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Vauxhall are now taking orders for the Ampera but the pricing has come as a huge surprise.

Two models are available at launch with UK pricing of £37,250 & £38,995 so after the £5000 grant this is £32,250 & £33,995 - considerably more than we have been led to believe all through the pre-launch period.

Below is the email that ePioneers are receiving today.

Good afternoon,

In advance of the national Press Release being issued, I am pleased to announce that Vauxhall Ampera order banks have opened today, Tuesday 10th January. Detailed Pricing and Specification for the Ampera models, on the road in May 2012 are detailed below.

At launch two Ampera model specifications available in MY12, the Positiv and the Electron. Both vehicles are driven by the same powertrain, have the identical efficiency and only differ in their internal specification. September 2012 will see the introduction of a third entry level Ampera specification, with details of this model available in June 2012.

Please check out the Ampera section here - Ampera Highlights



Specification Highlights

Positiv trim £37,250 (£32,250 including Plug-in Car Grant)
Choice of 7 Exterior Colours
Interior Leather Seat Facings with Colour Accents coordinated with both dashboard and door trim
Spice Red or Ceramic White Accents
Heated Driver & Front Passenger seats
Portable Charging Cord
4-mode driving choice: Normal, Sport, Mountain & Hold
In-charging Battery Pack and Interior cabin pre-conditioning

7” Central Colour Touchscreen controlling:
· Climate Control
· Charge regime
· Vehicle/Personal configuration
· Colour-coded radio, AM/FM/DAB, CD/MP3, 6-speaker with Aux-in & USB
· Power flow, Energy use and Total Vehicle Life data
· Vehicle use energy saving tips
Embedded Mobile Phone System including Bluetooth
Full Colour Driver’s Vehicle Cluster including:
· Battery Condition/Range
· Extended Vehicle Range
· Compass
· Speedometer
· Open Door/Boot/Bonnet open warning
· PRNDL transmission indication
· Efficiency gauge
· Multi-function Trip Computer including Tyre Pressure Monitoring (TPMS)
Rake & Reach Leather Steering Wheel with Infotainment Control
Electric Power Steering
Cruise Control
Power windows front & rear
Electrically heated & adjustable door mirrors
LED Daytime Running and Rear Lights with Energy Efficient Halogen Headlights
Alloy wheel 17" with Tyre 235/65 R17
Emergency Tyre Inflation Kit
Driver & Co-driver frontal, side thorax and knee airbags
Full size side curtain airbags
Driver, Front and Rear Passenger Smart seat belt reminder
Electric Park Brake – with drive-off facility and Hill-hold Assist
Regenerative braking system
Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Traction Control (TC), Electronic Stability Control (ESP)
Thatcham Approval Category 1 vehicle alarm system


Electron trim adds: £38,995 (£33,995 including Plug-in Car Grant)
7” Central Colour Touchscreen controlling:
· Navigation, UK & European street level mapping
· Bespoke Bose® Energy Efficient Series sound system
· CD/MP3/DVD-audio/DVD-video
· 30GB HDD storage with MP3, MP3-Pro,WMA, Audible.com, M4A format capability
· Voice controlled Navigation, Telephone, Music systems

From June 2012, an additional entry level model will be available to order at a price of £29,995 (inclusive of the £5,000 PiCG). However, this will be available to you as an ePioneer (in 2012 only) at the original launch price of £28,995 (inclusive of the £5,000 Plug-in Car Grant).* We would expect deliveries of this model to commence in September 2012. Full specification details will be available in June 2012 (*Subject to availability. Orders of the entry level must be received by 31/12/12 in order to guarantee £28,995 (incl. £5,000 PiCG) price point ).

If you intend to purchase the entry model, please tell us now so we have a record of your intention to order for when they become available.

My Ampera Agent
Remember you have direct access toTrevor, your very own Ampera agent. If you have any queries regarding the Ampera, from technical specifications, to tracking your order, he's your man. You can call him on 0800 026 0275 (free from a landline, costs from mobile may vary depending on your tariff) or e-mail to [email protected].

Please contact Trevor in the first instance to cnotact your nearest Ampera Retailer, so we can prioritise your order.

Ampera Launch Retailers
During the initial launch phase for Ampera a selected number of Retailers across the UK will be able to deal with customer orders and servicing work. These “Hi-Voltage” trained Retailers are listed below:

Name City

Autovision Inverness
Peter Vardy Edinburgh
Arnold Clark Glasgow
Charles Hurst Belfast
Bristol Street Motors Newcastle
Pentagon Sheffield Sheffield
Arnold Clark Manchester
Greenhous Telford
Lookers Birmingham
Skurrays Swindon
Hutchings Pontypridd
Seward Poole
Eden Exeter
Perrys of Canterbury Canterbury
EMC Eastbourne
Marshall Peterborough
Drive Leicester Leicester
York Ward & Rowlatt Wellingborough
Motorbodies Luton
Bristol Street Motors Ilford
Underwoods Colchester
Now West Hendon
Phoenix Wimbledon

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Trevor Hill, your My Ampera Agent or me on my details below.

Regards,

Ian Allen
Manager Environmental Strategy & Ampera
Vauxhall Motors
Tel: +44 (0) 1582 426807 : Mobile +44 (0) 7775 825073
email: [email protected]
This is much more than I am prepared to pay so I have withdrawn my ePioneer status and cancelled my interest.

We might consider a Yaris hybrid or perhaps wait for the BMW i3.
 

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Big ouch.. that's a lot more than I was expecting.. way to go GM.. perhaps next time you run a pioneer program a bit of Realism, Honesty and Truth wouldn't hurt your customer relations..

And for being an epioneer you can have a special offer of the price you were told for a yet to be decided basic model, and then only if you get it in 9 months time! wtf?

so They think we'll just pay £32,250 for what we were told would be £28,995..
And if we want sat Nav On the screen that's already included.. we pay £1745 more for the electron?


So no reversing camera, no folding mirrors, No xenon headlights, Phone App... and presumably still no parcel shelf to hide your shopping from mr thief (The sign says do not leave valuables on display!)..

Not impressed.

P.
 

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It is what I feared, the lack of info and delays meant they were hiding something.
I will be withdrawing from the Ampera waiting list.

Thanks for starting this club, I wish you well in the future,

Best Wishes

Ian
 

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Yes, I am sad.

However, I am going to continue to run the club site and forum. I am sure that they will see enough to justify the site but I won't be an owner.

If I find someone else who wants to take over the site that has an Amper then I might consider passing it on. Until then I will run it as normal and it is still a great p[lace to discuss the Ampera and meet interesting EV people :)
 
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