Buick Ampere, Cousin To The Volt Coming Next Year According To Dealer Update: Dealer Says Oops, Not So

AUG 8 2012 BY JAY COLE 18

2014 Buick Ampere Is A Reality According to GM Multi-Line Dealer In Atlanta

We had known that an upscale Cadillac variant of the Volt, the ELR, was coming from General Motors at some point.  Then it was accidently confirmed for next year’s production schedule by the good people at Onstar.

2013 Opel Ampera

Then we learned through regulatory filings, that GM was acquiring trademarks for other electric-like names back in June.  Namely, the Electra.

Now, thanks to a Atlanta, Georgia GM dealer, a 6th version of GM’s popular Chevy Volt looked to be potentially be coming to Buick, as the Buick Ampere.

What are the 6 versions you say?  Chevrolet Volt, Opel Ampera, Vauxhall Ampera, Holden Volt, Cadillac ELR and now, maybe the Buick Ampere.  If only Pontiac and Saturn were not shuttered in 2009…

Jim Ellis Chevrolet Atlanta (sister dealership to Jim Ellis Buick GMC Atlanta), in a blog to customers updating the progress of their under construction, solar charging station, nonchalantly states:

“Jim Ellis Chevrolet customers will be able to “plug into the sun” and charge their Volts completely in three hours. Initially, charging is complimentary for Jim Ellis Volt customers as it will be for Buick Ampere customers (Buick’s version of the Volt) when it arrives next year!
 
Jim Ellis Chevrolet is the #1 retailer -by far-  of Volts in Georgia and with the advent of the solar charging station, the epicenter of the viable electric vehicle trend in Georgia! Stop by and see it!”
Naturally, we first went to GM themselves to get a comment/reaction to this development.  Unsurprisingly, Kevin Kelly, who is the Manager of Electric Vehicle and Hybrid Communications would only offer us the stock GM answer on the subject:
“Unfortunately, we cannot comment on future product.”
UPDATE:  Apparently word gets around fast, and Jim Ellis Chevy was quick to send out emails to clarify their mistake:

“The August edition of our e-newsletter included information about our solar charging station and a possible Buick version of the Volt.  The information on the Buick version was gleaned from the internet and we need to let our customers know that to our knowledge, there are no official plans for a Buick version let alone a name for it.  The writer fell victim to “if it’s on the internet, it must be true” faulty thinking and sloppy, unverified research.  We apologize for forwarding internet rumors to our  customers.  The solar charging station, however, is a fact and it should be ready to go in early September!

We would appreciate any posts you may have made to quote Jim Ellis on this story be modified or retracted.

Thank you

Mark Frost – General Manager Jim Ellis Chevrolet Jim Ellis Buick GMC”

Original image file of Jim Ellis Chevrolet/Buick GMC, Atlanta blog page on the subject (click picture to enlarge):

Jim Ellis Chevrolet Atlanta Lets Us In On A Little Secret

Jim Ellis Blog (and related “corrected” Ampere story can be found here)

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18 Comments on "Buick Ampere, Cousin To The Volt Coming Next Year According To Dealer Update: Dealer Says Oops, Not So"

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NRGTom

Buick could really use a Voltec car to sell-There buyers are older but they have a lot of money. I think this would also be how gm would sell Volts in China

Anton Wahlman

Why would you assume that a single GM dealer anywhere in the world knows even the first millimeter about a future GM product that wouldn’t already have been hinted, announced or leaked — in whole or in part — to a broader journalistic filter to begin with? I mean, even if that dealer against all odds knew — or thought he knew — something, why on Earth would he be so stupid so as to open his mouth about it? Isn’t he going to get severely reprimanded by GM for saying this, whether it’s true or not?

Mark Frost
Well, you’re right. I’m that stupid guy. If I had confidential information on future product plans from GM, I certainly wouldn’t “leak” it. In a hurry to meet a deadline, my Volt Director (yes, we have one) showed me a bunch of internet articles on a Buick version and I ran with it. There was so much information on it, I thought I was the last to know. So, yes, I succumbed to the “if it’s on the internet, it must be true” syndrome. A rookie mistake, a stupid mistake. I guess I need to stick to selling cars and leave journalism to the professionals. And I didn’t go out of my way to mention it. The article was in an e-newsletter meant for customers only and a customer posted it. Doesn’t make what I wrote right, but that’s how it happened. But, of course, I’d like to look at the bright side: I believe we are the first auto dealer in Georgia to put up a solar charging station and we are (fact), the #1 retailer of Volts in the State. It’s amazing technology that works and works well. Mark Frost, General Manager – Jim Ellis Chevrolet/Jim Ellis Buick… Read more »
backstroke

Never mind sh!t happens, trust no long term damage. You’re on my Christmas card list for coming forward and explaining all. 🙂

When does the Gen 2 Volt come to market? In 2015?

MrEnergyCzar

ClarksonCote

Any chance this Buick could be an SUV/CUV?

I’ll take the speculation a step further. Though this appears to be a “oh man did I say that out loud and online” kind of moment, I wouldn’t be surprised to find that it was GM sanctioned/planned. Let’s see give them a standard news release about a rebadging of the Chevy Volt as a Buick (yawn) or “let it slip” and let them think they’ve sniffed out some secret info and watch them bat that around for a few weeks.

Brian

Reading the list of 6 “Volt variants”, this seems like the old GM at its finest. Build one car, and brand it 6 times over. It’s the same car! When is GM going to address some of the limitations of this car, most notably its small size? Two years ago, they were strongly hinting at a Voltec SUV in the works. Is there any word that they are still considering such a car? I’d love to hear something even if it is just a leak from a single dealer trying to show off how “green” he is…

Shawn Marshall

GM must be making a lot of dough on the Volt to be developing all these other models. I can honestly say I’m astounded.

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