Detroit plant that makes the plug-in hybrids will shut for four weeks starting in June to allow for retooling and other changes on the assembly line for the 2012 model year.
Some critics are unconvinced by the Ampera's green credentials. One author in particular says once you blow away the eco smoke screen, this car offers the world nothing over a normal car.
The Vauxhall Ampera is the UK version of the Opel Ampera, the European version of the Chevrolet Volt. It'll hit 100mph and do 0-60 in less than 10 seconds, and with no carbon emissions
Vauxhall is preparing to break the record for the longest single journey by an electric vehicle on UK roads. On June 22nd, it'll send a Vauxhall Ampera from its Luton headquarters to its car plant in Ellesmere Port over 170 miles away
Opel unveils the Ampera, a series hybrid car using a GM power train, at the 2009 Geneva auto show.
GM is adding an EV mode button to the 2012 Vauxhall Ampera that will let customers decide when to drive in electric-only mode, and when to use the gasoline engine in extended-range mode.
GM has just announced US pricing for its great green hope, the Chevy Volt. The part-electric, part-petrol not-quite-hybrid car will have a list price of $41,000 (£26,300)
At the 2012 International Engine of the Year Awards, Ford walked away with three prizes for its small, turbocharged engine.
Automotive News reports on GM's plans to use the Volt series hybrid power train in other models.
GM sold more than 7,000 units of the European version of the extended range electric vehicle since it went on sale in February.