According to a recent report, Buick is developing a rebadged version of the Opel / Vauxhall Ampera.

According to a recent report, Buick is developing a rebadged version of the Opel Ampera.

Details are limited, but the car would feature revised styling and Buick's waterfall grille. Inside, the cabin would likely offer leather upholstery, wood trim, and metallic accents.

Like the standard model, motivation would be provided by a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery which sends power to an electric motor that produces 149 hp (111 kW / 151 PS) and 273 lb-ft (368 Nm) of torque. This should enable the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than nine seconds, hit a top speed of 100 mph (161 km/h), and travel up to 50 miles (80 km) on electricity alone. Of course, when the battery is depleted, a 1.4-liter petrol engine would act as a generator to extend the range up to 310 miles (499 km).

If the vehicle is approved for production, the Buick Ampera could be launched as soon as 2013.

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