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Vauxhall Ampera set for UK Launch

Vauxhall Ampera set for UK Launch

British motorists will soon be able to get their hands on the all new Vauxhall Ampera.

And, if industry buzz is anything to go by, there will be a long line of driving enthusiasts looking to get behind the wheel of the impressive new motor.

Indeed, well-known motoring journalist Quentin Wilson recently described the hybrid vehicle as "a truly great car".

Writing for the Daily Mirror, he said: "[I am] loving my Vauxhall Ampera, which arrived this week. Apart from being hugely impressed by its silence, speed, smoothness and refinement, I've just cracked 100mpg.

"With a little luck and ¬judicious use of the electric motor, I'm hoping to get a ¬tankful to last me for three months. A truly great car."

But it's not just reviewers who are excited about the new Ampera, as hire firms and car-sharing initiatives are also looking to add the model to their fleets.

Global rental firm Hertz recently announced that its customers can now rent the motor, which boasts a "sophisticated propulsion system" from its on-demand EV car sharing fleet in London.

At the same time, Vauxhall has also teamed up with car-sharing firm Zipcar to offer the Ampera EV through its self-service, pay-as-you-go rental system.

Commenting on the Hertz deal, James Taylor, Vauxhall's fleet sales director, said: "At Vauxhall we are passionate about investing in state-of-the-art efficient technology so that customers have access to fun, stylish and more environmentally friendly mobility.

"The partnership with Hertz means that even more people can experience first-hand the latest in electric technology by renting the Ampera."

And if that's wasn't enough to get the car-buying public intrigued, the Vauxhall Ampera was also recently named 2012 Car of the Year at the Geneva Motor Show – one of the most respected events in the motoring industry.

Posted by Sebastien Turkenburg
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