Top Gear: Vauxhall Ampera Included in “50 Greatest Cars of the Past 20 Years”

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 3

Top Gear's 50 Greatest List Includes the Vauxhall Ampera

Top Gear’s 50 Greatest List Includes the Vauxhall Ampera

Top Gear recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Vauxhall Ampera

Vauxhall Ampera

As Top Gear states:

“So how to celebrate our 20th anniversary? As no one knew how to bake a cake, we thought we’d keep it simple and crown the greatest car of the last 20 years instead. Unfortunately this simple idea caused a great deal of fighting in the Top Gear office. Tempers run high on these matters. At least two black eyes ensued. At one point, a chair was set on fire.”

“Thankfully you lot were on hand to help. Over 100,000 of you voted in our online poll, helping us to count down the 50 greatest cars of the past 20 years and crown the winner.”

And in that lot of 50, one plug-in vehicle was included: the Vauxhall Ampera (aka the Chevy Volt, Holden Volt and Opel Ampera).

We Quite Like The Re-Styling Of The Chevrolet Volt In The UK

We Quite Like The Re-Styling Of The Chevrolet Volt In The UK

Here’s what Top Gear had to say of the Ampera’s inclusion on its list of 50:

#49 2011 Vauxhall Ampera

“An EV without the range anxiety. A green car without the sense of self-righteous anger.”

The only other green-ish vehicle to make the list was the Toyota Prius, which came in at #11.

#1?  The Bugatti Veyron.

Source: Top Gear

 

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3 responses to "Top Gear: Vauxhall Ampera Included in “50 Greatest Cars of the Past 20 Years”"

  1. Benjamin says:

    Why and how is the prius on the list?

  2. Bill Howland says:

    Well, at #49 out of 50 that’s rather Damning the vehicle with faint praise, but they had to include it since I’m sure the car has many British Fans.

  3. Nate says:

    I’d emphasize that this is not about the current model year, its about the last 20 years. It wasn’t a 2013 Prius they chose, it was a 2004. The improvement of the Gen 1 Prius to the Gen 2 prius was significant. The car went from being a niche to the mainstream. In my warped Portlandia world I may start to think EV’s are in the mainstream already, but they aren’t there, yet.

    The quotes about the cars remind us to lighten up.

    Ampera — “..A green car without the sense of self-righteous anger”

    2004 Prius — “What we said then: “Like a rolling interactive energy-conservation video game. Somehow magical for a vegan’s car.””