the Geneva Motor Show.
In doing so, the company has released a tantalizing new headshot of the 2010 Opel Ampera. Aside from the snazzy light tracers going on in the background, here's what we know about the car to date:
- It's based on the Chevrolet Volt. (Get it? Volt? Ampera? At least GM knows how to work a theme.)
- It's an extended-range vehicle, capable of traveling about 37 miles on its lithium-ion battery pack alone, and an additional 311 miles or so with a four-cylinder engine.
- It'll premiere in full in Geneva in a couple of days.
We also know that the preview pic has piqued the interest of the blogosphere (yes, we hate that word, too), and many car folks have waxed poetic about its distinctive face. We're not so sure. Something about it reminds us of Brain from Pinky and the Brain. Or that Noface thing from Spirited Away. Or a very angry butterfly. Also, it looks like those extended headlight covers are asking for some nasty parking lot cracks. Then again, you know us: a bunch of practical types. Our only vice.
But what say you? It this the face of Opel's future? Or a very sad clown caught in headlights?