265177[1]Warren, Michigan – The first pre-production 2012 Opel Ampera model, the version of the Volt for the European market, has been built at GM’s plant in Warren, Michigan.

Workers will build more in the coming months. These pre-production vehicles will not be sold, but used for testing and validating the production intent design, as well as developing the final vehicle software and controls. Engineers in Europe and the U.S. will also use them to tune the vehicle’s overall driving experience.

“We’re right on target for producing the Ampera for European markets later next year,” said Andrew Farah, vehicle chief engineer for the Ampera. “There’s still work to be done, but being able to drive an Opel Ampera off our pre-production line is a great accomplishment for the teams here and in Europe.”

The Ampera extended-range vehicle will deliver up to 60 km of electric-only driving before an engine-generator starts up to sustain the battery charge and extend the range to more than 500 km. The car is scheduled to go on sale in Europe at the end of 2011.

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