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Ampera distinction for dealer.

BRISTOL Street Motors Vauxhall dealership in Newcastle has been chosen as the only outlet in the North East to supply the revolutionary new electric car, Ampera. The Ampera was launched at the dealership on City West Business Park in front of more than 100 invited guests. It will be the only official Vauxhall outlet, north of Sheffield and Manchester, to supply the Vauxhall Ampera.

Newcastle is only one of a handful of cities chosen to pioneer the Ampera. The city's record for encouraging innovation coupled with the excellent track record of the Bristol Street Motors dealership are thought to have contributed to the decisi1on.

Billed as one of the most eagerly awaited cars of 2012, the Ampera combines a battery powered engine with a compact petrolpowered generator, to supply electricity when the driver wants to travel beyond the battery range.

The car is described as an extended-range electric vehicle. According to statistics the average distance a UK driver travels is around 25 miles or less. The Ampera is designed to travel 25-50 miles on battery power alone. Once this distance has been reached, the Range Extender automatically starts to generate electricity. The unique technology means that ultimately, the car can never run out of electricity.

Having this back-up option decreases 'range anxiety', a phrase coined by the car industry to describe the feeling of fear encountered by customers regarding electric vehicles running out of power.

The Ampera also boasts an impressive fuel consumption with 176 miles to the gallon.

Robert Forrester, chief executive of Bristol Street Motors said: "I was introduced to the Ampera late last year in the Netherlands and was very impressed. This is a large car that would suit the needs of many families, this coupled with the new technology marks a major step forward in delivering low carbon mobility to a mainstream market.

"We are extremely proud to be named the only official dealer in England, for the Ampera north of Sheffield. This is testament to our sales success and high customer satisfaction scores in this geographical area, plus the excellent reputation of Bristol Street Motors."

Michael Breen, general manager of Bristol Street Motors Vauxhall in Newcastle said: "Two brand new charge points have been installed at the dealership as further investment into supplying the electric car."

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LAUNCH Michael Breen, general manager of Bristol Street Motors Vauxhall in Newcastle (top) with Ian Allen, manager environmental strategy and Ampera, Vauxhall
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 25, 2012
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